We all have a story. In fact we have many stories!
Our stories are created from the thoughts we had today, yesterday, last week, last month and the years before that. The more we think about them, we are either feeling better about our life or feeling less hopeful about our life.
Our stories come from the thoughts we think and the stories taught to us by others. Our stories include who we believe we are, what we believe we're capable of, the identity we've created based on how we see ourselves through our own eyes and the eyes of others. We create stories about why we can or can't achieve our goals, receive love, experience fulfilling relationships, enjoy a healthy body and a sense of well-being.
Our stories become self-fulfilling prophesies causing us to wonder why our lives are not going in the direction we'd hoped. We can get so used to living with the struggle that we create a story about why struggle is a part of life! We look to outside sources to make our story better so we can live happier lives but these sources are usually a temporary solution to an ongoing challenge. What you're experiencing may be out of your control but the struggle is optional once you choose to go beyond your story!
Once you realize that everything you're experiencing is based on a story you're telling yourself about the experience, you can begin to go beyond your story.
Start by asking yourself, "What story am I telling myself about this particular experience?" When you can answer the question as a person watching your story instead of being the character in your story, you'll be able shift your perspective about what's going on. This is the first step to going beyond your story!
For example: if your story sounds something like: "No matter what I do, I can't seem to get ahead. I can never seem to create the financial success I want in my business." If this is your story, every choice you make will reenforce your story. Your mind always wants to be right and will go to great lengths to make your story true. It's up to you to re-train your mind and this will happen with daily practice as you learn to Go Beyond Your Story.
Whether something that happened yesterday, a week ago, a year ago or 30 years ago, it can negatively effect you if the memory of the event is still triggering negative emotions within you and is negatively affecting your story. When a past event is triggering you now, you’re reliving it emotionally and because the mind does not know the difference between something that’s actually happening or something you’re remembering, you are reliving it in your present moment.
Do you want proof of this? Think about a scary movie you saw or something that frightened you. Focus on a specific part of the movie or whatever you were afraid of and watch how you can summon that feeling of fear into your body. Even though the event happened in the past, recalling how it made you feel is happening in the now!
If your story doesn't FEEL good, you're setting yourself up for mental, physical and emotional struggle! When the pain of where you are, becomes greater than your fear of letting go, you'll be able to go beyond your story to create different and positive experiences.
Once you've identified your story, ask yourself if this is how you want to be identified by yourself or others. Do you want to be known as a person who can't seem to get ahead? Your answer will probably start with "No, but..."
It's the "but" that gets in the way of your prosperity by blocking prosperous thoughts. When you've identified your story, keep asking yourself "WHY?" Why do I believe that? Why do I choose to hold onto this story? Why did I allow myself to create this story? As you force yourself to answer the "WHY" question, you are moving out of subconscious thought and into conscious thought. This is how you make conscious choices about what you want instead of choosing by default. This is how you create your life instead of living your life by default.
When you go beyond your story, your thoughts change, your words change, your choices change and your vibration (feelings) change. This is how you begin to feel better, hopeful, powerful and unstoppable. It is from this change that your story will shift from one of struggle to one of success!
All you have to do is Go Beyond Your Story!
Nancy Mueller ~ Life Sensei
Nancy Mueller ~ Life Sensei