#038: Change Your Story, Change Your Life [Podcast]

Inside your head and mine, there is a narrator. He or she is constantly telling us stories. These stories shape how we perceive reality.

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In fact, if we don’t intervene, these stories can shape our destiny for the worse. Or, if we are intentional and take control of the narrative, these stories can shape our destiny for good.

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You can change your life by changing your story.  There are five ways you can take control of the narrative in your head.

  1. Recognize the voice in your head.
  2. Jot down what the voice is saying.
  3. Evaluate whether this story is empowering.
  4. Write down a different story.
  5. Start telling yourself the new story.

Listener Questions

  1. Jana Botkin asked, “How can I tell the difference between telling myself a story of delusional optimism and the truth?”
  2. Julie Sunne asked, “My inner narrator often take me in a million different directions. Can you offer some pointers for focusing our inner stories?”
  3. Mary DeMuth asked, “When you are living your story and continue to do the same thing over and over again, getting the same crummy result, how do you encourage yourself to think differently and stop doing that thing that’s not working?”
  4. Noah Coley asked, “What is your best advice for helping someone understand that they can be the authors of their own story rather than simply reacting to a story that’s been given to them?”
  5. Russ Hess asked, “Is there a practical way to refocus the meaning we associate with the various events of our lives to lead us to a greater sense of fulfillment?”
  6. Rob Ketterling asked “Why do you think we work so hard to avoid the change rather than make the change?”
  7. Bobby Warren asked, “How important is faith in changing your story?”

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  3. My next podcast will be on the topic of “The 7 Benefits of Keeping A Journal.” I will include my tips for doing keeping a journal, along with a couple of software recommendations. If you have a question on this subject, please leave me a voicemail message. This is a terrific way to cross-promote your blog or website, because I will link to it, just like I did with the callers in this episode.

Episode Resources

In this episode I mentioned several resources, including:

Show Transcript

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