Perception is everything.
What’s that tired, over used cliche mean? It means that whatever lense you look through – will determine your fate.
If you think it’s lame to partake in social clubs and philanthropic activities – that’s what will become your ultimate limitation.
If you think studying and getting good grades will somehow demean your character – that’s what will set your life trajectory.
Your perception can be the thing that takes you to bigger, better, brighter places than you ever could’ve dreamed of, or it can be what holds you back, allowing you to only excel as far as you feel comfortable.
Comfort zones and fear of deviating from the norm can be what define your perception.
You might be so wrapped up in desperately wishing not to appear like a “loser” or failure – that you don’t even bother trying.
You don’t go for that job interview, you don’t attend that meet and greet, or even ask that girl out — because you can’t handle rejection or that which makes you uncomfortable.
It is your perception – that hearing the word NO is the end all and be all of your being.
Individual occurrences do not define you, hang ups and bang ups DO NOT define you, it’s what you make of them.
It’s how confident you are to see yourself and the world in a manner that allows you to grow and exceed to your full potential.
Not too long ago I passed up not one, but two entry level scholarships to SFU and UBC simply from the anxiety it brought me to think about joining such large, prestigious institutions.
I had the perception I was not worthy of attending such establishments. I couldn’t fathom the thought of sitting in a 200+ capacity lecture hall, with the potential of being called on. That very scenario kept me up at night the summer I graduated from Highschool.
Now just look how strong my negative mindset was – that it held me back from so many future doors and opportunities which may have been awaiting me. Instead I chose the safe route, the more well known route – a local college.
I write this blog not to reminisce and feel the sting of these poor decisions of yesteryear once again, but to enourage you all to have a positive perception of the unknown.
Allow yourself to be succeptible to failure. Allow yourself to try new things or maybe see old things in a new light.
Because you never know if something you might be dismissing as too grand, or too daunting, or even falsely classifying as being beneath you – might just be your ticket to having it all.