Success Begins Within
Selective perception relates to the way human beings filter stimulus based on expectation. It’s the reason why you’ll see more yellow VW Beetles in one day than you have in your whole life, the moment you start thinking about owning one. It’s the reason the whole world can seem annoyed and angry when you are feeling annoyed and angry yourself.
The Definition Of Perception
Perception is defined as the process of attaining awareness or understanding of sensory information.
The brain is said to be the most powerful information processing unit known to mankind. In any moment, only 1% of stimulus reaches our conscious awareness. The rest is filtered out. This is what keeps us sane!
What’s interesting to me is how the brain processes the 1% of stimulus that does reach our conscious threshold. To make sense of the world, every impulse is interpreted by our brains into thoughts and feelings. And the way they’re interpreted/distorted all depends on our beliefs.
This is the rationale for happiness being an inside job or success begins within. It’s the reason that when the circumstances and events of your life are causing you misery, the only place to go to improve them is inside.
My First Hand Experience With The Power Of Selective Perception
I spent the first five years of my career in constant anxiety. I was deeply concerned I would be seen as not good enough for the job and would eventually be fired. The belief that I was not good enough completely colored my experiences. Everyday, I could find evidence that supported my deepest fear. Not surprisingly, I became a workaholic to calm my nerves and stave off the fear of losing my job.
Eventually I changed. It took lots of introspection, the intervention of a therapist, and a lot of tears. It was hard work. I needed to completely excavate my self-sabotaging beliefs which truly seemed to me to be reality.
Now looking back I can shrug my shoulders and almost chuckle. My perceptions were being shaped to only ever find evidence that I was indeed bad and incapable. And that’s the way the world occurred for me.
These days, I’m much more focused on living the positive side of life. It’s a choice I make daily and the reason I practice positive thinking.
Success Begins Within
The most important lesson I learned from my experience is this: all the evidence for every conceivable reality exists. You decide what the story is and the corresponding evidence will flood your conscious awareness. If you want your life to be amazing, it can be. It all starts with your beliefs. And if you don’t believe you deserve an amazing life, remind yourself that selective perception is causing your life to reflect this limiting belief.
By practicing positive thinking and using affirmations and visualizations, you change your beliefs and what you perceive. Just be persistent and give it time.