We all have a story. You might think your life is average, or question what you can offer others that they haven't heard before. But while your personal story might not have all the bells and whistles of a Hollywood movie, your story is no less important or impactful.
And the moment you find your voice and share your journey, people will step forward to share how your courage made them feel more courageous.
That is the power of storytelling. We are built to understand narratives, not just facts or numbers. That's why the best leaders, writers, philosophers, teachers, coaches, and parents are also the greatest storytellers.
So how do you learn to tell a good story?
Lisa Nichols, one of the best speaking coaches in the world, rose to success after sharing her personal journey of overcoming poverty to become a self-made millionaire on The Secret.
And now she's joining Mindvalley to teach a new Masterclass on how to find your mission and rally others around the causes you care about through storytelling. Here are 11 quotes from her on why your personal story has the power to change the world.
1. Your Story Is Important
"Every single thing you touch is impacted by your story."
Humans are storytelling animals. We tell stories to entertain our friends; we tell stories to pass down wisdom; we tell stories to bring awareness to a good
cause. But we also weave a story about who we are, as individuals,
to understand our own personality, environment, and past.
When you feed yourself a disempowering narrative, full of past wounds and present obstacles, you naturally start to believe in your own limitations.
But when you choose to rewrite your story, you'll find out
there's a great deal that you can accomplish.
2. The Best Motivation Doesn't Taste Good
"Some motivation comes wrapped up in sandpaper. Some motivations
come wrapped in ugly sticky situations that you didn’t ask for.
And that’s still your why, not your why not."
There are things that you’ve experienced, obstacles you’ve had to overcome, traumas that you’ve had to endure that you wouldn’t wish
on anybody, including your worst enemy.
But those moments that bring up insecurity, doubt, shame, and pain are not reasons to quit your journey; you can transform those moments into
fodder for a better future. You can turn your fears into fuel. You can
show up, share your story, prove yourself capable, and make it
your life mission to help other people in the same situation as you.
3. You're In Control Of Your Life
"You are the designer of your destiny; you are the author of your story."
You can't control every event, but at the end of the day, only you have the power
to change your thoughts, actions, and situation. You're the author of your
own story, and only you get to write the next chapter of your life.
4. Stop Asking For Permission, Start Living To Inspire
“I’m not going to ask the world if I can be great, I’m going to give
the world notice that I will be great.”
We've all been guilty of waiting for permission or wanting the validation of someone else. We wait politely for our dreams to come true, or we stop recognizing our own desires and dreams because we think they're unrealistic.
But the compromised life never feels good. You're not meant to
sacrifice your dreams or settle for less; you're meant to find
happiness and joy in what you do well.
5. You Won't Always Have Support
“While you’re walking on your journey, your God’s calling, your passion, or your purpose, some days you’re going to have to take that walk alone.”
By showing up to your life, by honoring your own calling, you're doing the entire world a service. But that doesn't mean you'll always feel supported or
understood. The truth is, people often won't understand your
journey or ideas. Every great leader, every successful entrepreneur,
every amazing visionary has had to walk the path less traveled at some point.
And it does feel lonely. You will probably feel some hurt when your family or friends or old tribe doesn't understand the new you or your new ideas. Stick with it. Know your mission, know what you want, and pursue it.
6. How The World Sees You
"Mostly, the world sees you the way you see yourself."
If you don't believe in yourself, then can you really expect others to? Self-confident people inspire confidence in others, whether that's their bosses, students,
friends, or potential clients. It also contributes to other leadership skills,
like consistency, calmness, resilience, and adaptability.
But even if you don't feel self-confident, you can build on the confidence you do have by setting bold but realistic goals, developing your skills, and
ensuring that your words are consistent with your actions.
7. Clarity, Conviction, And Action Equals Success
"When your clarity meets your conviction and you apply action to the equation, your world will begin to transform before your eyes."
The three most important ingredients to your success are the clarity you have about your vision, the conviction that you can make a difference, and the
action steps you take to get there. If you do all three, it won't
take long before you start seeing an effect.
First, you'll see it in your inner world, through your health, happiness, and fulfillment. Then, you'll see the world responding to you differently — either through new opportunities or advancements in your career and personal life.
8. The Two Most Important Days In Your Life Are...
"The two most important days of your life are the day you are born,
and the day you know why."
No one wants to watch their life pass them by. As human beings, we're
not designed to float from menial task to menial task. We're
designed to live with purpose, whether that's becoming
an entrepreneur, philanthropist, writer, or parent.
And when you find out why your life is meaningful, you'll suddenly discover
a reserve of energy and joy that you didn't know you had access to.
9. Embrace The Greatness Inside You, Around You
"I choose to see the greatness in you, and I choose to
allow you to see the greatness in me."
Have you ever had a hard time accepting a compliment, even when it's well-deserved? When people acknowledge our greatness, we're usually scared
and stupefied. It brings up feelings of vulnerability and unworthiness —
and, sometimes, the fear that the compliment will rush to our heads.
But allowing people to see the greatness in you isn't ego, and seeing the
greatness inside someone else doesn't take anything from your own power.
Accept compliments graciously and give them generously. Watch what happens.
10. What Are You Willing To Do To Become Your Best?
"Are you willing to do the things you don't want to do and say the things
you don't want to say so that you can become the man or
woman you've always known yourself to be?"
Most people choose the same mistakes, the same silence, the same choices again and again. But are you willing to make a different choice? One that
could possibly radically change who you are for the better?
By speaking up in that meeting when you're afraid, or choosing to exercise even when you're tired, or remaining calm even when your emotions sky-rocket,
you're setting yourself up for a new and improved way of living.
11. Let Your Light Shine
"Your life has less to do with you than it has to do with all of us that will come across your path. And because you let your light shine,
you gave us permission to do the same."
Dimming your light doesn't do you or the world any good.
You were meant to be great. Stand in that power.
Which of Lisa's quotes resonated with you the most? Share in the comments below.