The Power of Story: Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life

 
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"In his groundbreaking new book, Dr. Jim Loehr, New York Times bestselling coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement, examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most important, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives. "Your story is your life," says Loehr. As human beings, we continually tell ourselves stories -- of success or failure; of power or victimhood; stories that endure for an hour, or a day, or an entire lifetime. We have stories about our work, our families and relationships, our health; about what we want and what we're capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and we see ourselves, too few of us even recognize that we're telling stories, or what they are, or that we can change them -- and, in turn, transform our very destinies. Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life's challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. Stories make sense of chaos; they organize our many divergent experiences into a coherent thread; they shape our entire reality. And far too many of our stories, says Loehr, are dysfunctional, in need of serious editing. First, he asks you to answer the question, "In which areas of my life is it clear that I cannot achieve my goals with the story I've got?" He then shows you how to create new, reality-based stories that inspire you to action, and take you where you want to go both in your work and personal life. For decades, at the Human Performance Institute, Loehr has been examining the power of story to increase engagement and productivity, and Fortune 500 companies have paid millions to send employees to his program, in which he applies the principles and methods that he now offers in this book. Global business leaders, world-class athletes, military special forces, and thousands of individuals from every walk of life have sought out and benefited from his life-altering insight and expertise. Our capacity to tell stories is one of our profoundest gifts. Loehr's approach to creating deeply engaging stories will give you the tools to wield the power of storytelling and forever change your business and personal life."

Customer Reviews:

  • Create a better story, create a better life
    This is a very thought provoking and life changing book. Jim Loehr first brings us face to face with the stories that we tell ourselves. Your first reaction is that you don't tell yourself stories. But you do. We all do. And often the stories we tell ourselves are crafted to fit our excuses for why we do or don't do things. As long as we are telling ourselves stories that are not based in reality, we will continue to live according to the story line we are telling ourself.

    The book is not just about stories, it is actually a step by step manual for finding out your old story, discovering where it is wrong and then developinig a new story based around your purpose in life.

    When most people list their priorities in life, they go something like this: God, family, work and other. But when they really examine their lives, they have made their career the most important thing in their lives. They devote most of their energy to their career and never have enough left for the other things in their lives. They tell themself one story but live another.

    There is another very important lesson in the book. We all think that time is our most important asset. As Jim points out, it is not time but the energy we bring to the time we devote to any activity. He gives countless examples of people spending time with family but not fully engaged. The energy is not there.

    If we are not physically fit, we do not have sufficient energy to accomplish the tasks we set out to do.

    This is not theory. Jim runs the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, FL and the book is filled with examples from the work he has done with thousands of people.

    The book is well written, easy to read and a real eye-opener.

    There is a step by step plan for the individual to come face to face with their old story, write their new one and change their lifestyle so that they bring their life into harmony.

    Well worth reading. You will never be living your ideal life until you get your life aligned with your story. This book tell you why and shows you how. The rest is up to you....more info
  • The Ultimate Marketing Skill On The Planet...
    It's truly one of those great books. I got this book from a mentor of mine, Eben Pagan, who mentioned that if you learn to tell stories in a way that captures the excitement, emotion and intimate desires of your customer, no one can ever take that away from. I balked at first, but after reading this book, you'll learn exactly how to train yourself to become a great storyteller.

    I always was impressed by friends or an acquaintance who could easily capture a moment with a story, and feel like you were there with them or instantly became friends with this person because of the way they told a story.

    Put this on your conviction reading list... it's a must-have for an entrepreneur, small business owner, coach, student or executive who wants to learn the most invaluable skill on the planet: becoming a storyteller.

    There were a few disappointments: Jim could of put some of his points together more concisely. When he gives stories to illustrate, it drags on at times and could easily have been said with three paragraphs. Instead, it reads for two whole chapters. If you are like me, and like to speed read, this can be a little painful at times.

    Overall A+++ and definite recommendation to read and implement....more info
  • MAKING YOUR FREE WILL FREE
    In an age where it's easy to feel invisible and even impotent, Loehr delivers mental Viagra. Any book that can do that is worth reading. This book takes a big, profound idea and makes it personally relevant. Loehr excavates the basis of free will. Loehr's insight that "if you aren't the author of your life story you're the victim of it" is a way of summing up that the unexamined life will almost assuredly reduce us to supporting actors in someone else's story. One thing I really like is that he goes way beyond the vastly over-simplified idea of The Secret into something much deeper and more actionable. The more I read, the more I was convinced that this was the real secret.
    The author has a great way of applying the value of writing our own story to change the conditions of our physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual health. While some other books have touched on these concepts, this book uses the latest research to bring our human habits into full view and offers practical methods to become the "cause" of our lives instead of "the effect" of someone else's. That's the essence of Free Will.

    Will Marre'
    Founder of the American Dream Project...more info
  • To Know Yourself!
    I have been aware for some time that the way we think about ourselves and the decisions that we make is based on a programming of our sub-conscience mind. This programming has been established from the time we were born through today by a filtering system that we have through our relationships with customs, culture, family, friends, peers, colleagues and education whether thru Academia or Hard Knocks.

