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Join me as I explore the different aspects of self-improvement across the fascinating realms of the mind, body and spirit.

Dean Hardware

Dean Hardware

Knowledge Seeker. Experimenter. Projector.
Warrior Of Light.

The lens through which you view reality: The POWER of Perception

Perception is everything.

Perception is complex.

Your perception is formulated based on what you KNOW.

What you know is a consequence of sensed data.

If you were to be dropped into the mind of a random stranger…

You would be flabbergasted by the differences in perception between yourself and that person.

Because we’ve all had different experiences throughout our lives that have IMPRINTED a specific signature on our unconscious minds.

These specific signatures mean we ALL see the world from a different viewpoint.

We could be observing the same world event and see things completely different.

EVERYTHING exists on a spectrum.

And every truth is a half-truth.

If you perceive the world around you to be the reason for all your problems…

You will live your life blaming others for EVERYTHING.

You will swim in the pool of victimhood and never take responsibility for your life.

If you perceive your reality as a direct result of your thoughts, actions, and life choices…

You will take responsibility for everything within your control, live your life as a creator, and step into your true power as a human being.

The Power of Perception

Your perception is creating your reality.

Whether you choose to accept it or not.

Are there aspects of the world that are out of your control?

Of course.

Do some people have a better starting point than others?

OF COURSE.

But what good comes from focusing on what you cannot control?

You change your life by taking control of the controllable.

You change the world by changing yourself.

Start by looking in the mirror and ask yourself this question…

What can I do right now to improve my life?

Internal Representation

When you receive new information, it is filtered through your current level of perception and then an internal representation is created in your mind.

These filters allow you to condense the information that you are receiving into manageable chunks.

They distort, delete, and generalise.

If this didn’t happen, you would be overstimulated and completely consumed with sensory information.

The internal representation created dictates how you think, how you feel, and how you act.

An internal representation is a personal snapshot of the world that you have created within your mind.

It’s how you process the information that you gather through your senses, forming mental images, sounds, sensations, and even inner dialogue. 

These representations serve as your own unique way of understanding and interpreting the world.

How you perceive the world around you is how you experience it.

How you perceive someone, dictates how you will interact with them.

How you perceive a word, dictates how you will use and receive it.

How you perceive a certain topic, will dictate whether or not you engage with it and how you will respond to it when it’s presented to you.

How you perceive anything, will dictate how you think, feel, and speak about it.

The process of forming your perception begins with your sensory experience of the world around you.

What you learned from your parents, your teachers, your friends, your jobs…

The places you’ve travelled to, the books you’ve read, the experiences you’ve had…

The social media content, the TV programs, the films you’ve consumed…

These are just some of the factors that contribute to your perception of yourself and reality as a whole. 

As you experience life, the information you receive is filtered through your current level of perception and then an internal representation is created.

Your perception is the lens through which you view reality.

Painting a picture

When you speak to someone, you are painting a picture for them.

You are using your words to create an internal representation within their mind.

You are using language to TRANSMIT an internal representation from your mind into another person’s mind. 

This is why being an effective communicator is such a powerful skill to have.

Because it reduces the chances of your message being perceived in the wrong way.

The reason why there is so much miscommunication these days often comes down to differences in perception…

If you are someone who takes things literally, you will probably clash with someone who uses a lot of sarcasm.

If you speak in a monotone fashion, someone who is very expressive will most likely perceive you as being sad, boring, or even straight-up rude.

And this is just spoken word we are talking about here.

When you take it down to written communication, the chances of your message being perceived incorrectly increase. 

If you are someone who uses a lot of emojis in text messages…

When you communicate with someone who doesn’t, you might think they are uninterested or even mad at you.

To give a different example of how your perception of something controls how you think, feel, and act.

When you’re driving on the motorway and there is someone driving recklessly…

Speeding and changing lanes in a dangerous manner.

It’s easy to think that this person is a careless idiot who is putting other people in harm’s way.

But what if this person just got a message that their child is in hospital?

What if their brother needs urgent help?

If you were in their shoes, wouldn’t you be doing everything you could to reach your loved one in time?

The truth is you don’t know what’s going on…

You only have your perception and assumption of the event taking place.

How you unconsciously perceive it, or how you consciously choose to perceive it, will dictate how you experience it.

It will dictate how you think about it, feel about it, and act upon it.

And it all comes down to your perception.

What now?

Become aware.

Become aware of the fact that how you are perceiving something might not be accurate.

And realise that with most things, you will never truly know what is happening.

So why not pick a reality that benefits YOU?

Give the guy on the motorway the benefit of the doubt.

Assume that the person you are speaking to is communicating to the best of their ability.

Think OUTSIDE of the box.

Don’t allow yourself to engage in a knee-jerk response.

Take a moment and THINK.

Pick a reality that benefits how you think, feel, and act.

What serves you better?

To project anger toward the reckless driver?

Or to assume that he has a good reason to be in a rush?

(Even if his behaviour is unfavourable and dangerous)

Move away from the situation and don’t let it steal your energy.

In order to reduce YOUR chances of being perceived incorrectly…

Become the BEST communicator you can be.

IMPROVE your verbal and written communication.

FEED your senses with a wide variety of information.

LEARN about human behaviour and human psychology.

BE as authentic as possible.

Think outside of the box that you are so used to perceiving reality from.

With energy,

DH

Improve Your Health.

Expand Your Mind.

Raise Your Vibration.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in a unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll be a happy man. 

Join me as I explore the different aspects of self-improvement across the fascinating realms of the mind, body and spirit.

If I can help you see your life and the world around you in an unique and interesting way as we progress along the path of betterment together, I’ll  be a happy man.