“The first principle is that you must not fool yourself and you are the easiest person to fool. “— Richard P. Feynman
Stories are our life.
We are surrounded by stories, inundated with marketing stories of who we should be, what we should buy and how we should live.
We hear stories of and from our family and friends, and stories from our culture and news.
And most of all, we think and live out our own stories. Stories from our past, present and future.
However, thinking and living out stories are usually not the same thing.
How we perceive what’s happening changes the tint of the story of the present, and reflects a different hue on our past, and alters our future.
Not only do we remember the event, we remember how we felt about it. How we worried and stressed about it, or how elated and happy we felt, which in turn, warps the memory through that filter.
Stories are negative and positive feedback loops.
Feeling confident, creates confident situations, which can lead to confident outcomes.
Of course, we’re not really thinking stories in this way.
When we are thinking, we assume it’s us. Meaning, we are what we think. We are the thinker.
And the hardest (dumbest) part of all this is we trick ourselves and rationalize our realties towards our stories.
We listen to our negative chatter and and dishonestly fool ourselves into certain ways of thinking about ourselves and the world around us.
The fear: ’I’m fat’ ‘I’m not good enough’.
The ego: ‘I’m the greatest’ ‘I’m always right’.
Stories aren’t all bad of course.
The great thing about stories is we have a say in them.
We can write and rewrite our own story.
We can take an honest look at who we are and who we want to be and start living out the story that we want to tell that gets us there.
STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner
Daily Blog #528