Below, find a slide frame with two slides that illustrate the Ladder of Inference, a mental model first described by organizational psychologist, Chris Argyris, and later popularized by Peter Senge in his book, The Fifth Discipline.
The ladder is made up of 7 rungs or stages that outline 1) the rapid process our minds go through to make conclusions and take action in a given situation, and 2) how this dynamic produces a “reflexive loop.“
* to observe the strongest relationship with reality, to see things as they are, what is happening now as a matter of observed reality. We cannot walk unless our feet are on the ground.
** the root of the word motivation is motive, which is similarly defined as the reason for a particular action. Motivation means “to move” specifically to stimulate toward action.” In Buddhist psychology, it is a matter of desire, more specifically the desire to act accompanied with a sense of purpose. From Western psychology, intrinsic motivation involves performing a task because it’s personally rewarding to you. Extrinsic motivation involves completing a task or exhibiting a behavior because of outside causes such as avoiding punishment or receiving a reward.
 The practice of “pausing” can be one way to get ourselves “out here“ by slowing us down. This practice involves three techniques: To stop, connect with the ground (earth, or an object) and breathe deeply. Pausing creates openness to connect to the matter at hand “out here.”