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How to Launch a Revolution in Your Evolution

How to Launch a Revolution in Your Evolution


    You know those half truths and white lies we’re all so accustomed to telling? The ones we all think save our butts, but leave us a little flat, a little grey around the edges? Ever wonder what it would be like to slip into Jim Carrey’s character in Liar Liar, and be forced to tell the truth? Ever wonder what might be possible in your life if you actually chose to live from 100 percent integrity?

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    All right, enough with the questions. Now’s your chance. I challenge you to take on these three little, teenie shifts in your speaking (and being) for ONE WEEK. As a bonus, you can come back in one week, check in and report how things went.

    The challenge is simple: ditch your story, tell the truth, and say no. Here are some examples to get you started.

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    Ditch your story:

    I really wanted to attend your party but I was working late and the kids had a meltdown when I came home and by the time things were calmed down it was too late. I’m sorry if you were counting on me. How can I make it up to you?

    Tell the truth:

    I ran into a friend at the post office and then someone boxed me in and I couldn’t get out of my parking space. I apologize for being late.

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    Say no:

    I really don’t have the time to add one more thing to my plate, but I guess I have to do this. I mean it won’t look good if I don’t. I’m really working at creating balance in my life right now. No thank you.

    Should you choose to accept this challenge, I promise, you will not self destruct. This could be the biggest gift you give yourself all year. Are you on?

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    Last Updated on June 26, 2019

    Why Your Perception Is Your Reality

    Why Your Perception Is Your Reality

    Take a minute to scan your surroundings. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new? Stop reading this, and just look around you.

    Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it.

    If you really focus, it’ll get brighter and more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise of your life.

    Now, try to view your surroundings from the point of the object. Some people can do this with no effort, and for others, it takes some concentration. Depending on how adept you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in realty, where you are suddenly viewing the world from a different perspective.

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    Did it work?

    Whether you noticed anything or not, your perception did change, albeit for an instant. It’s important to be conscious of your perception, because if you’re not, someone else will create it for you.

    “Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein

    Things Aren’t Always What They Seem

    Marketers and magicians rely on this fact to make you see things – the way they want you to see them. Artists do too.

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    You may have seen Julian Beever’s amazing pavement drawings. He utilizes the Trompe l’oeil technique,[1] which means “trick the eye” in French. He uses his drawing stills to create a perception.

    Like an optical illusion, our mind attempts to fill in the details of something — it either thinks it already knows, or doesn’t quite understand. This works out fine, when that’s the intention – momentarily letting our world be shaped for fun.

    But wandering through life, letting others create your perceptions, can make for a very unfulfilling life.

    Change Your Story, Change Your Perception, Change Your Life

    “Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams

    We all get caught up in our stories. Most of us think we are our stories. It’s when those stories take on a life of their own, and that life isn’t the one we want, that things start to suck.

    Think about the story you’re living right now. Who wrote it? Did you consciously decide to create the reality you’re living now, or was it mainly shaped by your parents, friends, spouse, school, or the media?

    If you don’t like the story you’re living, then change the perception. Envision how you’d write the next chapter of your story. Better yet, actually sit down and write it.

    Focus your perception on creating a new reality, one where you are in charge of the story. Take back the job as screenwriter and director, and stop just being an actor.

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    Everything begins with a decision – decide now to be in charge of your own perception of reality. Because if you don’t, there are plenty of folks whose sole purpose in life is to craft that perception for you. Do you trust them to have your best interest in mind?

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    Reference

    [1] Artist Network: Fooling Around With Trompe l’Oeil

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