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Changing your Perceptions

“Life is based on perception.  Perception is based on opinion.  Opinion is based on thought.  Thought comes from the mind.  Change your mind, change your life.”

Hi Motivation Seekers, how are you?  I hope you’ve had a good week and for those here in NZ, that you are happy with the election outcome.  When I went to place my vote yesterday, I felt so grateful to be living in a country that is a true democracy and that the voting process could be relied on.  It felt good, especially since Covid-19, I have been more and more grateful for living in NZ.

Did you try out the law of attraction for yourself following last week’s Motivator?  I sincerely hope that you did and that it made a difference for you.

This post is more along the same theme.  It’s all to do with perception.  What we perceive is real, and what we think is real is what we attract into our life. But is it real?  How do you know those perceptions are reality?  If we think we aren’t smart, funny, charming – guess what we will be?  How we feel about ourselves, how we feel about our lives and our place in the world isn’t something that is fixed in stone.  The amazingly, fantastic thing is that we can turn that around.  We can change our perceptions of ourselves and our lives and when we do that, our lives change.  How good is that?  I hope you are enthused about it, and are willing to give the following exercise a go.  Trust me, it will be worth it.

Changing your perception exercise

Sit quietly, doing some deep, diaphragm breathing for 10 minutes or so, then get a pen and paper to jot down your thoughts.

What are the most significant times in your life?

Think about the most significant periods in your life, these will be times that will stand out for you and that shaped who you became and what you thought about yourself.  Write these down, under these headings: How did I feel?  What did the event make me think of myself?  Did I blame anyone for this?  Am I still blaming them for this?  What beliefs did I develop from this?

Find the benefits from your experiences

Then sit for a while to see if there are any insights from the above exercise.  You may discover that what happened made you who you were in a good way.  Try to discover if there were any benefits to be had from the experiences.  For example, when I was a new immigrant at school in Australia, I was bullied quite badly.  My perception from this was that I was different, odd and not worthy.  I also had a deep mistrust of others from those experiences.  Now however, looking back at those times, I can see that it wasn’t about me, it was about a lack of understanding and empathy.  It made me stronger as a person and it made me develop a deep empathy for others, that has led me to do the work that I do.  I am now grateful for those early experiences.

Changing the perceptions of the past

So following on from considering the good from your experiences, think about any work you need to do to change the perception.  Do you need to forgive, do you need to be thankful, do you need to acknowledge yourself and/or others? If you are still holding on to deep, unhelpful beliefs, what would it take to change those?  Let the answers come to you.  It may be that you start thinking of yourself in a different way.

Creative writing exercise

Follow up with a creative writing exercise of who you want to be, what you want to achieve and how you feel when you do that.  Who are you with?  What are you doing?  How does it feel?  This is a very powerful way to create the life you want.  Once you have done that, read it often to remind you of the life you are creating and especially about the powerful, wonderful person you are being.

Have a good time with all this, and do contact me click here, to let me know how you get on.  Have a brilliant week.