We all have a story.
When we are talking to someone for the first time, trying to get to know them better, we tell our story.
If you are speaking in front of a group and use life experiences to help with a point, you’re telling your story.
When we are in the moment and have a major decision to make, we feel like that’s the world, right then and there.
But, if we a take a step back and look over our entire life, this is just one chapter in our story.
For example, when telling folks about my education, I might say, “I went to high school at Springs Academy and I graduated in 1993.”
But, is that it?
There were 4 long years in high school. Major decisions were made.
Like who to hang out with,
Finding a job,
High school romance,
Do you see my point?
A lot happens in high school and at the time it was the focal point of our story, but now it’s usually summed up into one or two sentences.
Same holds true with college. There were four, five or more years spent in college.
Again, you had to make major decisions. Decisions that felt almost impossible to make at the time.
What major to choose, do I stick with a particular major?
What company should I intern with?
Do I join a fraternity/sorority? Which one?
But, right now, when talking about college, we can sum it up in one or two sentences.
Right now you may be facing major decisions.
You’ve been laid off and would like to find a job. You keep telling yourself, “man, if one good job would come my way.” Instead, you have three to choose from.
Which one do you choose?
May be you’re in a relationship that isn’t going well.
Do you stay and try to “work it out” or do you part ways so both of you are happier?
What about this year?
Did you have a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, get in shape, or live healthier in 2009?
Is it happening for you? Are you taking the steps to make it happen?
What will this part of your story be like?
Will it be five or ten years summed up into one or two humdrum sentences or are you finally getting to the good part of your story full of action and excitement?
Major decisions are a part of life and they always will be regardless of the path you choose. It’s the direction you choose now that makes the difference in the next chapter of your life story.
Will you feel like a success at the end of your story, weaving into it details of struggle, lessons learned, and a triumphant win in the end? Or will it be another tragedy, like so many others, that choose to tip toe till the end and say, “should a, could a, would a?”
If fitness was one of your goals and you’ve let it slip up until now, you have a major decision to make.
Will you take action on the long and exciting journey to a healthier more productive life or will you choose the gloom and doom of your comfortable existence?
Either decision you make, it will have its struggles and challenges, but in the end, what story will you tell?