Becoming The Change Podcast (Episode 577): We Choose How We See The World

Welcome to the Becoming The Change Podcast. Each daily reading focuses on a different quote on how we can best apply it to our own moral compass and one of the five areas in Social Emotional Learning: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Relationship Skills and Responsible Decision Making. Thank you for listening and we hope you consider subscribing to the podcast for future episodes.

We Choose How We See The World

“Just as we can see that the rose bush has thorns, we can also see that the thorn bush has roses. Our perspective is the window through which we view life. We can’t always control the experience, but we can always control the meaning we give the experience. Meanings control feelings, feelings influence actions, and actions dictate results. Make sure your perspective is your power, not your prison. ”

-Trent Shelton

Our perspective can be our superpower or our kryptonite depending on if we choose to see the world as it really is. By no means am I saying it is bad or good but when we look at things through a non-judgmental lens we are able to truly see what the world has to offer. Motivation speaker and author Trent Shelton’s quote is one that should resonate with us all in an ever changing world.

Perspective lets us see what is actually there before us and it is through our choices of what to see that gives it its power. Like the rose bush and thorn bush example similar to this is the half glass of water analogy. Some see it as half full while others see it as half empty. For myself, I have always been a half full person. He goes onto explain that how we see things is how we see or view life. Again this is what we can control. However we cannot control what happens to us, just how we react to things. We either give the experience power positively or negatively.

Everything is connected to each other. Meanings affect feelings and those feelings drive how we conduct ourselves. Based on those actions leads to good or bad consequences. The thing we need to remember is that we have the freedom to choose what to see and how to see it. It can be your greatest ally or your worst enemy. And it is ultimately your decision on how to live your life.

What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards developing your responsible decision making skills?

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A special thank you to Feedspot for recognizing the Becoming The Change podcast as one of the Top 10 Social Emotional Learning Podcasts  on the internet. It is an honor to be amongst the other podcasts on this list as we all strive to make this world a better place.

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