Where are you going in each role you play in life? If you can’t answer that question, you’re likely living a boring story. In a story, if we don’t know what the character wants, we lose interest. Many people are losing interest in their own lives, not because life itself is boring, but because they haven’t decided what they want. In a story, clarity is king.
Today, we’re going to patch up the cracks in your foundation.
Here’s what I mean by that: Each of us have had some hard experiences that, if we let them, can drag us down. Either we experienced a tragedy or made some mistakes or we were wronged in some way. Today, we’re going to spend the entire morning just trying to redeem each of the negative turns in your life [...]
Let’s pretend last night my wife and I picked you up from the airport in Nashville. We brought you to our home, had dinner, drank some wine, laughed a bit and then turned in for the night.
Come morning, we made coffee and ate cereal and Betsy headed out for the day so you and I could go up to my office and get started [...]
New Years Resolutions don’t tend to work well, so at Storyline we’re trying something different. We want to take our readers through a five-day life-coaching session. We’ve already taken more than 10,000 people through a similar process and we’ve seen positive changes in our clients’ sense of clarity, well being, relational engagement and productivity. While goal-setting is great, this process is much more comprehensive [...]
I used to live in reaction to my day, but I’ve learned I have the agency to live an exciting and memory-filled life.
In July of this last year, I downloaded an app that changed my entire year. How the app works is you capture a video clip on your iPhone every day and choose 1 second to represent that day [...]
I heard a lecture recently in which the speaker talked about goals, and how powerful they are. He did say, however, that we shouldn’t share our goals, if possible.
In fact, if you shared your resolution in public, you’re already at a disadvantage. When you share a goal publicly, your brain enjoys the sharing in the same way it enjoys the achievement itself, and you’ve lost some of your motivation. This surprised me, but it also made sense [...]
At Storyline we’re celebrating another terrific year. We held conferences in San Diego and Nashville, and have added quite a few writers to the blog. For the last year, we’ve managed to post a new blog almost every day. That’s quite a feat and we couldn’t have done it without an amazing staff (which has tripled in size over the last 12 months). It’s been great to meet many of you at our conferences. There’s no question we’ve built a growing community of people living a better story.
In honor of 2013 I thought it would be fun to share some of the most popular reads from the blog, and for fun, I’ve thrown in my favorite book, movie and album. I hope you enjoy
Can’t wait to make new memories in 2014. Thanks so much for joining us.
Have you ever met somebody who has been hurt, wrongfully hurt and is bitter about it? It’s difficult to have compassion, even though they have a right and reason to be bitter. We may want justice for them, and may even have empathy, but there is something imperfect about the story. And yet I find bitterness is easy when I’ve been wronged. Vengeance is a normal reaction, it seems, a human reaction. What else are we supposed to to with our pain?
Years ago I read a book called Country of my Skull, about the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa. The TRC was a commission put together by Nelson Mandella to hear cases of crimes against humanity committed under apartheid. Mandella asked Bishop Desmond Tutu to head up the commission [...]