Our Stories Help Navigate Change.

“When we meet real tragedy in life, we can react in two ways – either by losing hope and falling into self-destructive habits, or by using the challenge to find our inner strength” –Dali Lama

Exploring your story is a cyclical process that unlocks chapters in your life. It takes you to your early formational years where you learned from those who were around you. Your foundational core is developed at an early age. It becomes the touchstone that you need to tie back to when unlocking  your story.

Understanding that core foundation and knowing what strength you pull from it, is vital to mastering your story and helping others. We all face challenges in life. We all need to walk through changes. We are guided by our internal spirit. That internal spirit, which for purposes of this podcast, we will call God, guides us through difficult times.

Change is. It is not good nor bad, it just is. It is constant. We all encounter it every day. Our story and what we bring to the constant change is what matters. It is important to reach into your core foundation to create a place of hope, understanding and compassion while navigating change.

In this week’s episode we speak with the Reverend Tony Pompa, Dean and Rector of the Cathedral Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, PA. He shares his foundational story and discusses how it is a guiding force during times of change, times of counsel and how it gives hope to people in need.

Creativity Builds Strong Minds Through Fiction Novels

“People don’t want more information. They are up to their eyeballs in information. They want faith–faith in you, your goals, your success, in the story you tell.” -Annette Simmons

Too many times we get caught up in all the information coming at us. The information revolution, while in its essence has improved humanity by giving more

access to improve our knowledge base, it can be extremely hard to really hear and understand impactful stories.  You need to speak from the heart and be heard. 

Our Goal with Master Your Story It Matters is to help you develop, hear and transition your life through impactful stories.   Stories that help you see things in a way that makes your path in life clearer, or to help you through a trying time.  This week I had the pleasure to talk with author Mike Schlossberg. Mike is known to many in Pennsylvania’s Lehigh Valley as their State Representative, championing early childhood education, LGBT equality and women’s health.  Others know him as the author of Tweets and Consequences, a discussion of 60 social media disasters in politics and how they could have been avoided.

 

Mike shares with us some insight into creating his new book. In his newest work, due for release in the first half of 2018, Mike uses fiction in a young adult, sci-fi adventure to tackle a subject close to his heart – mental health and living with depression. 

Take a moment and listen to the podcast below. 

 

The Memoir Revolution with Jerry Waxler

This week's Master Your Story podcast helps you get pass the roadblocks to writing your story

This week I had the pleasure to interview Jerry Waxler.  He’s the guru of memoir writing.  If you ever get the chance to work with him, take it.   Master Your Story is all about finding your story.  When I found Jerry, I knew he was perfect match for our show.   Jerry believes you should “Become the Author of Your Life.”  He goes on to explain that typically, we store our past in haphazard collection, allowing us to see disconnected fragments. This heap of memories can’t provide wisdom, or lessons, and certainly can’t provide a road map to the future.By creatively finding your Story, you develop a pathway from the painful parts, through courage and trials, to the more satisfying parts. Like all good stories, your memoir ends at a higher point than when it started.

During the interview I asked Jerry how he manages to break through writer’s block.  He believes like all obstacles that stand in your way you must overcome them.  Tune in to the show and listen to his advice on how to overcome not only writers block but many of the personal things you come across in life that stop you.

To share your story, you must overcome obstacles that stand in your way. Without a boss telling you to sit and write, tap into your own deep well of creativity, overcome self-doubts, resolve conflicting priorities, and find your voice. Read How to Become a Heroic Writer to learn techniques to travel this heroic journey.

We all need to join the Memoir Revolution, overcome the blank page, and master our story.   I hope you enjoy listening to Jerry.  I enjoyed the conversation.