You have a picture of yourself in your head. You tell yourself a story about who you are, why you do what you do, the qualities that define you, and the impact you believe you make in the world.
When the reality that unfolds differs from the picture of yourself you’ve created in your mind, you have a decision to make.
You can change the picture in your head to more closely mirror reality, or you can change how you see reality to more closely match the image in your head. Each holds value when done with discipline but introduces danger when they get undisciplined.
Changing the story in your mind to match the reality you experience is a great way to stay grounded and humble. On the other hand, it can create doubt and damage confidence when events aren’t going in your favor.
Changing how you see reality to match the story in your mind is a great way to trigger confidence and competitive energy. Unfortunately, it can create blind spots that ignore necessary truths.
You have a picture of yourself in your head. You always will. You also have a view of reality. Neither perspective is perfectly accurate. Sometimes discipline dictates that you adjust how you see yourself. Other times the disciplined thing to do is change how you see reality.
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