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The Power of Telling Your Story



the power of telling your story

Storytelling has immense power. Writing about an important personal experience for just as little as 15 minutes for three days has the potential to benefit your mental and physical health. Writing down goals enhances personal well-being and increases the likelihood of success. According to a study, those who write down their aspirations are 1.5 times more likely to achieve them. Additionally, storytelling can be a powerful persuasive tool, seeing as storytelling can make any fact up to 22 times more memorable.

Everyone has a story to tell, but many people think they don’t have the tools to do so. American Novelist Alice Walker states, “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” Worldwide, there are over 150 million books available, and more than 2 million alone are published each year. Stories are shared every day on a variety of social media and web-based platforms, but more stories have yet to be written.

Getting started seems like a daunting task, but separating the writing process into pieces makes it more manageable. Using a writing prompt to get the creative juices flowing can help you choose the right story. Do you want to reflect on a challenging experience? What message do you want to convey to your readers? When writing, make sure to save everything because you never know what you’ll want to come back to. Focus on the process rather than just the end result; writing should feel like a reward, not a punishment.

Psychological benefits of writing include healing, communication, concentration, reasoning, and self-reflection. Writers process emotions quicker than non-writers, can effectively communicate difficult concepts, have the tools to focus on a single idea and organize complex ideas and feelings, and gain clarity on personal struggles. Anyone can become a published author with the right tools; all a writer needs are support, guidance, and feedback to succeed.

Opyrus enables billions of people to tap into their power to write for their mental, physical, and financial wellbeing; it enables you to tap into your power to write and change your life. Opyrus democratizes and socializes writing, allowing individuals to create, collaborate, and grow. FastPencil is an easy-to-use writing tool to create, protect, and sell personal content, and Caravan is a private community of writers, guides, and service providers that can work together and provide feedback. WritingLight delivers you rich information courses, podcasts, and other sources of knowledge, improving your writing capabilities.

The benefits of writing take time, so building a habit is important. Commit to writing every day or several times a week, starting small. Writing about your feelings throughout the day to reduce stress can get your mind into the habit. Maybe it’s writing down a goal you want to accomplish in the morning or something you’re grateful for in the evening. In the words of Toni Morrison, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” Start telling your story today; you just might change the world.

The Secret Power of Telling Your Story

Brian Wallace is the Founder and President of NowSourcing, an industry leading infographic design agency , based in Louisville, KY and Cincinnati, OH which works with companies that range from startups to Fortune 500s. Brian also runs #LinkedInLocal events nationwide, hosts the Next Action Podcast, and has been named a Google Small Business Advisor for 2016-present and joined the SXSW Advisory Board in 2019. Follow Brian Wallace on LinkedIn as well as Twitter.