Changing your perception can change your reality
Author: Thato Tinte
Take another look at your life
Consider this for a moment.
What is TODAY?
You might have answered, ‘Monday’, ‘Tuesday’ or ‘Wednesday’ – or any day of the week, naturally.
But what if you started looking at TODAY from a different perspective?
What if your perception of TODAY changed to be an acronym for The Only Day Actually Yours?
Think about it, when yesterday was present, it was today, and when tomorrow comes, it’s still going to be today. So, in essence, today is the only day that is actually yours.
This is how Pierre Campbell says you can change your reality.
This extract from the author and leadership coach’s video titled, How to Change Your Perception, uses simple yet impactful samples from his book – which aims to help shift the reader’s mind from negative to positive thoughts.
Here are more powerful tips from author and PhD candidate in Organisational Psychology Benjamin Hardy so you too can learn how to change your perception:
1. Don’t wait for inspiration, stimulate it
If you wait for inspiration to hit before you do that one thing you dread doing or even that one thing you long to do, then you best get ready for a long wait.
Clinical psychologist and author Paula Bloom weighs in on the Huffington Post, “Contrary to what we think, action is more likely to yield insight. When it comes to facing our fears or changing our behaviour, the ‘just do it’ mentality can often be most powerful and effective.”
Taking on a new challenge that is completely out of your comfort zone – such as pursuing that life-long entrepreneurial dream – can be nerve-wracking but imagine the liberation and sense of accomplishment after you break free of the shackles of fear… you will be unstoppable.
2. Do it with passion or not at all… you are not here to be average
Innovation expert and Harvard University Professor Clayton Christensen warns against a ‘half in, half out’ approach to anything in life.
He explains in an article on Harvard Business School, “Many of us have convinced ourselves that it’s okay to give 100% when it suits us and 98% when it doesn’t. We justify breaking our own rules ‘just this once’ without realising the potential damage this small choice can make in the long run.”
He goes on to warn readers that it’s easier to hold onto your principles 100% of the time than it is to hold onto them 98% of the time.
Every time you overstep your own line, you open the door wider for future misgivings; if you justified doing it once, what stops you from doing it again?
Next time you commit to something, commit. It’s easier than having to revisit and re-debate decisions you have already made.
Going to gym four times a week gets easier, not just because you get fitter, but because it’s a foregone conclusion that you’re going to go.
“Decide what it is you stand for and then stand for it all the time,” concludes Christensen.
3. When your “why” is strong enough, you’ll find your “how”
Suppose you are challenged to “drink roulette.”
You are given five glasses filled with liquid – one of which had a deadly poison in it – you are then offered 100 bucks to pick one of the glasses and drink it.
Would you do it?
Chances are, you wouldn’t! Simply because your “why” is not strong enough.
But given the same scenario and instead of the money, your prize is to save a loved one from eminent death, you would probably do it, in a heartbeat.
This is the power of having a strong enough “why.”
According to Hardy, your why-power propels you to do whatever it takes to achieve a goal.
If your health, finances, relationships or career aren’t where you’d like them to be, a strong enough “why” will compel you to achieve what you deem worthwhile – all you have to do is find it.