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Are the stories you tell yourself holding you back?

February 3, 2017


This week is national storytelling week and I have always been intrigued by the power of stories, especially the way in which a story can touch my heart, lift me up or bring me down. 


I was recently moved by the film ‘Lion’ which is based on the true story of Saroo and his search to find his birth family in India after living with his adoptive family in Australia for 20 years. 


Saroo’s story itself moved me on many levels and it highlighted to me the power that storytelling can have.  It can evoke emotions deep inside and plant thoughts in our minds that remain with us long after the story has ended. 


After watching the film, I was intrigued by the ‘stories’ that Saroo had told himself throughout his life.  They were not ‘stories’ in the sense that they were fiction but, at the end of the film, we learn that for 20 years he had been mispronouncing the name of the village where he came from as well as his own name, which was in fact Sheru, meaning "Lion”.  I was left wondering how much these mispronunciations impacted his search for his birth family?


Just like Saroo, we tell ourselves stories all the time, often in our internal dialogue and they can lift us up or bring us down in the same way that a story we watch, hear or read can. 


These stories have the power to influence our lives so we need to watch out for the stories that we may have ‘mispronounced’ and may be influencing how we view ourselves now.    


Listen to the stories you tell to yourself.  Are any of the following cropping up in them?




‘I can’t’ ‘


'I won’t be able to’


‘I shouldn’t’


‘I could never’





These self-limiting beliefs often come from stories we tell ourselves from our past, which then influence how we view ourselves in the present and what we are capable of in the future. 


Are there any stories you have where you have ‘mispronounced’ what happened?  If so, perhaps it’s time to re-write them to enable you to move forward.   







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