The Story You Live and Tell

Be mindful of the story you live and tell.  Is the story you live the story you tell?  Is the story you tell the one you live?  Do you live the story you want and are proud to be living?

Are you aware of the story you tell yourself — you know, the story that trips you up in your head and interferes with your relationships?

Your story is how you make sense of who you are. It is the ongoing internal narrative of your life. Your story is simply your perception and representation of the experience of you.  It is also how you let others know who you are.

You are the protagonist of the story you live and tell. You make meaning of your history by narrating it in a story. This is part of how you become the character you are.

The brain seems to be hardwired for story. Before there was a written language, information was passed from one generation to the next via the story told.

The story of you gets hardwired in your brain that is ever alert to potential threats to your physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. The brain tells a story about each piece of sensory data you perceive in relation to who you are and what your ego wants and needs. But, in attempts to protect you, the ego-filled brain alerts you with stories that are often less than fully true.

You can change the story in your head by rewiring the neuropathways to create new connections in your brain. The cultivation of a different story requires a mindfulness to what you perceive, a shift in your perspective, and a change in what you say and do.

It is important to remember you are NOT your story.  You need your ego to navigate in this world.  However, the truth of who you are is devoid of ego and is more about the spirit of you. It is when you step back from your ego that you can show up with full presence of being and a greater integrity.

Therefore, cultivate the story you want to live, and live the story you want to tell.  Align your story with your truth, purpose, values and intention to generate a powerfully authentic presence.


Dr. Cindy Hardwick is the Trusted Leadership Advisor, Consulting & Licensed Psychologist, and ICF Credentialed Coach who brings more than 37 years experience to the arena of individual and interpersonal transformation.

By integrating ancient philosophy with current research and best practices, Cindy serves as a facilitator of meaningful change and restoration for individuals, for their relationships, and for their workplace cultures. She is known for her nonjudgmental approach, her delightful intuition, and her gift of ideation

Cindy brings her unique personal brand of Consulting and Coaching Psychology to those in positions of leadership and service to others to help them bring the best of who they are to their life and their work. 

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