How does True Storytelling affect True Performance?

True Storytelling can affect True Performance

What is True Storytelling?

True Storytelling Principles give direction to True Storytelling Processes and Tools.

What is True Performance?

Zig Ziglar coined the term, and has motivation tapes and videos you can access.

Florence Scovel Shinn (1925) wrote the book, The Game of Life and How to Play It. You may get more writings by Florence Scovel Shinn at She used bible passages to inform her notion that by positive thinking, and eliminating all negative thinking, success would be attracted to you.

For example, in Chapter 3 Shinn states the Law of Attraction: “The horse-shoe or rabbit’s foot contains no power, but man’s spoken word and belief that it will bring good luck creates expectancy in the subconscious mind, and attracts a ‘lucky situation.”.

“Face a situation fearlessly, and there is no situation to face; it falls away of its own weight. The explanation is, that fear attracted the ladder on the woman’s pathway, and fearlessness removed it” (IBID. Chapter 3).

Florence Shinn is one of many writers in 1920s and into 1960s that put forth the notion that Positive Mental Attitude, brings about true performance success in life and business.

Oliver Napoleon Hill (1883 – 1970) was an American self-help author of (1928) The Law of Success

Hill, N. (1928). The law of success. NY, NY: Penguin.

Napoleon Hill’s Golden Rule

“Practicing the golden rule will teach you how to make use of this great universal law of human conduct in such a manner that you may easily get harmonious co-operation from any individual or group of individuals” (Hill, 1928: Lesson 15)

All well in good, until a lack of understanding the Gold Rule philosophy is said by Hill is turned into a blame the victim narrative: “one of the major cases of failure of millions of people who remain in misery, poverty and want all their lives” (IBID. Lesson 15).

Going BENEATH the fore-conception antenarrative that individuals are to blame for their own poverty is necessary if we are to get at the essence of ‘what is true’ and ‘what is true performance.’

Hill, Napoleon. (1937/2019). Think and grow rich: The original 1937 unedited edition.

Napoleon Hill (1937) puts t “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”. In the same book: “Success coms to those who become SUCCESS CONSCIOUS. Failure comes to those who indifferently allow themselves to become FAILURE CONSCIOUS” (Caps, original).

I am learning that is a bit simplistic. In SINGLE LOOP LEARNING, many organizations are caught up on the PMA attracts business and individual success programming. The power of keeping positive thoughts and avoiding negative thoughts assumes you don’t get through life without pain and suffering. It is rather an EGO-Centric approach to life, and one that CORPORATE-Centric organizations in single loop, seem to cultivate. It becomes a Single Loop WWOK, and its own workplace spirituality. More IWOK spiriual ecologies that are WE-Centric and ECO-Centric offer alternaitve.

In this figure, the Heart of Care, TRIPLE LOOP comes out of the dialogisms, called Polypi.

Mikhail Bakhtin (1981, 1990, 1991) develops four dialogisms which rather than being separate processes, are entangled in most organizations, to constitute a 5th multi-dialogism, I call the ‘Polypi’, a term adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of the Little Mermaid (Boje, 2008).

“All the trees and bushes were polypi, half animal, half vegetable, the looked like hundred-headed serpents ground out of the earth; all their branches were long slimy arms, with fingers like supple snakes, and joint by joint they were twisting and twirling for the roots to the outermost tips of their branches” (Andersen, 1893: 21-22).

For more on Polypi of five dialogisms: What are the Dialogisms of Conversational Storytelling in ODC 2.0 Module?

What is True of True Performance?

I confess I once bought into the notion that Positive Mental Attitude attracted the Altitude of my Success. What is true? As Patricia Rockman, puts it, ‘you don’t get through life without pain.” Aging, sickness, death, loss of loved ones, are part of the game of life. as Shinn (1925) calls it.

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) is not same as the Naive Formula: Positive Mental Attitude Attracts Success in Life and Business.

Training is MBSR reduces suffering and confusion around what mindfulness is. 

Woods, S. L., & Rockman, P. (2021). Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction: Protocol, Practice, and Teaching Skills. New Harbinger Publications.

Woods and Rockman (2021) describe MBSR as an awareness of moment-by-moment flow of embodied experience, the good, the bad, and the ugly. The present moment of experience, is not always perceived as positive. Past experiences can carry trauma. 

Woods and Rockman (2021) explain Four Foundations of MBSR:

  1. The body (senses and sensations) in motion and in stillness, reacts to mind (mood states.
  2. Feelings are a primary nature of experience as pleasant, unpleasant, or neutral.By being aware of reactions participants learn to appreciate pleasant experiences without clinging and to see how moods (attunements) influence one another.
  3. An agitated, ruminating mind of emotions and thoughts can learn to step back and gain perspective
  4. Meditation practices of being present, participants learn not to get too attached to states of mind. 

The value is mindfulness meditations such as Vipassana, helps participants deal with the imperfections of life (suffering), the impermanence of life (changes) and what is happening in the flow of life.  In other wards, its not just Positive Mental Attitude (PMA) Attracts Success (formula), it is about an MBSR practice that  de-centers from the fixed view of self (rigidity of beliefs) in order to be aware of the flow of experience. 

What is the point? Going Beneath the fore-conception antenarrative that says PMA attracts Success, can become a blame the victim SINGLE LOOP narrative. Understanding the flow of experience, and what is true, is more complex than the simplistic Law of Attraction, or as Napoleon Hill puts t “whatever the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve”.

Zig Ziglar (1926-2012), is widely considered to be the best storyteller. His devotion to what we call ‘True Storytelling’ in leadership, self-image, ethicals of answerability, and visualizing and taking small steps every day to manifest goals have been inspirational to millions.

Example: I attended the Chavez Life Spring Seminar which had lots of Zig Ziglar inspiring message, and bought several Ziglar books. I implemented them in my Personnel company in Las Angeles, and the change in my attitude raised my altitude. Within one month the sales doubled, then tripled by the second month – David M. Boje.

I created used caligraphy to create this card, and gave one to every student I taught at Loyola Marymount University. We did a class icebreaker before every class, when we shouted out these words. My attitude was contagious and I was university and/or college teacher of the year, each year I was there:

Zig Ziglar, attitude | Quotes | Pinterest

This next audio tape contains some of the most motivational storytelling ever.

Zig Ziglar Quotes to Achieve Success in Life - Well Quo

Ziglar’s Wheel of Life. Be true as you look at each life spoke, and set a ‘X’ in each area where you sense it fits at this moment. Then note down ‘why’ you noted your ‘X’ precisely where you noted it — not lower or higher on the scale. As you have filled out the circle connect your X’s. The idea is that a sustainable healthy balance in your life is a round wheel. Lacking attention or nourishment in one or more area will consequently hinder your wheel from turning well-oiled, and that in relation to all and everything in this world that you are interconnected to! It is therefore, on a daily basis, each of us have a responsibility, to aim for balance, and set reasonable goals. That means specific, measurable, achievable, realistic, and true goals.

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