Stories have been a very powerful tool through human history.  Prior to the written word and even up to the flourishing of the printing press they were the main way to convey ideas, history and to entertain.  In this article, I want to address the most powerful stories that still effect everyone one of us even to this day, and that is the stories we tell ourselves.  They can consist of us celebrating our accomplishments, understanding our challenges and in many cases clinging to the false illusions we have built up about who we are and what we are capable of.  Many people allow themselves to speak literally into their own mind words, ideas and language that they would never outwardly say to another person.  Words of defeatism, negativity and an expectation that what has always been is what will always be.  As someone who has overcome a lot of challenges in weight loss, which is a huge area where negative self talk manifests, I can understand where people get trapped in this repetitive cycle of failure and then mentally rehashing that failure.  For me the self talk changed when I decided not to make a grandiose change but to just be different that I was.  At 350lbs my only goal was to just not be 350lbs anymore.  Nothing glamorous, no rock bottom, no trauma or awakening.  I just decided to do anything simple that would make me less than 350lbs.  Things evolved but they started simple.  I began to see that I was achieving something and I used that to encourage me as I went.  I saw how others ignored their health and it inspired me to not continue to do that and at the same time I saw others who pushed themselves to improve their health and that inspired me even more.  Self talk issues are not limited to health and fitness issues.   Everyone guides themselves via internal talk and in many cases, limits themselves through their internal voice.  Most people can think of instances where they have said to themselves: “I am not worthy of X.  I’m not good enough.  I can’t do that, because I failed at it last time.  This person said I would always be this way and they were right.”  We spend so much mental energy fighting massive entrenched battles in our mind over the things that might happen and what we can do, achieve or even deserve.  Yet the only thing that comes from this savage fight is that you get to keep the same stories that you’ve always listened to, for better and probably for worse.  So don’t fight for what you already think you know, fight for what you want to become.  Listen to how you talk to yourself, listen to the words you use and extend those words into how you manifest them.  Are you a great cheerleader and general for your betterment or are you a critic who would much rather sit in comfort by settling than fight for the you that you want to become. I can almost guarantee that your own stories are lies, your limits are illusions you cling to out of comfort and that your potential lies far beyond what you thought possible.