What Story Are You Telling?

 If you get to a certain age, you will have made your fair share of mistakes.  You will have said some dumb things.  You will have done some dumb things.  As the old saying goes “Good decisions come from experience.  Experience comes from bad decisions.”   On the other hand, in nearly every life, you will have made some good decisions too.  You have had triumphs.  You have had some wins.  During some of those tougher times, you hopefully learned some lessons.  I feel comfortable saying this, because this is the human experience.  We have some good…and some bad. But which story are you telling yourself? Moving forward, each of us have the opportunity to tell ourselves a story.  Is your highlight reel only showing you the defeats?  We all have crashes.  But you can sabotage yourself by reminding yourself of your failures every day.  The thoughts you choose don’t have to be totally rosey (you want to learn from those mistakes) but it shouldn’t be all negative either. As you start the next phase of your journey (and yes, that starts today), make sure you are choosing thoughts that inspire you.  Show yourself the highlight reel of the best of you.  I am reminded of the old parable below. 

A grandfather is talking with his grandson and he says there are two wolves inside of us which are always at war with each other. 


One of them is a good wolf which represents things like kindness, bravery and love. The other is a bad wolf, which represents things like greed, hatred and fear.


The grandson stops and thinks about it for a second then he looks up at his grandfather and says, “Grandfather, which one wins?”


The grandfather quietly replies, the one you feed.


So today, ask yourself what story you are telling yourself.  And remember, the story you tell yourself is the one you are telling the world too.


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Written by: Kirby Hasseman

Kirby Hasseman is the CEO of Hasseman Marketing & Communications. Kirby hosts a weekly Web show called Delivering Marketing Joy where he interviews business leaders from around the country. Kirby has published four books. His most recent is “Fan of Happy.” His book, called "Delivering Marketing Joy" is about doing “promo right” and is perfect for people in the industry and customers. He also wrote “Think Big For Small Business” and “Give Your Way to Success. All are available on Amazon.