Echo12 :: When we stop believing the stories we tell – Jeff Goins

Jeff Goins is a writer and communicator who lives in Nashville. Since 2006, he has worked for Adventures in Missions, a short-term missions agency, and currently serves as the organization’s Communications Director. Jeff feels most alive when he’s helping others live and tell better stories. His blog, Goinswriter.com, was voted one of the “Top Ten Blogs for Writers” in 2011 by WritetoDone.com. His writing has been featured on some of the most popular blogs in the world, including Problogger, Copyblogger, and Zen Habits. Jeff’s first book, Wrecked: When a Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, releases in August. He also likes Pez.

 

 

  • When we Stop Believing the stories we tell
    • As storytellers we can relate to this idea that if we hear a story enough times then it can begin to feel like this story has lost its significance.
    • We understand that a story doesn’t get told and share if there aren’t people behind the scenes on teams, doing the work.
    • Part of my story is helping people tell their stories.
    • G.K. Chesterton – The Great Orthodoxy- What is better than having the familiarity of the surroundings that you’re used to, and feeling like you’re doing something new.
    • “I did try to found a heresy of my own, and when I had put the last touches to it, I discovered it was orthodoxy.” – G.K. Chesterton
    • When you set out to live a great story, you become a bit jaded.
    • You help other people share their story, but you may feel bitter because you’re just sitting in a cubicle all day.
    • This tension is actually part of the story. This is a good thing. A really good story has thought twists and is surprising.
    • A story isn’t just about someone who wants something and gets it. Some twists have to happen along the way.
    • An important part of telling stories is to lean into the hard times.
    • It’s not always sexy, but it is significance.
    • In order for someone to be up front, someone has to be backstage.
    • Choice #1 – Embrace your role
    • “We can do no great things. Only small things with love.” – Mother Teresa
    • Small things with love are great things.
    • Choice #2 – Be Remarkable
    • Choose to be remarkable.
    • Embrace the role you’re given, but sometimes you’re called to do more.
    • Find a way to grab the dream and work it into your daily commitments.
    • You may just need permission to be who you are.
    • “The false self, since it intuits that it is but a shadow, that it is nothing, begins to convince itself that it is what it does.” – Thomas Merton
    • Chances are that you were made for more than your daily job.
    • If all you ever do is embrace the role, and serve serve serve, eventually you become what you do. And all of your identity is attached to your productivity.
    • “Become who you are. It happens once in a lifetime.” – Switchfoot
    • This is a process and a choice.
    • Choice #3 – Stop Hiding
    • Stop hiding behind your role. Live in this tension: The things we’re expected to do, and the things we long to do.
    • The Three Lessons:
      • Embrace your role, whatever it is.
      • Be remarkable, wherever you are.
      • Stop hiding; start living.
    • Homework
      • Which part of the story do you struggle with the most?
      • Which choice do you need to make?
      • Write it all down.

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