- The takeaway from this week’s episode is … you will know if the story you have been telling is fact or fiction.
- Here’s what this will do for you … you will become conscious of your true story, not just tell the same old story you always have.
- Here’s what I want you to do with it … write down your story to determine how much of it is fact or fiction.
People allow their thoughts, beliefs, and stories to define who they are.
You have ingrained belief systems and thought patterns you repeat endlessly. Also, you tell the same stories of your past to people you meet, especially when you meet them for the first time.
People, in an attempt to be cordial, ask about what you do. You invariably respond by telling them what you did long ago, “when I was senior vice president of (a certain company) in New York, and then you lose them. By repeating all the stories of what you see as your “glory days” you never allow anyone to really know who you are.
Is the story of your life, fact, or fiction? …
Or, is it just where you stopped learning and growing?
All these stories, worn-out beliefs, and trusty thought patterns become the glue that keeps you stuck in the story of your past. Suppose you also like to paint, play music, or write; but you never tell anyone that’s who you are because you never made any money at it?
You continue to define your success in life by how much money you made doing it. Perhaps one day you will become a famous writer, artist, or musician and start to make a living at it; maybe making more money than you ever did doing anything else. Now, who do you tell people you are? All of a sudden all the old stories stop.
People say, how wonderful it is that you are such a great author, artist, or musician but you were always that great author, artist , or musician. The only difference now is you make money at it.
The story of your life, fact, or fiction. Who are you really? Are you the person who tells people what you love to do, or are you the person who still lives in their outdated stories from a time from long ago? Or is the story you are telling so worn out and distorted that there is no truth in it anymore? That’s what can happen when your life did not live up to your expectations – you start making it up. As this evolves you will start to believe this new and improved version of your story every time you tell it. The story of your life is now fiction.
CALL TO ACTION:
- You are not what you do in order to make money. Ideally, you would make money at something you love – that would be a story worth hearing about.
- Most people never do what they love or are passionate about, so what was the point?
- Stop the made-up storytelling unless you what to become a fiction writer.
HOW IT WORKS: Imagine your life when making money is no longer your focus. To get a glimpse of what that might look like – it’s the daily chess game in the park, the yoga class, the art you are working on, the books you love reading or writing. These are the things you love to do but very few associate any of this as worthy of deriving a career out of them. When you do the things that make you feel good you are being authentic. To live in the moment – live your life doing what you love, without expectations, is a story everyone will want to hear about. The story of your life – fact or fiction, is all up to you, imagine that! ~ Linda Deir