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Change is in the air.

fresh start new project Nov 04, 2017

     Fall is a time when a lot of people feel like starting a new project, or making a significant change. Want to make some changes in your life? I can share a fun way to get motivated, get focused, and get going! You can start - right now! - by registering for my  free video webinar. Don’t put it off - access to the videos only lasts through the end of the coming week.

     Have any questions? Just email me at [email protected] and I’ll get right back to you. I hope you enjoy the videos - and the free activities that come with them. Click here to get started.

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More than something to think about.

     In this series of posts, I’ve given you some things to think about where your story is concerned. Hopefully, you thought about what you want out of life, and how important it is to go after it. If you’re like me, though, just thinking about it isn’t enough. I need to take action. I choose to make something happen! “That’s great, Pete,” you might be thinking, “but how? I’m not even sure what the first step is.” Or maybe the first step is obvious - but around step number 10, things start to s-l-o-w down.

     I’ve had that problem myself, but I’ve also had some success with making positive changes. I took what I learned and turned it into a workshop to help people move their lives in the directions they’ve dreamed of. Unfortunately, not everyone can make the trip to Tennessee in person - that’s why I created an online version: On The Right Track: Connecting The...

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From Success to Significance - Living a Legacy

This is an idea which is receiving a lot of attention these days. Included in the conversation is the word legacy. I saw a definition of legacy recently; “It’s what people say about you when you aren’t around.” It doesn’t have anything to do with death! More like, it’s important to give them something good to talk about. (Speaking of something to talk about, above is a photo of me telling ghost stories for Halloween. Boo!) Being significant, in my mind, is all about doing something for others without expectation of admiration, gratitude, reward, or results.

For me, the parallel rail idea I use in my workshop illustrates reality closely. One rail of the train track represents our human journey, while the other represents our spiritual journey. The second rail is there whether we choose to acknowledge it or not - it’s what keeps us balanced, and our “train” on track! The more we acknowledge the spiritual aspects of our lives, the...

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What's Writing Your Story? People aren't all that's impacted your life.

In keeping with a previous blog about story and its parts, this question relates to places, things, and events that have influenced your life’s story up to now. Identifying what’s writing your story can be as important as knowing who is writing it. These items deal with plot, place, and time, all important components to a good, understandable story.

For example, say you went to a fundraising concert event organized by Willy Nelson and a few of his fellow entertainers. You’d probably never forget it! The experience might have expanded your love for a specific entertainer, or maybe several of them. It might have awakened you to a cause you weren’t aware of, and created a desire to join an activity focused on the problem. If so, then it turned out to be a life-changing event.

In thinking back on this event today, you might remember your passion for the problem it identified, along with your decision to include it in your schedule. You might also remember the...

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Who's Writing the Story of Your Life?

follow a story thread Oct 27, 2017

Looking back along the track at all those stories that have become the strong influences in your life – the important stories on which you’ve chosen to build your life’s story – you should realize that they’re filed away in your mind based on time. They can be examined that way, if you want to look at a specific time span - for instance your senior year in high school. They can also be sorted by some common idea, for instance the times you went to summer camp at Camp Mosquito. Or they can be examined by odd circumstances, as in the several times you visited Grandma Edith in New York City.

Individual people can provide interesting threads to follow through your past, but you have to look more deeply than just recalling shared events. Looking at the “who” in your stories can help you more closely examine the “plot” as it has unfolded so far. Beneath the surface details, you may find insights that are useful to the you of today,...

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Story and You - It's Essential

deeper truth memory story Oct 25, 2017

Before we talk about why stories are essential to you - to everyone! - let’s take a quick look at story itself. Every storyteller, be they of the oral tradition or an author of a novel, knows that a story must have a beginning, a middle, and an end. It must include a character or two, a story line, which is often thought of as a plot, as well as a place and a time.

What you might not know is the vital role emotion plays in story. It determines your attraction to it, the way you remember the details, and even how well you remember the details.

When dealing with your own stories, it’s interesting to note that the way you last told a story is the way it will come out the next time. Why is that important? Because truth can be distorted or ignored, though not always intentionally. It’s up to you how you relate an experience to someone else. If you are prone to embellish a story, though, your memory will file it away each time with any new embellishments. If the story...

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What's With All The Train Stuff?

“I can’t wait to hear how to make my life more meaningful, Pete, but what’s with all the train stuff?”

What’s in a name? As Shakespeare wrote, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” And so it is with our workshop entitled “On the Right Track: Connecting the Stories of Your Life.” It’s about finding a path to the life of your dreams through the stories your life experiences, not about trains.

So why the references to train tracks, then? The construction of railroad beds seemed like a great metaphor for how the stories of your life are laid out. And it is! As long as it doesn’t confuse people so they miss out on the eye opening activities in the workshop.

The way I see it, the gravel that supports the tracks is like the mundane incidents of life – countless facts, such as what you ate for breakfast last Monday. A fact - but not very important in the grand scheme of your life. The railroad ties, when...

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Standing at the Crossroads

“Is this all there is?” If that’s what you’re thinking, let’s talk. Let’s see where you are at this moment. Okay? You say you’re at Starbucks? That’s not the answer I’m looking for! You stand at the crossroads of Life and Success. You’re tired and looking for a Starbucks? No-o-o! Behind that desire for a quick pick-me-up, you’re legitimately wondering if this road goes on forever, or if maybe there’s a change in scenery available.

There is! There’s a truth well known in the counseling circles: if you think you have it bad, look around until you find someone worse off than you and help them. As soon as you do that, you will find yourself on a new road called Significance.

The road from success to significance is a satisfying one, but not always a pleasant one. There’s triage involved. Not everybody wants to be helped regardless of your intentions. This can feel demoralizing. Fortunately, there’s...

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Opportunity - Be the Best YOU Ever!

Do you love your work? Do you enjoy the people in your life? Do you wake up in the morning looking forward to new possibilities?

Most of us wish our lives were more enjoyable, more fulfilling. Aligning your dreams with your reality isn’t as hard as you might think. I’ve discovered a way to identify both your true heart’s desire and your greatest talents by mining the hidden treasure in your life’s stories. I’ve created an online workshop so you can learn how to do this, too, right where you are.

Don’t miss this chance to turn your dreams into your reality! Registration is only open through this Sunday, August 13. Learn more on my website, https://pete-vanderpool.mykajabi.com/, or checkout my free introductory video series (complete with free, downloadable resources!):

Video 1 Connecting the Stories of Your Life
Video 2 Discovering the Treasure Within
Video 3 On the Track to Significance

Feel free to email me with any questions you...

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Nothing to Hide?

Transparency is a word that’s been showing up lately in all sorts of places. Remember that acronym, WYSIWYG? It translates to “What You See Is What You Get.” We’re realizing all too often these days that what we see is NOT what we get. Sometimes, not even close. Transparency - true WYSIWYG - has become something we crave when so many things we thought we could count on have turned out to be misconceptions or out and out lies. We want to know who we can trust, what we can believe in.

Recently, a friend was explaining to a group of us why he ultimately left the ministry. As he was giving his reasons, I thought of several other friends I know who’ve been down the same path in other careers. It goes like this: You fulfill several roles as a person. A man can be a breadwinner, a husband, a father, a son, a brother – you get the idea. Likewise, a woman can be a breadwinner, a wife, a mom, a sister, etc. The problem comes when those roles clash and you...

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