Fuel Your Story With VPGs

Fuel Your Story With VPGs

20 Ways to Change Your Story

17. Fuel Your Story with VPGs

To thine own self be true.

Shakespeare had it right when he wrote those words. Being true to yourself is not being selfish! Your best contributions to the world will come from being in integrity with your authentic self.

To live your very best story, you need to be authentically YOU. Your authentic self knows what will make you happy, knows what you came here to do, knows how to keep you healthy, and carries your creative spark.

The fuel efficiency of a vehicle is measured in miles per gallon (MPG). You can measure your story’s efficiency by how in tune it is with your VPGs — Values, Passions and Gifts. VPGs are the core of your authenticity.

Only struggle, discomfort and unhappiness can come from trying to live a story that is in conflict with your VPGs. It’s like putting water into your gas tank instead of fuel. Your engine will stall and your story will take you nowhere. You’ll feel frustrated and stuck pushing a story that no longer serves you uphill.

Filling your tank with VPGs is like using high octane Personal Power fuel!

It will feel fun and exciting to climb behind the wheel as your engine roars and carries you swiftly and powerfully into your biggest and best authentic story.

Know what you value (what’s important to you), what your passions are (what inspires you), and what your gifts are (what flows easily through you) and let the synergy of those things fuel your life. This will bring you personal fulfillment AND raise the quality of life for those around you and for the world!

Let’s take a look at VALUES.

What do you most Value having?

  • Is it more important to you to have freedom than money? Or is the reverse true?
  • Is it more important to you to have fun? Or to have inner peace?
  • Is it more important to you to have a sense of belonging? Or to have self-respect?

Besides having Values, there are also being Values. What do you most value being?

  • Is it more important to you to be honest? Or to be polite?
  • Is it more important to you to be decisive? Or to be flexible?
  • Is it more important to you to be creative? Or to be organized?

There are no ‘good’ or ‘bad’ answers. And, of course, there are many more things you might value having than the few examples above. It’s important to identify and prioritize your top values because, as the above examples indicate, values can be conflicting. If you know your top three to five having and being values, you can recognize when your current story may not be honoring or supporting those values. And, you can make choices and claim new stories that favor them.

Let’s take a look at PASSIONS.

What do you most love doing?

  • Do you love to travel, dance or create art?
  • Does time disappear when you’re tinkering with mechanical things or solving complex puzzles?
  • Are you happiest when you’re in the kitchen baking?
  • Does taking care of children lift your heart?
  • Are you fascinated by the study of bugs, or photography, or Egyptian history?

Are there causes that speak to your heart and rally you to action?

  • Are you fired up for ecology and conservation?
  • Do you want all homeless pets to find forever homes?
  • Are you called to march on Washington for the protection of gay rights?
  • Will you simply not sleep until there’s an end to world hunger?

These are your passions, and passions carry massive energy to move us forward into new chapters and stories in our lives. When we bring our passions into action, we bring joy into our lives and often into the lives of others as well. Take some time to identify a handful of things you are most passionate about and make sure your new story is full of them.

Now, let’s take a look at GIFTS.

Your gifts are the things you’re really good at, things that come easily and naturally to you.

  • Does music flow through you easily?
  • Are you incredibly intuitive?
  • Do you have a knack for building things?
  • Are you a natural athlete?
  • Does writing come easily to you?
  • Do you mesmerize crowds with your oratory power?
  • Does everything you cook taste amazing?

These may be your natural gifts, the abilities and aptitudes you were born with. Which is not to say it won’t take training and practice to hone those skills. Just that these things seem to come easier to you than to most. Emphasizing these natural gifts will assure that your story unfolds with more ease and grace.

Put all of these Values, Passions and Gifts together and you’ll have some seriously high octane fuel in your tank. So take the time to discover and act on your own VPGs and watch your new story go from 0 to 90 in no time at all.

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This is the 18th post in a 21-post series sparked by Chapter 9 of Fallen, The Adventures of a Deep Water Leaf, in which Lizard suggests that Alora change her story.

#20WaysIn20Days, #ChangeYourStory, #Fallen

Choose Your Own Adventure and Be Flexible

Choose Your Own Adventure and Be Flexible

20 Ways to Change Your Story

15. Choose Your Own Adventure and Be Flexible

 

Copyright: halfpoint / 123RF Stock PhotoMy daughter used to love those Choose Your Own Adventure books when she was little.

Every few pages, the protagonist faces a choice point and the reader gets to choose what the protagonist does next. That choice sends the story off in one of several possible directions, by sending the reader to a specific next page. After a few more pages, a new choice point is reached, and the reader again shapes the direction the story will take by choosing for the protagonist.

Each book has multiple possible endings, at least some of which may be reached through multiple paths. The ending you reach depends on the choices you make along the way.

What a brilliant story structure and clever mirror of the way life works!

Here’s how I think it relates to the idea of story changing.

On page one, you, the protagonist, decide to change your story. You set a new intention or goal, or decide to change something about yourself or your beliefs. You take a few steps in a new direction.

Then on page four, life throws something unexpected at you and you’re faced with choices. Some choices will take you deeper into your new story, and some will keep you locked in the old story. You don’t always know which choice is the best one, but you make a choice and you keep on moving.

The key is to keep your focus on the WHAT (the desired ending) while remaining super flexible about the HOW (which pages of the book will get you there).

Copyright: halfpoint / 123RF Stock PhotoIf you get locked into which specific pages you need to land on to get to the ending you want, you might miss meeting a great supportive character or enjoying an exciting subplot.

If you can stay flexible about how the pages of the story unfold, while making resourceful choices along the way, you can enjoy the journey of choosing your own adventure and reach your happily ever after.

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This is the 16th post in a 21-post series sparked by Chapter 9 of Fallen, The Adventures of a Deep Water Leaf, in which Lizard suggests that Alora change her story.

#20WaysIn20Days, #ChangeYourStory, #Fallen

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