If you have ever heard me speak about identity before – you’ve probably heard me walk through a 5 word story exercise. It’s a great tool to start a conversation about identity and your story.
I have facilitated the exercise many times in so many different contexts. How I use it is I have people just write 5 words that describe their story. (I kinda stole the idea from a friend of mine that was doing some consulting on brand identity. He had people write the 5 word story of their brand. I took the idea and just created an exercise with personal identity.) I walk people through a variety of 5 Word Stories that they write about themselves. Hopefully, those that have experienced it will write a comment about it for this post.
I used the exercise this week for a series of talks that I gave at a camp. It worked well and facilitated many conversations, but I had something interesting that happened – that I had never experienced before. Someone (you know who you are – and I haven’t asked for permission to share this person’s name) wrote a 5 Word Story for me.
The Feature Image for this post is the actual note that this person wrote. They wrote: A Blessing – From God – Encouraging – Great Example – True Worshipper.
I challenged everyone to live out the truth of the 5 Word Story that people write for them. I cannot look at the 5 Word Story written for me and not do the same. I will Eat what I Serve. I definitely need to Practice What I Preach.
What’s your 5 Word Story? Write one for me.