Inner movies are stories that play in our heads and motivate us for good or bad results. They can impact our ability to succeed or fail at anything in our lives. The more we understand inner movies and learn to influence them, the more we can ignite passion and performance in ourselves and others.
We also use inner movies to anticipate possible successes or failures and imagine what we will feel like when we experience them. For example, I’ve also imagined what it will be like to hand out a copy of this book to all the people attending a speech I’m giving; this motivates me to write and design it in a way that really fits their needs. I’ve imagined that it will feel rewarding if it works and embarrassing if it doesn’t.
In order to really “get” the concept of the inner movie, it’s import- ant to do the following activity. Fill out this table with your own personal answers. Most people have answers for around two of the four questions on each example; if that applies to you, just leave the others blank.
Take thirty seconds to think of each of the things in the left-hand column. Then, write your answers to the questions across the top row.
As you thought about what to write in the chart above, your answers played in your inner movie. Everyone experiences inner movies differently. Some people see images in their minds; others hear the words being spoken. Some get more of an intuitive sense, and their inner movies are made up of feelings and emotions. Most of us experience a blend of these different senses. Notice what you experienced.
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