In a previous blog, we discussed perception and reality. Can you see the world through the eyes of another person? Are you able to take on a different perspective? Try this exercise and let me know what you find:
Take a minute to scan your surroundings. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new?
Stop reading this, and just look around you.
Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it. Once you really focus, it will begin to radiate and become more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise of your life.
Now, attempt to see your surroundings from the object’s point of view. This may be easy for some but extremely difficult for others. Depending on how capable you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in reality, where you suddenly view the world from a different perspective.
Did it work? Whether you noticed anything or not, your perception did change, even if for an instant.
It is important to be conscious of your perception. Did you consciously decide to create the reality you’re living now or was it largely shaped by parents, friends, school, or the media?
What does this exercise teach us? If you don’t like the story you’re living, change the perception. Your life is a story with countless chapters. Envision how you’d write the next chapter of your story. Focus your perception on creating a new reality, one where you are in charge of the story. It all begins with a decision. Decide now to be in charge of your own perception and create the most incredible story you can imagine.
-Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow-
Mike Sherbakov, CSCS, CPT, RYT