Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Tell a Good Story

What's your story?

As humans we come up with stories to explain major and minor issues of life. The Greeks explained the rising of the sun as the god, Appollo, pulling the sun across the sky with a chariot every morning. The reason you stubbed your toe on a stool when going to the bathroom in the middle of the night was because your kids left it in the middle of the hall while playing.

We create the stories in order to make sense of the world we live in.

So, what's your story that explains where you are in life right now? Do you explain it in such a way that it's positive or negative? Are you where you are due to positive decisions or faulty judgement?

It's your choice. A decision others might see as crazy might seem to you to be the best decision you've ever made. It depends on the story you tell.

I have a really smart friend who can put a positive spin on anything. If she fell down on the sidewalk she'd be looking for coins people dropped. Her worst assessment is, "It'll work out."

The stories you tell yourself in your mind, about your life, set the stage for what your life will be like. If you keep telling yourself that you've made stupid decisions you're probably likely to keep making those types of decisions. But, if you position them as, "You know, I've made some decisions that put me in challenging situations, but I've learned from them so I don't make decisions like that anymore" you're more likely to turn the negative into a positive.

Tell yourself a good story today.

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