Five Ways To Own Your Story

The new year is just around the corner. Whether it’s your professional or personal life, here are 5 ways to recalibrate and own your story in 2019.

1. Go On A Retreat

I’m serious. No joke. Take some time to slow down, pause, whatever you want to call it.

There’s something powerful that happens when you slow down long enough. You begin to notice how you really feel about life and how you’re living it.

Find a place to go and something to do that jolts you out of the rhythm you’re accustomed to. The separation can be helpful in giving you perspective on who you are or are becoming, the choices you’ve made or are about to make.

Going in a retreat can take us out of ruts, help us make big decisions, and help us assess the relationships in our lives.

2. Start A Journal

Ok I know, you’ve heard this before. It sounds annoying, but go with me for a sec.

When you start the habit of writing down how you feel, whether it’s about yourself, your work, your relationships, or whatever it may be, there’s something cathartic about it.

Sometimes we don’t know how to think about how we feel, and we can go through a constant cycle of making the same mistakes over and over. This is where journalling can provide a place for you to start noticing patterns and make changes.

3. Quit Something

I know, you’re busy. Life’s hectic. I get it. I could say the same thing about my life.

More often than not we can spend a lot of time thinking about what to add to our lives. That’s easy. What’s harder is knowing when you should quit and try something else.

There’s probably something you’re doing right now, that provides absolutely no value to your life. Maybe you’ve done it for so long that it’s second-nature now. Because you’ve said yes to so much, it’s hurt your effectiveness in that areas that matter most to you.

The reality is you only have so much margin. Fill it with the people and activities you know matter most.

4. Read A Book

Look I get it. This is a no-brainer. But hear me out.

You know specific areas in your life that you need to work on. Most of us are aware of at least a few areas of weakness or struggle.

Here’s what I want you to do. Get online and find a book that addresses that specific area of weakness of struggle. Look for books that provide solutions and steps toward growth.

Books like this, provide an image of where you want to go and who you want to be. Don’t just read for pleasure but for your need. As you read, it will begin to rewire and reshape how you think, speak and act.

5. Cherish People

I know it sounds sappy, but I’m serious.

The most valuable commodity in your life isn’t your money or your skills. It’s your time. The people in your life that are worth your time and energy, really need it. Don’t take them for granted.

Life happens. I get it. But be present. Embrace the ones close to you. The real story of your life isn’t about what you accomplish or accumulate for yourself. It has everything to do with who you spend it with and the impact you make on those closest to you.

Love and cherish your family and friends. No one ever loses if they overdo this.

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