That's what I'm talking about!

Being a Landmark Forum and Advanced Landmark Forum graduate, I follow a few bloggers who write about what they're creating in their lives.  Many reflect back on the things they have learned and the processes/techniques that they use to help them stay empowered.

I was just going through my Reader and there, on the Landmark Education News Blog By Landmark Forum Graduates was an interview with David Cunningham - talking about the same thing that I was yesterday evening in my post. :)

Here's a quick example that David reflects on:
Dr. Steve Wechsler: All right.  So let’s take a scenario.  So someone was an athlete when they were younger, and then they ate a lot.  They ate whatever they wanted.  As they get older, jobs change, they go to college, they start to gain weight.  Where does the conversation start?  Do you have this conversation with yourself?  Do you have a conversation with a coach or a friend?  How would you start a conversation like that?

David Cunningham: Well, here’s what I would do.  I would just take a piece of paper.  It’s a simple thing.  Take out a piece of paper or open up a file on your computer, and just make two columns, and one column is the facts.  “What are the facts about my life?”  And the other column is, “What have I added to those facts?  What have I made up about it?”  So, one column sounds like this.  “I weigh 165 pounds.  I work eight hours a day.  I eat 2,200 calories a day.”  That’s what facts sounds like.  Here’s what we add to the facts.  Things like this.  “I’m too tired to exercise.  I don’t have enough time.  I’m too old.  It doesn’t make a difference anyway.  It doesn’t matter if I get started because I won’t follow through.”  People have decisions like, “I’m not good at following through on things,” and then you can just separate out.

Where I get started, Steve, is separating out the facts from what you’ve added to the facts.  And when you let the facts simply be the facts and separate out what you’ve added, you’ll be able to see that really what disempowers you, what holds you back, what defeats you are not the facts of your life.  It’s what you’ve added to the facts.  And when you get what you’ve added really is made up, that it is added, it’s not the truth about your life, that gives people extraordinary power.  So that’s where I’d start, is just making a list, separating out the facts from what I’ve added to the facts, and just getting that separated out will make a big difference for people, and it’s an easy place to start.


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