Paradigm [pair-a-dime]: The way you see something, your point of view, frame of reference, or belief.
Your perception is your reality. It is what/how you think things are, and what/how you think they ought to be. However, just because this is YOUR reality, does not mean that it is true or complete.
Perception is projection. What you perceive about the world (true or false) you will see it project in your reality everywhere you turn.
This is a list of perceptions held by people who were convinced that what they were saying was true and accurate:
- “There is no reason for any individual to have a computer in their home.” –Kenneth Olsen, President and founder of Digital Equipment Corporation in 1977
- “The Earth is the center of the Universe.” –Ptolemy, the great Egyptian astronomer in the 2nd century
- “Everything that can be invented has been invented” –Charles H. Duell, U.S. Commissioner of Patents in 1899
What you think about yourself and the world around you becomes your reality. What is the difference between a successful person and a complete failure? Their thoughts. Period!
If you have a poor perception about yourself, you will look for evidence to support your view. And, unfortunately, you will get what you look for. However, when you change your perception, a whole new world will open up to you.
Imagine the possibilities if your perceptions were:
- “I am smart”
- “I can do it”
- “I matter”
- “I am healthy”
- “I am enthusiastic”
- “I can do anything I set my mind too”
If you could envision the type of person God intended you to be, you would rise up and never be the same again.”