This article from @BreneBrown is a thought provoking on highlighting how much of the time we can be ‘making up stories’ about what is going on. This rarely helps us – but it is hard to resist hardwiring within most of us to tell a story. Shall I give a few examples:
- that presentation went terribly. I always make terrible presentations
- my boss didn’t smile at me this morning. They are really angry at me
- I messed up that spreadsheet. I’m never going to make it
Brene’s advice (which works for me) is to slow down and pause. Get really interested in what is going on. Ask yourself: What are you thinking and feeling? Why? What other explanations are there?