How To Use Personal Truth To Change Your Life
Making Truth Personal
Your personal truth is whatever you believe is true in your life right here, right now.
You have lots of personal truths – they’re your beliefs and they are responsible for your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
And you can use them to actively change your life.
I used to believe that Truth was an absolute – that if it was true now it always would be.
Perhaps you were brought up with this absolute, black and white understanding of truth.
This view of Truth with a capital T doesn’t allow for change; it simply requires conformity.
(I know there are some truths that come into this category, but that’s not my focus here). For more on this see this related blog post.
It took me a long time to learn that there are different modes of truth, and that’s okay. A truth with a small ‘t’ may not be an absolute for all people for all time, but that doesn’t make it less valuable or even less true!
The Danger of Defining Yourself by your Personal Truths
Just because something is true for you now, doesn’t mean it has to be true forever, which is where we often come unstuck.
We fail to cope with changes in our lives because we fail to recognise our own natural evolution.
We define ourselves by certain truths without realising they may not always be true for us.
This is when we lose ourselves, because in the course of life, we become people we never expected to be.
Here are some examples:
- My current truth may be that I am divorced and unhappy.
- My current truth may be that I am successful in my new business.
- My current truth may be that I am not my ideal weight.
These truths are just current facts about ourselves and our lives.
A lot of us bury our heads in the sand when there are truths like this that we don’t like, and we fail to engage with them positively to make changes. Or we grow complacent in living life with the good ones and then wonder why they fall apart.
But actually there is HUGE POWER and FREEDOM in knowing that these truths can be temporary. (It may seem like I’m stating the obvious here, but it really is so easy to fall into the mindset that you’ll be in a certain situation forever).
Using Personal Truth for Personal Change
Here’s what to do if you want to harness your personal truths for positive change:
Acknowledge these openly as what is true now, in full knowledge that now is not forever.
By doing so, you empower yourself to make changes.
You can use your personal, relative truths to adjust, improve, safeguard or change your life.
Take the third example above of not being my ideal weight:
- I acknowledge this is my current, personal and relative truth – what simply is.
- Now I add some additional truths to build up my picture of what’s going on in my life and the power I have to affect real change.
Truth 2: My self-worth is not tied in any way to the size of my body.
Truth 3: I am responsible for my own health through diet and exercise.
- How do these truths help me?
Truth 2 frees me of guilt, shame or self-judgement.
Truth 3 empowers me to do something to create a new more desirable truth – being my ideal weight.
Notice that this is about MY ideal weight (my relative truth) not someone else’s perception of what my ideal weight should be (an imposed relative truth masquerading as an absolute).
Developing a self-awareness around your own truths, their limitations and their power can be a radical tool in creating an aligned life that expresses who you really are.
Knowing that not all truths last forever is key to your Freedom.
The truth is, you can create new truths every day.