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It’s All About Perception
“If we begin with certainties, we shall end in doubts; but if we begin with doubts, and are patient in them, we shall end in certainties.”
Today’s quote is a perfect example of self awareness, specifically to the power of self-perception or belief. Francis Bacon was the Lord Chancellor of England during the mid 1500’s to the early 1600’s has been often credited as one of the people who created the scientific method. When you read this quote do you agree with him that beginning with certainties ends in doubts and that beginning with doubts ends in certainties?
This is a primary example of self-perception. To say this happens sometimes yes, but most of the time? I’m not so sure. My question for Francis Bacon if I could ask him would be what data does he have to support this statement? To me it depends on that particular person’s particular experience with certainties and doubts and also the degree to what we are basing our measures on.
For example, in 2007 just about everyone was certain the New England Patriots would beat the New York Giants in the Super Bowl and complete their quest for the perfect season. But as fate would have it, the Giants upset them leading to I’m certain doubt in the minds of their fans if they could ever have another attempt at undefeated season again. Another sports example was the 1986 New York Mets who were down to their final out in the World Series versus the Boston Red Sox. Just to give you an idea of how much doubt was in the minds of the New York fans that day, even the scoreboard flashed “Congratulations Boston Red Sox 1986 World Series Champions!” Worst yet, the game was being played in New York! Again, another miracle happened as the Mets came back to win Game 6 and went onto to win Game 7 and the World Series. Doubt turned into a certainty.
The bottom line is this: it depends. It depends if doubts turn into certainties and certainties turn into doubts. It all comes down to circumstances and I think a little bit of chance or luck. As mentioned before it all depends on the situation and the person being affected. No one has a crystal ball to predict how something will turn out and whether is will always be or always be bad.
I think if we begin with an open mind to whatever situation comes before us and be mentally prepared for whatever the result maybe, good or bad, and how we shall react to it, while determining what steps to take would be much more manageable than worrying about doubts and certainties. Is what I’m suggesting a lot of work as far as prep time? Yes. But whatever it is, and if it’s truly important to you, you need to give the time and effort needed allotted so that you are mentally prepared for whatever the outcome is and what your next steps will be. Intentional planning leads to intentional outcomes.
What does this quote mean to you and how can you apply today’s message towards improving your self awareness?
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