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YOUR STORY IS YOUR LIFE In The Power of Story, the bestselling coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most importantly, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives.All of us continually tell ourselves stories that profoundly effect how others see us an YOUR STORY IS YOUR LIFE In The Power of Story, the bestselling coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most importantly, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives.All of us continually tell ourselves stories that profoundly effect how others see us and we see ourselves -- stories of success or failure, power or victimhood; about our work, our relationships, our health; about what we want and what we're capable of achieving. Yet few of us even recognize what our stories are, or that we can transform our very destinies by changing the stories we tell.For decades, at the Human Performance Institute, Dr. Jim Loehr has been examining the power of story to increase engagement and productivity, and top Fortune 500 companies have paid millions to send employees to his program, in which he applies the principles and methods that he now offers here. 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.Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life's challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. 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.


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YOUR STORY IS YOUR LIFE In The Power of Story, the bestselling coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most importantly, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives.All of us continually tell ourselves stories that profoundly effect how others see us an YOUR STORY IS YOUR LIFE In The Power of Story, the bestselling coauthor of The Power of Full Engagement examines the way we tell stories about ourselves to ourselves -- and, most importantly, the way we can change those stories to transform our business and personal lives.All of us continually tell ourselves stories that profoundly effect how others see us and we see ourselves -- stories of success or failure, power or victimhood; about our work, our relationships, our health; about what we want and what we're capable of achieving. Yet few of us even recognize what our stories are, or that we can transform our very destinies by changing the stories we tell.For decades, at the Human Performance Institute, Dr. Jim Loehr has been examining the power of story to increase engagement and productivity, and top Fortune 500 companies have paid millions to send employees to his program, in which he applies the principles and methods that he now offers here. 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.Telling ourselves stories provides structure and direction as we navigate life's challenges and opportunities, and helps us interpret our goals and skills. 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.

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

  1. 4 out of 5

    Merrick

    Jim Loehr describes how stories create meaning for our lives and provide context for our experiences. Most notably, the stories we tell to and about ourselves create our destiny. Loehr asserts that individuals must create new stories and those stories can only become reality with full engagement, including one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy. To become fully realized, new stories must become unconscious habits and rituals grounded in concrete definable outcomes. I was particul Jim Loehr describes how stories create meaning for our lives and provide context for our experiences. Most notably, the stories we tell to and about ourselves create our destiny. Loehr asserts that individuals must create new stories and those stories can only become reality with full engagement, including one’s physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual energy. To become fully realized, new stories must become unconscious habits and rituals grounded in concrete definable outcomes. I was particularly interested in Loehr’s assertion that we tell stories in five key areas: Work, family, health, happiness and friendship. The Power of Story will truly get you thinking about the stories you tell in each of these areas. I also enjoyed his thoughts about the power of aligning our inner and outer voices. If you are someone who would like to take control of your story and become the writer, not just an actor in it, The Power of Story will provide you with a framework for the work ahead.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen

    I was initially disappointed that this book focused so much on business or work performance. However, in the later part of the book, I saw how what he was proposing, his fundamental tenet, that we focus on energy (that is, health) rather than time, would be revolutionary if it were implemented on a wide scale. The work place would change drastically. The structure, the simplistically punative systems, the oversight, all of these things would have to change to accommodate the well-being of the pe I was initially disappointed that this book focused so much on business or work performance. However, in the later part of the book, I saw how what he was proposing, his fundamental tenet, that we focus on energy (that is, health) rather than time, would be revolutionary if it were implemented on a wide scale. The work place would change drastically. The structure, the simplistically punative systems, the oversight, all of these things would have to change to accommodate the well-being of the people doing the work. So I was won over to the focus on business--change that sphere and the possibilities open up for greater personal effectiveness. But of course, businesses don't like change. And so he is trying to effect individuals at the top levels to embrace this idea in all areas of their lives and work. Another disappointment was that "story" for him essentially means self-talk and self-concept. I was hoping it had to do more with imagination. And while he does give a lot of credit to imaginative self-concept and visualization, he is essentially leading people to create a self-concept and lifestyle that are positive and in harmony. Grandiose language about an "ultimate purpose" tends to irritate me and Loehr emphasizes that as a way to help people prioritize or focus on what they should focus on. He is catering to type As, so the language and the press toward perfection de-motivates me rather than motivates me (not a type A). However, I did like his notion of embedding and self-indoctrination. I feel this is an area of self-help psychology that hasn't been adequately brought into the light and Loehr doesn't shy from it. I'm hoping he hasn't written the last word on it because the exercises and suggestions don't seem quite adequate, but he at least gives more guidelines to follow for making a desired change actually stick than many people. I've kept this book because I feel its a good one to go back through periodically. He emphasizes getting honest with oneself. I think we all develop self-illusions over time. Sometimes we kick them only to have them show up again. Sometimes new ones arrive with new circumstances. It's good to have a guide for reviewing these and reasserting personal truths and priorities.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This is funny because the title, in big letters on both the cover and the title page is: The Power of STORY: Rewrite your destiny in Business and in Life. Maybe the title got changed between publications. I truly loved this book, and I can feel myself already changing in small ways to achieve what I want out of my life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Danny Hui

