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The Power of Story: Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny in Business and in Life Paperback – October 7, 2008
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According to this pragmatic self-help, each person has a story they tell themselves about themselves, which is often flawed and misunderstood by the conscious mind telling it: "Residing in the subconscious is most of the hidden matter that influences our stories-all the instinctual urges coded in genes... all the conditioning that took place during childhood... all the trauma and conflicts festering." Performance psychologist Loehr, coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement, shows how these stories, which can be as broad as a worldview ("The world is full of traps and misfortune") or focused unhealthily on a particular "subplot" (like work), define our reality and "destiny." To fix a story gone awry, Loehr explains how to plumb the mind's depths with honest questioning and self-regard, then to rewrite stories using three basics of storytelling-purpose, truth and action-in order to fashion a new, healthy, mission-oriented narrative. Later chapters provide guidelines for rewriting, with instructions on "indoctrinateing yourself" and creating specific training "rituals" you can adopt to turn "story into action." Loehr draws a lot of complex, convincing points from his seemingly simple premise; his book should give anyone suffering from general life dissatisfaction or business malaise plenty to think over.
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"Jim Loehr's principles have helped unleash the creativity, capability, and potential of top-performing people throughout P&G. This book can do the same for knowledge workers everywhere."
-- A.G. Lafley, Chairman of the Board & CEO, Procter & Gamble
"Jim has brought to print many of the key insights that he has so successfully used to help athletes, business executives, and other leaders as they confront and change their own personal stories. I know his coaching works because I have seen it change the lives of many of PepsiCo's leaders."
-- Steve Reinemund, former CEO, PepsiCo
"This book powerfully and inspiringly communicates that we are the creative force of our own life. We can write and act on the stories that give our life its greatest meaning and fulfillment. Jim Loehr has produced another brilliant and immensely practical book."
-- Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and The 8th Habit: From Effectiveness to Greatness
"This epic contribution from Jim Loehr is fully compatible with the prevailing science of human flourishing: More than actual events, people's interpretations of those events -- their stories -- determine their emotional states, and in turn their actions, health, and success in life. If you'd like to re-sculpt your life, the accessible synthesis of science and practice offered here can be a welcomed road map."
-- Barbara L. Fredrickson, PhD, Kenan Professor, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"Being fully engaged as a Navy SEAL demands skillful management of all four sources of energy -- physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual. This passionate and convincing book can change one's life through the process of facing your own personal truth, determining those aspects of your life you hold most important, and crafting an action plan to complete your life's mission. The young men who successfully complete SEAL training have, in their own way, done just that! Jim's wisdom can be anyone's wisdom, and his energy and passion can be shared among us all."
-- Rear Admiral Ray Smith, former Commander of the Navy SEALs, U.S. Navy (retired)
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Why not take the next step...and see what happens!
This book helps you understand your story and yourself and the opportunity to put your life in perspective. This is a book for becoming or transformation as an essential guidebook for your life. It helps you build a foundation for life, understanding and happiness.
Changing where we are is a difficult task. This book can help. I am often reminded of the Buddhist Proverb, "When the student is ready, the teacher will appear." We are often way too busy to stop and understand it is time for that teacher now.
Ever find a book that you would want to buy multiple copies to share with your family and friends? This is one of those books.
If you're tired of your negative story and you're ready to tackle it head on, this is the book for you. It helped me to rewrite mine. It's not a 'quick fix' but it's definitely the path to a more productive and happy life.
"The Power of Story" outlines the principles he followed and has applied to achieve "success." His own story was one where he felt he needed to focus his energy on his career to achieve maximum success. He then came to realize in the process of gaining professional success that he was about to lose something far more valuable - his family.
Loehr came to understand the key to almost all of our problems, faulty storytelling of the most important story we will ever tell - the story we tell ourselves about ourselves. This story drives the way we gather and spend our energy.
He provides this example:
"Losing a wallet or being in a car accident is factually what happened but the meaning or significance you give to either of these two events - `I am a careless person' or `bad things happen to me' becomes the reality you create... these form the only reality you will ever know in this life." These stories which we tell ourselves may or may not conform to the real world. "They may or may not inspire us to take hope-filled action to better our lives. They may or may not take us ultimately where we want to go." But they will influence as our destiny "follows our stories."
"The Power of Story" centers on the imperative that we must do everything in our power to get our stories right for personal happiness. The book provides the tools and exercises to identify and rewrite our story, and delivers insights on performance psychology, exercise physiology, and nutrition based on hard data.
Do you know what stories are speaking to you?
Are they good or bad? If yours is bad story, you will continue to give energy to a bad story, and you will almost assuredly beget another bad one, or ten. This diet of faulting thinking will ultimately have long-term negative consequences.
"The Power of Story" will help you seriously edit your story, and create the success and meaning you truly want.