Saturday, February 14, 2009

Your Story

What’s your story? You have a unique and interesting story to tell about your experiences, hopes and dreams. Your story includes your successes, challenges, credentials, and the people who helped you along the way. Your mentors, partners, and heroes helped shape your path, and your family, culture, and environment were a springboard for your career. Whether you feel like you took a bungee jump off of a cliff or a gentle climb through a bed of roses, your environment gave you challenges and opportunities that helped you build the character and resilience for finding where your dreams can lead you.

This month in the LifeWork Planning Guides we will develop a Personal Summary. Your Personal Summary is the first step in your LifeWork Success Plan. Your Personal Summary will give you a good start on your personal/career portfolio or the executive summary for your business plan.

In the business plan this would be the Executive Summary. It would be placed at the beginning of your business plan, but it would be completed when you finish your plan. This section can be completed now and then later you can condense, revise, or add to it after you have completed your LifeWork Success Plan™. Your LifeWork Success Plan™ is your personal business plan that can be used to help you stay focused and motivated in your career, or it can be used as a preliminary business plan. You will decide whether to share it, or keep it as your own career inspiration.

Your personal summary is the story of you. You have natural strengths that you were born with as well as skills and character that you developed over your lifetime. Your story includes not only your skills and abilities, but more importantly, what brought you to the place where you are today. Take a moment to think about who you are and why you are doing the work you are doing. Even better, write a paragraph or two (or several pages) on what led you to do what you are currently doing. You will find motivation and inspiration in your own story. Most people don’t like to think about a business plan, but your personal plan is about you. Enjoy yourself!

LifeWork Planning Guides™ help you stay motivated and inspired to do the work you love to do. When you complete the 12 months of LifeWork Planning Guides™, you will have completed the 12-step LifeWork Success Plan™ To receive your next LifeWork Planning Guide™, sign up through PayPal with no obligation. The first month is free. LifeWork Planning Guides give you an affordable guide to developing a plan for success in your life and business.

This website is intended for informational purposes only. Comments are open to the public and not endorsed by the author. For career advise, coaching, or counseling, please seek out a professional who can meet your personal needs.

Nancy Miller, M.S., Career Management Consultant
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