Perception is reality. You may have heard this age-old expression. A huge portion of our lives is comprised of many interactions. In some cases, these interactions are small conversations and in others, substantial dialogues. These interactions, no matter how big or small, impact us in some way, shape, or form based on our perception.
Regardless of the type of interaction, someone delivers the message (usually the person speaking, writing, or singing), and someone receives it (usually the person listening or reading).
You frame your reality
The person you interact with the most on any given day, at any given time, or at any given moment, is YOU. You frame your reality with your perception. In essence, the human mind literally creates the environment we live in, both internally and externally. Therefore positive affirmations, positive thoughts, and rewiring your mind to frame things in a positive and constructive manner can yield large dividends.
The “power of positive thinking” is a popular concept, almost a buzzword in today’s society, and at times it feels cliché. Though the conversation around positivity may have become exhausting, multiple scientific studies have demonstrated that there are both physical and mental benefits of positive thinking. A positive mindset can give you more confidence, improve your mood, and even reduce the likelihood of developing conditions such as hypertension, depression, and other stress-related disorders.
The waterfall of negativity
Have you ever woken up in a not so pleasant mood, and then everything that happened throughout the rest of the day seemed to be a continuing build-up of negativity?
But if we honestly reflect back to our mindset of that not-so-pleasant morning, we’d notice that we manifested that negativity into our day. Whether it’s “I’m tired,” “I don’t want to go to work today,” or the simple “I have far too much on my plate,” you’re manifesting that negativity or anxiety before you’ve even gotten out of bed.
A simple reframing, contextualization, and conditioning can turn those “I have far too much on my plate” thoughts into “I’m going to successfully complete these three tasks today.” And that’s what makes all the difference.
Reframe the bad into the good
Think about how great you felt the last time you received a compliment. You can create that feeling for yourself each and every day through positive affirmations. Little things like looking in the mirror and saying, “I look good today” could substantially improve your disposition.
Reframe seemingly negative situations and look for the positive. Instead of harping on the fact that you’re going to be stuck in traffic for an hour, think about how it is the perfect opportunity to listen to that podcast you’ve been putting off.
Rather than complaining your favorite restaurant is closing, cherish the opportunity to make new memories trying new spots that may become your future favorites. Instead of thinking, “I failed doing xyz,” think, “I can’t wait to learn how to do xyz.” A lot of these examples seem trivial, but from personal experience, they can make all the difference.
But you don’t have to take my word for it. Charles Swindoll, an author and pastor, said: “The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day. We cannot change our past…we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude. I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% of how I react to it. And so it is with you. We are in charge of our attitudes.”