Oscar Wilde was quoted saying, “We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.”
Robert Fripp said, “The perception of the audience is the interesting part. If the audience doesn’t hear what is going on, is it going on or not?”
Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.”
Reflect for a moment on the three quotes above and tell me, if they press your thinking buttons with a twist? If they do, then we are to a great start here and oh! If they don’t, well, we are still to a great start as, regardless, it’s a perception.
Dictionary.com defines perception as ‘the act of apprehending by means of senses or of the mind.’ Based on that, we can state that all our life is nothing, but a perception: Perception of our childhood, country and its people, influence of friends & family, the movies and sport(s) we watch, the books we read, and the news we hear.
I can, from my experience, in agreement with the greats and legends like Mahatma Gandhi, Nelson Mandela, and Marther Luther King Jr., guarantee you that it is important to have faith in yourself and your future. But yet, this is still just a perception from my point of view. Some negative dude might tell you otherwise and all that is, is his perception of life summed by his experiences, believes, and influences. Now, having said that, you have a choice whom to believe in, or you might decide to form your own opinion based on your own perception of life (though I would strongly persuade you to believe in mine!)
Be rest assured that my agenda is not to trick you, but to make you realize that your current circumstances (good or bad) and the World around you are a result of your perceptions in life. Also, if you don’t like certain things, you have the capacity to change them. Isn’t that powerful? By changing how you see things, you can change your World! And it can happen this very moment. Remember, perception is reality.
So next time when you are stuck in traffic, have a ‘bad’ sales call, a surprising update on the personal end, some stranger says not so appealing words to you, or your day doesn’t go as planned, STOP & PAUSE for a moment, remind yourself the words of Anais Nin mentioned earlier, but are worth repeating, “We don’t see things as they are. We see them as we are.” Change your reaction to a better one, and see how automatically that has an effect on the outcome of your circumstances. Also remember what the great motivational and sales author/speaker Late Zig Ziglar once said “Positive thinking won’t let you do everything, but it will let you do everything…better than what negative thinking will.”
Once again, remember PERCEPTION IS REALITY!!