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Coaching Corner: Oh, the stories we tell!!

May 13, 2022

By Marilou Butcher Roth, Master Coach

Stories are good, they can bring amusement, stir up feelings and sometimes give us new information. These are all wonderful, except when the stories are coming from inside our heads, based upon who knows what!

These types of stories are not beneficial to anyone, especially ourselves. We may have a story about someone close to us, perhaps creating this fictional tale to explain their behavior.  The problem is, the vast majority of the time, it is not coming from truth -- it is coming from our perceptions.

Many years ago, I was exposed to Byron Katie and what she calls “The Work.” She presents a series of questions for us to ask when we find ourselves in story. Personally, this has been a tremendous, being the masterful story maker that I am! I hope you find as much benefit with these questions as I have over the years:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely know that it’s true?
  3. How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?
  4. Who would you be without the thought?

These questions take me to a different way of thinking.

Today, notice if you find yourself in a place of assuming, or going into story and pull these out. You may well find yourself thinking differently as well!


Marilou Butcher Roth

Marilou Butcher Roth

Marilou Butcher Roth is the owner of The MBR Group, a coaching and training company working primarily with REALTORS who have a desire to work and live from a more inspired place. She is also the Broker/Owner of Group REALTORS in Cincinnati.

Marilou is a member of the Ohio REALTORS Board of Directors and past chairman of the organization’s Communications Committee. Feel free to contact Marilou to see if coaching is right for you.

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