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Course One Lesson Ten

Course One Lesson Ten

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Lesson Ten Notes
1. These are the notes for Lesson 10 in the Internal Map of Reality Expander course.Always listen to the actual lesson, as these notes often do not contain everything includedin the audio.2. Before going on, let’s look at the big picture again. Please refer to the graphicrepresentation below of your Internal Map of Reality. Our friend here is receiving inputfrom the environment. First, it passes through a series of filters, including beliefs, values,metaprograms, decisions, attitudes, and so on.3. We’ve looked in some detail at most of these filters, though not all. One filter we didnot discuss is the language you speak, for instance. Those who are multilingual know thatthe world is different when speaking a different language. Discussion of this particular filter is beyond the scope of this course, however.4. Another extremely unconscious filter is our conception of time and space. I actuallyhave discussed the effects of time in using the Time Line Process, and also in some of themetaprograms, but again, though it is very important in shaping our reality, this filter is beyond the scope of this course. I will, however, speak about it in the next course, TheAccelerated Change Maximizer.5. The other filters, though, we have closely examined. These filters delete, distort, andgeneralize what comes in. What we actually perceive is not direct reality, but arepresentation of reality in which some information has been delete, distorted in variousways, and from which certain generalizations have been made.6. You should be in charge of how you use these filters, so you can use them in whatever way best serves you in getting the internal and external outcomes you want.7. By being aware of your metaprograms, your values, your beliefs, and the other filters,and by consciously choosing and consciously intending how to use them, you have a lotof control over what internal representations are created after the filtering process. Thisfiltering process is one place where we have the ability to influence what we create.8. Next, we make internal representations from this filtered information. This is whatmost people think of as “thinking.” These internal representations can be visual, auditory,kinesthetic, olfactory, gustatory, and auditory digital. Each one can encode certaininformation, and each is better for representing some things and not so good for representing others. It’s difficult, for instance, to spell kinesthetically, though many people try to do it. If you pick up a pen to write a word in order to figure out how to spellit, you’re using kinesthetic to spell.9. You have control over how you create your reality in this area, too, by deciding whichmodality to use to make internal representations, and by deciding what order or syntax touse as you string internal representations together. You can exercise choice in doing this,
 based on what works best, rather than just letting whatever you’ve been doing up to nowrun automatically.10. The second way you have control on the level of internal representations is throughthe submodalities used in each internal representation, such as whether a picture is largeor small, bright or dim, near or far, and so on, or whether a sound you hear inside is loudor soft, harsh or soothing, or comes from this or that location. You use submodalities tomake distinctions, and since we are able to make millions of distinctions, this is a very powerful part of our internal map of reality. You can recognize, for instance, an almostunlimited number of voices, over the telephone, even from people you haven’t heardfrom for decades. Submodalities allow you to encode and remember many differentthings, including whether you believe something or don’t believe it, whether somethingmotivates you or doesn’t motivate you, and on and on.11. By changing the submodalities of a given internal representation, you change theeffect it has on you. You can notice the pictures, sounds, and internal dialog you makeinside your head, and play with the submodalities to make some changes in what statesand behaviors you create.12. Internal representations are strung together in sequences called strategies, and thesestrategies lead to the internal states you experience and the external physiology and behavior you exhibit. When you change either your internal representations, physiology/behavior, or internal state, you change the other two, because they are linkedand each affect the others. Because these three are connected in this way, they are calleda cybernetic loop.13. This is the final place in your Internal Map of Reality where you can exert controlover what you create. You can change your internal representations, by changing whichmodality you use and what the submodalities are, and also by changing the order andsyntax of the internal representations. You can change your breathing and posture or your  behavior. And, you can change your internal state.14. This is a model of how you create what happens, inside and outside, and it’s very powerful. The reason I keep going over this in this way is that each time we look at a new piece in detail, and then I zoom out to look at the big picture, you see this Internal Map of Reality in a new way. It’s like seeing a picture of a group of ten people, none of whomyou know-a picture of some strangers. Then, we pick one person, and tell their life story,and then show the group picture again. Now, it’s different, because you know that one person pretty well. We look at another person’s life story, and then go back to the group picture. Again, it’s different. Finally, when you have learned about each person, lookingat the picture is totally different than in the beginning, because now when you see it yousee all the richness of all the people’s lives. Now the picture really means something.15. In the same way, we’ve looked at each part of this map of reality, zooming in on it,and then going out again to look at the big picture. Now, we’ve looked at all the partswe’re going to look at in detail, and I hope that when you look at the big picture now, you
do see a richness, and can see that it really does mean something when someone says“You create your reality.”16. In the remaining three lessons, we’re going to look at some practical application of allthis knowledge you now have. In this lesson we’ll begin to look at the subject of modeling, and then we will finish modeling in Lesson 11. In lesson 12 I’m going to do adetailed review of each topic we’re covered. I think you’ll be surprised when we go back and look at some of the topics we covered in the early part of the course, just how muchyou know about them.17. Before I get into modeling, though, there’s one other topic I want to talk about. It’ssomething I learned from my friend Dan Sullivan of Strategic Coach, and it’s very powerful. I mentioned it in passing when we were talking about strategies, but I want togo into it more deeply, because it identifies something many people do that creates problems for them.18. Dan calls this The Gap. He identifies two kinds of people, and how these two typesmeasure and evaluate their progress in life. One kind of person has an ideal in mind for who they want to be and where they want to go, and they evaluate their progress in termsof that ideal.19. Let’s look at what an ideal is. Here’s what my dictionary says about the word ideal:Definition 1 is: “A conception of something in its absolute perfection.” A little further down, in definition 4, it says: “Existing only in the mind: imaginary,” and then “lacking practicality or the possibility of realization.”20. You know that I am a possibility thinker, and my staff will tell you I can get quiteannoyed when someone says that something can’t be done. I’m not against ideals. Butyou have to use them in a certain way.21. Let’s take a look at another kind of ideal. Consider the horizon. The horizon isn’t areal place. It exists only in the mind. You can move toward it, but no matter how fast yougo or how long you travel, you’ll never get there. The horizon recedes as you movetoward it. If your goal it to travel to the horizon, you’ll end up frustrated, because you’llnever get there, no matter what you do.22. Ideals are like the horizon. They exist in the mind. They are imaginary. You canmove toward them, but you can’t ever get there.23. Now I’m not saying that ideals aren’t a good thing. They are. They can be verymotivating, and making pictures in your head of your ideal will cause your brain to moveyou, in one way or another, toward that ideal.24. Here’s where the trouble comes in: If you evaluate your progress based on your ideal,you will always be frustrated, because no matter how much progress you make, the idealwill always seem to be just as far away, just as the horizon continues to recede as you

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