Alan Alda of M*A*S*H fame has written a new book about the power of telling stories. I stumbled across his video on the Big Think (below), talking about how to use your story to connect with others.


It’s a great video, and he got me thinking about my own story. What are the obstacles in my life that I’ve overcome? Furthermore, what are the obstacles I have yet to overcome that would make a great story?

Currently, I’m struggling with indecision, self-doubt, and fear. These things get in the way of me living my dream life. So I have a choice. Do I let my story turn out to sound something like this: “These were the obstacles and here’s how I overcame them” or something like this: “These were the obstacles and that’s why I didn’t succeed.”

So often we do the latter. We don’t look at our obstacles at detours but as reasons why the road ends there. In writing the story of my life, do I want it to end up that way? Heck no! That just sounds so pathetic in hindsight.

I want to use this technique of seeing my life as a story to be told to help me write it out the way I want it. I want to tell the story of how I pushed through indecision, self-doubt and fear to become successful. In the story of my life, I want to see myself victorious.

What will be the story of your life?