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Free Yourself from the Familiar

Our stories are often reflected in what we say to others when they ask how we are. You might tell a story like, “Everyone in my family has bad luck, so no, I haven’t tried to find a new job even though I can’t stand the one I have.” Or, you might say, “No, I haven’t done meditation since we last talked. I know they say it can help with anxiety, but anxiety runs in my family. I’ve al...

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The Power of Storytelling for Individual and Organizational Change

Many say casually, “You could write a book about what I’ve been through!” But how much time do we spend considering the stories of our lives? Being able to describe the story simply can help  us to recognize the archetypal energies that are affecting us. A person who says “I’m always the bridesmaid and never the bride,” or “I must have been born under a bad sign because I’m unluck...

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Breaking Through Obstacles So You Can Write a New Story

What is your story? There’s a story that you’d like other people to see, and the story you’d like it to be, but then there is the story as it really is. Is it satisfying to you, or do you want to write a new story? If you do, you may find that breaking through obstacles is difficult. To write a new story, you need to start with looking at your current story, painful though it may be.&n...

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My Story: Archetypal Themes, Plot Twists, and Becoming the Storyteller

Like many stories, my story has archetypal themes and plot twists that led me to my current story. When I was growing up, the steel industry seemed to define my hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. My father worked in production planning and later, marketing, for U.S. Steel. As a teenager, I followed in his footsteps, taking various summer jobs in the plants. The practical side of me was prepari...

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