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key to self-knowledgeKnowing how our mind works is a big part of self-knowledge. It is the secret key that creates greater access to our potential and influence than we can imagine. The doors rarely begin to open until the journey begins. That is because the beginning of the journey is the hardest: like a rocket that lifts ever so slowly but ends up with enough momentum to leave the atmosphere. It takes a lot to get it off the ground but less and less energy is needed as the drag of the atmosphere (our early mental models) is no longer limiting what it was designed to accomplish. The journey often begins when we start to question what we have always assumed to be true about ourselves and others. In short, when we make a habit of doing the harder thing.