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Are you telling the same old story?

Theory and practice for the exercise ahead

Are you telling the same old story?

Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere, and it’s often a chance to get away from the everyday hurley-burley.

A helpful big-picture question – and I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that I’ve just watched the Dungeon & Dragons movie – is: How are you stuck in the same old story?

About your path. About your role. About your gifts. About your traveling companions? About your destination.

What if you summoned the spirit of Scheherazade and told stories of you for 1,001* nights.

Who’s the hero you want to be? What are her great skills? How will we see their courage and acuity? What does he stand for and against? (And what’s the old story about your role you’d like to leave behind?)

Who do you want to travel with? Who’s your sage, your medicine woman, your co-conspirator? (And who is it time to call time on?)

What’s the destination that calls you forth? (And what old version of success is proving to be less than what you were hoping for?)

You’re allowed more than one answer for each question.

Try out some new stories about you.

*1,001 is a lot. Take it as a metaphor for “more than one.”

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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.