“When I argue with reality, I lose, but only 100 percent of the time.” – Byron Katie
The greatest works of fiction are the lies and half-truths we tell ourselves.
So often, overwhelmed by our doubts and fears, we fail to even try something new or ask for what we want.
“That will never work.” “She will never agree with me.” “I’m not the sort of person that can be good at that.” We are defeated before we even start.
At other times we make up a very different story.
“If I just work harder, I’ll get that promotion.” “We just need more data to convince the boss.” “My company is really committed to innovation.” Here, our need to control or to be right is running the ship. Disappointment looms on the horizon.
In both instances we are suffering from a disease of perception–a failure to see situations as they really are.
In both instances, we are the authors of the story.
Fiction is fun to read, but believing–and acting!–on fictional stories that we have authored ourselves is about as good a definition of insanity as you are likely to find.