"So much of life, it seems to me, is the framing and naming of things." - Eve Ensler, In the Body of the World
The stories we tell define us.
How we narrate the challenges and successes we face can make or break our resolve.
Are we going out of business or are we on hiatus while we retool for greater efficiency?
Do I stink as a manager or am I learning from my HUMANITY and getting a little better every day like everyone else?
Is the Civil Rights Movement over or evolving?
I'm not naive.
I know that where we get to in this life is deeply influenced by culture and history and luck. We are not magicians or time travelers. That said, we can learn to control our own minds and power our self talk.
If you want to grow in self-awareness and live a fulfilling life you have to do three things.
a) listen to the stories you tell yourself
b) determine if the are true
c) create more empowering narratives for the future
The good news is that you don't have to do this alone!
A great boss, friend, or therapist can and should help you reframe your narrative, especially if it is holding you back or keeping you down.
Don't be afraid to reach out to others you TRUST for their insight, coaching, and support. And don't be afraid to drop the Negative Nellies and bad influences in your life.
As my former boss used to say, "We are all pure potential!" Use the stories of your life to harness the positive energy and life force within you. Don't create negative narratives that hold you back!