What stories are you telling?

I just read a quote from Seth Godin that read “Your position on just about everything, including, yes, your salary, your stock options, your credit card debt, and your mortgage are almost certainly based on the story you tell yourself, not some universal fact from the universal fact database.”

Truth. Fact: my parents emigrated to America with less to their name than I have ever had. The story they believed: “America is the land of opportunity. With a dollar and a dream you can do anything you put your mind to.” This story was passed along to me. Its shaped the foundation for my life.

-“Higher education is the key to a successful life”
-“My life has a purpose”
-“Family is most important”

These stories have and will continue to shape me. However, there are some stories that I need to root out. There are even subplots that are part of good stories that limit me. Stories that have been given to me or that I’ve picked up via media, friends, or that were unspoken. These stories, are not helpful and mostly hurtful.

-“There is a glass ceiling/limit set by others on how much I can achieve”
-“I can accomplish more if I’m in control of all aspects of my life”
-“Asking for help is a weakness”
-“Strength in a relationship is equal to how easily you can leave it without being hurt”

One of my favorite bible verses is “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” – Proverbs 4:23.
My heart = the stories you believe about yourself.

Fly or Fall.


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