The Power of Telling Your Story

You have the power to unleash your story. American novelist Alice Walker states, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”  Everyone has a story to tell, but most think they don’t have the resources to do so. There are approximately 152 million books available globally, and more than 2 million are published each year. Stories are shared every day through a variety of online platforms, such as the 7.5 million blog posts uploaded each day. Another 500 million posts are shared on Twitter alone.

There are many benefits associated with storytelling. Writing about important personal experiences for as little as 15 minutes for three days has the potential to benefit your mental and physical health.  Additionally, storytelling can make any fact up to 22 times more memorable. Writing goals enhance your well-being and increase your likelihood of success. According to one study, people who write down their goals are 1.5 times more likely to achieve them.

The power of telling your story is illustrated by its psychological benefits. Self-reflection, communication, healing, concentration, and reasoning have all been associated as benefits from writing. Writing helps you focus on a single idea. Michael Leboeuf shares, “When you write down your ideas, you automatically focus your full attention on them. Few of us can write one thought and think another at the same time. Thus a pencil and paper make excellent concentration tools.”

Writers can get clarity from writing about their experiences, process emotions quicker than non-writers, and organize complex ideas and feelings.

Toni Morrison said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Getting started with writing mindfully may be challenging, but separating the process into steps makes it more manageable. Deciding what to write about may be difficult, but using a writing prompt to get the creative juices flowing can assist you. Do you want to reflect on a challenging experience? Save everything because you never know what you’ll want to come back to.

It takes time to see the benefits of writing. Building a habit is important when starting your story. Commit to writing every day or several times a week, starting small. Maybe it’s writing down a goal you want to achieve in the morning, or about something you’re grateful for in the evening. Writing about your feelings throughout the day to reduce stress can also build your writing habit. Remember to enjoy the journey. Focus on the process rather than the result. Writing should feel like a reward, not a punishment.

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Brian Wallace is a Columnist at Grit Daily. He is an entrepreneur, writer, and podcast host. He is the Founder and President of NowSourcing and has been featured in Forbes, TIME, and The New York Times. Brian previously wrote for Mashable and currently writes for Hacker Noon, CMSWire, Business 2 Community, and more. His Next Action podcast features entrepreneurs trying to get to the next level. Brian also hosts #LinkedInLocal events all over the country, promoting the use of LinkedIn among professionals wanting to grow their careers.

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