When writing the story of your life, don’t let anyone else hold the pen – Unknown
If you don’t like how the script of your life is going, write a new story. If your season, school semester, or even your life is going a certain way, I’m going to tell you that just because it is going that way, it doesn’t mean that’s how the story is going to end. Have you ever wondered what causes teams to turn around halfway through a game they are losing, or halfway through a losing season? Ultimately, the team has to choose not to focus on their current story, and decide to create a new story that leads to a different outcome. When a game isn’t going as planned, or when we are going through life wondering if we could be doing something different, we have two options. The first option is we can continue playing out the current script. If the team is down by 20 points at halftime, they can remain in their defeated story and let the game continue to unfold into a loss. The other option is making the decision to end the current story, write a new story and decide to start playing a new game. A team that chooses not to buy into the losing story at halftime, and spends 20 minutes getting focused and committed to winning, is the team that comes out of the locker room and destroys the second half of the game.
Sometimes we may find ourselves stuck in our story. We say things like “we’ll never come back” or “we always lose to this team.” These statements leave us stuck in our perspective and belief that there is no other way. I’m going to challenge you to take out words such as “always” and “never” from your vocabulary and replace them with “what if.” Changing the story to “what if we could come back” or “what if this time around we beat this team for the first time” allows flexibility around creating the outcome you desire. No one wants to lose, even when down 20 points at halftime, but we often get stuck in believing outcomes are destined to happen a certain way. We must remember that we hold the pen and all we have are blank pages ahead of us. At any given moment we get to say this may be how the story is going, but this is not how it’s going to end!
A huge motivator of mine is Eric Thomas and he likes to say, if you can look up, you can get up. We are never at the effect of our current situation. We have the power to change the outcome of a game or our life situation at any given moment. Even if we are knocked down and at our lowest point, we can always look up so we can always get up and start a new story. When you are down, take control, take ownership, pick up the pen for your life and choose to write a story. Why not write a story that you’d be inspired to read?