“We become the stories we tell ourselves.”
– Michael Cunningham
Often the stories we tell ourselves are born out of fear, anxiety and feelings of failure. We see the data, we know it and can hear it but our brain quickly infers meaning that can be unhelpful. We make fast judgments and decisions without thinking clearly.
Stories are powerful. We need to work to ensure we give ourselves reflection time, so that we can slow down and share our stories in a meaningful, engaging manner. Reflection is the key. Journal regularly. Being accountable to a colleague, mentor or coach. All of these simple practices help to safeguard making assumptions and encourage us to craft real, relevant stories that tell the story of us.