I recommended Steve Chandler’s book, The Story of You to three people last week. It’s one of the best books I have read on personal development. It challenges the reader to think about the story we invent or inherit about ourselves. It’s about how we sometimes exaggerate and embellish our story to impress. Twenty years of recruiting staff in my HR career taught me this doesn’t work for the serial fibbers. There’s a fine line between a bit of creative gilding of the lily and fantasy storytelling whether that’s in an interview or life generally. The fantasy nearly always catches up with the fantasist.
More importantly, the book is about getting real about your current story and creating a new future story, following your passion and living life on purpose. It’s about being a life owner rather than a life victim. It’s about taking responsibility for what you create in your life and who you are becoming.
It’s a great book for people who are in transition. For people who are moving from one situation to another, be that career, relationship, physical location, spiritual development or health.
I know someone who read The Story of You and spent 4 hours writing out the story of who she had been before that day. Then she wrote the story of who she is. I know she did. Because that was me.
I believe I need to practice what I promote as a coach (just to test that it works as I imagine it might).I highly recommend the story of you as a great resource for answering these 6 questions.
What’s the story I tell myself?
Is it true?
Is it serving me?
Whether it’s true or not, do I want to hang on to this story?
What do I want my story to be from now and in the future?
What’s the first step I need to take to make this story materialise?
So, what exactly is your future story and what first step do you need to take to realise it ?