The story of your life – fact or fiction
- What you do
- Glue that keeps you stuck
- All of a sudden all the old stories stop
- Who are you really?
The story of your life – fact or fiction? People allow their thoughts, beliefs, and stories to define who they are. You have ingrained belief systems and thought patterns you repeat endlessly. Also, you tell the same stories of your past to people you meet, especially when you meet them for the first time.
People, in an attempt to be cordial, ask about what you do. You invariably respond by telling them what you did long ago, “When I was senior vice president of (blah, blah) in New York…and then you lose them. By repeating all the stories of what you see as your “glory days” you never allow anyone to really know who you are.
All these stories, worn out beliefs, and rusty thought patterns become the glue that keeps you stuck in your past. Suppose you also like to paint, play music, or write; but you never tell anyone that’s who you are because you never made any money at it?
You continue to define your success in life by how much money you made doing it. Perhaps one day you become a famous, writer, artist, or musician and start to make a living at it; maybe making more money than you ever did doing anything else. Now who do you tell people you are? All of a sudden all the old stories stop.
People say how wonderful it is that you are such a great artist, or musician but you were always that great artist or musician. The only diffidence now is you make money at it. So, who are you really? Are you the person who tells people what you love to do, or are you that person who still lives in their stories?
QUESTION: What should readers take away from this message today?
ANSWER: That you are not what you do in order to make money.
QUESTION: Why is this information timely?
ANSWER: This information is timely because most people do not, or have never, had something that they do just because they love doing it and are passionate about something.
QUESTION: How can readers best apply this information to their lives right now?
ANSWER: Stop the story telling unless you are a fiction writer.
COMMENTARY: Fast forward…imagine your life in the future when making money is no longer your focus. To get a glimpse of what that might look like – it’s the daily chess game in the park, the yoga class, the art you are working on, the books you love reading. These are the things that you love to do but very few associate any of this with deriving a career out of them. When you do the things that make you feel good you are being the real you. To live in the moment – live your life doing what you love, without expectations, and do it where you fit in. Imagine that!