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Power of Story

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Power of Story

Rewrite Your Destiny in Business and in Life
by Jim Loehr
With Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny Jim Loehr's objective is to show how the stories we tell represent the single most powerful tool we have for managing energy and achieving any important mission in life. For the purposes of this audiobook, a story is simply the interpretation we give to our world of experience. It represents the meaning we give to whatever happened to us in life. For example, having been in an automobile accident or having lost your wallet is what actually happened, and the meaning or significance you give to the accident or lost wallet is your story.
Scores of people have explored the impact of storytelling on others as well as on how the mechanics of storytelling can be improved to enhance the desired effect. From a business perspective, considerable attention has been given to helping leaders improve their storytelling skills to enhance their organizational effectivenss. The case will be made with this audiobook that more important than the impact of storytelling on others is the profound effect storytelling has on the person telling the story, whether in enhancing, for example, leadership capacity or sales effectiveness or in entirely different dimensions of life.
With Change Your Story, Change Your Destiny Jim Loehr's objective is to show how the stories we tell represent the single most powerful tool we have for managing energy and achieving any important mission in life. For the purposes of this audiobook, a story is simply the interpretation we give to our world of experience. It represents the meaning we give to whatever happened to us in life. For example, having been in an automobile accident or having lost your wallet is what actually happened, and the meaning or significance you give to the accident or lost wallet is your story.
Scores of people have explored the impact of storytelling on others as well as on how the mechanics of storytelling can be improved to enhance the desired effect. From a business perspective, considerable attention has been given to helping leaders improve their storytelling skills to enhance their organizational effectivenss. The case will be made with this audiobook that more important than the impact of storytelling on others is the profound effect storytelling has on the person telling the story, whether in enhancing, for example, leadership capacity or sales effectiveness or in entirely different dimensions of life.
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    That's Your Story?

    Slow death.

    An uglier two-word phrase it's hard to find. But if you're at all like the people I see in our workshops, then I'm afraid you understand the phrase all too well.

    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 dying, slowly, for something I'm not willing to die for?

    WHY AM I WORKING SO HARD, MOVING SO FAST, FEELING SO LOUSY?

    One man I heard about was quite literally going through slow death. A senior executive at a big firm, he was home the last few weeks of his life, in the final stage of cancer, in and out of lucidity, medicated so heavily that his tongue loosened and he regularly spewed his unfiltered, apparently truest thoughts. He cursed at his wife as never before, using vile, demeaning language -- all while she was caring for him day and night, knowing these were his last days on earth, the final days of their long marriage. He did the same to his kids when they visited, making an already difficult situation for them nearly intolerable, and certainly bringing them nothing remotely like peaceful closure. Mostly, though, the man's most shocking, blistering commentary was reserved, in absentia, for his boss: vicious, intermittently coherent paroxysms of resentment and contempt for the president of his firm who, it was painfully obvious now, the dying executive blamed for most of the anger, frustration, and general rottenness he'd felt the past two decades.

    Slow death. It comes in different forms. Two years ago a heart surgeon came to our institute. The first morning he had his blood work done and took a turn in the BodPod (a chamber inside which one's lean body mass can be measured with exceptional accuracy, through the displacement of air rather than water). His results were borderline alarming -- extremely elevated levels of cholesterol, glucose, blood lipids, triglycerides, C-reactive protein. He was given a copy of the results.

    When his turn came to discuss the meaning of the numbers and how to approach them, the surgeon said, "I don't want to talk about it."

    "You know what these numbers mean," said Raquel Malo, our director of nutrition and executive training.

    "Of course I do," he snapped. "I'm a doctor!"

    "What if I was your patient and I got these numbers?"

    "I'd be all over you."

    "Yet you're telling me -- "

    "I said I don't want to talk about it."

    "But -- "

    "Change the subject or I'm on the next plane home," he said. "Don't bring it up again while I'm here."

    Two days later the doctor left, having done nothing to address his perilous health, or even to acknowledge there was anything to address. He returned to his thriving medical practice, where he would continue to caution patients to reduce their risk of cardiovascular disease. (Of all the demographics we see, health care providers as a group hover near the bottom in fitness and physical well-being.)

    Slow death: what a harsh phrase. Is that really what's happening to all those people, the ones who start out contented by what is good and pure in life -- a simple cup of coffee, a few seemingly reasonable life goals (a nice salary, say, and one's own home) -- and who, once they've achieved those goals, can't even be satisfied because they've already moved on to life's next-sized latte (six-figure salary, second home, three cars), only to move on to something double-extra grande when that's achieved, a continual supersizing that guarantees one can't ever be fulfilled?

    Okay. Not everyone I see or hear about is dying slowly. But to judge from the responses we get,...

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  • Dr. Jim Loehr is Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of the Human Performance Institute, a training company that has successfully utilized energy management technology to improve the productivity and engagement levels of elite performers from the world of business, sport, medicine, and law enforcement for over 30 years. A world-renowned performance psychologist, Dr. Loehr is the author of thirteen books including the national bestseller The Power of Full Engagement.

    Dr. Loehr appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show where an entire program was devoted to his ground-breaking Energy Management training system and concepts. He has also appeared on NBC's Today Show, ABC's Nightline with Ted Koppel, The CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and CBS Morning News. Dr. Loehr's work has been chronicled in leading national publications including the Harvard Business Review, Fortune, Newsweek, Time, US News and World Report, Success, Fast Company and Omni.

    Dr. Loehr has worked with hundreds of world-class performers from the arenas of sport, business, medicine and law enforcement including Fortune 100 executives, FBI, Hostage Rescue Teams and Army Special Forces. His elite clients from the world of sport include: golfer Mark O'Meara; tennis players, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario; boxer Ray Mancini; hockey players Eric Lindros and Mike Richter; and Olympic gold medal speed skater Dan Jansen.

    Dr. Loehr possesses a masters and doctorate in psychology, serves on several prestigious scientific boards and is a full member of the American Psychological Association, the American College of Sports Medicine, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology.

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