The Power of Story by Jim Loehr

Summary

  1. Jim Loehr lays out a framework for how to live a more aligned life by realizing what your inner voice is really saying and how to change your story so that it helps you achieve your goals
Key Takeaways
  1. First step is to become aware and accept your flawed story 
  2. In this context, story = the story we tell ourselves which ultimately becomes our life
    1. Story is our creation of reality. What we tell ourselves around the facts and ultimately more important than facts (lost wallet = idiot or bad luck)
  3. Everything about you portrays your story. Dress, fitness, posture, mood, etc.
  4. Our stories have both positive or negative effects on our health and well being so make sure yours is positive
  5. The most important story you tell yourself is about yourself
  6. 5 major stories – work, health, family, happiness and friendships
  7. Important to be hyper aware of your story and in what areas of life it is holding you back
  8. Knowing your purpose is step one to correcting your story and doing what you’re passionate about. What do you want your legacy to be? How do you want to be remembered? What do you want to leave to others? What is worth dying for?
  9. If some area of your life is not aligned to your purpose, determine how to fix it
  10. Influence often works in the murk of subconsciousness. Discovering where your beliefs came from and why you feel a certain way about women, money, sex, etc. is very difficult but very important
  11. Making sure your public and private voices are aligned is important. Aim to display what you feel inside publicly. Quieting the inner voice vital
  12. Voice of intuition, gut instinct, may be wrong but very worth listening to
  13. Truth and action must be coupled with purpose to live a happy and aligned life
  14. Energy management more important than time management
  15. Being physically fit and having enough energy is goal #1. Without that, nothing else is possible. Make sure you eat healthily, exercise regularly and move a lot throughout the day
  16. Periods of rest so important. If truly want to turn on, must learn to turn off. 7-8 hours of sleep and a 15-60 minute nap can do wonders
  17. Engagement is the name of the game. Giving your full attention to whatever you’re doing
  18. Setting good habits and routines is vastly more important and effective than relying on willpower. The more energy you give to it, the quicker it’ll become ingrained. Find a way to keep accountable and let family and friends be part of the process 
What I got out of it
  1. Incredible book. Becoming aware of your private and public voice is crucial and aligning them is the next step. Truth and action are vital as well and making sure you have the physical and emotional energy to tackle everything you want to is step 1

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