Monday, December 21, 2009

How to change your perception

Author: Kim

Blog: Mermaid in a manhole

Date: 11 June

To change your life you must first change the way you perceive the world. Putting a positive slant on the way you view things can change your life for the better and even alter the way you see the past. Your own perception is your reality and you can choose how you view the world.

But how?

Start making the positives stand out more in your mind than the negatives. It's really easy to take things the wrong way, see things for way worse than they are, and ultimately make ourselves miserable. You're still going to see the negatives, but put less weight on them. You can choose what's more important.

Before you go to bed, make a mental or physical list of everything wonderful that happened in your day. Everything you are thankful for. It's a great pick me up and a wonderful thing to think about in those thoughtful moments before drifting off. It's also great to do this if you're feeling down.

View people as they truly are. Put yourself in the shoes of others and think about how they view the world and what might lead them to act the way they do. If someone's particularly positive and pleasant, think about why that is. If someone's hurtful and negative, think about what makes them that way. A little insightful thinking can drastically change the way you view situations, especially conflicts.

Stop complaining and find a solution. Effort is much better spent fixing a problem than venting about it. If the solution isn't in your hands, separate yourself from the issue.

Stressful thoughts should be banished. Creating more positive thoughts to outweigh the negative thoughts is extremely effective. Don't talk or think down to yourself.

Enter new situations with a positive outlook. You're not psychic and you don't know how situations are going to be so enter them assuming that they're going to be just fine. Most of the things you worry about never even end up happening and if they do you'll get through it.

Accept the fact that you can't control everything and just focus on how you can best react to situations instead of worrying about them occurring.

Stop and smell the roses. Really. Don't rush through your days and forget to notice all the little things that make life beautiful.

Recognize when to let the chips fall where they may and when to take control.

Remind yourself how lucky you are for all the amazing things in your life.

Learn to let things roll off. There are some excessive negatives in life that are unwanted and completely unnecessary. A lot of these negatives come from disgruntled individuals who don't know how to effectively get rid of stress & anger. Recognize that and only put weight on truths that should be addressed.

Learn how to address negatives positively.

Dedicate more time to learning and exploring instead of dwelling and venting.

Recognize where things truly stand in order of importance.

Learn to cherish the time you have with others instead of getting hung up on little negatives.

Look at what you have instead of always pining for what you don't.

Recognize the importance of beauty in the world in all of its forms.

Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself sometimes.

Banish self pity and adopt an "it could be worse" philosophy. It could, I promise.

Don't get caught up in other people's perception. This is dangerously easy to do, but keep control of your own views.

Spread the magic of positive perception. Remind others of the positives in negative situations.

"If the doors of perception were cleansed, everything would appear as it is - infinite" - William Blake

"Blessed are they who see beautiful things in humble places where other people see nothing." - Camille Pissarro

"After sleeping through a hundred million centuries we have finally opened our eyes on a sumptuous planet, sparkling with color, beautiful with life. Within decades we must close our eyes again. Isn't it noble, an enlightened way of spending our brief time in the sun, to work at understanding the universe and how we have come to wake up in it? This is how I answer when I am asked-as I am surprisingly often-why I bother to get up in the mornings." - Richard Dawkins

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