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Our past and our experiences form who we are. Only so much of our makeup is nature. The rest is nurture. Hopefully, our upbringing sets us in the right direction with the right outlook on life. However, that’s not always the case and never the case in every given situation. How we approach life is in large part controlled by our internal narratives. The stories we tell ourselves, and the ”facts” we believe, control more than we realize and often more than we’d like to admit.

In the most recent episode of The Stronger Revolution, we sat down with our Athlete of the Year, Ron Pontrelli. The conversation quickly lead to the narratives we tell ourselves. He talked about narratives as an adopted child and as an older member at Industrial Athletics. As the conversation progresses, we talked about how stories from other people find their way into our head and become our reality. We don’t question these narratives and we don’t see how they limit us.

By the end of the conversation, we discussed systems we use to see our narratives and question them. It comes primarily from self awareness. However, how do we increase self awareness? Well, it comes from experience, it comes from learning, it comes from wisdom. We have to challenge ourselves to experience life outside our comfort. Doing that can force us to see which narratives benefit us and which ones need to be abandoned.

Check out the complete conversation in the latest episode.