“The Story I Most Consistently Create Will Be The Story To Most Consistently Come True. I Will Intentionally Create A Beautiful, Powerful, And Wonderful Story Of Greatness!”
This you’ve just read is my Personal Promise Proclamation. You see it every week at the end of every Monday Morning Boost. Today, it’s time to bring it front and center.
CREATING OUR STORY
Creating our story is an intentional focus. It starts first with what consumes or occupies our thoughts. As Gandhi and others have written, that which we believe and thus think becomes that which we do and eventually become.
Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.
BELIEFS = RESULTS
If we want to create the results in life a better, stronger story will deliver, we must first create a consistent and habitual level of actions driven by our core beliefs and thoughts that will become that which we become and realize.
Let’s break it down with the example of physical fitness.
If we want the results of being more physically fit and having a healthier body, one course of action is to exercise and eat more nutritiously. Exercising and eating better are both activities requiring consistent actions that become habitual.
For something to become habitual, we must create a revised mindset.
A fixed mindset creates the limiting belief that nothing about your life can change. If you are out of shape, struggle with addiction, or lack self-confidence, you may feel convinced you can never change. This feeling is due, in part, to a fixed mindset.
A growth mindset, in contrast, creates a belief of abundance that allows you to actively grow and change. You see how you can change. Exercising becomes something you want to do to change how you feel. Addiction becomes something you can overcome. Self-confidence becomes an area you can improve.
Changing our mindset starts with our internal dialogue, that inner story we create by the thoughts we think. Our internal thoughts are directly affected by our beliefs, and our beliefs are directly affected by our thoughts.
Can you see how they work together?
Our beliefs and thoughts become our mindset, our mindset impacts our internal narrative which becomes the story we create, our story manifests itself in our actions which become our habits, and those thoughts/words/habits which become most consistent shape our destiny.
This is true no matter the makeup of our thoughts.
Negative Thoughts = Negative Results
Positive Thoughts = Positive Results
Mindset and growth coach Tony Dovale puts it this way:
“Negative self talk mangles your mindset, erodes your energy, destroys motivation, and meaning, limits your actions, and embeds even deeper levels of debilitating learned helplessness.”
The opposite will also be true. I paraphrase Mr. Dovale:
Positive self talk enhances your mindset, builds up your energy, creates motivation, and meaning, expands your actions, and embeds even deeper levels of restored learned independence.
The key to creating a better story is to be intentionally consistent with the thoughts and words we feed our story with.
This doesn’t mean we will never have negative or unhealthy thoughts. It’s those thoughts we allow to hang around most often, most consistently, that make the most impact. Here’s the catch. If we are serious about changing our story, we have to be very intentional about the thoughts we allow to hang around.
And to be consistent, we must be persistent.
As Ralph Waldo Emerson said:
“That which we persist in doing becomes easier to do, not that the nature of the thing has changed but that our power to do has increased.”
BUTTERFLIES & LIZARDS
A final thought.
Just as a caterpillar can metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, and just as a lizard goes through the molting process and sheds its skin, so too can we transform and create a new story.
A gem for inspiration.
A MOLTEN TRANSFORMATION
By Les Patterson
Your old story
A tale now discarded
Has no place to dwell
If you remain most guarded
Like the reptilian lizard
Shedding its aged skin
A molting transformation
It’s time now for you to begin
Creation is an adventure
Like building a new community
A fresh beginning for you
Full of grand opportunity
Embrace your reborn soul
Cast off the creature old
Step into your greatness
With confidence be most bold
Have a great Monday! Thanks for letting me share!
p.s. Take 13 minutes today to intentionally focus on what your story will be.
PERSONAL PROMISE PROCLAMATION
The Story You Most Consistently Create Will be The Story To Most Consistently Come True In Your Life. Intentionally Create A Beautiful, Powerful, Wonderful Story!
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