This article is a 2-part series exploring:
- What is your life story?
- How do you unveil your life story?
Life is an awesome teacher. I am learning that to be a history maker, you don’t have to be born with super genes or characteristics. That’s right; you don’t have to be at the top of your career to be a trailblazer. Leadership emerges from your life story as you focus on growing yourself and serving others. Discipline, self‑education, self‑awareness, and service are a winning combination for making an impact in your society.
An impactful life
Your life is your story.
No one can live your life but you. The key is to invest your time wisely and be committed to living a meaningful life of service to others.
To live an impactful life, you must know yourself and learn about yourself. This is not about being egotistical or self-centered. It’s about embarking on a journey to establish your personal brand and answer that ever important question, “What is the purpose of my life?” It’s about learning from your life experiences and playing to your strengths and abilities.
You’re either up or out
Knowing your life story requires transforming from glory to glory, transitioning from one level to the next. The idea is to be constantly moving upwards, not necessarily in a linear fashion, but upwards nonetheless, with every peak and valley contributing to the fulfilment of your purpose.
For example, the Army applies an “up or out” rule that limits how long soldiers can stay in their ranks before being promoted. Likewise, employees in certain industries undergo enforced schedules of performance reviews: if performance is judged high, the employee is promoted; if performance is judged inadequate, the employee is encouraged or asked to leave the company.
Though somewhat controversial, we can certainly apply aspects of this principle to our own lives: keep learning and growing or be satisfied with the status quo and find yourself regressing. Jim Rohn, the late American entrepreneur and motivational speaker said it best:
“Every life form seems to strive to its maximum except human beings. How tall will a tree grow? As tall as it possibly can. Human beings, on the other hand, have been given the dignity of choice. You can choose to be all or you can choose to be less. Why not stretch up to the full measure of the challenge and see what all you can do?”
Part 2 of this series will explore the role of clutter in the discovery and refinement of your life story.