"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.
©2007 Jim Loehr; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc.
Jim Loehr is a very credible performance guru who's helped many top athletes & executives reach their potential. He lays out why personal purpose and being honest with yourself about where the disconnects are can provide the motivation to attain superior performance. As he said in a promotional video for the book,
The insights relative to motivation.
The metaphor of what it would take for you to walk a plank between between 2 buildings where the probability of survival is 80%. (If you can answer that then you'll understand what motivates you.)
Get your story straight.
The first thing you have to do it commit yourself to listening to this without distraction. A large part of the philosophy discussed regards engagement, which means focusing on what you're doing. If you're listening to this while driving or cleaning the house, you're going to miss things. With the help of the principles in this book I've begun to eliminate behaviors and bad habits which don't serve various areas of my life. I've committed to exercising regularly, eating healthier and taking actions which will help make the story of my life one I can enjoy and be proud of.
I had low expectations as I first started listening, but all of that changed. This is a holistic approach to life and business.
I love it when the author reads their own work. They just seem to own, because they do! He is easy to listen to and the pace is perfect.
The importance of the story or your inner self talk in addition to a well balanced life including eating and moving really hit home with me.
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