Becoming Aware of the Stories We Tell Ourselves


Becoming Aware of the Stories we Tell Ourselves by Leo Babauta.

Leo Babauta of Zen Habits has a way of explaining things in a way that you can understand.  In this article, he discusses the stories we tell ourselves.  He has a way of seeing life that is very inline with my viewpoints. 

What Stories?

Telling ourselves stories is something that plagues us all.  We can deny it or we may not be aware of it, but we all have stories we tell ourselves.

These stories are based on our personal perceptions.  They may be true for us, but someone else may see things differently.  

Some Examples.

Leo gives some examples.  But, I have one of my own.  Let’s start with two brothers.  They both grew up in the same household, with the same parents and rules.  One grows up to become a highly successful professional.  The other grows up to become a homeless alcoholic.  What happened?  What’s the difference?

It all boils down to the stories they each told themselves. 

The successful brother most likely had a more positive story he told himself.  He probably told himself that he was worthy, capable, and successful.

The other brother most likely had a more negative story he told himself.  He probably told himself that he was worthless, can’t get anything right, he was a failure.

So, what was the difference?  The stories they each told themselves.

What can we do about these stories?

“Barely anyone is aware of this hidden mechanism, even though it’s happening all the time, in all of us.” – Leo Babauta

Leo believes we would be better off if we are aware of the story we tell ourselves.  I agree with this one hundred percent and I wrote a little about it here.

I suggest you give Leo’s article a read.

Zen Habits will become one of your favorites as well.

There’s a hidden mechanism that creates unhappiness, difficulty changing habits, relationship problems, frustration, anger and disappointment. Barely anyone is aware of this hidden mechanism, even though it’s happening all the time, in all of us. It’s the stories we tell ourselves. We do it all day long: we tell ourselves a story…

via Mental Badassery — zen habits

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Do you have a story you continuously tell yourself?

Tell me all about it in the comments below. 

I’d love to hear what you gotta say


Jose Cosme

Originally from Bronx, New York, Joe is no stranger to adversity. Having studied many philosophies, he has triumphed over these adversities and has helped others do the same. Professionally, Joe has had the rich experience of working with people with disabilities as he helped them reach their fullest potential. Now, as the creator of the "What I Gotta Say About It" blog, Joe continues to influence the world as he helps people to realize their highest potential and to reach for the unlimited possibilities available to us all.


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