Do you remember 'The Dress?'
It was a viral sensation in 2015. People couldn't stop talking about it. What made The Dress go viral was perception. Some saw The Dress as one colour, while others saw The Dress as the polar opposite. This contrast in opinion caused the world to pay attention to something as simple as a dress.
Why am bringing up 'pop-culture' from 2015? Because The Dress is a lesson on perception. It's a lesson that what we see is all there is.
People obsessed over The Dress because they could only see their version of reality, they couldn't see anyone else's. The Dress caused more than a few debates, heated conversations and even death threats.
We only see what we choose to see. If we created the thought, then we have the power to change it. We have the power to change our perception of reailty. It's the glass-half-full, half-empty argument. Change your perception, change your reality.
When we live in a world where we're ungrateful for the lives we live, then we perceive our world as unfair. When we live in a world where we're grateful for our lives, then we perceive ourselves as lucky.
Perception is the difference between an alcoholic and a social drinker. One perceives their behaviour as a problem, the other as normal. Both parties drink 5 - 10 units per day, but each party has a different view of their actions.
Is a school a place to learn and grow, or is it a prison for young adults? If you perceive school as a fortress where you're forced to do activities you don't want to do, and socialise with people you don't want to socialise with, then it's a prison.
When we want to change our behaviour, we have to take perception into account. If we change our behaviour, then we'll see results, but if we never change our perception, then history is doomed to repeat. When most people go on a diet, they perceive food as the enemy. They deprive themselves and through sheer determination, manage to achieve a weight-loss goal. But their perception around food never changes. Once these people reach their goal, they're fighting a losing battle against their reality. This is one of the reasons why over 70% of people that go on diets, end up heavier than when they started.
Perception defines your reality, so ask yourself, does your current perception serve the reality you want to create? If the answer is no, then change your perception.
Here's a simple example of moving your perception from curse to blessing:
- "I have no drive to pursue any hobbies, because I don't know what I would enjoy doing"
- "I don't know what I would enjoy doing, so I have the drive to pursue new hobbies."
It's a small change, but it's a small change that changes your reality.
A Lesson for Future Champions
What you see is all there is. When you want to change your reality, change what you see. Reframe curses to blessings and reframe negatives to positives.
It's the classic glass-half-full or glass half empty.
It's the difference between your job as a place of growth or place of oppression.
It's moving from lost to finding your path.
Change your perception, change your reality.