Definition: The recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly off memory; a single unified awareness derived from sensory processes while a stimulus is present; the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses; a way of regarding, understanding, or interpreting something; a mental impression; the neurophysiological processes, including memory, by which an organism becomes aware of and interprets external stimuli...
How do your perceptions affect your life? Don't worry this isn’t about looking at your perceptions as being right or wrong. I get it, once we grasp our own understanding of how life works, we customarily hold onto our viewpoints and defend them when we feel someone is trying to have us see through a lens we aren’t accustomed to or have no desire to look through. We feel they are trying to shred the fabric that makes up our being in order to change us or tell us we’re wrong. Don't get caught up on right or wrong, just acknowledge how your views impact you and your relationship with others.
We treat ourselves and others congruent to how we view ourselves and others. For instance, if you see someone as a kind and loving person, then you may in return treat them with kindness. That is, if you like compassionate people. What about how you treat yourself? Are you living how you want to be living right now? If so, it's because you see yourself as capable of living the life you want. If you see yourself as intelligent, skilled, business savvy, and innovative then you'll have enough confidence to start that business you have been thinking of, or apply for that position in the career field of your choice. If you see yourself as attractive, then you'll have the confidence to ask that person you're interested in on a date. If you see yourself as strong, you know you have that drive to push through and overcome challenges life throws at you. If you see yourself as an adventurous traveler, you explore.
Our actions are governed by our thoughts stemmed from our perceptions. When we take a moment to be more aware of how we perceive ourselves, others, and events, we can identify the beneficial and/or destructive impact our interpretations are having in our lives and at that point decide if we want or need to do something about it. If you want to get that job, get that promotion, have better friends, if there is anything you want, pay attention to how you see yourself and what you're telling yourself. That is the driving force that can take you where you want to go or keep you on the same road you keep telling yourself is right for you.
Knowledge is vital, accountability and action is power.