How you perceive yourself will contribute to, or detract from, your success and happiness in life. Most people call this "self esteem". They would suggest that you need a vision of your life as you would like it to be so you can move towards success. And, while they may be right, I would like for you to consider another word-phrase to substitute for "vision". this word-phrase is "self-perception", a concept with greater depth of meaning than vision, self-esteem, or self-confidence.
What does it mean to "perceive"? According to Dictionary.com perceive means "to become aware of, to know, to identify by means of the senses." And the second definition is "to recognize, discern, envision or understand." It has its origins in the Latin word percipere, which means "to obtain, gather, seize entirely, take possession of," also figuratively, "to grasp with the mind, learn, comprehend," literally "to take entirely."
It is much better to know yourself, to understand yourself, to seize entirely and take possession of yourself than it is to have a vision which may be more of a flight of fancy than a realistic assessment of who you are and why you are here. So lets take a closer look at how self-perception helps you.
Perception starts with reality. Self-perception helps you clarify your present status. You can never go anywhere significant until you know where you are now. You may dream of being a millionaire in 1 year or starting a business in 6 months, but uless you have a clear understanding of where you are right now, you will never know what the next step should be. Vision starts with imagination, desire, or fantasy, while self-perception starts with reality.
Perception adds specifics to your view of self, as well as your view of the future. An honest perception of yourself requires that you set specific goals that will lead you to achieve your purpose. Perception tells you that very specific things have to be done in order to realize vision. Perception keeps you focused on the next thing, while vision can keep you far out in the "sweet by and by". Perception keeps you moving towards your goal and keeps asking the question "what needs to be done next?" Vision makes you feel good, while perception requires you think, plan, and execute.
Honest, clear self-perception will lead you to.....a better you. It will reveal your strengths, your finest assets, your most valuable resources, and your greatest worth. It will show you who you are and why you are here, and then empower you towards action. Self-perception is more comprehensive, more powerful, and more life-impacting than self-image or self esteem. Think about it.
How do you perceive yourself?
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