StoryLine Exercise

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Creating Your StoryLine

Step back and consider the most significant highs and lows of your life. Consider the most formative moments or periods of your personal and professional life. Who has made the biggest difference, both positive and negative, in your life? Consider your parents, teachers, coaches, siblings, colleagues, friends, and mentors. Explore losses and health crises, highs and lows in your career. Reflect on key decisions and turning points.

To help you capture these key events or key periods of time, download the StoryLine Exercise here. Complete the chronological exercise and the accompanying reflection designed to help you capture key learnings, values, and insights. I strongly urge you to do this transformative exercise. The StoryLine elevates our concept of self-awareness as understanding of our strengths and development areas by taking it to the breakthrough perspective of “Where do my strengths and development areas come from? How did I acquire these strengths? Where did I form these values? Why are certain challenges particularly difficult for me?”

Take a pause, and deepen your self-awareness by seeing and connecting the dots to your life stories. In her book The Gifts of Imperfection, Brené Brown, well-known speaker, researcher, and author said, “Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy – the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

When you have completed your StoryLine, take this potentially transformative exercise to another level. Fully write the short stories for two or three of the most impactful stories from your StoryLine. Flesh them out as best you can. Naming these experiences and reflecting on them brings a certain amount of insight and emotion, but writing the full story brings them fully to life and brings their deep significance to light.

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