Why Perception is Everything for You This Upcoming Year

Woman expressing positive perceptionWhen we set certain intentions for the day, it’s likely that those intentions will become reinforced. Have you ever heard of the phrase, “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning”? That phrase is typically used when a person is trying to describe the fact that they’re not in the greatest mood that day; what many people don’t know, however, is that we’re actually setting the intention to not have a good day by using that phrase and confirming for ourselves that we’re in a bad mood! For this upcoming year, make the choice to set the intention that each day will be great – with each moment, you’ll be more open to new experiences, to love and to bettering yourself.

In the blog, the Science of Running, the author explained the very concept of perception on reality by stating,

“…Perception governs reality. How you are perceived, how you perceive others, what you perceive tasks as, all matters.”

In your recovery journey, the perception that you decide to take is what will ultimately create that day’s experience. Decide to take on a perception of positivity today. Here are some examples:

  • Today is going to be a great day.”
  • “I’m going to overcome whatever challenges come my way today.”
  • “I have so many things to be thankful for today.”

The perceptions that we hold don’t just apply to morning, however. We can assess and change our perceptions on nearly anything with some added awareness.

As you start to set these firm intentions, you’ll notice that your world starts changing. All too often, we believe that our emotions guide us throughout the day – when, in reality, we truly have the power to override them. In 2018, Medium emphasized that our past often holds a strong influence on the way we perceive ourselves, others and events. Trauma that you may have faced, negative people who may have come in contact with or experiences that left you with a bitter taste in your mouth may be playing a role in how you view your world. If you want to have a lighter, balanced, more positive life, however, you must start by changing your perception.

Cumberland Heights is a nonprofit alcohol and drug-addiction treatment center located on the banks of the Cumberland river in Nashville, Tennessee. On a sprawling 177-acre campus, we are made up of 2 12-Step immersion campuses, 12 outpatient recovery centers and 4 sober living homes. We believe that each person has a unique story to tell – and that’s why we always put the patient first.