““We see the world, not as it is, but as we are ── or, as we are conditioned to see it.”
– Stephen R. Covey
We have all heard the quote: “Knowledge is power.” Today, I want to have you think about this in a new way. Of course, we need to know things to be able to achieve our goals and to be effective in our life. But there is something very important about knowledge. Are you ready?
This is a huge key to Vibrant Living: Each day you must choose how you are going to look at the events of the day. If you don’t consciously make this choice – here is what will happen to you: You will react automatically! You will see the world as you have been conditioned to by your past. And you will be trapped in your old ways.
Every time you see your world, choose your lens. Yes.. “Knowledge is Power.” But knowledge and wisdom and vibrancy come from how we choose to see what is there. Now you know, if you didn’t already know, that you always have at least two ways of seeing the same thing. Since you now know that you 1) see the world as you are conditioned to see it or.. 2) you can see the world in an unconditioned way so you have the opportunity to open up whole new vistas for yourself—fresh ones that make you more vibrant, happy and joyful.
Here is your vibrant tip for the week! – To give yourself fresh perspectives for 2021, here’s what you can do: Frequently, in fact, every time anything produces emotions or strong reactions in you:
- STOP and ask yourself: How have I been conditioned to see this? OR whose voice is telling me how to see this? Is it my voice or is it culture’s voice, friend’s voice, authority’s voice, parent’s voice, partner’s voice?
- STOP and Consider: What are alternative ways of seeing this? How do I want to see this?
MAKE THE DECISION: How do I choose to see this?
If you choose to accept this mission you will be amazed what new, fresh perspectives you will be living from in 2021!