“Our beliefs and habits cause us to drop any visual or sensory input from our awareness in order to match up with our ‘internal map’ of reality.” @johnassaraf
What is your internal map of reality? Do you even know that you have one?
Psst…I didn’t know it for a very long time.
It changed when I was introduced to coaching through journaling ✍️. For the very first time, I could see my thoughts 💭👀. For the very first time, I was in control.
Yes, it was scary. If I could make a picture of my mind at that time, it would look like the busiest airport you have ever visited.
Just imagine: you are travelling, you have to switch planes in a different country. You don’t know the language. There are signs but you have no clue what they say. You try to ask people around but everyone is so busy trying to figure out their own “shit.” The “Information ℹ️ desk” that is supposed to make your life easier is not even open. Your mind is spinning around. The worst scenarios of being stuck in an unwanted situation are becoming very vivid. Emotions are rising up. You don’t want to miss your flight! You don’t want to be here! You start to feel lost, lonely and uncomfortable. Somebody Help Me!!!
Journal writing helped me to become aware of how my “internal map of reality” is running my life.
So what is an internal map of reality?
Your thinking patterns are your map. Thinking patterns are responsible for how you view the world and what choices you make.
Tip: Get to know your “internal map of reality”. It will change your life in a positive way. You will become calmer and happier.
Being a pilot is better than being a passenger. As a pilot, you are in control. You are never going to miss your flight.
How Quality Questions Can Change the Quality of Your Life.
Remember, it’s not the events of your life that determine how you feel and act but, rather, the meaning you create from your life’s experiences. Learning to ask empowering questions- especially in moments of crisis- is a critical skill that will ultimately shape the meanings you create, and therefore the quality of your life. – Anthony Robbins.
I love Tony’s words about asking powerful questions during tough times. I learned it through journaling.
But.. what are the differences between empowering and disempowering questions?
“Why is it always happening to me?”
“Why am I so unlucky?”
Are these questions empowering?
No! It takes you only on the path to self-pity road.
Now, what about the following questions?
“What can I learn from this experience?”
“What is the pattern I am repeating over and over?”
“How can I do this differently to come up with a better outcome?”
Do you see the difference already?
It’s all about the perception of your mind.
By training yourself to ask empowering questions, regardless of the circumstances, you will be able to redirect your focus on new possibilities and solutions instead of feeling sorry for yourself and creating more of what you don’t want.
Has this post inspired you to ask yourself empowering questions? Let me know in the comments