Everyone has a story. What’s YOUR story?
It shocked me to find out that the guy I chat with every morning at the coffee shop worked on the set of the original Hawaii Five-O TV show. He told me he looked a lot like the star of the show Jack Lord and doubled for him on several occasions. I had no idea. I was skeptical until he showed me this picture taken in 1974…
That chance encounter reminded me that every person has a story: including you. What’s your story?
As we grow older, we tend to think our story is pretty much written. The plot is in place and there are many more chapters written than unwritten. Too many of us have laid down the pen, or pushed away from the keyboard, and have decided to let the end of the story write itself.
Don’t give into this temptation.
Regardless of what you see as you look at your story, you still have the power to write the ending. The last chapter of your story has not yet been written. And I’m convinced, if you kick back now and let the end of the story write itself, the ending will not be good. Why would you take your hands off of the steering wheel as you enter the last curve of the race?
Think about the great novels you’ve read. It is the ending which determines whether it’s a great novel or a mediocre one. The greatness of the novel is found in the greatness of the ending.
Perhaps until this point you’ve lived a mediocre life. Maybe you’ve had more failures than successes. You might even admit that your life has been a disappointment. But guess what? The last chapter has not yet been written. (Check out my encouraging article about creating the future.)
It’s these ending chapters of your story which will determine the greatness of your life. It’s this chapter of life which will determine how you will be remembered.
Stop and answer this question: What does your story say? If you aren’t happy with the answer, and most of us aren’t, start writing the ending which will turn your story into a good one.
When my son was young he read many books in a series called, Choose Your Own Adventure. The end of each book depended on the choices you made as the story unfolded.
Here’s my challenge to you: choose your own adventure.
It’s your story, not mine. Make it a good one.