What Old Story Are You Telling Yourself?

self-reflection Oct 17, 2019

When I was in the seventh grade, I wanted to be an actor.

One day an opportunity to audition for a local theatre company came up and my mom agreed that I could take the morning off of school to go try out. On the morning of the audition, it turned out that my brother was ill and did not go
to school. Instead, he came to the audition with my mother and me. 

As we were waiting in the theatre lobby for my audition time, the artistic
director of the theatre came into the lobby for a moment. After taking one
look at my brother, he cast him in the play. I was unfortunately not

To say I was upset would be an understatement. I think I hid in my
bedroom closet for what felt like a full week. Although I wasn’t aware of it at
the time, I took on the belief that I was not good enough.

When I look back on my life, I can now see how this situation was a
catalyst for my growth. Although at the time and for many years later I had
an old story that repetitively told me that I am not good enough. I finally
woke up and realized that this was just not true! How did I do it? I began to
tell a new story!

Despite all the challenges that life deals us during our lifetime, I have come
to see that we get to choose our perspective. As my friend Nancy Hala
shared recently on my podcast (Let’s Connect), “We are the story that we
tell ourselves.”

If you have been wallowing around in self-pity, shame, guilt, or an old story
that no longer serves you… right now can be the catalyst for a new

What is the story you want to tell yourself?


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