121. Rewrite Your Story, with Ian Morgan Cron, author of The Story of You

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Ian Morgan Cron is an Enneagram teacher, host of the Typology podcast, and author of the new book, The Story of You: An Enneagram Journey to Becoming Your True Self.
Every person has a story. You’ve got a story. I’ve got a story. And not just a story of what actually happened, but a story we tell ourselves to help make sense of our lives.
In this episode, Ian Morgan Cron helps us understand that the stories we bring into adulthood often aren't helpful. As leaders, we need to write a new, healthy story.
THIS EPISODE'S HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:

  • Ian Morgan Cron is an Enneagram teacher, host of the Typology podcast, and author of the new book, The Story of You: An Enneagram Journey to Becoming Your True Self.
  • Ian describes what the Enneagram is.
  • As children, we develop stories about ourselves that help us cope with the pain and difficulty of life. As adults, we bring these stories with us, even though they are quite limiting and self-defeating.
  • These stories tend to be in direct opposition to the Gospel.
  • Ian Morgan Cron offers some examples of the kinds of stories we believe about ourselves.
  • If we don’t leave these stories behind, we end up living lives that are too small.
  • According to Ian Morgan Cron, we need to explore both the shadow side and the strength of our story.
  • Ian Morgan Cron explains the “SOAR” method for rewriting our stories: See, Own, Awaken, Rewrite.
  • Ian describes the correlation between rewriting one’s story and the themes of Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward.
  • Ian Morgan Cron describes the work of Dan McAdams who developed narrative therapy. He says, “All transformation is story transformation.”
  • Robert Jensen’s essay, How the World Lost Its Story, helps us better understand the story pastors and ministry leaders need in order to lead well in a disruptive world.
  • Pastors need to recapture a story that explains the way the world is and present it narratively.

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