The inner game, a term coined by Timothy Gallwey, is the sum total of our programming that has been created over the period of our lifetime. In fact, most of our core programming is created before the age of 10 years old. Your thoughts and feelings originate from this programming. If you have a lot of negative belief systems, you’ll have a lot of negative focus and negative thinking arising in different contexts.

It’s your programming that determines your thinking, feelings, communication, and behavior. Positive programming creates positive thinking and positive feelings. Therefore, it’s our inner game that determines the results in our outer game of life, business, health, or sport.

We are programmed in different contexts—whether it be in our career, relationships, or in health. We have different belief systems, different programs, and values; and they’re determining our results in those contexts, whether we like it or not. If you don’t like your results, then you’d better have a look at your programming and make some changes. I like to call this the matrix in your mind.

“Everything is created twice. First on the inside, then on the outside.” – Stephen Covey

In the iconic movie The Matrix, the people who were plugged into it experienced a projected reality in their minds made by the machines. Just like this, you’re experiencing your reality on the movie screen of your mind in every waking moment. The picture you see is light hitting the cones and rods at the back of your eye and sending a signal to your brain. The matrix or programming in your neurology creates your experience.

The projector is your mind, the movie reel your programming, and your experience is the movie screen. If you want to change the movie, you have got to change the reel or your programming. This is your responsibility, no one else’s. Are you ready to change now?

An excerpt from The Evolutionary Leader – 5 steps to dramatically develop people and performance by Timothy Carroll. 

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