Your story matters. Can I tell you why?
Because the language you use, the narration of your story, shapes and influences how you perceive yourself (and your capabilities) and informs others how to treat and perceive you. Stories are powerful and when they are authentic and personal that story has the power to change and drastically impact lives - including your own. Take for example, your own story. When you're telling your story, and it doesn't have to be your entire life story, what energy are you giving off? What is the impression you are leaving others with? Your story paints a picture of you. To others, it's this version of "you" that informs them of who you are, what you are capable of, and how to treat you. To yourself, this version of "you" informs yourself of who you are, what you are capable of, and how to treat yourself.
For a long time I told the story of a version of me that was fear based. Yes, my entire biography portrayed me as a confident, intelligent, saavy career woman (which, I am) but when it came to certain scenarios, such as flying, my immediate story would be "Oh I am terrified of flying. No, I don't fly, I would freak out if I had to fly on my own." I did this in part to manage people's expectations of me, mainly at work. If they didn't expect me to fly and knew how I'd react to it, then they wouldn't consider me for any work travel opportunities. Great, right? Maybe - if that was my goal. But what if I would be able to expand my position and work towards a promotion by being open to travel? Was I limiting myself and potential opportunities? More than actual travel opportunities,