Today’s short blog post is about perception, “Change Your Perception, Change Your Life”, a technique I learned from daily ups and downs of living in the business world.
I’ve been blogging about topics like this for almost a month now, and the results are astounding! Dozens of readers are benefiting from the ideas discussed. And I hope to motivate and inspire more.
But before we proceed, I’d like to give a disclaimer that I am neither a pastor nor a psychologist. I’m just an ordinary entrepreneur but with a passion about motivational stuffs. And I’m doing this to help myself and others.
So, let’s begin with the topic.
What is Perception?
First, let’s consult the dictionary in Google…
In my own words, perception is how you look at things based on your limited beliefs. I mean limited, because, your perception is largely influenced by your education and experience, maybe positive or negative.
Your perception of reality does not mean it’s the reality. Maybe part of the reality, like a slice of the big pie. If the slice you’ve bitten does not taste good, it can mean two things: Either that part of the pie isn’t good or maybe the whole pie isn’t good.
When you’re in business and you’re not getting the results that you wanted, you begin to think that the business you’re in isn’t good. But that changed when you happen to meet someone who’s in the same business but getting a different result.
So, do you see? That’s my perception of perception!
How To Change Your Perception
To change perception means to change perspective. To see something from a different vantage point.
If your perception is good, if it’s positive, then there’s no need to change it. But if not, then you will find these suggestions helpful…
The 5 easy ways to change your outlook in life:
- Avoid using the words “always” and “never”, for these words are called “absolutes”, and they’re rarely correct.
- Pay attention to your SELF TALK, especially if you’re struggling with your business or career. A negative experience can bring temporary thoughts of something, but if you keep on repeating negative words to yourself, then it will be ingrained further in your subconscious mind.
- Change your memory of a negative event. If you’ve got a negative experience in your life, if you can view in a positive angle, then do it. Think about what have you gained from that experience. If that action is not possible, then forget it.
- Keep it positive. When you have a positive attitude in life, you are positioned to changing things for the positive. And when you experience something negative, it works like there’s a shock absorber that minimizes the damage.
- Stop seeing yourself a victim. Like I said, think about what you have gained from the experience. Then, don’t go into blaming. Take responsibility for everything that happens to your life because taking responsibility makes someone stronger.
Got pointers now? Good.
Zoom Out The Pie
Earlier in this blog post, I mentioned about picking bad-tasting slice of the pie. And I said, if that slice of the pie tastes bad, that does not mean the whole pie tastes bad, too.
Now, imagine yourself as a detective wearing an adjustable lens in one eye. If you’re too focused on that small side of the big pie trying to enlarge microscopic objects, pull your head up. Pull your head up and see the whole pie… what do you see?
A big, nice-looking, good-tasting pie!
Often you see people look down on themselves, hate themselves, or even punish themselves by getting into wrong relationships or destructive addictions.
People are focusing on their negatives so much no wonder why they’re unhappy. No wonder why they are super sensitive and depressed. And sad to say, people get into all sorts of addiction seeing them as the anesthesia for the pain they feel inside.
They think it’s hopeless when the solution is simple. Just zoom out and see the larger picture. There’s a better, bountiful world out there!
Change Your Words, Change Your Life!
I’d like to share this technique that I’ve learned.
I let God rule in me, and changed my words. Since then, I was healed and now feeling loved. Instead of focusing of that once slice that doesn’t taste good, I now appreciate the bigger part of the pie that was given to me, and that brought to me feelings of gratitude.
With God, I longer say “I’m worthless” but instead, “I’m wonderful”.
Instead of “I’m ashamed to be alive”, it’s now, “I’m awesome because I have an awesome God”.
Instead of “I’m unlovable”, it was replaced by, “I’m God’s beloved and my name is written on His hands”.
I no longer say, “I’m nobody” because I know, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
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