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Providing The World With A New Lens

August 15, 2011

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Who are you, really? And how are you perceived? Is the perception a roadblock to where you wish to go? Or would an adjustment to your lens simply grease the wheels, so to speak, and take you there more quickly? In most cases, better perception will help. So, (3) Provide the world with a new lens with which to observe you. This is not rocket science. It’s just common sense. But it’s important to recognize how you may be perceived and to ask yourself how to improve the perception others have of you, how to make yourself more interesting to those who can help you achieve your goals in life. For example, do people perceive you to be angry all the time? Why? Are you happy with that perception; or is it an impediment to your future? (Actually, if you are angry all the time, you may need another kind of help—spiritual counseling, perhaps.) That’s not what this is about. It’s more about ordinary people with aspirations beyond ordinary who wish to overcome perceptions that may or may not be deserved. My “serious” perception was probably deserved but no less an impediment. It caused me grief with friends and others on whom I depended for survival. But what if I had not been such a “too serious” guy at all? What then? It would have been no less a problem for me. I have learned that while making yourself interesting you also change the perception you have of yourself as well as the perception others have of you. You establish a new lens through which others may view you in a different light. This new lens serves to diminish the negative and accentuate the positive. You (4) allow people to engage you in new and different ways. And you, likewise, begin to engage the world in ways that help you escape your old mold. You become a willing enabler of positive feedback, a person of interest. (I swore I’d never take dance lessons but I did.) Improve how you are perceived and you’ll begin to attract people and prosperity like flies to honey.

Next post: How does one become more interesting?

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