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I'm doing a dance of joy to be here with you today. Hooray!
When Christina and I held our Quiet the Noise Challenge this summer, YOU gave us feedback and WE listened.
You said, gee, I want to work on this Fact vs. Fiction thing. To help you with that, we're hosting another 60-minute webinar! The Corporate Rebel Truthfully U: Fact vs Fiction. If you already know you want to join us, sign up here.
If you want to dig deeper into what we mean by Fact vs Fiction, step into my life for a moment. You'll quickly see how the fiction hoodwinks your mind and sucks your energy.
On a quiet Saturday, I sat at my desk preparing for the Rethinking U Webinar. Computer straightened. Papers arranged logically. Pens, pencils perfectly lined up. Then the phone rang.
We have a landline (yes, an antique contraption with wires connected to other wires) and no caller ID so every call is a mystery guessing game. I can generally fake it, “Oh hey! How’s it going?” until I have enough voice recognition data to figure out the caller.
As I said, the phone rang...
Friend (let’s call her Gina): “Why are you still at home?”
Me: “Uh…” (brain churning…It’s Gina. Why am I not supposed to be at home? I like being at home.)
Gina: “You were supposed to pick me up ten minutes ago!”
Me: “Oh horsefeathers!” (She was right.)
Me again: “I can be there in twelve minutes.”
Gina: “No, I’ll just go.”
Me: “Oh. Okay.”
I flew into action, changed into public-appropriate attire, and shot out of the garage. My brain went crazy. Gina will never forgive me. She’ll think I’m not reliable. I made us late. I let her down. She’ll hold a grudge and tell our friends that you cannot count on Anne for anything. Nope. Unreliable Anne.
I then devised an elaborate, heartfelt apology that basically held me personally responsible for all badness everywhere.
I arrived (late) to the gathering and, lo and behold, there was no steam coming out of Gina’s ears. When a side moment presented itself, I delivered my (truncated) apology and Gina said, “That’s okay. It happens to all of us.” Or something like that. The end. Do you do this to yourself?
Get out your dissecting tools. Dig around in the first couple paragraphs and look for the FACTS of what happened.
FACT #1: I forgot I had planned to pick up Gina.
FACT #2: I didn’t pick up Gina because of Fact #1.
FACT #3: Gina forgave me and still trusts me.
After that, it's all FICTION. Gina will never trust me again. She’ll turn all our mutual friends against me. Blah. Blah. Blah. You get the point. I created a friendship catastrophe that was all in my head and a waste of time.
Notice the energy I squandered. Do you do make stuff up and create catastrophe's in your head? Are you tired of wasting energy generating all kinds of negative gobbledeemuck? And for nothing?
Join us! (Small trumpet fanfare.) We’re doing another webinar: The Corporate Rebel Truthfully U on Monday October 7 at noon Central Time. Join us here.
It's worth the 60 minutes if you...
- Can’t keep negative thoughts out of your brain, even when you want to think positively.
- Compare yourself with others and come up short.
- Search for hidden meaning behind interactions.
- Spin and lie awake at night analyzing situations leaving you muddled and tired. Your friends are seriously tired of talking about it.
In 60 minutes you will...
- Distinguish the Facts of a situation from the Fiction
- Clear the clutter in your brain so you feel calm, energetic, and confident
- Dive under the emotion and confusion so you can make clearer and faster decisions
- Take action based on what’s actually true, rather than what you think is true, which will lead to better results
Join us. We can't wait to see you there!
Christina and Anne
P.S. Invite your friends! Their minds are full of fictions, too, and some of them may be about you. :-) They can join here.