Altering Your Perception
Your perception of an event depends on your emotional state of mind at the time that the event occurs.
If you feel strong and competent you will reflect that in your reaction. If you are feeling tired and weak you will reflect the same.
We control how we react depending on how we choose to contemplate a situation.
Altering your perception to focus and utilize positive thoughts will reduce your frustration and in turn reduces your stress.
Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind
and nourish with repetition and emotion will
one day become a reality.
- Earl Nightingale
Example: You are at work and trying to help another person to resolve an issue such as returning a piece of merchandise or straightening out an account that this person has accidentally been over charged on.
This person is frustrated and displacing those feelings onto you. If you view this person as inconsiderate, hostile and rude you will react in your own defense to this person, which will trigger your flight-or-fight response.
You can determine that this reaction will only result in a negative outcome.
If, on the other hand, you consider altering your perception of this incident and view this person as insecure and confused, which is the cause of this persons outburst then your reaction will be more reassuring, supportive, and accommodating. This then is the more positive and desirable result.
Altering your perception of the world around you by using thought controls will help to apply a more caring demeanor when responding to others.
All these people are part of the larger picture that permits you to carry on your day-to-day activities while you strive to meet your own projected goals in life.
Think of how many people help to serve you in a given
day. By controlling how you perceive any given situation
you can control your reaction to the situation.
It is important to develop a high amount of self confidence.
How many times do you find that you make negative comments of yourself? “I’m too old,” “I’m too young,” “I’m too fat,” “I’m so stupid,” “Why do I always mess things up,” “I feel so inadequate,” “I can’t do things right,” “I’m so slow,” and the list goes on.
If you are interested in expanding your knowledge in this area see these 2 e-books, Positive Thinking and Self Talk or Powerful Living with Positive Thinking.
When we learn how to identify our "personal constraints" and take the necessary steps to correct self-limiting behaviors, we will experience a dramatic surge in productivity, achieve things we have only dreamed of, and find greater happiness overall.
Altering your perception of yourself must be adjusted also. Although you never really focused on these thoughts before, they do have a way of dictating how you feel and how you react to your environment.
Take the ultimate challenge. Throughout tomorrow, pay attention to how many times a negative thought comes into your mind or a negative statement about yourself comes out of your mouth.
You may discover that you are harder on yourself than you thought. When you are working on altering your perceptions of yourself, you need to understand why you are having the negative thoughts. Chances are likely that these thoughts are due to some hidden fear that you harbor.
Negativity and fear drain your energy and make you weak.
This weakness will make you lose faith in yourself. Each time you catch yourself making a negative statement about yourself, ask yourself, “What caused me to say that?”
Using this technique, you are working from your current observation backwards, to find what has triggered the thought. Keep asking yourself why until you get down to the root of the fear, until you get a final, bottom-of-the-barrel answer.
This is a form of constructive self-examination that you will find useful dealing with everyday stresses that are involved with your self confidence. You may not want to admit what the true fear is but you are the only person who will know and benefit from this truth so be honest.
Once you have identified the fear, work to overcome it by again, altering your perception of how you view that particular issue.
Every life is a book of secrets, ready to be opened. The secret of perfect love is found there, along with the secrets of healing, compassion, faith, and the most elusive one of all: who we really are.
We are still mysteries to ourselves, despite the proximity of these answers, and what we most long to know remains lodged deep inside. We all want to know how to find a soul mate, what career would be most fulfilling, how to live a life with meaning, and how to teach our children well.
We are looking for a personal breakthrough, a turning point, a revelation that brings with it new meaning.
Building Self-Confidence Exercise
If you are finding it hard to alter your perception when it comes to your insecurities that you have of yourself, try this exercise to help strengthen your self confidence.
Life is what we make it
—make it memorable.
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