Developing The Right Perception… Of Yourself

Did you know that much of your success in business and in life is mostly based on perception?

Typically whenever I have a discussion about perception with someone the first reaction is to look at the subject in the context of how other people perceive us.

Perception as defined in Webster’s dictionary is 1 a : a mental image : observation.

So taking that definition into consideration as human beings we are naturally concerned about the mental image that people have of us. Which leads me to a funny but true parable an old acquaintance once shared with me.

It went something like this…

“When I was in my teenage years all I cared about was what people thought of me. Everything I did was centered around impressing other people and winning their approval but as I grew older and reached my thirties and forties I really didn’t care too much about what anybody thought about me anymore.  I was grown with my own family and my own life. I didn’t have time worry about what other people thought about me, but you know what I found out by the time I reached my fifties and sixties? Nobody was thinking about me.”

As humorous and poignant as that may be the truth of the matter is that how others see us depends largely on how we see ourselves.

Much of the time we have a tendency to look at things from the inside out, which typically lends to our developing our perception of ourselves based on someone else’s opinion.

I remember hearing a recording of Les Brown the motivational speaker and he said something that I truly believe is worth repeating right now and that is…

“Don’t ever let someone else’s opinion of you become your reality. Just because someone may have a certain opinion about you does not mean that it has to be your reality.”

So the point of this post was to hopefully encourage you to continue pursuing your dreams and goals without letting whatever personal baggage you carry slow you down.

You are in control of the mental image others see, it’s up to you to create it and hey if that image isn’t so great… you can always reinvent yourself.

What do you think? Do you agree or beg to differ? Share your thoughts by leaving a comment below…

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