Day 25: Go Easy on Your Self-Talk
At Cathy’s kind invitation, earlier this week I spoke to a group of MBA students at Bologna University on the importance of narrative in wine storytelling. Storytelling one of my favorite subjects to study and share, and I truly believe compelling stories can take a wine brand from good to great. (You can read my post on how to turn wine stories into effective marketing here.)
Great wine (and all) stories contain a well-constructed narrative, are grounded in truth, are relatable and memorable, they have personality, and make the audience truly feel something.
But when it comes to the personal stories we create and tell, both about ourselves and others, lines quickly blur. Negative self-talk can creep in and we quickly move from an open, engaged, and vulnerable space of authenticity and experience, to critical self talk, and on the slippery slope to self-doubt, anxiety and depression. Sadly through this, we overlook the beauty, exhilaration, joy, acceptance and opportunity that comes in simply being alive and well.
So consider, how do you tell YOUR story and is the story you are telling grounded in truth and compassion? Or is it filled with fear, from thoughts of lack, or unmet needs? Are you showing up in your daily life and being your own best friend with compassion and joy? Or is your head full of critical voices, negativity and lies?
Write your personal journey down, and really take time to read and study it. Clean up your thoughts and get comfortable with sharing your journey truthfully and without judgment. The modern world is challenging enough to thrive in without unnecessary negativity and self-criticism.
So easy goes it on the self-talk, and watch the stories you tell yourself. You are not the stories you create but rather the experience you live. Develop acceptance and compassion for the bumps and bruises you have experienced through life as they make you the unique, talented and amazing person you are.
Above all be kind to yourself. Always.