The Power of Story
IN THIS SUMMARY
In The Power of Story, Jim Loehr, the noted performance expert and sports psychologist, presents the idea that our lives unfold in accordance with the stories we tell ourselves and others. Telling ourselves stories helps us navigate through life, for they provide structure and direction. We automatically, and very often unconsciously, search for explanations for why things happen to us and why we behave as we do. Thus, stories create meaning; they provide a context for our experiences.
These stories may be positive or negative, of success or failure, or of power or victimization. We have stories about what we want and what we are capable of achieving. Yet, while our stories profoundly affect how others see us and how we see ourselves, few of us recognize that we are, in fact, telling stories, or, more significantly, that we can change our stories, and in turn, transform our lives.