Great Reading – The Stories We Tell Ourselves

51y1-une0elEvery Monday, for more than twenty years, a guy named Roy Williams has sent a memo to his friends, fans, clients, and subscribers called the Monday Morning Memo

Every Monday! Period. He never misses. The “memo” is interesting. Sometimes it applies to what I’m doing. Sometimes it doesn’t. And sometimes it smacks me in the face like a 2×4.

This week’s was one of his best …ever! It’s about the story we tell ourselves is how our story unfolds. What story are you telling yourself?

I encourage you, read the whole thing. Subscribe. Read it weekly.

The most important stories I tell, by far, are the stories I tell about myself, to myself. Those stories are the source of my identity and the foundation of my purpose in life. Here’s the truth…

  1. Whether good or bad, your current circumstances are temporary.
  2. Success is temporary.
  3. Failure is temporary.
  4. Your future depends on your choices.
  5. Your choices depend on what you believe.
  6. What you believe is not determined by what you see and hear, but by how you interpret what you see and hear.
  7. How you interpret what you see and hear is determined by the stories you tell yourself, about yourself.

He asks…

Who do you believe yourself to be? What do you believe about this world we live in? What does the future hold?

Then he asks…

Did you experience 5 years of life during the past 5 years? Or did you experience 1 year of life 5 times? Don’t let 2018 be the 6th straight year of 1 years’ experience.

Then he begs…

Do something new. Tell yourself a different story about yourself.

I beg myself to do the same, and beg you, too.

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Things I Will Do: Have Faith

Roy Williams, The Wizard of AdsAs I mentioned yesterday, this past weekend I decided to pick-up Scott Westerman‘s The Spartan Life 2 and read it again. But this time …really read it. And then blog about it. Why? It goes back to that old adage that you should think about a thing, then write it down, and then revisit it again and again. There’s some crazy high percentage that says people who write things down, their goals, dreams, etc …are much more likely to achieve those things.

Another favorite of mine is anything written by Roy Williams, aka The Wizard of Ads. His Monday Morning Memo “blog entry” (even though I think he shuns the idea of a ‘blog’) from this week mentioned “faith.” It’s like someone is trying to tell me something.

Have faith. Be faithful. Trust in faith.

This probably breaks some sort of blogging law, but I could’ve truly copied/pasted Roy Williams’s entire Monday Morning Memo, from yesterday.

Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Happy endings are made of it.

Faith is the evidence of things not seen. It is proof of the invisible.

Hope is optimistic expectation.

Faith is hope with its sleeves rolled up.

Faith is hope wearing working gloves.

Faith is hope yanking the ripcord of a chainsaw.

Faith is hope with a hammer in its hand.

Faith speaks of that which is not yet as though it already were.

Faith requires commitment.

Faith requires commitment and commitment is a choice. It’s not something that arises within you like courage. It’s not something that comes upon you like fear. Commitment is simply a choice.

Isn’t that beautiful?

That word …”faith” was also a main theme in the opening chapters of Scott’s book. And he was quick to point out, “faith” doesn’t necessarily mean religion, but he says “faith” is the most powerful version of belief – I’m paraphrasing him a bit, or maybe I’m telling you how I interpreted his words.

Belief in self. Belief in ones gifts. Belief in ones own voice. Belief, as Seth Godin often calls it, in ones “art” – that thing we do and we love doing it.

I had faith 2013 was going to be an adventure – and it was. Now, I have faith, with the lessons learned in 2013, I will make 2014 a great year. The best year of my life.

I’ll tweet about my best year, and I hope you’ll Tweet at me and mention me as you create your best year ever and I have faith that you will. Oh, I’m on Twitter at @donkowalewski.

Hit it, Mr. Joel!!!