Every day we tell ourselves stories about our lives. Little inner narratives that have a huge impact on how we see ourselves and the world around us.
We’re starring in our own little movie, and writing the story as we go along.
Now these stories can lift us up, like when we tell ourselves we’re capable of more.
But they can also drag us down, and hold us back.
Like when you tell yourself you’ll never be a morning person. Or you might convince yourself you’ll never get that promotion, that things simply never work out for you.
You might spin a tale about not being able to cook, or not being a people person.
Thankfully, it is possible to let go of the stories that aren’t serving you and create new ones. And here’s how…
1️. Recognise the damaging story
Perhaps you’ve struggled with your health for many years, and built up a story around it fuelled by years of unused gym memberships and workout DVDs, that you’ll simply never get to where you want to be.
And that story might be keeping you from changing your situation.
2️. Now you’re aware of it, you can create a new one.
This is where we set aside the perceived facts and self-judgements to work from a place of objectivity and self awareness.
So to rewrite your current story about your health, you could choose to see all those inspirational folks who’ve achieved amazing things as proof that it could and will happen for you, rather than dismissing them as lucky or freaks of nature.
3️. Support and reinforce the new story.
So for your new narrative (where you smash it out the park and completely transform your health) you could deliberately take steps to surround yourself with positive messages and information. Have a clear out on your social media feeds, find books and programmes with stories that inspire you, and surround yourself with positive, supportive people who will lift you up and cheer you on.
As I’ve mentioned before, I find writing stuff down the most effective way to look at things honestly and objectively. Once it’s out of my head and on the paper, it’s far easier to detach and see things for what they are.
So I want you to give it a try.
You may realise you’ve been living in a script that needs a rewrite…