September 28, 2016 Johannasawalha


cassidy-donald-trump-americas-muslims-1200Washington Post headline: ¨Trump complains debate was unfair as Clinton builds on strong performance. ¨

I am thinking…



Trump seems to talk about unfairness an awful lot. That seems to be the perception-of-his- reception a lot of times. He said that ¨every time he’d say something; Clinton would talk back to it. ¨which sounds like when my son started playing soccer and complained that the other players ¨would just take the ball from him. ¨

If through the looking glass, we could see when the Donald was little, I wonder when the ¨unfairness principle¨ started – where did he form that perception? Did Donald Sr. Sr. tell Jr., ¨life is simply not fair, son – take what you can while you can. ¨ Donald now says he will only do the next debate if Hillary isn’t there. I’m wondering who he will debate with, but perhaps he has an imaginary friend.


“Reality is what we take to be true,” the scientist Bohm said in the seventies – a thought at the time perhaps reserved for the spiritually inclined.  “What we take to be true is what we believe. What we believe is based upon our perceptions. What we perceive depends on what we look for. What we look for depends on what we think. What we think depends on what we perceive. What we perceive determines what we believe. What we believe determines what we take to be true. What we take to be true is our reality.”

 This is why fact checking becomes so important. The issue with our perception is that we can’t distinguish that our reality may be different from the facts. They feel equally true until we reference the former against the latter. Therefore, it is really smart to get help sorting the two.

To distinguish the perception of reality from reality, I recommend:

Coaching of course

  • I coach and get people to see the difference, and like our friend Byron ask, ¨is that really true…? ¨

The Hoffman Institute

  • A treat of a course when it comes to busting through perceptions formed in childhood.

Reading: Leadership & Self-Deception

  • When our perception of reality no longer congeals with actual reality, we are forced to self-deceive. Published by the Harbinger Institute to understand and alter this behavior.

Coach Jo

Johanna Sawalha

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