And this story either supports you and repels you from achieving success.
Let me put it this way — if I were to ask you, “Why you didn’t achieve your goal”, you’re unlikely going to say…
“Because I messed up. I didn’t work to get it. I was a lazy dude.”
But you’ll likely to come up with a story of why it wasn’t your fault. Don’t worry – I don’t blame you.
I mean, if you were late to meet someone or for an appointment, wouldn’t you usually said it’s because of the traffic or something? Would you just say, “I’m bad with timing and that’s why I was late.”
If you notice, it’s usually a story of the “past”. And each time someone buy your story, it somehow reinforces you to continue behaving this way – to tell stories as a way to escape from “failures”. That’s why most people’s stories are about them being the “victims”.
But what if… you’ll start to create stories of the “future” from now onward? Create the story that support the question of WHY you should be achieving your goals.
When you create future story, you won’t victimize yourself. Would you say you’ll be late if you haven’t been late yet?
Would you say that you’ll fail if you haven’t fail yet?
Do you start to see what I mean?
Here’s the amazing part – if you can believe your own story, it starts to become your reality. When others believe your story, it starts to become the reality.
Have you heard the story of Jim Carrey?
Comedic actor Jim Carrey grew up in a family so poor that for a time they lived in their Volkswagen van on a relative’s lawn. But Carrey believed in his future even when it may have seemed likely he would follow his parents in poverty.
From a young age, Carrey knew he had a greater calling to follow; when he was a mere 10 years old, he even mailed his resume to The Carol Burnett Show. And that sense of hope continued as Jim got older.
The story is told that one night in 1990 when Jim Carrey was a struggling young comic trying to make his way in Los Angeles, he drove his old beat-up Toyota to the top of a hill. While sitting there, broke, looking down over the city, and dreaming of his future, he wrote himself a check for $10 million, put in the notation line ‘for acting services rendered,’ and dated it for Thanksgiving 1995. He stuck that check in his wallet – and the rest, as they say, is history.
By 1995, Jim had seen the tremendous success of Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, The Mask and my personal favorite, Liar, Liar. His per film fee at that point had escalated to $20 million.
Imagine your success story.
See your story as vividly as possible.
Write down your story, if you have to.
More importantly, act upon your story.
From there onward, just be excited for the day to tell your story to the world.
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