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The Past Isn't Objective: Your "Story" Is Your Responsibility

The Past Is Flexible

The Past Is Flexible

The past, and our understanding of it, is a reflection of our current state of mind.

The past, which is assumed to be static, is in fact constantly changing. Historical facts are looked at with new data, new experiences, and according to what new shape the collective human memory takes.

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The Past Isn't Objective: Your "Story" Is Your Responsibility

The Past Isn't Objective: Your "Story" Is Your Responsibility

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The Past Is Flexible

The past, and our understanding of it, is a reflection of our current state of mind.

The past, which is assumed to be static, is in fact constantly changing. Historical facts are looked at with new data, new experiences, and according to what new shape the collective human memory takes.

The Stories We Tell About Our Lives

Our story, which we are narrating to others, is constantly changing with our new experiences and insights, as our lives go by.

These stories become our identity and certain core memories, or life events of immense sorrow or happiness, stick with us forever.

Mental Strength For Revisiting The Past

One can change the story of one’s past including what it meant. New lessons can be learned by revisiting the past in an objective manner, without guilt, remorse or any grudge.

Becoming emotionally and mentally tough makes us face our past with courage, and helps us change the meaning of our often traumatic past.

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Many of us think of our past as a kind of a video library where we can look at records of our lives. If memories were fixed like videotapes, you would find it difficult to imagine a new situation.

It is our past memories that help us imagine a future, and to preview future events. This skill of using the past to predict the future helps us try out different hypothetical scenarios before we commit.

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“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues but the parent of all others.”
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What gratitude changes

Gratitude is intended to change three things: your past, your present, your future. 

If you’re not transforming your past, present, and future, then you aren’t fully experiencing the benefits of gratitude.

Live in the gain

Stop focusing on what's missing from your life. And rather than measuring yourself against your ideals, measure yourself against where you were before.

When you live in the gain, all you see is progress. What you focus on expands.

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Dramatic strategy ...
Dramatic strategy ...
  • ... moves audiences, 
  • empowers them to play a role and 
  • realigns them with a higher purpose.

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Dramaturgical model of communication

Focus on communicating meaning by enabling followers to become emotionally invested in change by being part of the larger narrative.

This communication approach spurs its constituency through imagination towards a common goal. 

Considerations for dramaturgical approach
  • Leaders should "manufacture" meaning.
  • Narratives are enhanced when storytellers bring the audience into the present

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