Change Your Life Story: Your Narrative Becomes Your Reality

Your life is a narrative, and you are the writer. What story will become your reality?

Hi, I’m Daniel.

I’ve always struggled to make lasting connections with people, and could never figure out why. I have lived an unfortunate life where the odds have always been stacked against me. Since a small child, I have always been the underdog. I’ve had to struggle with everything just to keep myself going.

But hold up for a moment

Is this the reality of the situation? Or is this a contorted sob story I’ve been reinforcing my entire life, to the extent I have completely identified with it? Sure, I’ve been through hardships, but maybe I’m painting a picture that isn’t in my best interest.

So what if I told myself a different story?

Hi, I’m Daniel.

I was once very miserable, however, I have lived a beautiful life filled with healing, adventure, and wonder. I was once socially deprived due to my incompetence, but I learned how to be good with people. Sure, I’m not perfect, but let’s be honest, I probably live a more socially abundant life than most people.

I am grateful for my struggles as they have opened my consciousness to a new dimension of experience. I certainly wouldn’t be walking the path I am today without acquiring the necessary wisdom. I’m living the life I have always wanted, and even though it’s challenging at times, there’s nothing else in the world I can see myself doing.

Now this is the reality I have created for myself. This is the story I choose to tell myself because at the end of the day, life is a subjective journey. We may have objective experiences, but these experiences can be interpreted however we want. Life is a canvas and we are the painters.

You may not have control over your reality, but you have control over your narrative. You can have an extremely difficult life, yet a beautiful narrative. It’s the narrative that makes you feel at peace with your life, and find meaning in it. The proof is in people who have devastating lives, yet happy lives.

They chose to write a happy life story. So what story do you tell yourself? Is it a story that oppresses you, or liberates you?

Experience is the framework, story is the substance

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You can look at your life from many different anglesSome of these perspectives are going to cause you a lot of struggle, while others will fill you with optimism.

The events that happen in your life are objective, but the experiences that these events create for you are not.

Over time, we use our experiences to build a story about who we are, and where we fit into all of this. Depending on how you look at your life experience, that’s the experience you’re going to create for yourself.

First of all, your beliefs do matter.

Your beliefs influence your thoughts.

Your thoughts influence your emotions.

Your emotions influence your decisions.

Your decisions influence your life experience.

If you believe that your life is a constant struggle and you have it so much worse than everyone else, do you think this is going to instill positive thoughts and feelings, or negative thoughts and feelings?

Since those painful thoughts and feelings are low-vibrational energy, unconsciously you will act in particular ways and make decisions that aren’t in your highest interest. You can see how you can get sucked into this negative place in life, just from the way you perceive it.

This is why it’s important to create a life story where you are the hero of your life. You are persevering, courageous, and doing your best. You must write your narrative in a way where it’s certainly not over, it’s just beginning.

You are not a loser, you are not a failure. You are doing your best, and step by step, making your life a little better. It may be a long road, but it’s a fulfilling one. So don’t lose sight of who you are, and what you’re shooting for.

Elements of your life story

A few core pillars create your life story:

  1. Your beliefs
  2. Your thoughts
  3. Your attitudes
  4. Your emotions

Unlike the events that occur, these pillars are all subjective. Put these all together, and your subjective life experience is created.

If you lose your job, that’s a fact. This is an objective reality you need to face. However, depending on how you view losing your job, the experience is very different.

If you see losing your job as a terrible thing that causes fear, worry, and uncertainty, your experience is going to be negative. On the other hand, if you see a silver lining, and perhaps opportunity, adventure, and excitement in this transition, then the experience you have may be very different.

Perhaps you’re thinking about the opportunity and the freedom. Sure, it’s natural to worry, but if you have faith that things will work out and use this experience as a catalyst, it can be pretty exciting. Maybe you can perceive this situation as a positive life change you’ve needed but haven’t had the guts to pursue.

Your life is the events that have happened, your life story is your perception of what those events meant.

Your beliefs

Your beliefs are what you think about the world. Your beliefs refer to your unconscious programming about how the world works, and what your life experience must be.

  • Do you believe you can do anything in the world if you really apply yourself, or that nothing will work out for you, despite how hard you try?
  • Is everything a challenge to you, or does life seem easy?
  • Is the world generally a dark place, or is it an incredible opportunity to be experiencing this?

Your thoughts

What you think about is tied to the other pillars of the frame. The quality of your thoughts influences the quality of your reality.

  • Are you constantly thinking about how you can make something work, or about all the ways it could go wrong?
  • Do you think about all the hardships, or everything that is good in your life?
  • Do you think about what you want in life, or what you’re trying to avoid?

Your attitudes

Your attitudes reflect how you react, respond, and think about different occurrences in your life. Your attitude is more of a conscious mechanism, while your beliefs are generally unconscious, and run in the background.

  •  Are you optimistic that things will work out, or do you assume it’s going to go bad?
  • Do you think it’s a waste of time, or do you think it’s a good learning opportunity?
  • Do you give everything the benefit of the doubt, or avoid opportunities because you’re uncertain about them, or they make you nervous?

Your emotions

Your emotions are how you feel about a particular event that has happened to you.

  • Does it makes you feel shame, or pride?
  • Are you grateful that it happened, or are you disappointed?
  •  Do you feel hope, or do you feel like giving up?

You become attached to a particular identity


Over time we form an idea of who we are, based on the experiences we have had. This idea of who you are becomes your identity. This is your understanding of who you are, and what your life experience means to you.

Your identity concretes your sense of belonging and helps you find where you fit in this world. But it can also be a big source of pain, or it can empower you.

So if your identity is unempowered, where you believe you’re a nerd, or a loser, or an insecure train wreck, that’s the reality you’re going to build for yourself. How can it not be when that belief system becomes your whole world?

Unconsciously, you’re going to keep yourself in that particular frame. Luckily, your identity is never actually consolidated. We think it is, but we can make a mental pivot.

The more you reframe your experiences in a positive way that empowers you, the more your identity is going to shift to higher ideals.

You're constantly reinforcing your identity

You’re constantly reinforcing a particular identity because you get deeper into believing that your beliefs are the objective truth. If you feel like you’ve been taken advantage of, you will look for reasons why you’ve been taken advantage of.

If you identify as a failure where no matter how hard you try, the big bad world will always knock you down, then you’re going to keep having these experiences, and you’re just going to get more and more engraved into that belief system. In a way, you’re going to construe an objective reality to suit the story you tell yourself.

So you keep reinforcing an idea, that you’re a victim, or that people don’t like you when you’re just twisting it to an extreme.

Not saying that people aren’t victims at times, but whether we see ourselves as victims of life, or creators of our realities also has a huge influence over our life experience.

How do you frame your life story?

Now that we’ve looked at some of the core ingredients that make up your story, you need to work on changing it.

If you believe that you have always had it hard, can you see it in a way that the hardship has been preparing you? Without those difficult lessons, you wouldn’t be pushed to evolve as a person. Can you tell a story where you’re just starting your journey, rather than winding down and propping up the white flag?

Your story is your life.

So if you don’t create a story that you’re proud of living, what chance did you ever have in the first place? Remember. This is your life. You decide how it shapes you, and what it means to you.

And when you create a story that you’re happy to tell, that’s when you’re really going to start that wave towards all your greatest desires.

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