Actual facts and the stories we tell ourselves about a situation may differ, to our detriment and others

Telling stories is part of the human condition. It is how ideas and information is conveyed to others, and it is also how we interpret and rationalise events and situations in our personal and professional lives. In our stories, we may often present ourselves in the best possible light –  our ‘best selves’.   Yet before making a decision on issues and passing on information, a distinction must be made between the actual, neutral facts of a given situation, and the stories we tell ourselves and others about the situation. This necessitates a conscious action to list the known concrete facts and analyse them, and use those facts, and not fiction, to inform our decision making.

When you next make a decision on pieces of information in front of you, consciously stop and ask yourself – is this fact or fiction?