What would your life be like if the Bible, the living word of God had never been written? Can imagine how much different the world would be without the powerful testimonies and stories shared in the bible?
Have you been hoarding your story? Struggling with how or why to share your testimony?
Is the fear of what others might say, or think about your authentic truth overwhelming you?
What if I told you your story has the power to set others free?
Your willingness to release the power of your story will not only change your life, it will change the lives of others and set a solid foundation for your legacy for generations to come.
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Hey beacon, welcome home to your bounce back blueprint community Podcast, where you are challenged to be do and have God’s best. As you thrive on your journey from setback to success. I’m your bounce back guide, Tiffany Huff-Strothers. And I’ll be guiding you on the journey by sharing tips, tools, and the T on how I was able to bounce back from escaping death, healing from heartbreak and finding hope in homelessness. And then I wrote an award winning book all about it, and shout out to God, ever since I was courageous enough to share my story. My life and the lives of women around the world have been forever changed. And as a member of the bounce back blueprint community, I’m called to teach you to do the same. So grab your journal, and let’s build this blueprint.
Hey, beacon a happy self care Saturday, I hope you are doing well. I’m excited to build the blueprint with you this morning, as we are digging into the power of your story. So make sure you grab your journal, your cup of coffee or tea, because there are definitely going to be some edge snatching moments that you’re going to want to sip a little bit and take note of. And before we get into it, of course, if you haven’t already, take a moment and leave a review. Because when you do you create an opportunity for other begins just like you to get connected to the community and their guide on this bounce back journey. So go ahead and leave your five star review. And I will definitely take note of it and give a shout out to you. Now, let’s get into building this blueprint with the power of your story. Never know how what you have to share will impact someone else. And you also don’t know how it will change you. So the first thing about the power of sharing your story that you need to know is that it will set you free. No matter how long it’s been no matter how much you convinced yourself that you have held that you’re over it that you’ve recovered, when you get into a space where you are willing to come face to face with your truth. When you’re willing to unpack some things that you put in a box, or in a suitcase and stuffed under your bed years ago and decided that you would never deal with it. Again, it was something that did not happen, even though you’re able to move forward. Right? Even though that box is not in the middle of the floor and you’re not tripping over it anymore, it is still under your bed, which means there are certain other things that you need to store there, right? Or there’s certain other stuff like your new shoes that you can put under your bed that can’t go there. Because that box is there. When you release yourself when you decide this is it, I’m going to unpack this, I’m going to create some space that sets you free. I cannot tell you that. The day I started writing this book, 10 years to the day after this setback happened. And I had really convinced myself that that morning that I was over this that it was done. It was just something that happened. And I was just writing this book because it’s what God told me to do. But I really went through a huge healing process. During the time that it took me to write this book. I really had a therapeutic release and writing through this book and expressing my emotions and sharing this truth. And wow, I don’t believe it has stagnated me emotionally. I do believe that. A lot shifted in my life after I was willing to sit down and make the commitment to writing this book, whether one person read it or 20,000 people read it the fact that I wrote it has been released for me. And so if for no other reason, right? If you feel like no one else will care if you feel like no one else will be affected or impacted. Share your story. Unpack your story. Stop hiding your truth because it will be a release for you. It will be life changing for you. It will set you free. Once you do it once you come face to face with yourself. Once you can really look at yourself in the mirror and embrace your truth. There will be so many other things that you will be able to stand up and do we lose sight so often of the fact that we are often our greatest obstacles. We are our worst critics, right? we convince ourselves that we can’t before we even give something, an attempt. When you are willing to share your story to stand in your truth to accept who you are to embrace it right and not feel like you have to hide it it will make a huge difference in your life. And you know what else it will do beyond setting you free it is a huge confidence builder. Not because You need to be cocky about the fact that you’ve written a book or anything else that you do as a as a result, but once you get over what you thought was your worst back, it really does make room for a great comeback. Because oftentimes facing ourselves in our truth, our setbacks, those things that we don’t want people to see, once we do that we become unstoppable. Because those are usually the things that hold us back. Those are usually the greatest barriers, right? So the power of your story will first set you free.
