How You See It: 3 Ways to Change Your Perception

half fullHow you see things is everything.  There are some people we know who suffer through some truly horrific circumstances in their lives, but are seemingly happy.  Then, there are some who that had a lot of things in their favor and are unhappy.  Heck, I remember watching a program where the person acknowledged they had a great upbringing:  loving & understanding parents, money, good schools, health, etc.  However, can you believe they actually said that having an upbringing that seems to avoid many of us, was a problem?  Really?????  Perfect example of how perception shapes our reality.  If you choose to see something as a problem, it is a problem.  To change our lives, it helps to change our perceptions.  Below are 3 ways we can change our perception:

  1. Spend actual TIME helping people. Notice I didn’t say spend money to help people.  Don’t get me wrong, giving away money can be helpful, but it doesn’t seem to provide the same sort of impact for the giver and receiver that spending time does.  You will definitely gain some insights into life when you spend time helping or getting to know someone.
  2. Read about people you admire. Many times, these people have overcome great odds to achieve greatness.  Their stories can be inspirational and, more importantly, provide perspective.
  3. Learn your history. In addition to reading about history, talk to those who have lived through different eras.  Understanding your place in a WORLDLY and HISTORICAL context will change your perception and put you on the path to finding your purpose.
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