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Approved 11 February, 2021 @ 9:58am by Jan Viljoen (version: 2)

Reality Check

Reality isn't always what we think it is!

Reality check implies an assessment or evaluation to determine whether an individual's personal views, beliefs, perspectives, circumstances or expectations conform to the reality that exists as determined by the majority of accepted collective truths and facts. Also implied with reality check, is whether something said or done, does demonstrate the realistic or unrealistic nature of somebody's dreams, ideas or desires.

Normally - reality check - is a word or phrase used to bring a person back into aligning and submitting him-/herself to the environment and the reality of those around him/her. Applying reality checks, without considering the context or dynamics of the circumstances or events, merely escalates and effectively result in smashing an individual's hopes, expectations and dreams. This mainly happens because it isn't realistic enough or conform to collective acceptable norms. Especially when the individual's reality do not synchronize or conform to “the collective” reality, which is unwritten and followed by the majority of people of that particular community.

Reality check within an AltanaESP context, emphasize to “monitorplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigMonitor

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, evaluate and compare oneself
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  • NOT with the external world of what is collectively expected, accepted, or prescribed by “specialists” and/or demanded by society,
  • BUT with the internal world of who we - as an unique individual - really and truly are (i.e. our authentic self).

Thus - in this context - a reality check implies the reliability and validity of the reality that we have created for ourselves. This is a process that most people find immensely difficult to even comprehend - let alone understand its validity, meaning and purposeplugin-autotooltip__small plugin-autotooltip_bigLife's Meaning and Purpose

An essential aspect of our overall well-being as humans, are that we need to feel and experience that our lives are truly meaningful and that we have a purpose in life.

refers to the subjective sense that a person’s life as a whole is meaningful, which is strongly associated with the feeling that one’s life has purpose and direction. Meaning in life also relates, to a lesser extent, to the perception that one matters and that one's experiences make sense.CoherenceMa…
- because we are conditioned and brainwashed to belief that reality (i.e. the reality check process) ONLY relates to what we can see and touch in the “outside world”, not being aware, nor realizing that what we see out there, actually is the reality that we have created within ourselves . To shed some light on this, a talk by Isaac Lidsky - delivered at TED - might help somewhat to gain a better understanding of what is implied by the reality check concept within an AltanaESP context…

Additional perspectives and views on reality and reality checks are provided by the following compiled play lists on YouTube…

Reality Check, as seen from an AltanaESP perspective, implies checking one's reality by means of a responsible and accountable SWOT-analysis as compared to and benchmarked against personal vision, mission, value and legacy statements.