Changing the Narrative – the science of changing future outcomes


The events we currently live out will become our future narrative, what is told about us, what our story will be is being made today. Today we write another piece of what will eventually become an inspiring story or one laced with sadness, today we write history worth telling or history not worth remembering, today we write what others choose to etch in the sands of time or forever want to forget. Our future outcome is being decided by our present choices, our present narrative was decided yesterday by our past choices.

Like a story our lives will tell, like an expedition there will be mighty discoveries, like a journey we constantly make progress that will culminate in the exceptional or the discouraging, our choices will determine if we inspire or discourage, if we would be successful or join the horde of failures, the choice is entirely up to you.

Is there a science to changing future outcomes?

Someone said the best way to predict the future is to create it. Another school of thought insists that the best predictor of future success is past performance. Your current performance is most likely a sum average of past performances. While we acknowledge there are one season wonders, habits guarantee repetition. If you will repeat success you must redo and surpass the routines that got you there in the first place.

Let’s talk about the character who is at the Centre of the narrative – You!

Whether knowingly or unknowing your behavior over the years has created what I call your narrative. These are people’s perception of your person, your choices, your successes and your failures. This is important because it determines people’s response to you.

When you study communication, in the reception of a message, the message is often interpreted in the context of the relationship you share with the one relating the message. Hence we tend to hold on to words coming from spouses, family, friends, a mentor, a teacher or a figure we respect in higher regard than those from a random individual on the street.

While your opinion of yourself is the most important in you attaining success, you will need compliments from others to reinforce what you already believe about yourself. Someone said go where you are celebrated not where you are tolerated.

Is it not amazing that the response of a character in a movie changes your emotional response to a happening on set. So you have a courageous actor in a dire situation, completely hopeless but with a highly optimist character, one that has demonstrated in earlier scenes his or her ability to cope with danger and come out unscratched. Regardless of how hopeless the situation maybe you sit up in your chair optimistic the plot will soon turn in the favor of the main character. Why?

One -this might be based on his or her past responses to similar situations.

Two- his or her current disposition is evidence he or she knows what they are doing.

Three – you have concluded on the narrative based on a pre-established perception of the character involved.

In changing your future outcome or creating successful outcomes, you want to be the character people are willing to take a chance with based on your past response to similar situation, your comportment in the present situation or the consistency of your character in such situations.

If your consistent behavior in defined situations does not result in successful outcomes, you must alter a character trait to get the required outcome.

In changing outcomes and changing narratives the character in question is as important as the situation on hand, that is why two people go through the same situation and there are two totally different outcomes. Become the character that guarantees a successful outcome. Change the narrative by changing yourself, become a different person and you will write a different story. Your story is simply a record of your characters response to different situations. If you do not like the narrative change the character by changing your character.

Commit to a daily routine to grow your mind.

That’s G.Y.M for today and I trust that you are charged up and obsessed with a burning desire to succeed. Ordinary is a misnomer for you.

Plan, Act and Pursue your dream.

Orezi Emeotu

#GrowYourMind Coach


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