    My review: I recently took a landmark course, and it showed these concepts in a practical sense. We live our lives as a story. And often times we misinterpret what happens to us, viewing what happens as the single source of truth. Usually, we color that story as negative. Why did I have to fail that test? That instructor had it out for me. Etc... This book goes over how we view these stories and gives some direction on how to change it up. What I remember: The narrative we give to our stories is ou My review: I recently took a landmark course, and it showed these concepts in a practical sense. We live our lives as a story. And often times we misinterpret what happens to us, viewing what happens as the single source of truth. Usually, we color that story as negative. Why did I have to fail that test? That instructor had it out for me. Etc... This book goes over how we view these stories and gives some direction on how to change it up. What I remember: The narrative we give to our stories is our own. Ultimately it's how we decide the story is being told that makes the life we live a good one or a sad one. Comments: To be honest I don't remember much. So my comment is this book should have had some more memorable content.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kathy Keating

    I found this book to be a great recipe for reconnecting with ourselves along multiple dimensions (work, family, health). It helps us reconnect with and build habits to optimize our energy along these dimensions. The health advice is outdated per current science, but the intent of that section is still spot-on. This book is better read, not listened to/audiobook. There are many exercises that would be difficult to grasp in audio format, and there is no companion PDF for the audiobook

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Great concept - the most important story we tell ourselves is our own story. What is dysfunctional about our current story? What in our story is keeping us from going where we want to go in our life? What is our Ultimate Mission? What new story can we create that has the 3 essential pieces of good story telling: purpose, truth, and hope-filled action. The exercises in the last 30 pages of the book sums it all up pretty nicely and you could take away the main points of the book from that.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    The best practical advice I got from this book was the idea that the stuff which consumes you becomes part of your story (negative thinking begone); and as far as figuring out your purpose, thinking in terms of what you would want engraved on your epitaph. Three stars because the book just wasn't for me, but I think anyone who is far more business minded would enjoy this book. The best practical advice I got from this book was the idea that the stuff which consumes you becomes part of your story (negative thinking begone); and as far as figuring out your purpose, thinking in terms of what you would want engraved on your epitaph. Three stars because the book just wasn't for me, but I think anyone who is far more business minded would enjoy this book.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Steve Garvin

    A wise, well-written look at how the story we imagine for ourselves and the story we create for ourselves are often at odds with one another. Loehr, doesn't stop at revealing that gap, though. He provides the structure by which his organization helps their clients get back on track with the story they want to be telling, not just settle for the story that isn't working. A wise, well-written look at how the story we imagine for ourselves and the story we create for ourselves are often at odds with one another. Loehr, doesn't stop at revealing that gap, though. He provides the structure by which his organization helps their clients get back on track with the story they want to be telling, not just settle for the story that isn't working.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Joshua Key

    This book will convince you to take a hard, honest look at yourself and feel good about it. I like how he addresses the importance of dealing with your demons, while emphasizing forward movement at the same time. Both are important.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Helen Biersack

