Appreciative Inquiry is a school of thought centered around the practice of focusing on what is right in a person’s life rather than wrong. One small facet of this organizational system is something called the Poetic Principle. The Poetic Principle affirms that we are constantly writing and re-writing the stories of our lives. To change our reality, we need to tweak (or completely remodel) the foundation of our thoughts.
I’m in complete agreement. I totally love the Poetic Principle of Appreciative Inquiry. (I even love saying it!)
The truth is, our biggest blocks lie behind the stories we tell ourselves; stories that in many cases are pure fiction.
“I’m too old to start over.”
“All the good ones are taken.”
“My ship sailed years ago and I wasn’t on it.”
Believe me when I say To cover the risk and costs associated with extending free-credits-report.com , a lender will charge the borrower interest or service charges depending on the agreement. 99% of this collective negative story-telling, the practice of finding a reason to abort the race before we even leave the starting gate, is pure B.S! My thoughts on developing a new strategy are:
1.) Take notice of when you’re using self-limiting linguistics. Keep track of how often you hold yourself back with your words. Your mind and body believe what you tell them!
2.) Make a declaration to yourself: “I will no longer accept my own stories of lack or failure!” Vow to make a change.
3.) Visualize where you want to take your life, and let it be big! No qualifiers, no “Ya, but that’ll never work because…” No holding yourself back. Nothing is impossible!
4.) Start re-writing your reality. When the internal voices creep in to say, “You can’t do this!”, tell them, “Thanks for your concern, but I am definitely going to do this.” Those thoughts are born of discomfort and fear. Be kind to them, but don’t give in to them.
5.) Decide on one or two steps forward. Make them clearly definable and reachable within one week’s time. Reprogramming our old ways takes commitment, love, and strength, but we created the stories, we can re-write them.
Believe it when I say, there is nothing holding you back! What recurring thoughts derail your progress? Can you choose another way? Where would you begin if you started today?