Perception is a funny word that can completely change the way we live. Although we often hear people say:
“I dont care what other people think….”
In reality though, we are all constantly having that thought in our heads that I wonder what that person is thinking or they are probably seeing me like this. That is the dangerous part of perception because people tend to forget that how we perceive the thought of others can really change our how we view ourselves and how we live of our lives.
“Today, I’m not what I think I am; I’m not what you think I am; I am what I think you think I am.”-Charles Cooley
That quote has meant so much to me and I heard it while listening to Jay Shetty as he uses it in interviews and podcasts. This resonated with me so much at the time because when I heard this and looked back, I caught myself constantly doing that throughout the day. This action is probably one of the hardest things to stop doing because we have become so accustomed to this way of living. In a world where we are constantly competing with one another it is almost second nature to assume what others are thinking of us.
So one thing I would like you to try and do….
before you can put a negative thought in your mind I want you to try saying one positive thing to yourself. It could be the smallest thing. As you are brushing your teeth or while going on a run. I want you to feed your mind a positive statement. For example, if I am running I will tell myself one positive thing like, you are a strong runner. You can do this when you are passing someone or you can do this as soon as you start. Totally up to you. To push it even further, if you are comfortable with this idea. I want you to say that positive affirmation outloud. So tell yourself you are a strong runner in public out loud or tell yourself you are a beautiful human being or that you are happy. As you say these affirmations it will slowly start to change your mindset because the more you tell yourself something the more you will believe it. All that negative self talk will slowly start to subside.
I want to thank you for making it till the end and I would love to hear your comments on how this made you feel.
Stay happy, Stay healthy and Keep breathing