Editing My Story!

Editing My Story

My vision is unfolding... the warrior’s approach is to say “yes” to life. “Yea” to it all. – Joseph Campbell

Journaling offers us the opportunity to rewrite our stories. As necessary as it is to download negative thoughts, it is just as important to re-frame our stories as we move forward. Researchers are studying whether the power of writing—and then rewriting—your personal story can lead to behavioral changes and improve happiness. Studies at Duke University show that students prompted to edit their own narratives about college improved their grade point and were less likely to drop out over the next year. We all have situations that we weave into stories that are not necessarily true! Living out a story that is not accurate can cause us to live in fear, anxiety, or depression. Many stories are not congruent with our own value system, thus causing a disconnect with the expression of who we really are.

  • Rewriting a story as we would like it to unfold changes our mindset.

  • Try using a different perspective as you rewrite your story.

  • Look at the situation from 18,000 ft. to gain some distance.

  • Examine it from up close to see the detail.

  • If the situation is ongoing, try looking back on it rather than experiencing it in the present.

  • If it’s something from your past, try imagining how you would act and react in the present.

  • What is the outcome you would like to enact?

Learn to live with the new story as your reality!

Try It Now: Write about a situation that has been preoccupying your mind. How has this situation affected your life? Has the effect been positive or negative? What do you believe is the truth or core of this situation? What strengths have you used in the past to deal with difficult situations? What could be the best possible outcome for this situation? Live out this new story!

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