Understanding the Compass Framework (part 1)

All action results from thought, so it is thoughts that matter.

—Sai Baba


By now you've gotten a nice taste of the Compass approach as well as practiced several Plays. The next three lessons will further expand on the methodologies that have come together to build the Compass framework. This thinking is not necessarily new, although the combination of appreciative inquiry and neuroeconomics (how the brain makes decisions) executed using creative processes to bring laser focus to what is most wanted is revolutionary. And YOU are participating in that work right now!

In this video of Tony Robbins talking about why we do what we do, he poses the question: "What makes the difference in the quality of peoples' lives?" He talks about motivation, emotion, and what leaders do to successfully affect change and make a difference because of one critical distinction they have: they understand the "invisible forces" that shape us. Watch now:

What are Beliefs?

Tony said, “Once you know what the target that’s driving you is, you uncover it for the truth...then you find out what’s the belief systems that are telling you how to get those needs.” Beliefs are powerful. They rule everything we do and are silent engines that influence every decision we make. We act as if beliefs are reality, when in fact, they color our perception of reality and how our reality occurs to us. They are life-makers and life-breakers.

Compass Framework Distinction #1:

Beliefs are ideas, concepts or notions that we agree or disagree with and hold as a personal truth until we say otherwise.

What's great about this distinction is that it MAKES CHANGE POSSIBLE. The Compass approach presents a context that allows you to do the following:

  1. Identify what you want (which, by the way, is a belief) and why you want it with a level of clarity that is unprecedented
  2. Identify the barriers (aka more beliefs) stopping you from achieving what you want
  3. Shift and reframe your mindset (aka yet MORE beliefs) so that you receive inspiration that moves you more rapidly to what it is that you want
Writing Template (PDF)

Writing Template (PDF)

Course Practice

Belief Mining Play

In this practice, you're going to further distinguish beliefs that you hold. You will see how they really are just thoughts that you agree or disagree with, and you'll also explore how they came to be. In later lessons, you'll learn how to identify beliefs you hold about how you express yourself through your work and how to turn them around and create new beliefs that perform better for creating the outcomes that you want.

Pick at least three topics from the suggested list or come up with your own. Choose at least one topic that you feel strongly about and one that you don't have a strong opinion either way. Answer each of the three questions regarding each topic. Write for at least five minutes on each question so you get the opportunity to distinguish and explore your thinking around the topic.

Suggested Topics to Explore Your Beliefs:

Economy, colds, getting a new job, marriage, opening doors for people, wearing makeup, speeding, taxes, motivation, dieting, credit cards, religion, air travel, aging, having a college degree, dog ownership, global warming, listening or feel free to choose your own topics. It's not about the topic, but what you believe about the topic.

  1. What do you believe to be true about [chosen topic]?
  2. When did you first start believing that truth?
  3. What or who influenced you to agree or disagree with that truth?