Telling Your Bigger Story

Telling Your Bigger Story

Line drawing of the book How to Work Wonders With Words by the North American Institute of Chicago, Illinois. Advertisement from the pulp magazine Amazing Stories (April 1926, vol. 1, no. 1). Author: Unknown, via Wikimedia Commons.

Telling Your Bigger Story

My soul-colleague came to me this morning with a lot of anxiety and a great need for fundraising.

I helped her see that she had only explored the tip of the iceberg of monies she needed.

But how to help her embrace this without more anxiety?

How to Tell the Bigger Story

I was happy she was self-aware enough to bring me the emotional side of the issue as well as the money side.

We explored the anxiety. But I also helped her to tell herself the Bigger Story about what she is actually doing. It’s amazing, with ramifications far beyond what she had originally seen. (That’s why it felt so huge: it is!)

Next, I’ll work with her organization’s Board to tell a Bigger Story with them. I hope to inspire them to start working seasonal-smart and use Winter to do research into funding sources.

Although Winter is a good time to do fundraising, long about January it gets quiet. When roads get bad  in winter, it’s a great time to travel online to sources untapped. (To everything its season. Search on any season name in our blog, and you’ll see.)

Storytelling is Wonderworking

Here is another image that describes what happened today:

Her words and my words worked the wonders. That’s all we use: words! (OK, and the ephemeral stuff. And occasionally, flower essences. And money.) She felt much better. She wanted to take a nap! I take that as significant progress indicator. Relief and a new perspective can feel like a lovely nap coming on. Then we are rested and can tell the big story to others, out loud.

Here is another post about telling yourself the right story. And here is a personal post about its importance in my own life and vocation. Here are all our posts on Stories.

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