Is Your Perception Burning Your Potential?

The Müller-Lyer illusion was an optical illusion created by sociologist Franz Carl Müller-Lyer in the late 1800s, the most common form consisting of arrow-like line drawings, where the straight segments are the same length and the ends are different:

This was used to demonstrate that, while the straight portions are the exact same length, the perception is that the top line is shorter than the bottom line.

Even after proving to people that their perceptions were wrong, the illusion persists and people still feel that the bottom line is longer.

The results of this and other studies have proven that perception can be stronger than reality, even when the situation is very simplistic. This means that one’s truth, while completely believable to that person, may not be true at all.

There are pros and cons to this. One of the major pros is that this means you can create your own perceptions, which can influence your decisions, your attitude, and your actions to help you to achieve your goals and create the life you want.

You’ve probably heard the saying, “If you can believe it, you can achieve it,” or some variation thereof. It’s not to say that things will come true for you just by believing them, with no action. But that belief in what you wish to have as your reality is the foundation of making it happen.

When your perception supports what you wish to see, your potential becomes unlimited. This is how people achieve “the impossible” – they saw things as possible.

Now the flip side of this is that you can create your own world of negativity, struggle, and disappointment as well. If you say you want to achieve a certain goal, but your perception is that it’s impossible or that you’re not good enough, your goal will have a very difficult chance of becoming realized.

And of course we can also be influenced by the words and beliefs of others. If you’re not finding your own truth, you may be coloring your perception with things that are standing in the way of you getting what you want.

Has someone ever said something to you that limited your belief in your ability, and it is something you either still believe (even when there’s no proof or others have said things to the contrary), or you had to work very hard to create a new belief in its place?

“You’ll never make it.”

“Your work isn’t good enough.”

“No one will buy this.”

“Who would be interested in that?”

It’s ok for people to have their own perceptions. But that doesn’t mean you have to adopt them as your own. You get to decide what you wish your reality to be, and you get to decide what work needs to be done to get you there.

This is where all of the other stuff, like getting consistent advice and having a team, dedication, and diligence come in.

So take a good look at your perception of different aspects of your life: what do you believe about your talent? What do you believe about your work? What do you believe about your value?

Write your current perceptions down. These perceptions are what you believe to be true. And so they are your current reality. You can’t wish for your reality to be different and keep your perceptions the same.

Now ask yourself if any of those are not what you really want out of your life. If so, you’re working against the very things you’re trying to do to succeed.

Decide what you want instead and write that down. You can imagine that you’re in charge of a company, and you’re implementing some new policies. If a company wants to continue to grow and improve – it ensures that the current policies are reflecting the company’s vision.

So you can do the same for yourself. And just like it would take people some time to implement the new policies and remind themselves that they’re not using the old policies – or beliefs – any more, it might take you some time too. You just have to work to put those new beliefs into practice.

This absolutely worked for me, so I know it’s doable. But I’m by no means a lone example: every day there are thousands of examples to see of people who decided they were going to create the life they wanted for themselves, and before long they were living it.

I’d be willing to bet that it started with a shift in perception.

Are you ready to make a shift and start creating the reality you truly want? Start by choosing one thing today. 🙂

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