Let me get you to do something for a start…
Close your eyes for a moment and imagine someone squeezing a slice of lemon into your mouth. You swallow the sour juice, and then open your mouth for more lemon juice.
Now clear your mind and imagine yourself on the balcony of a beach house, sipping on a chilled glass of margarita. See yourself overlooking the ocean and feel the ocean air caress your skin.
How did you feel during each of those visualization and imagination exercises?
There is a wide difference between how you reacted to those two scenarios. For a moment, your psychological and physiological response to them transcended the fact that they were mere figments of your imagination.
We are genetically wired to have an intuitive response to our surroundings, but how connected are we to our immediate environment? How does our environment affect us, mentally, emotionally and physically?
According to French philosopher Gaston Bachelard, “the human mind thrives in spaces that allow us to day-dream and become stagnant in spaces that feel depressing or oppressive. It has been proven that there is an adverse impact of intimate spaces on the human psyche. Our surroundings affect us and where we spend our time directly affects how we feel. There is a psychology behind how we interact with our environment and how the quality of that interaction affects our outcomes or results.
Learning the alphabets is not simpler than understanding calculus. It’s just a matter of atmosphere. If calculus can be illustrated graphically and with much fun like the alphabets are done with kids, we will all come to appreciate the theory of differentiation and integration.
The human mind tends to absorb more in a state of fun and relaxation, not tension and stress. Research has shown that students and employees are likely to do better in natural environments with an expansive view than in an enclosed, drab setting.
Our perspective becomes completely different depending on the resources we have available to us. At our Epic Outcomes Matrix (EOM) classes, we teach how that, “everyone you meet is doing the best they can with what they know and with the resources at their disposal. Every option or resource available to us, are determined by our current environment, as such our results are limited to the flexibility of our environment.
We tend to often approach things from an angle of familiarity, with relation to what we have experienced in our environment. This becomes our terms of reference. But, the moment we expand our atmosphere or field of thoughts, we begin to think from a perspective of our true, wholesome self. Familiarity stumps us from venturing different orientations. Our environment has the ability to restrict or promote our spatial cognition and by extension, our sense of identity.
The amount of time we spend in a particular environment can influence our understandings of ourselves. Having unrestricted movement in the space exposes us to experience different perspectives. We are not separate from what we experience, our environment affects who we are or become greatly. Our thoughts, emotions, and identity are intimately tied to our surroundings. Where we are has the potential to mould us to become better or worse. Given our ability to shape or change our environment and choose where to spend our time, we play an active role in shaping our own lives.
Many do not know they have turned out to be the drivers of their own bus – determining their own success or failure all the time.
Be in the driving seat of your own life here. Change the narrative for yourself here…
Creator, The Epic Outcomes Matrix