    This one caught me off guard because it is set up so that you do work WHILE you read it. I need to re-read it and do the work this time. I think everyone must read this book!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jon

    some tough discussions here about work life balance. key take aways spend the the energy you have on what you are doing, multitasking doesn't help. exercise helps better sleep some tough discussions here about work life balance. key take aways spend the the energy you have on what you are doing, multitasking doesn't help. exercise helps better sleep

  12. 5 out of 5

    Teri Temme

    Great motivation to re-write your story 🤗

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michael Lodl

    Good nuggets, but not a page turner.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ietrio

    Crappy dialogue in a messy text. Loehr seems incapable of writing fiction or non-fiction, hence this book that is neither.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    First 25% of the book was tough for me to get though, but it was worth it. Full of strong concepts and examples.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Oliver Page

    Great book, if not a little repetitive and long-winded at times

  17. 5 out of 5

    Toby

    This is a good book with a lot of down to earth ideas. In some ways, it seems to be the practical side of a lot of the ideas that move through therapy and self-help circles. Therapy minus the touchy-feely stuff that makes it harder for a lot of people to swallow. In essence, stop telling yourself lies, tell yourself the truth and take action! Also, I like the practical way that Loehr helps to make that happen. A lot of books have a lot of ideas, but no good ways to implement them in your life. T This is a good book with a lot of down to earth ideas. In some ways, it seems to be the practical side of a lot of the ideas that move through therapy and self-help circles. Therapy minus the touchy-feely stuff that makes it harder for a lot of people to swallow. In essence, stop telling yourself lies, tell yourself the truth and take action! Also, I like the practical way that Loehr helps to make that happen. A lot of books have a lot of ideas, but no good ways to implement them in your life. This isn't like that. I also like how Loehr puts a lot of emphasis on the idea that getting all of this stuff in hand will actually help you to get to where you want in life. Do you want to be a high-powered exec? Improve your energy level and engagement to get you there. Sometimes that even means that you have to withdraw and rest and exercise. He doesn't really say what things you should think are important, but he does give you an idea how to get where you want to go. Worth a read, definitely an above average self help book *and* and above average business book. [return][return]Yes, he does apply this all to business. Essentially, you can't be good at your job if you don't take good care of yourself and you can't live up to your potential at work if you are limited by a bad "story." He also says that companies have "stories" and that they need to get them right to have happy employees and a successful business. Employee health for example... promoting healthy employees is good for business. You get the idea!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Manu

    A very in-depth research into the concept of a "story" by Loehr. This book is totally focused on an individual's life story rather than on the art of storytelling (like in other books on story). I felt that this book is more about self evaluation to understand one's purpose in life, how to be totally true about it and what should be done in towards realization of that true purpose. The idea is to do soul searching on 3 parameters: purpose of life, truth and what actions are needed to realize tha A very in-depth research into the concept of a "story" by Loehr. This book is totally focused on an individual's life story rather than on the art of storytelling (like in other books on story). I felt that this book is more about self evaluation to understand one's purpose in life, how to be totally true about it and what should be done in towards realization of that true purpose. The idea is to do soul searching on 3 parameters: purpose of life, truth and what actions are needed to realize that purpose. The book is full of excerpts from very successful people (who by the way have taken Loehr's in-person classes on this subject) who talk about how they are being only 1 dimensional (basically work focused) and are missing out on family & health life primarily and how bad they feel about it because if they were to tell the story of their lives, it will be sad at the best. The book then helps to re-write the story of the life in terms of what one would like it to be and what changes one has to make in order to make that new life story come true. While reading the book, many a times I felt that it tends to get repetitive with so many details and similar examples (stories of different people) trying to reinforce and explain 1 point. Also, it seemed little bit more philosophical to me then I had expected a story telling book to be. I felt that the ideas (of life's story & how to write it) in this book could have been easily explained in half the pages and it would have made the book much more interesting!

