Every Great Story Starts With The First Step…100% of the Time.

Stuff that I've been reading and listening to since January.

Everyone likes a good story. Whether it’s a comedy, romance, action or horror. They’re all there. The question is, what will yours be? Also, is the question even something you’re asking? I know I have been. It keeps coming up in a ton of different ways. From what I’m reading, listening to, or from the conversations I’m having. The question keeps being asked, “What do you want your story to be?”

Over the first weekend of 2016, Kristen and I were blessed with a weekend away into the mountains around Vail, Colorado from our oldest daughter. It was much needed. The stresses of the past year had been building up and up and up. The closing of a church and the subsequent spiraling on my part had affected our marriage and my heart.

On one morning as we were talking, Kristen asked me how she could help me. I didn’t have an answer. So she asked a follow up question. “Who can help you?” Thankfully, I had some thoughts. And equally as thankful, we both knew that we had friends in our lives that could and would help. Long story short. 3 weeks later I was driving to South Dakota to spend a few days with our pastor, marriage mentors, groomsman and dear friends. It was life giving. Cup filling. Bank depositing! Use whatever metaphor you want, I needed the time away.

What came out of my time in SD? An increased desire to pursue my story. An increase in desire to have a story. So I started to journal around something that I hate. Setting goals! I’ve come realize that I’ve lived under the shadow of a misguided belief that setting goals is a recipe for failure. So, I’ve always fought against setting goals.

Thankfully, my thoughts are changing (hopefully for the long term) and I’m setting goals. Goals for a story. A story that has meaning and purpose. A story that will inspire.

Regardless of where you are sitting, or standing; if you want a better story, you have to take the first step. It’s always been that way. It will always be that way.

Let me share some of the resources that have been helping.

Books:

Essentialism by Greg McKeown

The Dip by Seth Godin

The Deeper Path – Kary Oberbrunner

How To Win Friends & Influence People by Dale Carnegie

Living Forward by Michael Hyatt & Daniel Harkavy

The 4 Hour Work Week – Timothy Ferris

The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell

Podcasts:

This Is Your Life – Michael Hyatt

The Tim Ferris Show – Tim Ferris

Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast – Andy Stanley

Elevation Church – Steven Furtick

Question: What are you willing to do to pursue your story?