What is the narrative constantly playing in your head? Is it a narrative of possibility, hope, and defying the odds? Or is it one of defeat, fear, and anticipation of failure?
We often stop ourselves from ever pursuing our dreams, taking the promotion, or trying something new because of the all too familiar voice that haunts us shouting, “No, No, No!” We have befriended a mental foe and grown comfortable with the narrative of “I can’t. I won’t. I will never be able to.”
How do you overcome it? How do you begin to take more adventurous steps? How do you muster up enough courage to take that job opportunity, build those relationships, or pursue your passions?
Start small, start simple, and start now by changing the narrative you allow to play in your head.
Playing baseball growing, when I was at the plate, ready to smash the next pitch, all I could hear was, “Yes, yes, yes.” “Yes, what?” You ask. “Yes, I’m going to hit this next pitch. Yes, I’m better than this pitcher. Yes, I’m the best on this field. Yes, this next pitch is the one I want. Yes, I’m going to absolutely crush whatever this pitcher brings my way.”
My coach drilled in us the power of having a “yes” narrative, a winner’s narrative. He constantly challenged us to think in the realm of possibility. We were taught to approach the plate ready to unleash the full fury of our bat speed if our opponent dared to bring something in our zone. This field was our domain, this plate was our throne, and if the pitcher even thought about putting something over the plate he would regret it for the rest of his baseball career! Extreme, maybe. Effective, absolutely.
We were taught to approach the plate with a “Yes, yes, yes” narrative, a winner’s narrative. And it worked.
Our team was the most winning team in our league for years on end. We consistently took the league championship. Our coach continually led us to victory by teaching us the power of having a “Yes” narrative, a winner’s narrative, a possibility narrative.
How are you approaching the plate of your life, career, relationships, dreams? Are you going up to bat ready to swing at the next pitch, ready to crush whatever is thrown at you? What is your narrative? If it’s not a “yes” narrative then it’s time to start one.
How? By beginning with one truth at a time, one pitch at a time.
Tackle the next pitch. Don’t worry about tomorrow, a year from now, or ten years from now. Start today, start telling yourself, “Yes, yes, yes. I can. I will. I must. It’s possible. I’m ready for this. I was born for this. I’m going to knock it out of the park.” You are a winner, now it’s time to start thinking and swinging like one.