  19. 5 out of 5

    Deepak Chaudhary

    I liked this book but not as much as his other one "The power of full engagement" which was just amazing. but the book was great still it was a bit boring for a bit atleast that is what I thought but it was quite informative and provided an awesome way to look at your own life and evaluate whether at the end of your life you would consider yourself a success " In your own eyes .... according to what your values are". the book explains how in the eyes of others and even your eyes you could be a s I liked this book but not as much as his other one "The power of full engagement" which was just amazing. but the book was great still it was a bit boring for a bit atleast that is what I thought but it was quite informative and provided an awesome way to look at your own life and evaluate whether at the end of your life you would consider yourself a success " In your own eyes .... according to what your values are". the book explains how in the eyes of others and even your eyes you could be a success but you would not really really be true and thus it give you the tools and knowledge you need evaluate and break whatever direction you are currently going in life. The question on whether I would recommend this book? The answer is yes, the knowledge you get from Jim Lohrs books is priceless I have only read 2 of his books so far but I am going to be picking up his other ones. But But

  20. 5 out of 5

    Teresa

    I didn't "devour" this book - I found the material repetitive & the writing style not very interesting. Maybe I didn't need 200+ pages to drive home the point that what you tell yourself & others about YOU is very much tied to our success and failure. I was glad for the reminder that how we see ourselves - our "story" - is self-fulfilling but I didn't need chapters of explanations or examples to assist me in identifying ways I might be hard-coding my own story. The CDs were better - more interes I didn't "devour" this book - I found the material repetitive & the writing style not very interesting. Maybe I didn't need 200+ pages to drive home the point that what you tell yourself & others about YOU is very much tied to our success and failure. I was glad for the reminder that how we see ourselves - our "story" - is self-fulfilling but I didn't need chapters of explanations or examples to assist me in identifying ways I might be hard-coding my own story. The CDs were better - more interesting to hear personal anecdotes than read in my opinion... Funny thing is that I thought book was about something else - i.e. how to use storytelling as a vehicle for sales or team motivation. I'm STILL looking for a decent book on that topic!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sandi

    Just skimmed this book in several hours and downloaded the 8 Steps of Storyboarding the Transformation Process. The basic premise is that we need to be honest with ourselves about what our story really is before we can make meaningful changes in our lives. You must create your ultimate mission, or the purpose; what moves you to action. Your inner voice matters - need to give yourself positive self-talk. We should focus more on energy rather than time. Eat healthy and exercise to maximize your ener Just skimmed this book in several hours and downloaded the 8 Steps of Storyboarding the Transformation Process. The basic premise is that we need to be honest with ourselves about what our story really is before we can make meaningful changes in our lives. You must create your ultimate mission, or the purpose; what moves you to action. Your inner voice matters - need to give yourself positive self-talk. We should focus more on energy rather than time. Eat healthy and exercise to maximize your energy and bring focus to your activities - don't just "be" there, be present and active. Rewrite your story by creating your ultimate mission and from that, a number of training missions (smaller goals), and from those, specific individual rituals that support them.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Steve Bivans

    Why does our world seem so negative? Why do we struggle so hard to achieve our dreams only to see them disappear? Jim Loehr's book goes right to the heart of the matter, or the mind of the matter would probably be more accurate. According to Loehr it is our internal stories that hold us back. Our stories are flawed, filled with negative, false images of ourselves and those around us. In order to reach our true destiny in life, we must first articulate those negative stories and then rewrite the Why does our world seem so negative? Why do we struggle so hard to achieve our dreams only to see them disappear? Jim Loehr's book goes right to the heart of the matter, or the mind of the matter would probably be more accurate. According to Loehr it is our internal stories that hold us back. Our stories are flawed, filled with negative, false images of ourselves and those around us. In order to reach our true destiny in life, we must first articulate those negative stories and then rewrite them. Loehr walks you through the process step by step. 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.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Glenn Hunter

    Jim Loehr effectively reiterated his premise that energy, not time, is the most valuable commodity in self-improvement. He emphasized the premise that personal success is driven by owning and improving your individual story. Furthermore, he provided tools to reinforce the exercises that he described as leading to personal fulfillment. His ideas seemed valid, and I have implemented more attention to rituals. Overall, the book contributed sound advice and a path to personal development. His target Jim Loehr effectively reiterated his premise that energy, not time, is the most valuable commodity in self-improvement. He emphasized the premise that personal success is driven by owning and improving your individual story. Furthermore, he provided tools to reinforce the exercises that he described as leading to personal fulfillment. His ideas seemed valid, and I have implemented more attention to rituals. Overall, the book contributed sound advice and a path to personal development. His target audience skewed toward elite athletes and executives. Other perspectives may resonate better with different audiences.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rosa Frei

