Imagine your life as a map. This map shows everything that goes to make up your life: your environment and people who play a role for you, experiences, knowledge, thoughts, desires, feelings, emotions, values, beliefs, your past, your current situation, places, pictures, and much more.
Every person’s map looks different and is only part of the whole. In other words, we block out some things, either consciously or unconsciously, and interpret other things to create our own reality.
As the Greek philosopher Epictetus (born around 50 AD) wrote in his Handbook of morality:
“Men are disturbed not by things, but by the view which they take of them.”
As a coach, I focus on my coachee’s map and help him reach his goal.