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What you have to offer to the world

We can turn a contamination story into a redemption story by acknowledging the painful moments, then learning how to create a better life because of it.

Research shows those high in generativity felt special. They thought they had a gift or positive trait. Consider what you have to offer the world. What is your gift? What makes you special? Maybe you're a good friend or very persistent.

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Look at your superhero story

The Redemptive story resonates with all of us. It's the core of classic movies, great biographies and Sunday sermons. Even People Magazine uses this structure in about 52% of their stories. The story of 'bad things happen to me, but good outcomes often follow' propels us forward as indivi...

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Our stories are important

Our stories are important

Our stories shape the way we make sense of the world. It allows us to find answers to questions like: Who am I? What is right and wrong? What am I required to do?

Our stories allow us to edit en restructure the good and the bad that is bound to ha...

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Recognize the suffering of others

Most generative people feel they have a gift, but they're also empathetic. They notice that others suffer and use their gift to help them.

Whose suffering has moved you, and how has your gift enabled you to help them? It could be something like, " I'm c...

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Moral depth

People with high generativity don't question and debate the meaning of life every morning. They have clear values that they live by.

You must make a decision before you can make a difference. What do you stand for? What offends you mora...

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How to rewrite the story of your life

You have a story, even if you're not aware of it. Dan McAdams, professor of psychology, mentions that we can view our stories in two ways that can impact our lives.

  • The contamination story: You can think life is great, then something bad happens and sours the rest of y...

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Redemption. Use the bad for good.

Redemption means not letting those terrible moments contaminate you but finding benefit in the negative and using it as something to grow from.

What was a big setback in your life? What value or positive lesson can you take from it? How did it change you for the better?...

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Future growth

If you have no goal to work toward, no dreams, you may get stuck in a contamination doom loop, where you say, "I haven't... and probably never will."

But the story isn't over. Ask yourself what are your future goals? What do you want to accomplish? How do you w...

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Living an awesome life

Studies show there is a group of people who live really good lives. They are happier, have more friends, are more successful, are good parents and community members. These people have varied circumstances. Some are rich, and others are poor. They don't share politics, race, or re...

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Balancing power and love

Agency and communion are fundamental motives. It is how to get ahead while getting along. You can't help others if you don't believe in your ability to make a difference.

Are you too focused on getting ahead or getting along? Do you need more agency or more community?

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