The stories you tell yourself impact the life you lead
Imagine understanding your stories.
Stories make us think. They fire the imagination and soothe the soul. Stories teach. From the relative safety of the page or screen it’s possible to experience events never contemplated in real life. Throughout time stories have been used to convey wisdom, share perspectives and preserve history.
Deliberately accessing your stories, shows you where beliefs began. You see the process behind your motivations and, your frustrations. Recognising and actively taking charge of self talk helps you become the manager of your thoughts and emotions. We like to call this becoming the author of your story rather than being a character in someone else’s.
From an organisational perspective, a story’s plot offers a definable structure. This structure can be used to map life events and decisions. Similarly, the way a story is told offers clues about intent. Narrative devices such as metaphor, symbolism, personification and foreshadowing, impact the way a message is heard. Connotation delivers tone. Understanding these effects makes content clearer and communication richer.
However, it is important to realise, the story is simply, a story. It offers a model, a map or a message but it may not be a truth, a reality or fact. Understanding narrative structure and technique gives a person tools for active thinking. They provide a checklist for discovering which piece of information is most relevant to the current situation, process or challenge.
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All our coaching, workshops and programs at Is This MyStory is founded upon the principles of narrative. We encourage the use of mindfulness to recognise the internal voice of your stories and use Clifton StrengthsFinder to access the talent themes beneath the chatter. If you would like to know more about how to take control of the stories impacting your life, have a look at our coaching and workshop packages. You may also like to look through our frequently asked questions.
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Nicole is an experienced English teacher, Trainer, Meditation teacher and Gallup Certified Strengths coach who helps people find purpose, choose direction and communicate effectively. Talk to her today and learn how to understand the connection between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. We offer face to face sessions on the Gold Coast or Sydney and on-line sessions worldwide.
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