I was conditioned from day one of my life to hate brussel sprouts. My mom HATED them. She had an open vendetta against brussel sprouts.
She was unwillingly served them once at a restaurant and not only did she not eat them, she packaged them up and brought them home to prove to my brother and I just how disgusting they were.
I had a story in my head about brussel sprouts and it was in me DEEP.
For years I avoided brussel sprouts like the plague. It wasn’t hard to do – no one was making them in my family and they weren’t exactly on every menu in the 90s and early 2000s.
But then brussel sprouts made a resurgence. They started showing up at dinner parties. I saw people carrying around stalks of them at the farmers market. I noticed, but still didn’t make the move to try them.
And then I ate Thanksgiving dinner at a friend’s house and his cousin made roasted brussel sprouts. They were doused in olive oil, lightly sprinkled with salt, and roasted to perfection. They were crisp and tender and absolutely amazing.
The story I’d been telling myself for years was destroyed in a single meal.
That was two years ago. Today I legit CRAVE brussel sprouts. I buy the CostCo sized bag and eat them all myself.
By now you’re probably realizing this story isn’t just about brussel sprouts 🙂
It’s about all the stories you tell yourself. The rules you were taught growing up and are so deeply engrained now that you sometimes don’t even realize you’re following them.
I had a coach several years ago that told me in one of our calls, “The good news is you’re an adult and you get to change your story.”
You also get to change your story. You get to let go of the rules you’ve been following and create your own set of rules for life.
What’s your brussel sprout story? What rule do you need to let go of to have a life you love living?
Heather Whelpley is a coach and speaker that works with high achieving women to get out of their own way so they can have the life they want while making an impact. Click here to learn more about coaching.