Many years ago, one of my mentors used to tell me that “the world is as you are, not as it is…” It’s an interesting observation that has stuck with me ever since.
Things aren’t always what they seem to be; but they are what they seem to be to me, and to you. We make our world so small sometimes. Limited by the confines of our immediate surroundings, we mistakenly believe that what we see is all there is.
How we “see things” influences how we “feel” about those things, which influences how we “act” upon those feelings.
How you think = How you are.
So… since our perception is our reality, doesn’t it make sense to change our perception when our reality is in need of change?
Easier said than done, but no less possible. But how? How do we go about changing our perceptions?
1) Get honest about any long-held perceptions that may not serve you anymore. Fall out of love with the notion that your way of seeing things is the only “right” way. It rarely is. If you don’t have the objectivity to do this yourself, ask someone else who really knows you to help. >> Yes, it’s OK to ask for help. Asking for help = Strength)<<
2) Become willing to consider another perspective. Being willing doesn’t mean blindly agreeing. Do some homework and investigate other viewpoints for yourself. Sometimes the very act of trying to objectively challenge or support another perspective exposes new information that was unseen and/or unknown before.
Few like to change. Change is often scary and makes people defensive and resistant. Change is hard. But change is also necessary for progress and growth.
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ~ Dr. Wayne Dyer
Think back one, five, even ten or more years ago… how much have you changed? Is “as you are” today driving you in the direction you want to be tomorrow? If not, then keep what’s working, and get rid of the rest. Your “world” depends on it. Pay attention to your perception.
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