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Change Your Story, Change Your Life: A Path to Success Paperback – July 1, 2013
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Jen Grisanti uses elements form her own life (her divorce, illness, death of a loved one and the loss of her job as Aaron Spelling's production company) as examples of disappointment and how she was able to move on with a positive, even enhanced, feeling about her self and the new wisdom her experiences have given her.
This is a simple book. It is not really original. And it has been said elsewhere.
By chance, I just read Peter Guber's "Tell to Win" that covers in more detail the power of story to convince others (and of course yourself) of what you wish to accomplish.
The core information is valuable and legit, in my opinion. The methods of achieving a new narrative are fraught with the fragility of our human condition. But I suppose it's true that what we choose to perceive is our reality and what we think about ourselves is who we are. It's making the change that's tricky.
I was especially taken by the wonderfully evocative and metaphorical cover of Grisanti's thin volume. We all leave ripples whether intentional or not.
Life is a series of transformations and we will all experience turning points in the process; these are often called "all is lost" moments in stories when our world gets turned upside-down and where we're thrown into a dilemma of being forced to decide a new direction to take next. Whether it's losing a job, the break-up of a relationship, or being displaced from our home, we can either fall victim to the circumstances or rise heroic to overcome the situation.
Jen shows you how to take these turning points and use them as starting points for new and better journeys. You will learn how to face and conquer your turning points, dilemmas, and obstacles, find the motivation to take action, get clarity on and align your internal and external goals (what you want and why you want it), and identify themes in your life that may be holding you back and no longer serve you, so you can move forward and succeed. She uses examples from her own personal and professional experiences as well as from films such as Up in the Air, The Sessions, Crazy Stupid Love, Hope Springs, and The King's Speech.
Change Your Story Change Your Life is like a magnifying glass that gives you a clear focus and a compass that keeps you moving in the right direction. I highly recommend for everyone who wants to take charge, control, and command of their life by being an active verses reactive heroine/hero and all writers and storytellers who want to gain a deeper understanding of the elements of story and the true process of character transformation.
In Change Your Story, Change Your Life, Jen takes this ability and shows the reader how they can be applied in changing their own story for the better. There are definite steps she offers the readers to consider, and after reading the book three times there are elements she touches on time and time again, but what I found most compelling about her approach is how it breaks our long history of the blame game. By asking us to step back and see our lives as a story with many arcs, many dilemmas, an assortment of flaws, and ourselves as the active protagonist, we're removed from blaming others and ourselves. There's been a tremendous shift during the past decade towards personal responsibility. That's a good thing. But we've been so locked into the habit of blame, that personal responsibility has turned into personal blame and often shame. That's not such a good thing. Within the context of story structure and seeing attainment of our goals inherently filled with obstacles and goals, blame/shame dissolve. This is a major change in the paradigm of self-development and one that releases us from a burden we too often create as an unnecessary obstacle.
In every well-constructed story, there is a protagonist, a dilemma (neither choice is perfect or without risks and failures), external goals stemming from the dilemma, thematic questions, actions taken, and several other elements she points out that make a story compelling.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a GREAT book! Exactly what I needed written in a real world, useful manner.Published 3 months ago by TMO
I know firsthand from my experience, research, and work as a therapist, that changing one's personal narrative truly can change your life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by A GREAT Aunt
This is a great book very clear and to the point! It is also not only about the craft in your story but how to create a new path in any endeavor that a person might choose. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Travis Knoll
CYS is more a book about why we must tell stories rather than how to write them. It is a hybrid book, deceptive in its simplicity and astonishing in its depth. Read morePublished 14 months ago by JG
What It's About: Change Your Story, Change Your Life is a book about utilizing the elements of story to develop strategies for living a better life. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Tom Farr
If you wish to participate in her path I encourage you to buy the book. It is a blog. I have to admit I bought it by mistake but thought I like to read and set out wanting to like... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Anne
This is a profound book about writing based on a premise that is at the root of many philosophical and spiritual teachings: we are the captains of our ships, we create our destiny,... Read morePublished on April 3, 2014 by Ms. T. E. Goldston
Personal and artistic wisdom straight to the heart. It's good for writing and healthy for the writer within you. Take this journey with Jen Grisanti and remember it forever.Published on March 26, 2014 by Eric Edson