Write your own life story.
At the end of the day, that page is published and can’t be unwritten or torn out.
A good book can never be written by winging the whole thing.
Think back to the last couple months of pages in your story, and ask yourself these 5 questions:
- Does this story excite me?
- Would I read it aloud?
- Is the main character likable?
- Do I want to high-five the main character for the things they’ve accomplished?
- Do I like the direction the overall story is heading?
We may get to choose how our story unfolds, but we don’t get to decide when it ends.
Remembering that our story can come to an end at any time is a great way to make sure that we’re making the most out of every page. If the page you’re on right now (today) was the last page written about your life, would it be a good ending?
Would reading your life story leave you feeling satisfied or disappointed by the hero’s journey that led up to that point?
It may be a cliffhanger, sure, but did the main character become the hero of the story or was the entire thing just one of those books that makes you want to stab your eyes out with a fork?
Most people aren’t ready for their story to end. Once it does, that’s it. No more edits, no more plot twists, no more adding pages. The book is published and put on display.
All stories must come to an end eventually, but the really great ones will live on forever as legends.
The epilogue comes after the story ends. But it’s out of our control.
The epilogue of our story comes from what we’re remembered for. It’s the overarching message of our life story as a whole, the accomplishments of our hero (or lack thereof if you never became the hero), and the lessons that can be learnt from both.
Taking the time to reflect on your life story leading up to this point, as well as planning a general outline for where you want it to go, will give your story structure, purpose, and a world of potential.
By keeping a journal and actually physically writing it down, you’ll experience exponential growth from keeping those lessons learned and goals for the future at the front of your mind.
Write down your answer to the following questions in your journal:
- When looking back at the beginning of your life story, what expectations or hopes did you have for the direction the story and hero would take?
- Identify the areas the storyline or heroes actions are weak, and write down 3 lessons that could be learned from it to make them stronger.
- What is your worst habit or drawback currently that is preventing you (or otherwise interfering) from being the hero you want to be?
- When your story ends, what do you want to be remembered for? Write it as a one sentence epilogue.
- Set 3 heroic goals for the next week. They don’t have to be monumental, but they should challenge you at least a little bit and leave you with a sense of accomplishment. Keep them next to your bed and read them first thing in the morning to give your day a sense of purpose.
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