Your Story: 4 Tips To Keep Telling It

You Are More Than Capable

your storyβ€œOnce you start recognizing the truth of your story, finish the story. It happened but you’re still here, you’re still capable, powerful, you’re not your circumstance. It happened and you made it through. You’re still fully equipped with every single tool you need to fulfill your purpose.” ― Steve Maraboli

How I love those words of Steve Maraboli! This morning especially. Woke up with this thought on my mind – telling your story yourself – and wanted to check in with you, our readers, how you are doing on this score. Admittedly, this post did not come out of the blue but was inspired somewhat by my feeling of annoyance. You might have had or are having similar experiences yourself. It is an experience that is not enough to get you off your game, resolutions if you made them, or your intentions. Well, it ought not, however, it can be as annoying as heck as you are busy focussing on writing your story.

As You Write Your Story

Have you noticed that the more focussed you seem to be in your life, doing what you need to do to get to where you want to be, burning the proverbial midnight oil to write your story and starting to make some headway the more people crawl out of the woodwork:

  • Claiming association with you?
  • Needing you to support and endorse their efforts?
  • Wanting you to do one favour or another for them?
  • Needing to borrow money, shoes or cups of flour or sugar?
  • Trying to distract you from your mission?

your storyWhat is comical about it is that, on the larger scale of life as we know it, you are not one of the reported 62 people who basically own the world! Here you are, in your very tiny, minuscule corner, sharing your story to a few but engaged people who are wanting to hear more and these energy-vampires, as I like to call them, come calling.

The very same friends who thought you were nuts to be putting your business out there. Your uncle, aunt, sister, cousin, in-laws maybe even partner who thought you were losing it when you decided to set up a blog and write your story. Those very same ones are now sending you “Page Like” requests on Facebook, as you now have a following and so they decide to create their own page to sell their craft. They are bombarding you with questions about your social media strategy, how you created your YouTube channel or where do you find those “moving pictures” for Instagram. Your Twitter engagement is envied by them and they want to jump on your bandwagon.

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Don’t Be Discouraged

Some people have been discouraged by the lack of support they have received from friends and family for their ventures. Read somewhere that the least reliable people you can have when you start a business are friends. There are many stories online about that as well as advice what to do when it happens to you. We all know that word-of-mouth promotion of your venture by family and friends is such an important thing for a start-up but often it does not come. So, when your page, blog, store, etc starts to take off and the people who would not put in a word for you, even like or share your blog start claiming association with you or worse yet, copying your efforts, do you get angry, hostile and tell them off, reminding them how they did not support you when you were starting out? Ignoring their requests, blocking or deleting them from your Facebook page because they continually steal your content and parts of your story is another option. But will this make a difference? Are you simply being just like them – envious, mean-spirited, bitter, jealous, lacking imagination and originality?

faithThis has happened to me and continues and quite honestly, I had a mix of these responses. One thing that I most certainly have not done and ask you not to be tempted to do is to stop telling your story in whatever form that you do. Whether it is a blog, an actual store or an online business, here are some things that will help you throughout this year to keep your faith, keep it moving as our Fashion Contributor, Mardene Carr, often says and keep growing:

  • If your plans were made on the assumption of having the support of your family and friends, Revise it. Use the data of the past however long that you have been “working” your ideas and adjust accordingly.
  • Anything that needs done in your business, on your blog, etc make sure you can do it yourself, or you can find people to help you. In other words, Out Source. One resource that has been very useful for me is Fiverr. My budget is limited and through this resource, I have found really good help at a reasonable price. Yes, there are “crooks” everywhere online so do your research, check their credentials and reviews and do your homework before agreeing to anything.
  • You get what you give – always remember that so do not return to those who were not supportive of you the same treatment. However, if they bring negativity to you such as “this is not going to work,” “why are you wasting your time with this blog?” or any other statements or attitude like this – Limit if you can their time and space in your ear. The last thing you need are naysayers while you are trying to tell your story.
  • Always remember that Anything Is Possible and often all it takes is an open window or a crack to let the light in! Your success is not dependent on any specific person. There is great truth to the statement that nothing happens before its time so do not give up. Adjust, revise, get freelance help if you must but do not give up on your dream!
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It Will Make You Stronger!

soarWe are social beings. We are created for relationships – in the broadest sense of the word. Our growth comes through our interaction with all that surrounds us and that include people, Nature, and situations that we face. The one thing that is constant in our relating is what we bring to the encounter. We can stop telling our story when faced with the challenge of lack of support by those we thought would be the most likely to support us. That would be the easy way out, but those who succeed in any way will tell you it was along the less travelled road, the ‘lonely’ highway that they experienced the best of themselves.

