What stories are you telling yourself?

Original artwork by cathyreadart.com

So, in creating The Wisdom Experience my aim is to use the experience of my life so far. That experience is of the life I have literally lived, the books I’ve read, the programmes I’ve listened to and watched, the films that take me on a journey in a matter of hours, where I feel more settled at the end than I did at the beginning. It encompasses my family, relationships, friendships; colleagues of old and the clients I have worked with over the past 30 years be that through coaching, training or organisational development.

Whether consciously or not, we live what Joseph Campbell would call “The Hero’s Journey” every day. Another post will cover the stages of “The Hero’s Journey” in more detail, but the essence to me is that this journey gives formal stages to our personal development; our evolution.

We are all born and we all die.

What we do in-between is up to us.

Yes, we all exist in an environment. We all have circumstances that may, or may not, support us. My work has always been about facilitating people to understand that they are at the centre of their lives. They are in control of how they act and react, whatever is happening around and to them.

In the 17 years that I have been doing this specifically as a coach and consultant, I started off with a formal framework of NLP (neuro-linguistic programming). NLP uses language to identify, deconstruct and construct our thoughts and how our thoughts fuel our behaviour and the results of those thoughts and behaviour. It’s also an approach that can be used within the daily working day, perhaps with a focus on improving productivity or communication, or in deeply personal coaching sessions to help people cope with disturbing emotional issues that they feel at a loss to live with.

As I write this in 2020 – the year of clear vision for so many – I am reflecting back on the knowledge and skills that I have learnt and put into practice over my lifetime. I’m also aware of my intuition and what has inspired me. I’m acutely aware of what has “kept me small” or limited my progress or my being in some way; and sometimes this surprises me – with all the personal development work I’ve done on and with myself, it’s as if I turn a corner and bump into parts of my psyche that I thought were long gone.

This morning I had a long conversation with my friend and co-host of The Wisdom Experience Podcast. We’re using Mythic Imagination to support everyday progress. What’s great about talking with an experienced coach like Clay is that he reflects my experience, my capabilities and shows me the stories that I am telling myself – the “myths” that I am currently running that are disempowering.

I love conversations such as this, because it’s an opportunity to change the myth; to dissolve it, to hold it to the light and see what it really is; and whether it takes 5 minutes or 5 hours (or possibly longer) to work through and to choose who you want to be without that story running in your life.

You may consciously choose a more empowering story and change your thoughts and actions and see the results you get. You may simply let that myth go and see what comes up instead. You may find that the myth shows up in a different way that you eventually uncover to be related; but whatever happens, be aware of if you’re dragging yourself into being the star of your own drama.

Make your “Myth” one that helps you rise above and see what is really going on.

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