What Narrative Do You Live By?
One of my favourite books is called Born to Run, by Christopher McDougall. I like this book so much that I’ve read it at least five times!
The book is about running. But McDougall has a great way of building narratives around the simple concept of running. His book begins with his search for a mysterious runner and then he transitions to his own running practice (complete with injuries) before moving on to talk about a tribe in Mexico of renowned runners called the Tarahumara. Throughout the book, he tells stories about other runners, running science, nutrition, and a great race that he, some Tarahumara, and some other runners raced in.
The concept — a book about running — is simple, and maybe even a little boring. It’s the narrative world that McDougall creates in the book that is fascinating, draws me in, and brings me back for re-reads.
What narratives are you building? What are the stories you tell yourself as you start your day? What are the worlds that you build as you live your life?
This is all part of what building confidence is about. Building worlds and narratives for your life helps you uncover your most deeply-held values. These values help you decide who to be and what to do.
None of this is phony. What is phony, on the other hand, is creating a narrative where you are untrue to yourself, where you live according to others’ expectations, and where you live passively waiting to be accepted by others.
Building confidence begins with uncovering your values and then aligning the activities of your day (and life) with those values?
If you’d like some help with this, let me know. I help people figure out what’s most important to them and how to bring that into better focus in their lives.
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