The Secret to Empowering the Self: How Storytelling Connects Emotions
“Emotion and motivation share the same Latin root, movere, which means to move. The world is full of things and it is our feelings that help us choose among them.” -Jonah Lehrer
How do you think people make decisions? Logic? Reason? Weighing the pros and cons?
If you said any of the above you’d be wrong.
People make decisions based on their emotions.
As a nurse you’ve been taught to educate your patients. You and your team come up with a care plan based on your scientific assessment. You can logically see what the patient is suffering from and based on years of experience, training, and wisdom you can come up with the solution to the problems of disease.
I’m also a nurse who’s received similar education and training. On top of my nursing background I also have a heavy influence of ‘blue/green’ traits (logic and organization) based on my Emergenetics Profile.
After reading all of this you might be thinking to yourself, ‘I guess she’s a left-brain thinker for life!’ Not necessarily.
Storytelling helps with transitions.
Now that I’ve shifted from bedside nurse to holistic nurse entrepreneur to Reiki Nurse to whatever I’m calling myself today (LOL) I’ve opened up to more right-brained traits. (And for those of you who haven’t heard of left and right brain thinking- a person who is “left-brained” is often said to be more logical, analytical, and objective, while a person who is “right-brained” is said to be more intuitive, thoughtful, and subjective.)
One of the ways I’ve done this is through story.
One of my coaches this past fall shared with us a webinar of a major internet marketer. Unless you’re thinking of going into business for yourself this video may or may not be of use to you. But regardless of where you are in terms of opening up shop, the messages that this woman shares are powerful.
People relate to stories. Human beings make decisions based on emotions. We learn through feelings because how we feel is tangible, memorable, and impacts us on multiple levels.
Think about this in terms of your nursing career. What works better: teaching a patient using facts and figures or tying a story to the message, an example that the patient can relate to?
Storytelling can change someone’s life.
After I watched the video on storytelling this fall my whole perspective shifted. I started to blog based on story. I began to share client successes on radio interviews. And guess what?
My engagement is increasing!
I receive more comments on my articles, more feedback from my newsletters, and more interaction on social media. I’ve said it twice so I’ll say it again: people react to story, make decisions based on emotion.
“Chaos is rejecting all you have learned, chaos is being yourself.” -Emile M. Cioran
But even further than storytelling itself- story can empower. While storytelling can help a patient learn, connect you with another human being, it can also help you find your voice.
Through story you are empowered to speak your truth, be yourself.
It is my belief that each and every nurse has amazing potential on this planet. We, as individuals, can impact, shift, grow, and heal our entire profession. Just by changing ourselves from the inside out we can uplift the collective!
I’ve found that storytelling- whether through writing, speaking, audio, or video- has helped me be myself. How can you embrace who you really are and love you even more today?
I’d love to hear from you! Please share a comment below on how story has helped you or in what way you’re committed to claiming your voice.