    Dr. Loehr, in Part One, not only identifies these filters that make up what he and others have called `My Story', showing that if our story is not changed, we are destine to continue on with our life as it is. This "Slow Death", as he calls it, is made up of questions we ask ourselves:

    "How did it come to this?
    What am I doing?
    Where am I going?
    What do I want?
    Is my life working on any meaningful level? Why doesn't it work better?
    Am I right now dieing, slowly for something, I'm not willing to die for?
    WHY AM I WORKING SO HARD, MOVING SO FAST, FEELING SO LOUSY?"

    This is not just for the individuals themselves, it includes the business we own or work for, showing `Your Story' around; work, family, health, happiness and friends.

    After showing the process of identifying `Your Story' now, through writing it down, Dr. Loehr, in Part Two, presents `The Resources, Procedures and Practices' that enable one to write, indoctrinate and live `Your Best Life' possible.

    Jim Loehr's writing style is not only involving for the reader; the examples (Including his own.) are those that most everyone can relate to. It is an informative, magnetic, yet easy to read volume for self evaluation and improvement.

    This process is not without work and accountability, yet gives a person a whole new outlook on who they are and what they are here for, should they follow through.

    This book is not only for those who are oblivious to this phenomenon of how story controls our lives. I also recommend this information and instruction for others who are aware of it (Like Me.), to have a better understanding and procedure on `How To Make My Story Better'!

    Dr. D. P. Gatten [...]...more info
  • Create a better story, create a better life
    This is a very thought provoking and life changing book. Jim Loehr first brings us face to face with the stories that we tell ourselves. Your first reaction is that you don't tell yourself stories. But you do. We all do. And often the stories we tell ourselves are crafted to fit our excuses for why we do or don't do things. As long as we are telling ourselves stories that are not based in reality, we will continue to live according to the story line we are telling ourself.

    The book is not just about stories, it is actually a step by step manual for finding out your old story, discovering where it is wrong and then developinig a new story based around your purpose in life.

    When most people list their priorities in life, they go something like this: God, family, work and other. But when they really examine their lives, they have made their career the most important thing in their lives. They devote most of their energy to their career and never have enough left for the other things in their lives. They tell themself one story but live another.

    There is another very important lesson in the book. We all think that time is our most important asset. As Jim points out, it is not time but the energy we bring to the time we devote to any activity. He gives countless examples of people spending time with family but not fully engaged. The energy is not there.

    If we are not physically fit, we do not have sufficient energy to accomplish the tasks we set out to do.

    This is not theory. Jim runs the Human Performance Institute in Orlando, FL and the book is filled with examples from the work he has done with thousands of people.

    The book is well written, easy to read and a real eye-opener.

    There is a step by step plan for the individual to come face to face with their old story, write their new one and change their lifestyle so that they bring their life into harmony.

    Well worth reading. You will never be living your ideal life until you get your life aligned with your story. This book tell you why and shows you how. The rest is up to you....more info
  • A step-by-step guide on how to craft a new life story
    What stories do you tell yourself about your life? That you must spend every waking hour at the office? That you have no time for exercise? That self-fulfillment is an impossible dream? If this is your internal dialogue, then you should not be surprised if it is also your external reality. Acclaimed performance psychologist Jim Loehr spells out a program that will enable you to discard your old negative stories and develop new positive ones that will make your life better. He shows you how to turn these new stories into your new reality. Plus, he explains why physical energy is crucial in this changeover, and what you must do to stay constantly energized. getAbstract believes that anyone who is stuck in a rut will benefit from reading Loehr's inspirational book and putting his transformational principles to work....more info
  • Storytelling Will Never Be the Same Again
    "Everybody has a story," asserts Dr. Jim Loehr, in his lifechanging and innovative book, "The Power of Story." Every once in awhile a book comes along that is so unique in how it presents the human condition that it leaves you wondering why we continue to live a life filled with self-imposed limitations that compromise our health and happiness. Jim Loehr has created insights into who we are and how we live in a way that reminds us that we have far more control over our destiny than we think. He's right, of course. We run around with false pretenses about what we "think" must get accomplished, and whose approval we need to feel satisfied. But we are wrong, as he points out in his section on "faulty assumptions" (p. 71). We create stories to justify our storms, our dilemmas, and our failure to live a life consistent with our values - our core beliefs about what we consider important in life that so strongly influences our behavior. For some strange reason, so many of us have "handed over the keys" of our life to others, who we allow to control us. We have lost our mission due to our "old story" that supports our unhealthy habits (or do our unhealthy habits support our old story?). The book's main theme is the importance of being aware of our mission - which lends meaningfulness to our life and to our legacy - and to replace our bad habits with healthy routines. Well done, Dr. Loehr. Afer reading "The Power of Story," how we live our life will never be the same....more info

 

 
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