Perception Is Reality50 Day Video Marketing Challenge (day42)

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Perception is Reality, Focus, Belief

I read a story recently that seriously demonstrates the power of our mind and our

“ Nick was a strong, healthy railroad yardman who was consistently reliable on the job; however, he was also a devout pessimist who always seemed to fear the worse.

One summer day the crews were let off early in recognition of a foreman’ s
birthday. As the workmen left, Nick was accidentally locked in a refrigerator
boxcar that was in for repairs.

He panicked. He banged with his fists until they were bloody and shouted until his voice went hoarse. Nick reasoned that the temperature in the car had to be near freezing and that, if he didn’ t get out, he would freeze to death. Shivering uncontrollably, he wrote a final message to his wife on a cardboard box that read: “ So cold. Body’ s getting numb. If I could just go to sleep. These may be my last words.”

The next day, the crew opened the boxcar doors and found Nick’ s body. An
autopsy revealed that his body had all the signs of someone who froze to death. This was puzzling, however, because the car’ s refrigeration units were completely inoperable. The temperature inside was around 61 degrees and there was plenty of fresh air.

What killed Nick was his perception of reality and his expectations that the worse would happen. And it did.”

This story gives a whole new meaning to the phrase, “Perception is reality.” Life really is about focus. What we focus on, determines our reality, and that reality will determine the quality of our lives.

Let’s face it; there is a lot of negative in this world. Just watch the news, and see all the evidence of that you need to come to that conclusion. A lot of negative events and circumstances happen in our own personal lives too. If we choose to focus on the negative, we will have a miserable existence.

When I was in driving school, and we were being taught how to drive at night, the instructor told us never to look into the oncoming headlights. Instead, he told us to focus on the white line on the edge of the road, or the road itself, because we tend to steer in the direction of our gaze.

Life is like that too. If we desire to move in a particular direction in life, but
constantly are distracted by “oncoming headlights,” we will never make our
destination. Where we choose to focus our attention is ultimately what determines the quality and outcome of our lives.

We can choose to focus on the black cloud, or the silver lining. Life is about
perception, and perception is reality. What we decide to focus on determines that reality.

Keep these statements in mind as you face difficult circumstances in life, and are deciding what to make of it, or how to process it:

“What happens IN you is more important that what happens TO you.”
“What the mind can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napolean Hill

“We must look at the lens through we see the world, as well as the world we see, and that the lens itself shapes how we interpret the world.” –Stephen R. Covey

“Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change.” –Wayne W. Dyer

“I am not my memories. I am my dreams.” –Terry Hostetler

“We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are.” –The Talmud

“Life is the movie you see through your own unique eyes. It makes little difference what’s happening out there. It’s how you take it that counts.” –Dr. Dennis Waitley

“Everything you can imagine is real.” –Pablo Picasso

“’If you can?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’” -Jesus


Jerry Spangler
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