MINDSET MAKEOVER CHALLENGE
WELCOME TO DAY Three OF OUR MINDSET MAKEOVER!
Today, I want to dive into the stories we tell ourselves and how they affect our mindset.
"If you find yourself in the wrong story, leave." -Mo Willems
MINDSET MAKEOVER CHALLENGE DAY Three ACTION STEP:
clean up your story!
When we change the story, we can change our mindset. And when we change our mindset, we can change our actions and results…and ultimately our life.
We're going to use a tool I like to call Fact Checking.
Any good storyteller does research and has to check their facts before they publish. We’re going to do the same thing with the stories we’re telling ourselves.
1. Start with a limiting thought or mindset block you uncovered on Day One and write out (or share out loud) the internal story you’ve created to support it.
Go crazy and get all the details. After all, good storytelling is in the details.
2. Now, we’re going to make a chart. On the left side, we’ll have the label “story” and we'll label the right side "facts".
3. Go back through your story and break it up into events or beats.
4. It’s time to fact check!
Go through each event or beat and ask yourself, “Is this a fact or is this a story I’m telling myself?” Be ruthless here. We love to lie to ourselves and believe our own stories. Put each section into its appropriate column.
Note: It only goes into the fact column if it is an actual fact or is something that has happened already. Thinking it could happen makes it a story, and it goes into the story column. Thinking it could be true? Story column, again.
Day Two Recap:
- We have to be careful with what we tell ourselves because these stories get turned into the beliefs we have. Beliefs with enough certainty become true for us and become a part of our identity.
- When we change the story, we can change our mindset. And when we change our mindset, we can change our actions and results…and ultimately our life.
- The stories we tell ourselves are really just big old fears hanging out without supervision in our minds.
- We’re wired to have fears. We all have them. Blame it on our hunter-gather days, we’ve evolved to have fears so we can look out for potential threats.
- As irrational as our fears might seem to others, the fears we have are self-serving and we create them to protect ourselves.
Taking time to look at the facts in our stories can help us illuminate the real threat, which is usually us, getting in our own way.
Every time you catch yourself telling a story and halt, you stop the pathway in your brain from being used and begin to etch out a new one. That’s how you begin to rewire your brain and shift your mindset!
Tomorrow, I’ll pop back in with a recap and a very special offer to bring your Mindset Makeover to the next level.
Wishing you your version of success!