Mad Libs of the Mind – Filling in the Blanks with Fact Over Fiction [episode 19]

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Are you someone who likes to tell yourself stories that end up being worse-case scenarios, even when you don’t have ALL of the story? If you do…well, I’m right there with you! This is something that’s been on my mind quite a bit lately – whether I’m communicating with someone else, or I’m simply creating scenarios in my own head, it’s a struggle for me. As an Enneagram 9, I’m very conflict averse, and I want to keep the peace at all costs.

Our brains don’t like mystery or ambiguity, and they are really, really good at filling in the blanks. Unfortunately, this can wreak havoc on our mental and emotional well-being, as well as negatively impact our relationships. In today’s episode, I share more about how this shows up in my own life, as well as simple ways you can start filling in the blanks with more fact than fiction (no more unnecessary mad libs of the mind)! 

If you find yourself nodding along with this episode and resonating with filling in the blanks with fact over fiction most of the time, or you’re feeling emotionally tapped out and overwhelmed, I’m excited to bring you the Good Movement Collective. You can check out the link in the show notes below to learn more about this and join the waitlist, so you’ll be the first in line to know when the doors are officially open!

In this episode, Mad Libs of the Mind – Filling in the Blanks with Fact Over Fiction, we cover:

  • How I start filling in the blanks and stressing myself out, even though I don’t have the full story from the other person
  • The elaborate (and scary) story I weaved regarding a conversation I needed to have with a friend + how it played out
  •  Simple ways you can start filling in the blanks with more fact than fiction

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It’s this thing that happens when we ask a small group of cattle, maybe a cow, or a pair to move out in a certain direction and their movement draws the whole herd into moving in the same direction.

Good movement happens when we approach the cattle with a positive attitude, read and really listen to what they’re telling us, and communicate accordingly. 

We don’t approach the aware, flighty cattle the same as we do the tame, docile cattle. We adjust ourselves, our energy, and approach, and communicate with each differently.

These adjustments help us effectively draw good movement from each, which then draws good movement from the herd. But it starts with us.

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