The Power of Story

  • by Jim Loehr
  • Narrated by Jim Loehr
  • 4 hrs and 55 mins
  • Abridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In his groundbreaking new audiobook, Dr. Jim Loehr, New York Times best-selling co-author 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.


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How to & the impact of getting your story straight

If you could sum up The Power of Story in three words, what would they be?

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,

What did you like best about this story?

The insights relative to motivation.

Which scene was your favorite?

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.)

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Get your story straight.

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- L. Morgan "Lynda Morgan"

If you want to change your life

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.
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- s. lee willson

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-21-2007
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio