You've made a great start with this chapter. Here are a few reminders of what you've explored so far:
Chapter 1: Key Ideas
- Our brains interpret the sensory input we get, and assign a meaning to it. As soon as a meaning is assigned, it leads to an emotion. This is unconscious, and fast, so that we have the stimulus and the emotion. The rest is out of awareness.
- When we learn, we generalize. Because we had some experiences in the past that seem similar, we generalize and automate; it’s an efficiency strategy.
- Generalization is also how beliefs get formed; then beliefs filter all the different stimuli coming in. The mind doesn’t really get raw information; it no longer gets to choose.
- Deletion is when the mind ignores specific sensory input.
- Distortion is changing an experience from what it actually is to some modified form of it.
- Each of us is a blend of body, brain, and mind.
- The world inside someone’s mind is based on five languages: sight, sound, smell, taste, and feeling.
- The world you see and live in is really the world inside your head.
- People often favor one sense or “rep mode” over the others so they are more visual . . . more auditory . . . or more kinesthetic. (new tip: it frequently changes from one context to another: eating a meal…watching a sunset…)
- What people remember is a moving target; it shifts each time someone calls up a memory.
- Our minds can recall what we specifically experienced and combine remembered elements to create new imagined experiences and ideas—which are critical to change and innovation.
- Consciously using mental sticky notes (anchors) is a powerful way to strengthen positive mental “states” and diminish negative ones.
- As you have or recall positive experiences, step into these and relive them. Add these pictures, sounds, and feelings to the anchor you created on 2nd knuckle of your middle finger.
- Continue to play with the Circle of Excellence (additional description here). Strengthen the one you explored in this chapter – or create another one with a different focus by changing the situation or the kind of resources you’re working with.
- Notice differences between how you recall an event, and how someone else who was there remembers it. Consider what personal filters may have shaped the way you experienced, interpreted, and remembered what happened.
- Identify generalizations that you’ve made, but may not have been aware of before.
- If you come across one or two memories that are painful, write these down so you can use these as examples when you’ve learned new ways to shift your experience.
- Use the notes pages at the end of each chapter or keep a journal to briefly capture your discoveries, accomplishments, questions, and things you might want to change in the future.
- Get a friend or two to volunteer to practice with you. That way you can discuss what you’re learning and get immediate feedback on the processes you're practicing.
Review and Refresh: The Circle of Excellence
Circle of Excellence Demonstration
Review of Demonstration and Exercise Guide
Review of Circle of Excellence Exercise