Empowering Stories: How we Story and Restory Ourselves

Storytelling

Human beings are storytellers and meaning-makers

Tony and I on our wedding day, 4 July 2020
  • I let be, let come and let go, my stories.
  • I consciously pay attention, take notice and honour what comes, what goes and what stays.
  • I pay particular attention to how I feel about each story.
  • I try and understand the makeup of the story. Where does it come from? What shapes this story? What is the evidence for this meaning-making? What are the assumptions I am making?
  • When I have some distance and objectivity from my feelings, I ask myself, how useful is this story for my wellbeing?
  • I stay curious and open, especially to those stories I have not heeded, or forgotten or denied.
  • I own and honour the stories that shaped me. I hold them with love and gratitude.
  • I look for alternative versions of the story, especially those that are generative, life-giving, empowering.
  • I practice working with empowering stories.

Reflect on your own empowering stories

  • What are the stories that keep me stuck?
  • What stories might I be ignoring or not seeing?
  • What stories of myself are no longer useful?
  • How else might I explain what’s going on?
  • What are the stories that enable me and empower me?
  • What kind of stories do I want to be creating in the future?
  • How will I story and restory myself?

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Leadership Coach for over 20 years, Scholar-Practitioner of Wounded Healer journeys, sharing life and leadership lessons and stories

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Mihirini de Zoysa

Leadership Coach for over 20 years, Scholar-Practitioner of Wounded Healer journeys, sharing life and leadership lessons and stories