The Most Important Stories - Michael Ian Cedar - The Legacy of You

There are millions of stories in this world trying to persuade you to buy into them; some stories begin inside your own head, while others are from outside forces. Any of these stories can be positive or negative.

Negative stories I’ve recently seen people consuming:
I have no control.
I can’t lose weight.
I’m ugly.
I’m just not loveable.
I’m not smart enough.
I’m broke.

Positive stories I’ve also recently seen people consuming:
I’m the most in control I’ve ever been.
I’m determined to create healthy habits.
I’m growing more confident with who I am.
I’m damn loveable.
I learn something new every day.
I’m finding ways to make more money.

The human mind is awesome.
While you’re reading a story, your brain believes the story is real in that moment.
Annie Murphy Paul writes this in her blog, “The brain, it seems, does not make much of a distinction between reading about an experience and encountering it in real life; in each case, the same neurological regions are stimulated.”

The same goes for the stories you allow yourself to believe. No matter what story you tell yourself or you believe from the outside world, your mind will deem it to be true. However, you do have a choice in which book you purchase, right?

If there is someone in your life, even if that someone is you, that consistently tells you a story that is incongruent with the way you want to feel, then you have the choice to believe the story, change the story, or close the book entirely.

The point is that YOU have a choice.

The more confidently you believe the story you tell yourself, the more power you have to build a world where other people want to “read” your story as well.

The way to leave an impactful legacy begins with the story you read to yourself.

Finding The Right Story For The Legacy of You,

I would love to grow together; please share any of your answers in the comments section below!

  1. What is one story you no longer want to believe?
  2. What is the story you want to put your faith into instead?
  3. What actions will you take to make that story your truth?
  4. Be vulnerable! Share your answers in the comments section.


3 thoughts on “The Most Important Stories You’ll Read All Day”

  1. I no longer believe that I should spend my precious time waiting for someone else to get it together. I no longer want to believe that loyalty means putting myself on a back burner. I refuse to believe for even one more day that I don’t deserve the utmost respect and kindness from anyone who wants a place in my life.
    The story I want to put my faith into is that i must look at things from a diffeeent perspective, my own! It is time for me to make decisions based on what I want, need, and deserve, based on the fact that I can’t be at my best unless I learn how to treat myself the way I want to treat others. It’s kind of the golden rule in reverse. In my new story I am telling myself the same things I would be telling a dear friend in the same position. I am treating myself with kindness and compassion. I am having a love affair with me first. I am learning to be my own best friend.
    I will make my new story true by learning to think before I instinctively say yes to people when my mind is screaming NO!!! I need to break the habit of thinking that doing what’s right for me is somehow selfish. Making choices that are right for me is my right and frankly, my responsibility.
    I have gone down this road many times before, only to slide back to my old ways. Then, when I get the same result I always get from being problematically selfless, I rethink the whole idea of self care and start over again.
    I’m hoping it will stick. I am only getting older and I already have enough regret. I feel that my time is now and if I don’t act on that, it will be my own fault. It’s time.

    1. Rosemary, Sounds like a pretty powerful year. Fire molds steel… And sounds like you are a piece of art! There is a pretty amazing term I learned about myself called “good guy syndrome” and of course there is another term called “good girl syndrome” google it.. It’s pretty awesome. Much Love to you!

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