We are all human. We all have been confronted with challenges, made our share of mistakes, have a history of accomplishment and mishaps, and carry around the emotional residue of our years on this planet. All of this makes up the story of our life to this point.
Here is the absolute truth: everyone has a story. Everyone!
Often it can be tempting to get caught up in the drama of the story, even though this isn’t where the solution resides. Concentrating on the story can zap you of the strength needed to create a new turn of events for your life. It can be a constant and discouraging reminder of how things are not happening in a way you desire. It can be an unconscious, mindless routine that keeps you so immersed in the drama of your life story that you never address the way out. Or it can be a means for feeling helpless at the mercy of life’s circumstances.
We have all heard conversations that focus on the drama in others’ lives. Gossip magazines thrive on them. An entire cottage industry exploits interest in other people’s problems and reality television owes its popularity to this preoccupation. Basically, it is a revolving door that feeds upon itself over and over again. And, like everything else, what is focused on creates more of itself—so the drama never stops!None of this is useful for creating a future worth having. It isn’t progressive. In fact, it is like being in a maze; while you’re inside, it’s hard to see where you are or to find the way out.Life stories can be a trap.
If you want a different experience in life, an important part of the process is to abandon the old story and create a new one. You don’t have to forget the past, just let it go. Progress in your life is not about the story thus far but about the story to come.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the many decisions you’ve made that have carried you to this point in your life. Can you find connections between the life experience you have right now and some of the major choices you have made in the past?
Personal development is our business and our life.
In personal development we learn that “we all see and experience the world not as it is, but as we are”.