Program Success January 2020 - Page 9

Program Success 9 January 2020 In 2020 No One Can Tell Your Story Better Than You Can As we enter this New Year, many of you will have inevitably made New Years’ resolutions. I am not a fan! The main reason that I am not a fan of traditional New Year’s resolutions is that they focus too much on the result without much thought on the journey needed to achieve them. So instead of resolutions, think about making new commitments, and take the time to map out how you are going to achieve the results you want in both your personal and professional life. It is a fact that if you cannot define yourself, what you do and who you are, others will do that for you. And that is not what you want, because no one can tell your story better than you can. To determine my commitment for the New Year, I reflected on my writing career. It was this very publication that offered me the opportunity to become a published writer. Our publisher provided me with one of the first pieces that I wrote for this magazine. It was a take on an assignment that I used in my classroom as a Professor. Linda Ellis wrote a poem entitled The Dash. We do not play much of a role in our entrance into this life and we have minimal to say about how and when we will depart. However, we do have a major influence on the time and experience in between, written as the dash (-) between the dates of our birth and our death. It is what you do with your Dash that makes the difference. I challenged my students to write the story of their Dash. In this article, I wrote my Dash and, as you can imagine in over 10 years, the story has changed. It is now time for me to write a new chapter in my Dash. I challenge you, as I challenged my students, write your Dash, tell your story! Telling your story may be hard work, but it is the most important thing that you will ever do. You were put on this earth to feel, live and tell. Whatever you share might be what helps someone else heal. The tragedies and the joys that you have experienced could become someone else’s hope, the star they look to for comfort and guidance while they continue their journey. Who are you NOT to offer the truths that might help others heal? “Tell the story of the mountains that you climbed. Your words could become a page in someone else’s survival guide” wrote Morgan Nichols. Telling your story is your obligation to the next generation. If we do not, we are doing a disservice, not only to our professions but to our children and their children. If you are not ready to tell your entire story, start small. Update your bio on your business website; update your LinkedIn profile; update your Facebook profile; change your Instagram bio. If you do not know where to start, contact me. I am the Master Storyteller and as I do for many of my clients, I can help you tell your story. At the end of the day, it is YOUR story and even though I can help, no one will ever tell your story better than you can!