What Stories are you Telling Yourself?
Do you find building a complementary practice is a struggle? Are their aspects that aren’t going the way you hoped? Are you struggling to find enough clients to provide a sustainable income?
If you’re struggling anywhere in your business, listen in on the stories you’re telling yourself about it. You may find you are constantly thinking about the situation in an unhelpful way. The stories you’re running are masking limiting beliefs you have about the situation.
When you say these stories enough to yourself, it reinforces your beliefs and you store them as facts. You unconsciously look for evidence to back them up and guess what, you’ll find it!
For example, if you don’t believe you can be successful, you will notice all the areas of your life where you feel you’re failing. This won’t be limited to your business, it could include your diet, your bank account, your wardrobe, basically anything that signifies success to you.
You’ll notice other practitioners and make assumptions on how they are doing. You start to compare yourself to them and jump to the conclusion they’re doing so much better than you. This then feeds back into the story that you will never be successful and around you go again.
Start by working out exactly what the story is you are repeating. You may find you’ve been telling yourself the story for so long you don’t even recognise it as a story anymore.
Write down the story you are telling and look at it in black and white. Decide if it is a fact, something that can be researched and substantiated. If not, there is an underlying belief or opinion you have that is limiting you and stopping you from succeeding. Changing this story is the best thing you can do to start moving forward again.
What’s your new story?
Decide what you want your new story to be. How can you change your story to make it empowering? What needs to appear in your new story to help you get back on track to live a life you love?
In the example above, you may decide your new story is you are successful and deserve to have a sustainable, thriving practice. Put your new empowering story (or an image that represents it) somewhere you see it a lot to constantly reinforce it.
Supporting your new story
Affirm your new story to yourself regularly, make it part of your daily routines to tell yourself your new story. Actively look for evidence to support your new story and celebrate anything that you achieve which takes you a step closer to it.
Anytime you hear yourself repeating your old story, literally tell yourself to stop and replace it with your new one. Your brain is used to running the old story, so it needs to be reminded consistently until it starts to automatically run the new one
Spend five minutes each day visualising how your business and life will be with your new story running. What are you doing? How are you helping your clients? How great do you feel? Visualising it will help to stabilise your new belief and support you moving forward in your business.
If you have a preferred personal development technique, use it to work to create your new belief, do whatever it takes to update them to ones that support you to create your thriving, sustainable practice.
Whilst it is great to set up your new story using affirmations and visualisation, action will help to cement it further. Your new story may not bring an abundance overnight, new opportunities will start to present themselves. Take a step towards it each day and before you know it the new story will soon become your new reality. What are you going to do today to act on your new story?
If you struggle with this, contact me for a free discovery call and find out how I can help you.
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