The second thing that will happen with the power of your story, once you decide to share it, or once you’re willing to release it, once you set yourself free, you will begin to set other people free. And here’s the thing that you have to remember, it doesn’t matter if you share your story, and it impacts one person immediately. Or if you share your story and it impacts 20,000 people immediately because here’s what I knew to be the truth, you have to just be willing to be the domino, that one person that you impact may be connected to a million people. So you can impact one person who has an impact on a million people and get a greater result. And if you impact 20,000 people who don’t share it with anybody else, do not despise small beginnings do not get caught up in who is receiving it and who isn’t don’t allow a lack of feedback or reaction or response to be the reason why you feel like your story is powerless. Because there are times when people receive things and they aren’t going to openly acknowledge it. That is not what negates or validates what you have shared or what you have done, you have to know that the power in itself is that you have shared it. You know, sometimes it takes years, for someone to share something with you before you understand it before you have a full circle moment when it can have the intended impacts. The same is true when when you share something with someone else, you know, some people just take it a little longer to catch on some of us are not as quick as others. And so we have to allow people to get it in their time. But don’t allow the pace that someone else is moving at to prevent you from starting. Or to make you feel like you need to slow down you have to do what it is that you are supposed to do according to your timing and everything else will work out I’m telling you, you will be able to set so many people free, you will surprise yourself. The responses that I have gotten from this book, the responses even that I’ve gotten from doing these live streams have been overwhelming, because you don’t know how what you have to share is going to impact someone else. Until you share it though the power of your story is not only going to set you free is going to set someone free. And then the third thing is that when you share your story, you begin to break cycles and build your legacy. And this is especially true for black women. Because when we have a setback, or when we go through things, we don’t share it because we are supposed to be strong, we’re supposed to be unbreakable. We are supposed to be the ones who can stand anything hot, cold, and anything in between, we don’t get burned, we don’t whether, you know we don’t break down, no one sees us cry, we’re supposed to be the strongest and the most durable. And those who are able to bear the most However, our strength does come from knowing that someone else was strong. In a similar situation. Our strength comes from knowing that we have support and that we aren’t alone when we go through things. And so in order to continue this legacy of strength, without feeling like you cannot be vulnerable or share your truth, it is important that you do that. When you begin to build a legacy, you start to break down the barriers, right? A lot of us don’t share our truths because of shame associated with it. Because we don’t want to be the ones to have to bring light to the truth. But the reality is that when you share your story, you begin to create a new legacy. If you’re if you’re part of a family or a community, that is generally generationally caught in cycles of lying of shame of abuse, when you decide to share your story, you begin to break through those cycles, you begin to break down those barriers and begin the process of building new legacies not only for yourself, not only for your family, but for your community and for those who are connected to you throughout, right. So from from my perspective, I can say that I know there are several women who have read this book and recognize now that they can start again, there are several women who recognize that even though they’ve endorsed something horrible, even though you know they may have become a public spectacle, especially with social media, right social right now can make something as simple as I don’t know getting a flat top tire, the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done in your life because of the way that people utilize social media to highlight negativity. However, when you are able to stand up and say, yes, this happened to me, but I’m not staying there, I’m not going to allow this to stop me, you start to build a legacy and not only, again, a legacy for you, and those directly affect are connected to you. But there are other people watching you that you don’t. There are definitely people being impacted by you that are not saying anything. And I can give you a prime example of this. Earlier this year, I was very discouraged about what was going on with coffee and clarity, the the, the attendance was at one of the locations was waning people weren’t showing up, I didn’t know how I was going to keep paying for it. And one day I was just sitting on my bed like this is like this is a waste of time. Right completely unaware of what he was doing was in was completely unaware of how what I was doing was impacting people who had never even shown up at coffee and clarity. And then I got an email. And this email told me that I was being recognized and an award ceremony for the work that I do with coffee and clarity