StoryJacking: Change Your Inner Dialogue, Transform Your Life
The vast majority of people are discontented with their life in some way. This isn’t some statistic I can quote; it’s just a part of the human condition, with the small side effect of leading to an industry of self-help books, each with their own gimmick. Most of the time I think of a gimmick as a negative thing, something which is just there to draw a reader’s attention, but I recently found out that it isn’t entirely bad. I tend not to be too interested in self-help books, but I picked up StoryJacking because its particular gimmick is one that intrigued me: life is a story, and we have the power to rewrite it.
Part of why this description drew me in is because I’m a writer, but you don’t need to have any actual writing experience to get something out of the book. The author laid out her idea in plain, simple language, and her friendly, conversational style kept me engaged throughout. The basic idea is that viewing our life as a story gives us more power over it than if we view it as a series of random events. We need to see ourselves as the authors of our tales rather than as just passive, powerless bystanders. We can’t be all-powerful – there will still be random events that life can throw at us – but if we see sudden changes as “plot twists” rather than as obstacles, we can feel empowered to work through them.
I read StoryJacking in order, in as close to one sitting as I could (because that’s how I’ve always read books), but I think if I were to read it again, I’d get the most out of it by taking more time with it. If the idea of life as a story resonates with you enough to buy this book, pause after each chapter and think about whether you could use it to help you and how. If a chapter particularly resonates with you, dog-ear the page or stick a piece of paper at the start so you can go back to it.
And remember: events only have as much power as we allow them to. Even after I forget the rest of this book, I’ll remember that.
Lyssa Danehy deHart