The definition of a narrator is ‘a person who delivers a commentary accompanying a movie, a broadcast, etc.’ It’s basically the storyteller in a book or a film. They keep us entertained and following along.
Often times a narrator is so good that we get caught up in the story and end up getting lost in it and unaware of our current surroundings.
That happens all the time when watching a movie. You forget that you’re actually watching the movie and you almost feel as if you are in the movie.
Yet that is actually how most of us operate in our daily lives as well.
The majority of us are not aware and present enough to realize it… but we all live with a narrator inside our heads every single day.
In fact, most of what we say to ourselves throughout our waking hours is the narrator in our head talking.
That narrator in our head puts its spin on what’s going on in our lives… and it tells a story to us based on how it PERCEIVES things to be.
It tells us who we are, how things are going in our lives and how we should view others.
It tells us what is right, what is wrong, how things should be and how things shouldn’t be.
And it normally doesn’t shut the hell up!
Those that live the Optimized You have become aware enough to notice that this narrator exists. They realize that almost always the cause of any stress in their lives is because they got so caught up in what the narrator is reading to them that they believed it to be true.
None of us are immune to having a narrator in our heads — however, those that live the Optimized You have learned to recognize when they are getting caught up in the narrator’s story… and can press ‘mute’ on their remote control.
Pressing mute allows them to stop and go back to the present moment. It allows them to observe that the narrator is not them and the story it’s telling them isn’t necessarily real – it’s just the narrator’s version of it.
Byron Katie (@byronkatie) teaches to ask 4 questions when your narrator is telling you something. Let’s say it’s telling you that a project you’re working on isn’t going to work and it’s putting you in a bad mood:
- Is this 100% true? (Well, no — I guess it’s not 100% true just yet but I ‘think’ it’s gonna be true)
- Can you 100% absolutely know for certain that it’s true? (Again, no – I guess I can’t 100% say that it’s true. I mean, it hasn’t not worked yet.)
- How do you react when you believe that thought? (It makes me feel like shit and puts me in a bad mood)
- Who would you be without the thought? (Well, I guess I’d just be sitting here right now in the present moment eating this sandwich that I’m eating right now)
DAILY ACTION: Try this out next time you are having a bad day. See if your stresses are tied to your narrator’s story. Press ‘mute’, go back to the present moment and you’ll begin to realize that the story is just that – a made-up story based on interpretations and beliefs. It is not 100% real or true.