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We create our internal space by how we talk to ourselves. 

We create it by how we focus, in those moments when we can choose our focus. 

We create our internal environment by what we visualize. 

We create our internal environment by the beliefs and assumptions that we repeat and reinforce for ourselves, again and again and again. 

By “internal space,” I’m speaking specifically of the environment inside our heads. We all have an internal landscape. Every one of us. 

For some of us, that internal landscape is chaotic. It’s full of scary, anxiety-provoking, pressure-inducing images and statements and assumptions and beliefs. 

Some of us aren’t terribly aware of our internal landscape. It’s there— believe me, it’s there— but we’re not very mindful of it because we’ve never really thought to look inside. 

Why is it important that we purposefully shape our internal landscape? 

Because our internal space— the world that exists in our own minds— will influence how you perceive and interpret what happens to you in the real world “out there.” 

Your internal space will impact how much bandwidth you have available for good decision making. 

Your internal environment will even determine what kinds of symptoms you’ll have to deal with today— which, in turn, is directly going to impact how easy or difficult it’s going to be to constructively deal with the world and your responsibilities today. 

When our internal landscape is chaotic and scary, we just don’t have a lot to offer the world. 

We don’t have the energy or focus to deal with our goals out there in the world, because we’re too busy managing the chaos and fear within. 

We won’t take risks out there in the real world, because inside our own heads we have lots and lots of reference points for risks not paying off. 

We’ll shrink from life, because the world inside our heads will demand that we protect ourselves. 

That’s the bad news. 

The good news is: we don’t have to live with the internal space we inherited from our upbringing, our environment, or trauma that has happened to us. 

We can mold our internal landscape. 

We can shape it. 

We can condition what we allow into it, what we accept to be true in it, and how we experience it. 

How? It’s not easy…but it is pretty straightforward. 

At its most basic level, our internal environment represents one thing: our programming. 

Many of us have been programmed for chaos and anxiety by our past. 

We’ve been exposed, again and again and again, to images, words, ideas, and feelings that can do nothing but stoke uncomfortable, upsetting, and counterproductive internal space. 

This programming didn’t happen overnight. It happened over the course of years, usually decades. 

What this implies is that we won’t be able to counter program it overnight. 

But we can counter program it. 

We counter program ourselves the same way we were programmed in the first place…by feeding ourselves new words. New images. New thoughts. 

We condition ourselves into new beliefs, the same way we were conditioned in our old beliefs: we decide what our new belief is, and we reinforce that belief, with reason after reason and experience after experience that supports the belief. 

Mind you: none of this is supposed to be easy. (If you were gearing up to comment “easier said than done,” I’ll save you the trouble: what I’m describing is ASSUREDLY easier said than done.) 

But if you’re interested in real world, real time, profound change, this is what we’re looking at: taking charge of your internal environment via new programming. 

It may not be easy. 

It may not always be fun or interesting. 

But it is so, so, so worth it. 

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