So here’s the thing:
Stories have Superpowers.
The stories we tell ourselves, can have a profound impact on us:
On what we believe - and sense.
On how we think - and feel.
And, on what we say - and do.
Some of these stories are very short.
A few phrases.
A few words, even.
Sometimes, almost everything is written in the spaces between words.
In the silence - and ALL the things unsaid.
Less is sometimes more. Short stories are often more memorable - which can make them potent and powerful.
(If you've got time, Google '3 word stories'. There are some great examples on the internet.)
The most familiar stories - the ones we repeatedly tell ourselves; can end up writ large, across our life and work.
These stories can end up writing our stories.
For good or ill…
And, here’s the thing: we’re not always very good at telling ourselves the truth.
Our own short stories may include phrases like:
“I have to...”
“They will always...”
“There’s no choice…”
“We can't do...”
“It’s not enough…”
“I’m completely rubbish...”
“It’ll never work...”
“It's too hard...”
“There’s no time/money…”
Sometimes, we have to face hard and inconvenient truths.
But other times?…
We can be too quick to make assumptions, weave them into a narrative - and believe and live, as if they are ‘gospel’.
These stories can become our living, working reality - even when they are not in the deepest sense, 'true'.
Short stories can become self fulfilling prophecies.
If we let them.
Where there is a story or phrase that you regularly repeat to yourself, that isn't serving you - it’s worth considering if there’s an underlying assumption, or a limiting belief, that could do with being revisited.
So here’s the question…
Which of the short stories you tell yourself, aren’t actually true?
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