Why We Need to Be Mindful of the Stories We Tell Ourselves: A Personal Anecdote.

For years I knew that I would need to get a new RAM drive for my laptop, and for years I told myself that I wasn't good with computers so if I were to do it myself then I'd somehow break my computer. It was either spend money on getting it done by a professional or just save up money and buy a new laptop.

Well for the past two years I've been mindful of the stories I've told myself, especially the bad kind. I started small by finding out how to clean the inside of my laptop. Once I realized I didn't blow it up by that small action, I researched what kind of RAM I needed, invested in two new drives, watched a couple of Youtube videos, and installed it.

At first it didn't work, and that small storyteller started to talk, "you shoulda just gone to a professional."

But a louder voice responded, "Not yet, this is just an opportunity to do it right." So I turned my computer off and unscrewed the back again, and realized I didn't insert one of the drives all the way and adjusted it. Now my computer had twice the memory space it had before.

I felt compelled to share this story with you all because I feel that we constantly tell ourselves that we're not good enough. I think most of this stems from others assigning stories to us at an early age, and since we don't know any better we believe them. The thing is, most of those stories are just not true.

So the next time you catch yourself saying something along the lines of, "I'm not good at Math, foreign languages, music, sports, etc." Tell yourself a different story. Try this one on for size; "It's not my forte, but I would love to learn more."

We can accomplish so much, but I think it all starts with the stories we tell ourselves.