5 Ways Stories Fuel Your Success

5 Ways Stories Fuel Your Success

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One of the first things my husband learned about me is that I love to tell stories. No, I’m not talking about lies. I’m talking about sharing the events of my life out loud. I love to tell and retell them. In that process, I relive those parts of my life and I share them out loud. It would be easy for him to tire of these stories. However, when he sees the joy in my eyes and the excitement on my face, he’ll listen to that story for the hundredth time knowing that I’m revisiting a wonderful moment in my life’s history. Our life’s stories can be the catalysts for greatness. But it’s in what stories we choose to retell and relive that determine where we end up. So today for “Think About it Thursday“, I want to share 5 ways stories fuel your success.

Our life's stories can be the catalysts for greatness. But it's in what stories we choose to retell and relive that determine where we end up. #inspirational #motivational Click To Tweet

1.) Stories Strengthen Our Resolve

There are stories that we’d rather not retell. There are things in our pasts and skeletons in our closets that we’d rather keep hidden. Ironically, such a determination to bury those stories are ways of retelling them. Just because we never say them out loud doesn’t mean we don’t hold on to them in our heart and our head. But success isn’t born out of dwelling on the past. If we continue to give these stories of pain and hurt our attention, we keep ourselves bound in our fears and anxieties. We worry those things will happen again or that they will come back and haunt us.

These kinds of stories can help move you into greatness, though. No, not through keeping them locked away in the vault of your memory. We can use regretable stories to help us succeed by acknowledging their place in our history and then realizing the present is void of them. In that, we can strengthen our resolve to move forward without fear that can cripple us and keep us stagnant. Celebrate that those things are behind you and push forward to the new things ahead of you.

We can use regretable stories to help us succeed by acknowledging their place in our history and then realizing the present is void of them. In that, we can strengthen our resolve to move forward without fear. #inspirational #motivational Click To Tweet

2.) Stories Remind Us of the Truth

There are stories that we have that make us feel warm and fuzzy on the inside. Those stories remind us of what is true in our life. For me, these kinds of stories consist of wonderful moments with my family or close friends. There are times people have come to bat for me and had my back. Those are moments I love to celebrate and people I cherish. These kinds of stories remind us that we’re not alone. We have people who love us and care for us in our corner wanting what’s best for us.

5 Ways Stories Fuel Our Success

One of the greatest assets a person can have is a support system. If you search your memory bank, you will no doubt find story after story of cherished people in your life that invested in you. These are the stories you should hold on to and retell. Take a walk down memory lane with those same people and retell the wonderful stories you remember about time with them. Soon you’ll discover they become as bright-eyed as you do telling them and your bond will become that much stronger. Strong bonds form strong support; that support will be so needed on your road to success.

3.) Stories Give Us Hope

One of my favorite stories takes place with one of my very best friends, Aubree. **Hey, girl! I know you’re reading this!** We had decided to go to a baseball game on buck night to enjoy some $1 hot dogs in the nosebleeds. Once we walked in the gate, 2 stadium employees offered us free Diamond Club Tickets priced at $250 each! We had no idea what they were until they ushered us to a buffet room full of the biggest variety of food I’ve ever seen. After we ate our heart out in beef medallions and shrimp cocktail, we were taken to our seats for the game. Yeah, we were 3 rows behind home plate! The entire night we were brought anything our heart’s desire. We were excited and baffled at how we came for $1 hot dogs and ended up with so much more.

5 Ways Stories Fuel Our Success

It’s a great story. But I’ll tell you, I never enter that stadium now without looking for those guys offering people free Diamond Club Tickets. It happened to me once, so who’s to say it couldn’t again? It gave me hope that even when I come for $1 hot dogs, I might end up with the shrimp cocktail. The same is true for the wonderful stories in our life. When we focus on retelling those great stories, we build hope for bright days in the future. If it can happen to you once, it can happen to you again. Hope keeps the dreams alive and within our reach.

When we focus on retelling those great stories, we build hope for bright days in the future. If it can happen to you once, it can happen to you again. Hope keeps the dreams alive and within our reach. #inspirational #motivational Click To Tweet

4.) Stories Stretch Our Capacity

Just like stories give us hope, they help us see what we are capable of achieving. In my childhood, I won an invention contest. A friend of mine and I developed a pretty cool pizza cutter (which seems pretty apropos for a sixth grader). We entered it into a contest and we won first place! We were so excited! Our prize? Rollerblades and a book. But for the rest of my life, I got to say I won an invention contest. An idea birthed in my mind was worthy of a prize. I often think back on that. As a sixth grader, I did something so impressive! Now when I face something I’ve never tackled before, I have to remind myself, “You won an invention contest when you were a kid. You’ve lived longer now. Imagine what you could do!”

When we accomplish one goal or dream, we can use that story to propel us into the bigger things around the corner. If you’ve achieved something great before, you can stretch a little farther now and accomplish something a bit bigger. You’re capable because every moment of success, whether great or small, can lead to something far greater.

When we accomplish one goal or dream, we can use that story to propel us into the bigger things around the corner. If you've achieved something great before, you can stretch a little farther now and accomplish something a bit bigger.… Click To Tweet

5.) Stories Enable Us To Connect

Telling our story helps us to enlarge our circle of connection; links in our chain. When we open ourselves up to the people around us and share personal parts of ourselves, others can relate and connect. That is one of the biggest reason I started this blog. I wanted to say something that people could connect with. It feels so good when we hear someone’s story and can relate in such a tangible way. So if we tell those wonderful stories of our past and people see those beautiful, colorful parts of our history, we’ve enlarged our circle. More connections mean more connections. Seems pretty simple, but it’s such a huge benefit to our future successes.

We don’t always get from point A to point B alone. Ever wonder how your favorite actor or actress got famous? I can almost guarantee you they made a connection somewhere that catapulted them to stardom. Sure, they had to be talented. But we all have talent (even when we don’t feel like it). Sometimes it takes the right person to come along, relate to our story and give us the chance we need to shine.

What are the stories you tell and retell? Are they ones that will help you succeed, or are they ones that you should leave behind? How have your stories brought you to places of success?

8 Comments

  • We all need a little inspiration sometimes. And I love that it comes in different forms. You are so right, which is why more people should read or watch movies! I’m a big movie watcher, so I mean it doesn’t matter what you prefer, as long as you’re stimulating the brain!

  • Do you know what? This was exactly what I needed today & I want to thank you for that. It gave me hope. A lot of hope. Thank you.

  • Lovely post, Sondra! I’ve never thought stories this way. I should definitely start telling some stories, stories that will help me and the others success move forward. 🙂

  • Lovely post, Kari! I’ve never thought stories this way. I should definitely start telling some stories, stories that will help me and the others success move forward. 🙂

  • These are very powerful reminders. I like to retell stories to keep track of my personal history (I’m afraid if I don’t repeat things enough time I’ll just forget!) but I think I need to do a better job on the ratio of positive and negative stories. Because you’re totally right, the positive ones are effective motivation for the future. 🙂

  • I love writing, telling stories is a passion I find it helps center my thoughts and gives me a moment to breathe. The same with reading getting lost in a good story fiction or otherwise helps expand your mind and free yourself up to tackle life in my opinion

  • I couldn’t agree more. I’ve always loved reading biographies and success stories more than I’ve enjoyed reading fiction because it is so empowering and inspiring to hear of someone else’s struggles and triumphs. Great post!

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