The Importance of the Story We’re Telling Ourselves

Writing, like any other thing in life, hugely depends on motivation; on your willingness to make a decision and stick to it.

The motivation is the story we’re telling ourselves.

There is no difference between me, you or any other human being. We are all equipped with the same cells, tissues, organs, body parts; we are all flesh and blood.

The main difference comes from our psyche; the stories we tell ourselves. You are the person you believe you are.

If I ask you whether you can write a novel, whatever your answer is, you’re right.

If you say – Yes; then you probably can.

If you say No; then you probably can’t.

We say:

I’m not the kind of person who is creative;

I was born to be miserable; I was born to be a cog and work from 9 to 5 during my entire life;

I will never contribute anything to the world; my writing is bad; my genetics makes me fat;

I’m not good at ___________ (chose the appropriate word).

And, we are probably right.

But, if we change our stories, we can change our outcomes.

If instead, we start saying:

I’m creative;

I was born to be happy;

I was born to be independent;

I will leave my mark in the world;

my writing is good;

my genetics are good, but my eating and exercising habits make fat;

I’m good at __________ (choose the appropriate word).

I know what you’re thinking – this is just another “positive thinking mambo jumbo” because I used to believe that, too.

Now, I see things differently. I really think that without a positive approach to life, you can’t achieve anything.

I’m not saying that it’s going to be easy and that your dream will magically manifest in front of your eyes like a pumpkin shaped chariot.

No! It’s going to be hard and you’d better get ready for it. Nobody fulfilled their dreams easily and you’re not going to be an exception.

Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, Elon Musk, Casey Neistat, Seth Godin, and all the other accomplished people worked hard before being able to say:

That’s what I’ve always wanted. That’s the life I’ve always wanted to live.

The only difference between them and you is that they knew that they can make the difference, and you still doubt in yourself; you’re telling yourself the wrong story.

Stop being your worst enemy. Imagine if somebody else is giving you the talk which you’re giving to yourself; your friends, your family, anyone.

You would get rid of them, right? You would never want to speak to them again.

Well, you can’t get rid of yourself, but you can change the story.

Go, on then, change your story!

Make something great!