Mental models represent a conflict between whom we believe ourselves to be and who we truly are.
Our best ideas and intentions often fail to get put into practice because they conflict with our deeply held internal images of how the world works. When we step outside of the “at home” feeling created by conformity to the familiar, our brains send a signal to our consciousness that we are in danger. This is because our brain is hard wired to interpret ambiguity as danger. Hence, our childhood mental models of the world are perpetuated because our images or beliefs operate like gravity and tend to limit us to familiar ways of thinking or acting. When the unfamiliar stirs our brain to signal danger we usually stop in our tracks and return to what is familiar, which feels safer. Hence, one of the first steps we must take on the path to our greater potential is to develop a habit of doing the harder thing. Our greater life extends the invitation on a daily basis and patiently waits for our response. For many of us it is silence and evasion. Fortunately the invitation is renewed on a daily basis. If we say “yes” the momentum that kept us small shifts in our favor. All things change when we do.