    Your story is your destiny! Is the story you're telling (publicly and inwardly to yourself) bringing you towards your goals? Do you live the life that is aligned with your purpose and goals? If not, this book is a great help to get you where you want to be. The author teaches a straightforward approach how you can define your purpose in life (Ultimate Mission), identify you're Old Story, write a New Story, and write a Training Mission (hope-filled actions) for those areas that needs adjustment to Your story is your destiny! Is the story you're telling (publicly and inwardly to yourself) bringing you towards your goals? Do you live the life that is aligned with your purpose and goals? If not, this book is a great help to get you where you want to be. The author teaches a straightforward approach how you can define your purpose in life (Ultimate Mission), identify you're Old Story, write a New Story, and write a Training Mission (hope-filled actions) for those areas that needs adjustment to get you to be the person you want to be. A remarkable road map for people who are serious in reaching their goals in all areas of their life. Inspiring, motivating and action-oriented.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Nick

    The Power of Story is really a mis-titled self-help book about how positive thinking can change your life for the better. Loehr tells the reader to make up a new story about herself in order to change the future. If you've been unable to get ahead, for example, it's probably because you tell yourself, 'I can't get ahead'. So change your story to -- wait for it -- 'I can get ahead'. It seems like a forced use of the concept of story, though all the self help is no doubt good stuff. The Power of Story is really a mis-titled self-help book about how positive thinking can change your life for the better. Loehr tells the reader to make up a new story about herself in order to change the future. If you've been unable to get ahead, for example, it's probably because you tell yourself, 'I can't get ahead'. So change your story to -- wait for it -- 'I can get ahead'. It seems like a forced use of the concept of story, though all the self help is no doubt good stuff.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Zsolt

    I read this book number of times and I have approached several people to do the writing exercise with. For years, everyone who picked up the book in my circles told me it is great, and how much they are interested to read it. To date nobody ever followed through with the writing exercises that I know of. Presently I am working on the exercises alone and still looking for an equally or more motivated person than I to do the work, laid out by Dr. Loehr.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Janet

    I think this book has a good message and positive overtone about the power of the mind and the things you tell yourself and others about YOU. I'm interested in it, even though I've only just begun. Currently reading a few self-help type books and this one ranks up there for me. Hoping it keeps my interest the further I get into it. I think this book has a good message and positive overtone about the power of the mind and the things you tell yourself and others about YOU. I'm interested in it, even though I've only just begun. Currently reading a few self-help type books and this one ranks up there for me. Hoping it keeps my interest the further I get into it.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Cline

    I listen to this on tape and the author had a very annoying way of telling a story. Yes irony from a book about story. But the book is about presenting yourself in a better light, to you and others around you. Especially using positive motivation to move yourself toward your goals. I just didn't enjoy the presentation of the book. I listen to this on tape and the author had a very annoying way of telling a story. Yes irony from a book about story. But the book is about presenting yourself in a better light, to you and others around you. Especially using positive motivation to move yourself toward your goals. I just didn't enjoy the presentation of the book.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lily

    mostly a lot of thought and not a lot of action. I don't need any help doing that. not really a business book, more like a self-help / reflection book. for people who don't know what their lives are about. such as twenty year olds. mostly a lot of thought and not a lot of action. I don't need any help doing that. not really a business book, more like a self-help / reflection book. for people who don't know what their lives are about. such as twenty year olds.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stefanie

    I "read" this as an audio book. It almost tried to cover *too* much, but it was good nonetheless if you like self-motivation sort of books that will offer you a new perspective on how you manage your thinking and your life. I "read" this as an audio book. It almost tried to cover *too* much, but it was good nonetheless if you like self-motivation sort of books that will offer you a new perspective on how you manage your thinking and your life.

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