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Loosening The Blockages Of Our Perception

Written by Monika Mundell  · May 26, 2008

image Have you ever felt like you couldn’t do certain things in life. You know, you might have a certain health ailment that (in your mind’s eye) stops you from aiming higher. Or else you have no money and feel that you can never follow your dreams.

When we perceive things a certain way, it isn’t always to our advantage either. Most likely you might prevent yourself from achieving more in life because your belief’s are limited.

When we are blocked due to misconception we freeze and give up before we even try.

But what if the only difference between those who we look up to, the people we admire is the fact that they just override their own negative perceptions to give it a try. Regardless of the outcome.

That though alone is powerful enough to start wondering whether limiting ourselves with certain beliefs is the wrong thing to do. It’s like telling a child that it will never aspire to anything because it might be blind. Or looking down at the person with no legs because we feel he/she hasn’t got the same opportunities than we do.

While this is certainly true in some ways, we cannot perceive this as their loss “just” because somebody is missing something. People have aspired to the most amazing things with a lot less than the common household owner has available to them.

As a matter of fact, sometimes it is better to have less to achieve more. When we are not blinded by false perceptions and shallow external influences, we tend to reflect more into ourselves and start focusing instead on our inner core and strength.

One of the problems with self limiting beliefs is that it will hold us back from achieving our true potential. Take the climb to Mt Everest for example. In its whole history of modern climbing expeditions, hundreds of people have died on the mountain. Most of us see this as proof to an seemingly unsurmountable mountain that is deadly for most who attempt to climb it.

By the end of the climbing season of 2007, some 2,436 people had managed to climb the summit of Everest since Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay reached the summit in 1953.

Now when you take the cost into account to climb the mountain these days, the fitness level required and the altitude at which climbers exercise their dream, it is of no wonder that most of us say “thanks, but no thanks” when we briefly consider the wonders of climbing Everest by ourselves.

But are we doing ourselves a disfavour by holding back on our beliefs, thinking it isn’t possible to do this for an average human being? I’d like to think so. Most of us could actually do this or at least go some of the way if we only tried.

If people with no legs can climb Everest, so can we. Sure, we need to be resistant to altitude, be tremendously fit and have the right mental attitude, but most of these attributes can be acquired by training and with focus.

Taking Everest as an example might be a bit much for some of you, but I wanted to show you that we often limit ourselves because of perception.

Each one of us has a lot more potential within than we like to think.

How to raise your awareness to your own negative perceptions. Watch for signs of negativity within your behaviour. The next time you catch yourself saying “no, I can’t do that”, ask yourself why. Is it because I don’t want to do that or because I believe I can’t. It is important to understand the difference in the two as the second one might actually hold you back.

Instead of saying “I can’t do that” say “why not. I can.” Even if at the time you don’t really belief this. It is amazing what the power of words can do to our perception. The more you repeat the words I can, the stronger your resolve will become and eventually you will make it your belief too.

About The Author
My name is Monika Mundell, and I’m the author of Freelance Writing. Learn more from me there.

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2 Responses to “Loosening The Blockages Of Our Perception”

  1. Jonathan on May 30th, 2008 11:23 am

    out perceptions really can limit how we view the world and ultimately how we respond to it. It’s about replacing negativity with positive self talk so 2I can’t do this” becomes “I might be able to do this if I try” or “How do I know I can’t do this unless I try”

  2. Monika Mundell on May 30th, 2008 9:25 pm

    @ Jonathan: thank you for your comment. What you said is so true. Everything we belief and so is in the mind and if the mind is healthy, so is our ability to perceive things in a balanced way.