What Stories Will You Tell Yourself as You Travel Through this Year?

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Tell yourself some new stories this year.

The stories you tell yourself, to a surprising extent, define your reality.

So, when it comes to meaningful conversations, the silent ones you have with yourself may be the most important ones to pay attention to.

And what better time than the start of a New Year to pause and think about that? Maybe it’s time to consider telling yourself some new stories.

Your stories are your choice…

Here’s a typical scenario — one that a client told me about not long ago:

Carol had invited several friends to join her family for a holiday meal. She had created a centerpiece that she was really proud of. Just before the guests started arriving, her cat jumped up on the table and started tearing it apart.

Horrified, Carol shooed the cat away, and in the process, knocked over a pitcher of water. It soaked the tablecloth and was puddling on the floor as the doorbell rang.

Carol said that in that moment she made a choice. She decided to laugh as she opened the door to her first guests. And that choice defined her present reality and changed the shape of her day.

What our stories tell us…

So Carol told herself quite a bit with her laughter. She indicated that there was no need to feel ashamed or to panic. Her laughter meant that what had just happened was something she accepted. It became part of the unfolding story of her day and was a source of humor, not horror.

And I’m sure you can imagine how differently this would all have felt had she chosen differently. Picture her face as she opens the door. How does it look, if she is furious with the cat or self-critical about knocking over the pitcher?

Choose your stories well.

So, as we move into a new year, I invite you to consider the power of the choices you make. And especially, think about the stories you tell yourself about your life. You can make such a big difference for yourself.

And here’s heart-based help…

We all have voices that chatter at us throughout the day. The Inner Critic is one of them. Learning to recognize (and counter) this destructive voice with a different story is one of the greatest gifts you can give yourself.  You see, the Inner Critic is a negative, debilitating and constant presence in your life.  And it’s not just the words. It’s the judgmental tone, the rolling eyes, and the scolding wag of the index finger. Beyond sapping your energy and confidence, your Inner Critic robs you of time and profoundly distorts how you see others and how you feel about yourself. So, what can you do?

Give yourself a big boost with my Exercise and Guide Book titled “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” How to Use Positive Self-Talk to Save Your Sanity and Your Time! This book offers simple, practical exercises, checklists and tips for learning to recognize and counter the critical voices that disrupt and hurt you.

“This guidebook is by a secret genius as far as I’m concerned.
Her name is Paula Eder and she is absolutely brilliant
when it comes to how to be in relationship with self and
how to be in relationship with time.”
Heather Dominick 

You hold the power to make conscious choices about the kinds of stories you tell yourself. As you exercise this power, you’ll develop new clarity and confidence – and transform your time. “These Critical Voices Are Driving Me Crazy!” opens the door and gives you a roadmap, so don’t wait.

Click this link to get started on your empowering journey today.

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