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Many of us get stuck in our often-painful “stories” we tell ourselves or others.
Our “stories” could be about childhood, the past, or what might happen in the future.
When we live in our painful stories, we stay stuck in them.
Don’t Get Stuck In A Story That Doesn’t Serve You
My client* “Susan,” a recently divorced mom, was telling herself “it wasn’t fair that she had to work and that there was no one to take care of her.”
Susan liked to retell this story and get validation from her friends that “it sucked.”
When Susan sat in the story and believed it, she felt awful. She wasn’t motivated to work on her business and did nothing to help herself.
As long as Susan kept framing her situation as “unfair, with no one to take care of her…” it caused her pain. It didn’t move her forward.
Find A New Story
After we did some work together, Susan realized how powerful it was to change her story into one that served her.
She changed her story to “I love taking care of me.”
Once she changed her “thought story” and really started practicing it, the result was powerful.
Susan began putting energy into her business and felt much better about herself.
Changing Your Story Can Change Your Life
Notice when you are focused on a story about the past or future.
Notice whether your story is serving you and helping you with your goals.
Finding a new story to tell yourself is not denying, deleting, or changing what happened.
It is simply reframing your thoughts and your beliefs into another true story that helps you move forward.
Ways To Reframe Your Story
“I am this way because my parents were…” could become, “I learned many great lessons from my childhood.”
“I am too old…” could become, “I am full of wisdom.”
“I have been out of the workplace too long…” could become, “I have so much life and work experience to offer.”
Change your story – and you can change your life!
I’d love to hear your thoughts about your stories. Leave a comment below or Email me.
*Clients’ names & details are changed to protect their privacy.
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