Check Your Perception

Your Personal Growth Depends on How You View Others

Vincent Vicari

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Photo by Brendan Church on Unsplash

Your perception of others and yourself creates communication habits you don’t realize.

If you perceive someone as lazy and unmotivated, how do you think you will approach conversations with that individual?

The opposite is true if you perceive someone as a winner and motivated. You will by far, treat and speak to that person positively.

The problem is our perceptions of others aren’t always accurate. In fact, discovering who someone really is, can take multiple interactions. You may think that coworker is unmotivated because they show up at the last possible minute.

But what you don’t know, is their kid’s daycare doesn’t open until 8:30 and you all have to be at work by 9.

Learning about others is more important than sharing about yourself. Growing your network knowledge goes a long a way.

To grow as a leader and an individual, check your perception. Ask yourself several questions:

  • Are you reading others correctly?
  • Do you have a full understanding of where they are coming from?
  • How are you presenting yourself to them?
  • What are you doing to feed their perception of you?

Once you fix your perception of others, you will reap benefits you didn’t realize. You will be easier to work with. You will grow your network. You will learn new things and ultimately be a better human.

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Vincent Vicari

Writings on Personal Development, Leadership, and Creativity.