Did it make you feel angry, sad, disgraceful, hurt, unfair?Or… did it make you feel valuable?
That sentence can have different meanings depending on your interpretation…
“A woman, without her man, is nothing.” “A woman: without her, man is nothing.”
… and that interpretation can have a very powerful influence on the way you live your life.
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The Power of Perception
Interpretations of intent and content can change the meaning of a sentence, alter your mood, reinvent your belief system and make the impossible seem practically possible.
That’s a concept I’ve recently learned in a workshop called “Unlocking Your Potential”, taught by Chris Do.
There is a key factor in realizing the potential and becoming successful; You need to have a growth mindset. In order to achieve that mindset, you have to learn to believe in yourself. To quote Chris:
The magic will happen when you get out of your comfort zone.
However, believing in yourself is easier said than done.
Whenever you want to experiment with something new, or do something different that you’ve never done before, there’s that inner voice telling you…
“Give up. It’s just not possible. ”
“Don’t even try. You’re not capable.”
“Stop embarrassing yourself. You‘re not good at this.”
I have good news for you.There’s a secret formula I’ve found to help you believe in yourself.
You need to shock your existing belief patterns with re-interpretation.
Input ≠ Output
You’ve probably heard of people seeing illusions when they really want something. Like seeing a sheet of water in a desert or on a hot road when feeling thirty.
Just this past week while traveling, I had a craving for pizza. As I was scanning some local shops for someplace to eat, I quickly glanced at a sign that read “La Plaza”, and thought it said “La Pizza”.
Mmmm.. a Plaza full of Pizza… *drool*
Your output depends on how you look at things.
Essentially, my mind was taking external information and recalibrating around the expectation or end result I was seeking. I was pre-determining the end result, assuming that there had to be a pizza place somewhere, anywhere, that could satisfy my hunger.
It’s very similar to the classic expression, “Is the glass half-full or half-empty?” Your answer may vary based on some recent experiences you’ve had, what your current situation is, biases towards positivity and negativity, or thirst.
Either way, it’s just a half glass of water. It doesn’t care about what others think of it, any more than your interpretation of what it represents.
What is real (objective reality) versus what we think is real (subjective reality) are not always the same thing.
They can even be opposites.
What you think is real is not necessarily real
What’s your reality?
“A woman without her man is nothing.”
At face value, the subjective reality you impose on that statement can result in a variety of feelings. In other words…
If you want to be angry, you’ll find a way to be angry.If you want to feel hurt, you’ll find a way to feel hurt.If you want to feel valuable, you’ll find a way to feel valuable.
Interpretation is what interrupts the equation of input and output
When you understand this concept of using interpretation to shock your belief system, you can control your mood and change the way you see the world.
You can reinvent your belief system to accept the concept of failure (or the First Attempt In Learning or F.A.I.L.). It takes you out of that comfort zone to achieve what is seemingly impossible.
Adopting that mindset changes the interpretation of the word altogether:
Impossible = (I’m) possible.
… and that’s a very good interpretation from my own subjective reality.
What about you?
Have you found your subjective and objective reality in conflict with one another? Tell me about your experience in the comments below and be sure to share this article or give it a few claps if you enjoyed it!
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