The Skinny on POV

Perception

“The way you choose to see the world creates the world we see.”

I have always struggled with having a pessimistic mindset and I’m still working on improving it. Time after time of being disappointed or things not going the way I imagined them to go is the reason I had chosen to see things pessimistically by default. Recently I’ve challenged myself to change the way I view things, which include people and situations.

I had an “ah-ha” moment recently and that is what inspired this post.

I have always (and still am, really) striving to be a healthier, more food conscious, and ultimately a more fit me. This has been going on for over three years now. Three whole years and I always felt like I wasn’t making any progress. I wasn’t any fitter, lighter, sometimes a little heavier, I would bounce back-and-forth from being active and not being active, obsessing over fitness then completely being over it — it was a lot.

The only thing that managed to remain constant were the choices I would make when it comes to my food. I genuinely enjoy eating fruits and vegetables, so those are the things I buy when I grocery shop; I do not like feeling weighed down after a meal so I steer clear of foods that have that effect on me, I keep myself hydrated by drinking water 95% of the time and that helps cut down on my sugar intake. These are the things that I can do and not fall off of. I’m proud of that but outside of this post, I’ve never given myself much credit for keeping up the little habits that I have.

Since starting my new job, I’ve spent a lot of time around my coworkers. After all, half of my waking hours are spent at work. These coworkers are the ones that helped me realize that the habits I have cultivated over the years — the same habits I thought weren’t good enough efforts — actually are good enough. It only took about two weeks for my coworkers to already form an image of me in their heads in which I was a healthy or conscious eater. I’ve never had anyone describe me as such.

“Christine only eats fruit”, they’d joke, or, “that looks really healthy?” Wow. Maybe I am doing better than I thought. I try very hard to avoid the candy drawer in the office kitchen, so I always bring at least on fruit to work to curve a sugar craving. I have even “inspired” my one of my coworkers to bring healthy snacks instead of eating what’s in the candy drawer and I convinced another one of my co-workers to downsize the cup of Coke she drinks every morning.

Though my efforts have seemed small to me, I get giddy over the fact that I am influencing people to make little changes in their daily habits. Little ol’ me, who wouldn’t even give myself any credit because I perceived myself as a failure, has influenced others to do better. I do appreciate them for always pointing out my habits because now I feel “pressured” to keep them up. When I come in in the morning with my Simple Green Smoothies or overnight oats for breakfast, curious minds ask about it. I now feel like I almost can’t come into work without breakfast because they are counting on me to bring something nutritious.


When was a time that you perceived a situation or your own efforts differently than someone else did? I always agreed with the saying that we are our own biggest critics and sometimes it’s hard to look past that. I’m glad being around new people helped me change my views (that’s a whole other post on it’s own). Leave your thoughts and comments down below. I’d love to continue the conversation.

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  • Reply Anonymous

    I agree that we can be our biggest critics. Last week, I had two different people tell me how great I am as a counselor (future counselor) and it really meant a lot. I tend to doubt myself and it’s not that I need constant recognition but it is great to get positive feedback from others at times to let you know you’re better than you might think.

    November 17, 2015 at 4:36 pm
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