Life is a series of repeated stories, isn’t it? And life proceeds to go the way it goes based on the stories we choose to repeat to ourselves.
There’s a big difference between:
I’m a shy insecure artist and I will never amount to anything.
I’m a shy insecure artist, but I am working on it and one day I will be great.
Based on the story you repeat to yourself, your behaviors will change, the way you interact with others will change. And you guessed it. Your life will change. So given how potentially helpful and harmful the stories we tell ourselves can be, why not curate the stories we tell ourselves? That’s right. Curate your stories like how one would curate the art coming into the world-renowned Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reject stories with pride. And protect the good stories with all your might. Keep the good, helpful stories on display. Remind yourself of it every day. Come up with a curated playlist of stories you repeat to yourself so you can stay on track and achieve what you want out of this lifetime and leave the rest out in the dust.
by Jason Lam