In Our Own Stories

By Diana Lopez

Jun 1 2022


Our life experiences are more than mere anecdotes – they shape who we are and who we want to become. From the stories we tell to introduce ourselves to others, to the internal dialogue we have about our past, these narratives play a crucial role in creating connections and shaping our future. But do you really know how they affect you? Take a deeper look at the stories you tell and discover how they influence your new experiences. After all, it’s not just about what happened, but how you choose to tell the story.

We often find ourselves trapped in the negative narratives we tell ourselves all too often. By cherishing these stories, we become stuck in them and start seeing the world through their lens. These tales may include beliefs such as “it’s too late for change,” “there are no other options,” or “I’m this way because of XYZ.” These stories hold us back from achieving our full potential and living our best lives.

The inner monologue could be the key to success or the roadblock to failure. The tales we tell ourselves have been engraved into our minds for so long that they have become second nature. Our subconscious plays these stories on a loop, and we may not even realize it. But these narratives shape our realities and our futures.  We often hold onto these beliefs from our past and assume they will apply to our future, but this isn’t always the case. Clinging to these old habits can leave us feeling anxious and even depressed, as we continue to see the past everywhere and our future becomes more and more unclear. 

Hypnotherapy is an effective tool to break free from these patterns and actively choose the stories we want to live by.

So let’s shift our focus from the past to the present and the future, and let go of those limiting beliefs that are holding us back. As humans, we have the power to adapt and grow, so why not take charge of our own stories and write a more uplifting and empowering narrative? It’s time to banish the negative and embrace the possibilities of a more positive outlook on life.

The following are some common questions you can ask yourself:

  • Has my childhood of neglect made me question whether I am worthy of love and respect?
  • Have one too many bad relationship experiences made me give up on dating completely?
  • Do I often find myself explaining why I am the way that I am to someone who interprets my story as an excuse?
  • Have I ever caught myself making unfair assumptions about somebody else or a situation?
  • Where do my expectations of myself and others come from? Are they realistic?

If you answered “Yes” to any of the above, it’s time to ask yourself, how does it serve you? It doesn’t mean that our stories don’t matter and the purpose is that they serve us for change, the only certainty of life is change and little by little it becomes a lot. Remember big things have small beginnings.

How do I know if I am trapped in my own story?

Input: Repeating the same story can trap you in a negative narrative cycle.

Output: The power of our stories can either empower us or trap us. Repeating the same story over and over again can create a cycle of negativity that can hold us back. It’s important to recognize when we’re caught in this trap and take steps to shift our thinking towards more positive and empowering narratives. By breaking free from the negative narrative cycle, we open ourselves up to new possibilities and opportunities for growth and transformation.

What is the point?

Throughout history, we’ve developed a range of therapeutic techniques that can work wonders for our mental well-being. By becoming adept at self-observation, we can begin to break away from negative patterns and open ourselves up to new possibilities. By creating new narratives that reflect our own goals and aspirations, we can seize control over our own lives and combat stagnation. Ultimately, it’s all about recognizing that our actions and inactions are within our own power and using that power to lead the best life possible.

What do you say to yourself when you want permission to try something new?

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