It's Time to Tell Your Story
How Writing a Book Can Level Up Your Personal Growth
According to a survey conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Thrift Books, over 55 percent of Americans think their life stories could be turned into a book or movie. Fifty-four percent stated they wanted to write to share their challenges and how they overcame them. That’s a lot of people with books cooking on the inside of them.
The funny thing is the study showed only a small amount of people ever really get around to completing a book. About 8 percent to be exact. Ouch.
That means that although people have the desire to tell their stories, whether fiction or non-fiction, somehow, they are missing the drive it takes to actually get it done!
Now, if I had a dollar for every time someone told me, “I’ve always wanted to write a book about my life” or “I have a good idea for a book,” I’d be rich—super-rich. I’m talking Jeff Bezos rich.
I believe the stories people have inside of them would really bless others. This made me wonder why people don’t get around to telling their stories. Ahem. Let me get personal. We’re friends, right? Why haven’t you gotten around to telling your story??? Hmm…
I know that life gets in the way. Time is a huge factor for most of us. It’s hard enough to find time for some self-care, let alone penning a whole book! I get it.
You may even be thinking that writing a book sounds good, but you don’t have a clue how to start.
Maybe you started but lost your momentum along the way. The idea of writing a whole book can be daunting. But it’s not impossible. In fact, with a little consistency, you can make your dream of writing a book become a reality.
One of the first spiritual (as in Holy Spirit) books I read as a new Christian was Rick Warren’s The Purpose Driven Life. I had only been saved a short period before my life was turned upside down.
It seemed that in an instant, I went from a married woman with a family to a financially struggling single mom.
I hadn’t known God for long, and I wondered what on earth my purpose was.
Someone had bulldozed my white picket fence and happily-ever-after, and I was struggling to find a purpose for my life.
In The Purpose Driven Life, one simple sentence transformed my thinking and has stayed with me all these years. Very simply put, the first line in chapter one says, “It’s not about you.” This changed my life. Talk about growth! So, what does this have to do with you telling your story—writing your book?
Well, like Rick Warren said, “It’s not about you.” It all goes back to God. It’s about Him. As a bonus, when you are following Him closely, there are some things that naturally occur in your life when you tell your story:
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