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Tired of Who You Are? Try This.

You no longer like yourself. It's been a slow creep. It started off with a few errant beliefs, but no
Tired of Who You Are? Try This.
You no longer like yourself.
It’s been a slow creep.
It started off with a few errant beliefs, but now your identity has morphed into something else entirely.
And now you no longer like who you are.
It’s a problem, that’s for sure.
So what do you do about it?
You’ve already tried Googling for answers, and it’s just not working.
And that’s because you don’t need someone else’s answers.
You need an identity shift.

Changing Who I Am
There came a point in my life when I was tired of who I was being. I was tired of blaming others and thinking the world owed me something.
I believe it was the same time that I started seriously studying personal development, around 7 or 8 years ago. I read David Allen’s Getting Things Done, and I was hooked.
I thought, You mean to tell me that there are systems that can help me get this anxiety out of my head and put it in its proper place? There are people out there who are struggling with time management and self-love and doubt just like I am? And there are ways to handle this??
This was an eye-opener for how I thought about my life.
But reading self-help books and teaching myself as much as I could about mental health was just the start. The more I learned, the more I realized that self-actualization is a lifelong journey.
Learning never ends, nor should it. Once we stop learning, we start dying. Well, we’re all on the path to death, but metaphorically speaking, you know what I mean.
Learning is everything. And what you learn feeds directly into your mindset, which helps you form your identity.
Here’s what I mean.
You are the Hero of Your Own Story
To infinity. And beyond!
To infinity. And beyond!
When you feel stuck, when you no longer like yourself, it’s most likely because you’re not living up to the version of yourself that you know you can be.
It’s because you are stuck in a rut when you know you could be running down the road to bigger and better things.
But how do you get out of the rut if you’re in one? How do you completely transform your identity? It seems like an impossible task.
It’s not. But first you have to adopt a better story for yourself.
Because, if you think about it, you are the hero in your own story. At least, you could be. If you wanted to. And a lot of people, when it comes down to it, don’t really want to be the hero. They are satisfied being who and where they are. And that’s fine. But it’s not acceptable for other people, and I’m assuming, because you’re reading this newsletter, that it’s not acceptable for you.
So this is what I want you to do.
I want you to tell yourself that you are going to change your story. And you’re going to put yourself front and center. Your narrative is central to who you are as in individual. If you’re like how I was, you probably have adopted a “woe is me” mentality from time to time. You’ve probably told yourself that you don’t deserve any more than you’re getting. At the same time, you’re probably frustrated that the world isn’t working out the way you want it to. This kind of mindset is dangerous.
What you need to do is develop a better story about yourself. You have to become that hero that you know you can be. It’s only by thinking in this way that you will change your limiting beliefs about yourself.
Because I’ll let you in on a little secret.
“Successful” people have limiting beliefs just like everyone else. They just know how to crush those beliefs with a different story. They know that, by changing their storyline, they can change how they handle their limiting beliefs.
Heroes don’t give up at the first setback–or even the second or third. They push forward because that is what a hero would do. Once you tell your new story to yourself enough times, it starts to become who you are. It’s the honest-to-goodness truth.
If you can’t do this for yourself, do this for someone else in your life. Be the hero for someone else. It can feel more socially acceptable to act like a hero for others than a hero just because that’s what you want for yourself.
Whatever it takes, make the change.
Until the story changes, nothing else will.
I believe in this with my whole being. I believe you are capable of great things. I hope this helps you realize that.

You can do this,
Jordan
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