The value of the truth within
The truth within you has practical and philosophical value.
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We often tell ourselves a story while ignoring the truth. Reasons we do this is:
However, telling ourselves a lie rarely pays off the way the truth does. Stories we tell ourselves often lead us to adopt beliefs like: "I'm not good enough;" "I always make a mess."
Human beings are natural storytellers. We are familiar with stories that have been passed from generation to generation, such as Romeo and Juliet, or Hansel and Gretel.
The most powerful stories are the ones we tell ourselves. The truth within us has the power to shape what we do and who we are, but it often gets buried beneath the stories we tell ourselves.
"The truth within" means the things you believe or know to be true that have some measure of personal importance to you.
The truth within you has dictated who you have been, who you are, are who you will be. It has value because it keeps the spirit of discovery, adventure, optimism, and innovation alive. Knowing there are new truths for us to find motivates us to pursue them.
The silver bullet is that you need to put in the work everyday for years.
It’s not some Facebook ads hack. Or some magical $2000 conference.
But no matter how many times people tell you that, you’re still going to dig around for the secret answer.
We are so intimate with our thoughts that we never really stop to pay close attention to our wandering minds. When we do look at our thoughts, they turn out to be more interesting than we imagined.
A 2013 review points to huge individual differences between people in how much time they spend talking to themselves in their heads. Some people continually speak to themselves, while other people never talk to themselves internally.
Write the first draft of your story in as short a time as possible. If you’re writing a short story, try to write it in one sitting. If you’re writing a novel, try to write it in one season (three months).
Don’t worry too much about plotting or outlining beforehand. You can do that once you know you have a story to tell in the first place. Your first draft is a discovery process. You are like an archeologist digging an ancient city out of the clay. You might have a few clues about where your city is buried beforehand, but you don’t know what it will look like until it’s unearthed.
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