So, do not stop sharing, do not stop posting, do not lose faith! Keep it moving and keep telling your story! Have a wonderful Monday! Be sure to sign-up and join this community and receive your Weekday Wisdom every Monday through Friday. It is a dose of simple tips to walk with you throughout the day. As well, you will get a copy of my monthly newsletter and it is all free!

Namaste

Claudette P. Esterine
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40 thoughts on “Your Story: 4 Tips To Keep Telling It

  1. Its funny, I have been in a “toxic cleanup” stage lately of trying to get those toxic relationships out of the way and stop letting them suck up my energy. It’s hard!!

    1. Ms Claudette

      Yes, it is hard but if your heart and mind are telling you they are choking, you will have to. Cold turkey might not be your way but do not stretch it out for too long. Best of luck! πŸ™‚

  2. Great article… Very inspiring. There was a time I feel shy sharing my story. But if you speak up it might help someone to get inspired.

  3. We should not stop sharing our story so others can learn from it ..inspired by it..

  4. CourtneyLynne

    It’s funny, it took me awhile but I eventually realized when it comes to most things in life, you have to be your biggest supporter. The people you always thought would be your number ones, usually aren’t.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You are right, often then turn out to be number LAST!!! πŸ™‚ You can only depend on You and what strengthens you. Thanks for sharing Courtney. πŸ™‚

  5. I love what I get to do. If it make the difference in one person’s life then I have done what I am called to do. πŸ™‚

    1. Ms Claudette

      I could not agree with you more! πŸ™‚

  6. I haven’t had people suck the energy out of my business. Yet.

    1. Ms Claudette

      That’s awesome! Let’s keep it that way! πŸ™‚

  7. Telling our story is very important.

    1. Ms Claudette

      It indeed is! πŸ™‚

  8. You still have your best support… yourself. The only thing that matters is you have your story, so go ahead and write it.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I honestly do not know how I would survive this far without Me! πŸ™‚

  9. Very great quote … I believe we always get what we give

    1. Ms Claudette

      Indeed we do! πŸ™‚

  10. Like Maya Angelou once said: When someone shows you who they are, believe them. Don’t worry about the naysayers. Keep doing what you do.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Amen to that Quin, amen!!! πŸ™‚

  11. dltolley

    I always hark back to: My record for surviving bad days is 100%. Just carry on. Things will get better . . .

  12. It’s a really good quote. Your post is so inspiring!

  13. top5life

    Some wonderful tips. Would definitely implement them in my life.

    1. Ms Claudette

      You go for it! πŸ™‚

  14. victoria

    I never heard that quote before. and it was a useful tips

    1. Ms Claudette

      Glad that you found benefit Victoria! πŸ™‚

  15. i so appreciate your sweet & encouraging spirit. i agree completely that it is so important to keep telling our stories even if there is a lack of support. and i also agree that fiverr is an excellent outsource opportunity if you need help in order to keep telling your story

    1. Ms Claudette

      Thank you so much Michelle! Yes, I use Fiverr both as a buyer and a seller and like everything else on the Internet, you just have to do your homework. Thanks for visiting again! πŸ™‚

  16. Elizabeth O.

    If no one else will give you support, then don’t forget to support yourself. It’s important to be confident at what you’re planning to do.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I don’t think it is an “if.” I think you have to go for it anyway! πŸ™‚

  17. Love these tips. I’ll have to use them.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Go for it Maddie! πŸ™‚

  18. I love what I do and I want to inspire others to make that change and be true to themselves.

    1. Ms Claudette

      Keep going for it then Ana! πŸ™‚

  19. Well well well, what a story…I believe that if you havent got no haters yet, you arent putting yourself out there enough. Nothing changes if nothing changes, So my story will be told over and over until even the haters believe it and start sharing it from he roof tops being my biggest brand ambassadors…

    The dream vampires are real Claudette…but they dont affect me at all. Afterall even in the good book, no prophet was believed in their home city from day one…so neither will you be celebrated by your family and friends until Total strangers start celebrating you1

    1. Ms Claudette

      Great attitude and approach Julie! πŸ™‚

  20. I am always grateful for the way I am because I have never really relied on people like that for support. If I decide that something is worth doing, I do not need any endorsements. I will pray about what I have to do and move right along. Sometimes it is best not to tell your story to some people because if you are not careful they will discourage you. The best thing to do is to believe in your story, believe in what you have to say and move out by faith.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I fully agree with you that it is most often – not sometimes for me – best not to tell your story before it is public knowledge to “friends.” They will kill your dreams with their own nightmarish experiences. As always, thanks for visiting. πŸ™‚

  21. I love writing and if I only reach one person then I made a difference. I just love my job.

    1. Ms Claudette

      I so agree with you, Tara! If I have only one visit for the day to this blog, I shout with joy! πŸ™‚

  22. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    I have never heard that Steve Maraboli quote before. I love it – it’s so true!

    1. Ms Claudette

      It’s a good one, eh? πŸ™‚

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