recognized at an award ceremony by someone who had never attended coffee and clarity by someone who may never attend coffee and clarity, but because there is a ripple effect. Because when you stand in truth, and you walk in the power of your story, there’s a ripple effect. And that legacy begins to grow almost immediately, right, as long as you’re doing what you need to do authentically and standing in your truth, there will be people that are impacted whether you see them or not. And so I want to encourage you, especially when you’re in the space of building, rebuilding or building a legacy, and you have to be breaking some cycles when you have to be going against the grain, when you are the person who has to stand against maybe what your grandmother did, or what Auntie, you know, always did, or what has always been the norm in your family be encouraged, because some people need educated later in life. And that’s why your your story is so powerful, everybody doesn’t mature and grow at the same level. But you cannot allow someone else’s inability or refusal to evolve to stop your evolution. you sometimes have to be the example you have to sometimes be the dominant, that’s part of what legacy building is the courage to really consider thinking to myself as well. What is it that you have been pretending didn’t happen, or you’ve been ignoring, or you have not been given the attention that it needs, that you know, can potentially have the power to influence us to set someone else free to change the trajectory not only of your life, but of the lives of other people? And then ask yourself why you are allowing your story, the power of your story, your ability to change the world? Why are you allowing anything outside of you to keep you from doing that? What is it that is keeping you from exercising, walking in standing and living and moving in the power of your story? If nothing, I hope the last 30 days has has challenged you to really begin to look at the setback or setbacks that you’ve endured not only this year, but in your life that you have been carrying around, and bags that you think no one can see. Not only those that you’ve had for a long time, but those little bags that you continue to pick up along the way and drag on your journey. Right? What what happened if you decided to put those bags down and start to unpack them? What what happened if you released yourself, all of the strife and the struggle and the pain that you’re carrying, and the shame of those things and recognize that for all the years that you’ve been carrying them you have built some very strong muscles, and that deciding to put them down now does not mean that you’re a failure, or that you are not still powerful. This is what this journey is all about. So here is your assignment on this self care Saturday, or self care Sunday or whatever day you might happen to listen to this episode. I want you to answer these three questions. And really be honest with yourself, you know, take the time to call yourself out. If you have to look in the mirror when you answer these questions. Definitely answers down on your journal maybe even do a voice record but ultimately I want you to take the time to really get to the heart and the truth of your responses. So the first question is, how can the power of my story set me free? And of course, the noise outside starts the moment I prepared to wrap up this episode, but we won’t work with it. Number two, how am I right? Me sharing my story set someone else free. And number three, how will the power of my story that a solid foundation or strengthen the existing foundation of the legacy God has called me to build? This is not only about you, this is about the generations to come. Right? And I want you to consider as you’re answering those questions, the one book that has been changing lives for 1000s of years, the one book full of various stories, powerful stories, that has continued to be on the best seller list, if not the best seller every year. And that is the Bible. It’s full of people who are willing to free themselves, and also recognize the power of God to set other free by sharing their testimonies. And I can assure you that the stories that were shared have not only built legacies of the people within those stories, but it has shifted the trajectory or the stories have shifted the trajectories of the people in the study and read their stories in the Bible.
I pray that that will encourage you and give you something additional to think about the Bible is a book full of powerful stories, full of the miraculous works of God, and your life is also full of those miraculous works. The only difference is your story has yet to be shared. And of course, if you need support for the journey, if you want someone to partner with you, as you prepare to share the power of your story, I would love to be your guide and coach on the journey. You can schedule a breakthrough session with the link in the show notes that is bit.li slash your bounce back guide. And I would love to work with you. I also want you to stay tuned because we are coming up on the 50th podcast episode and I have some surprises and goodies for you. So make sure you are tuned in if you’re not already, make sure you hit the subscribe button so that you don’t miss out on the celebration. All right, and of course, I will leave you with this God is not going to play you but if you are hoarding the power of your story, when you could be setting yourself and others free. Believe me, you are playing your self. Be blessed!