It’s no secret that around the world, there’s a level of imposed stress affecting all of us. Not only in our day-to-day operations and economy, but the way we see and interact with life. From Global Warming to the US Presidency to the extreme famine in parts of Africa. How does this stress actually affect the way you experience life? Perspective.
Earlier today I watched a video from a friend of mine back in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; he was explaining the reasoning behind his decision to start his own YouTube channel. It was the purest and most sensitive act that I’ve seen in a long time.
I’m not too sure if you are aware of the fiscal crisis in Brazil, but to make it short, the country went from the 8th most powerful economy in the World to a decaying economy – quickly. Experiencing an all time-high unemployment rate, this past Christmas was known as “Dark Christmas” where families couldn’t even enjoy the bare minimum of a delicious meal and the newest Christmas movie. These are turbulent times in Brazil. Baring this in mind, the reasoning behind his new channel was to provide hope to those that are collapsing under this massive pressure.
However, as I understand the status of life in Brazil, I can’t help but ask myself: how can you be stable on an unstable platform? How can you be certain in uncertain times? How can you be hopeful when nothing around you resembles life? I’ve decided to take this thought further as I see this pattern in our daily lives.
This is not the first crisis we’re experiencing (both as individuals and collectively) and this will not be the last. But the crisis isn’t the problem, it’s where you see yourself in that crisis and the imposed identity affecting the way you see yourself. Most of us sit in the “victim” seat and we watch the crisis affect our lives and the lives of our fellow humans; we accept what is presented as an “obstacle” as an obstacle. But is it an obstacle? We become the guest of our future rather than the creator of it. We allow circumstances to dictate the way we think, plan and move. The question is why.
We’ve lost the understanding that circumstances (imposed realities) are mutable and temporary, the truth – however – is eternal. Les Brown often mentions that “in life you don’t get what you want, you get what you are”. Your self identity dictates the way life happens to you. The way you see yourself affects the way your body works, it affects the way your brain processes information and resolves problems. As a matter of fact, there’s a part of our brain, RAS (reticular activating system), that determines what and how we see the world based on our self image and what we want to achieve in life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCnfAzAIhVw).
Wayne Dyer once said “Change the way you look at things and the things you look at change”. That’s what I’d like to talk about.
I don’t know what your currently reality is, or what your imposed obstacle is; my aim is to reassure you that this is a temporary status; the truth is that you can change, you can get better, you can resolve, you can fix, you can innovate, you can achieve your dreams and change the world around you – it has been done before under severe circumstances, many times…
The issue of Perspective, is that it shapes your life. It’s that simple. The more we watch the news and experience the outcome of crisis we observe and accept how devalued humanity is. We change the way we look at ourselves and our value. We observe that the world is composed of people who are forced to be victims by their circumstances waiting for an external force to provoke change, rather than searching within themselves for an answer to be that change. And by accepting this reality, we also become victims. We need to alter our perspective.
It doesn’t matter how tough your current reality is – in principle, it’s just a perception of how you understand the presented facts and it’s NOT the truth.
Ask yourself “How can I turn this circumstance into an advantage?”. Start changing your perspective and the way you look at your life; allow your brain to find opportunities and solutions for every single adversity you may find.
“How to be stable on an unstable platform?”, “How to be certain in uncertain times?”, “How to be hopeful when nothing around you resembles life?”. The answer is to BE THE CHANGE you’re waiting for in your life; you will then find stability, certainty and hope. Refuse to conform to the common reality imposed by the news.
You’re much greater than what you’ve learned to believe. You’re much more resilient than the popular belief. You’re not what your circumstance tells you. You’re an overcomer by design. Alter your perspective. Be the change.