I read an article a couple of weeks about changing one’s internal script with writing. It was one of those self-help things that you read and say “meh”. However, on greater reflection it’s been surprising helpful in thinking ahed toward 2015. The idea that stuck with me is that through reading, reflection, and writing, It’s possible to change a person’s inner thinking, and as a consequence, change their story. It’s possible to bring the best out of yourself instead of scraping through every day unthinkingly.
This year’s 500 word challenge turned out to be a trial run at this. While I didn’t follow through with it for the rest of the year after the 31 days, there was something powerful about it that began to change my internal script; that is, the instinctive and reflexive governing of my life that is so influential, and often so self-limiting.
“Change the Script” is a powerful imperative, like “Take Permission”, my theme for 2014. While I still need to follow through with the Take Permission imperative, something deeper needs to change within me to generate the boldness to Take Permission. That’s where Change the Script comes in.
To begin with, there are a couple of ways I want to work toward Changing the Script:
Internally: I want to generate optimism, positivity, and encouragement instead of cynicism and negativity. My default script tends to be cynical, sarcastic, negative, and a sense of smarminess that “I know better”. I find this repulsive when I see it in others but tolerate and advance it in myself.
Move forward to initiate new habits: I can take charge of myself. I can initiate change with others, I can work to lead those within my sphere of influence to a preferable future. While my sister tells me I’m “regimented,” this regimentation can be positively used to work toward being willing to experiment, to try new things, to take risks.
What are you thinking in terms of changing your script? I’d love to hear about your thoughts and plans!