Narrative Therapy

Narrative Therapy For Success

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People who consciously or unconsciously want to see you fail will ignore or minimize your successes while honing in on your failures, even exaggerating them, whereas people who consciously or unconsciously want to see you succeed will ignore or minimize your failures while honing in on your successes, even exaggerating them.

This is probably the biggest hidden reason why when you surround yourself with people who want you to succeed you tend to succeed and when you surround yourself with people who want you to fail you tend to fail. From the objective standpoint you might have the same ratio of successes to failures whether the people around you are cheering you or jeering you. But when no one notices your successes then in a way they never happened and when no one notices your failures then in a way they never happened. The narratives we spin often end up determining our reality.

From the narrative therapy standpoint your story of success or failure is not just determined by the fact that everyone else gets behind one of these two narratives, a narrative usually crafted and propagated by just a few power brokers, a few people with authority, but is also determined by the fact that you start to believe your story too. You end up thinking, feeling, and acting as if it were true. The story told about you is like a current pulling you out to sea.

It should be obvious then that, quite apart from your own efforts, the active help of others, or sheer luck, the best way to insure success in whatever endeavor you’re pursuing is to surround yourself with people who want to see you succeed and to distance yourself from people who want to see you fail. You might be saying to yourself,”Duh,” but it’s not always easy to decipher into which of these two categories those around you fall since most intelligent people aren’t going to make it obvious that they want you to fail and many others aren’t even consciously aware of the fact. But where they choose to focus most of their attention, and the types of stories they tell about you as a result, stories of instances where you made progress or stories of instances where you came up short, will always give them away.

Greetings I'm Michael, the owner of Evolution Counseling and the author of all the articles on this site. I got my master's degree from Seattle University in community mental heath counseling and have committed myself to advancing my knowledge of psychology and to evolving my own philosophical system ever since. In addition to the content on this site I offer online coaching using Skype. If you'd like to learn more about it click on the online coaching tab or if you think you'd like to set up a session send me an email at evolve@evolutioncounseling.com.

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