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What’s Perception Got to Do with It?

“It’s not what you look at that matters. It’s what you see.”
~Henry David Thoreau

What's Perception Got to Do With It? By Susan Ingram

What’s perception got to do with it? Everything! Thoreau couldn’t have said it any better. To illustrate this concept on a very personal level, I would like to share with you an experience I had nearly eight years ago. To this day, I continue to reap profound benefits from it.

In the summer of 2006, as I was in the process of switching my career from that of ‘regular lawyer’ to that of coach and mediator, I decided to do something very different that would hopefully assist me in my new endeavors. I enrolled in a 5-day course entitled “Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain.” This course was based upon a book of the same title written by Betty Edwards, a professor of art with a doctorate in art, education and the psychology of perception.

Outside the Box

Enjoy this humorous video created by Joseph Pelling, a British animator and illustrator. The video can be viewed at Vimeo.com.

This is the time of year when many of us have adopted New Year’s resolutions. Just as quickly as we create them, we often end up breaking them. But what if, instead of following our old patterns, we made another type of resolution. What if we chose just one of our resolutions that would otherwise go by the wayside, and applied a different kind of reasoning to it, what I call outside-the-box thinking. Much like the approach taken in Joseph Pelling’s amusing video.