Oct 202009
 

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Perception is everything.

Perception in humans describes the process whereby sensory stimulation is translated into organized experience. –Encyclopedia Britannica

We are meaning making machines, each and every situation we experience throughout our day is perceived differently by each person. As the saying goes, one man’s garbage is another man’s treasure. So how can we utilize our perceptions as tools, instead of the typical bias?

Since all of our mental and physical experiences are interpreted differently how do we even begin to communicate effectively? It is how we build relationships with others that give us the ability to relate to each others perceptions. By understanding how others interpret situations it better helps us be of service to them.

Now while helping others is always great how can we use this information to benefit ourselves? Our perceptions are what shape our reality. They influence our thoughts and emotions, and are our mental pilots. We must take the time to understand our own emotions and which situations produce which perceptions.

What gives us the ability to change our perception is our attitude. It has been tracked medically that having a positive attitude will extend life multiple years, but it goes without saying that it will significantly improve the quality of life in the mean time. By filling your mind with positive thoughts and asking the questions to yourself, what could be great about this? This thought process will drastically improve quality of life.

How you do anything is how you do everything. If you are just half interested in improving your life you will probably never experience the break through you are looking for. You must sell yourself out to yourself, and do everything in your capacity to make things the way you want them.

We must take control of our attitude which will alter our perceptions then we will be able to enjoy life more as well as be a more valuable resource to those around us.

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