There is no truth. There is only perception.
– Gustauve Flambert –
You don’t have to go very far to find all sorts of different perceptions on anything. We all have our own perceptions about almost everything, that’s what makes us unique. Or at least our perspectives of any given situation, challenge, or outcome unique! In Bob Burg’s new (At the date of this post) book entitled Adversaries Into Allies Bob shares in quite a few places about ensuring that when we are perceiving a situation to always try to look at it from another lens. Another filter of thought if you will.
This is a fantastic way to put it. We do need to examine every situation positive or negative from a different angle or lens and in turn that situation will change. So many of todays thought leaders share with us that “If we change the way we look at things, the things we look at change”. So how do we go about changing our perception of a situation? First we must understand that our perception is based on our beliefs. So in fact we do not need to change our perceptions of a situation we need to concentrate on our beliefs about that given situation would you not agree?
Beliefs run the entire spectrum in which you perceive something. Beliefs cause you to see something as the truth or fiction, beliefs control how you respond to any given situation. If you have been programmed with a certain set of beliefs about say cars. So all your life your parents, grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, pretty much everyone in your entire family said that Fords sucked, what would you think about Ford vehicles? If you grew up in a family that was racist to any given creed that we share this planet with, what would be your perception of that particular creed when you got older? Your perception would follow this belief system that has been instilled in you would it not? Of course it would.
Not only do we see the world from our own set of beliefs but we assume that everyone else see the world the same exact way. – Bob Burg –
Marcus Aurelius whom I believe to be a great Philosopher (Ah, see that??? My perception of him. Some might think he was a ruthless ruler who murdered people to gain power) was quoted as saying “Everything we hear is an opinion, not fact. Everything we see is perspective, not truth.” Marcus was referring to the same lens that Bob refers to in his book. This is the lens in which we live our life.What lens to do you live with? Are you really looking at your life in the right context? Bob shares another piece of defining wisdom in his book, he says “Not only do we see the world from our own set of beliefs but we assume that everyone else see the world the same exact way.”
To effectively communicate, we must realize that we are all different in the way we perceive the world and use this understanding as a guide to our communication with others.So you don’t have to go to far to see how perception and beliefs can control how we actually see things happening and not happening in our lives. How do we go about changing our perception of situations, here is a list that I live by and I truly hope that you can find some pearls of wisdom in it as well.
– Tony Robbins –
- I always consider the source of the situation or information. A lot of the time I see that the source of the situation is one that will never be content with the outcome or see that the source of the negative situation always seems to be the source of negative situations. That’s when it is time to move on. No need to waste everyone’s time when the source is never going to change. From my perspective:)
- Stop and think about the situation you are in from a few angles. I use this method. 1) My immediate Thoughts 2) If another person is involved, I try to look at it from their side. When these two are sitting in front of me, I then compare both sides. When you do this you MUST take ALL emotion you might be carrying around out of the equation.
- Define with yourself why you feel the way to feel. Is the feeling you have because of past programming? If it is can you accept that you need to change it?
T Harv Eker said “Consciousness is observing your true thoughts and actions so that you can live from true choice in the present moment rather than being run by programming from the past.”
Now those are some great words to think about aren’t they?
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