Your Mental Roadmap

This blog post is taken from my book Golden Nuggets, and it’s a good reminder that it’s important to have the “correct mental roadmap.”

To begin with, please imagine that you wanted to arrive at a specific location in Chicago, and the map that you were given was labeled “Chicago,” but that it was actually a map of Detroit.

No matter how positive you were, and no matter how fast you travelled, you still wouldn’t arrive at the correct destination.

Attitude and speed wouldn’t help as long as you were following an incorrect map… and in a similar way, you have maps in your head, and some of these maps aren’t accurate.

Some of the maps in your head are based on the way things are, (which is reality), and some of them are based on the way that you think things are (which is your perception).

You interpret everything that you experience through these mental maps, and you seldom question their accuracy – and you might not even realize that these maps exist.

You simply assume that the way you see things is the way that things really are.

Your attitudes and your behaviors grow out of those assumptions, and therefore, it’s good to challenge these assumptions and do whatever you can to make sure that you’re following a correct mental map.