Perception is greater than reality because perception can change reality!
I heard a story of a salesman whose company manufactured electric fans and air conditioning units. They sent him to Central Africa. Within a few days, he called his boss, saying, “Please bring me home. This is a total waste of time and effort. Nobody uses fans and air conditioners here.” The company brought him home. Six months later, they sent another salesman to the same region.
This time, the salesman began to call in order after order. His supervisor asked, “How is it you are selling so many units where the previous man couldn’t make a single sale?” The man replied, “I don’t know, it’s so hot here, everybody could use a little cool air.”
Opportunity is nearly always related to one’s perception of a situation. The Southern Baptist Convention’s founders were honored with a plaque at the First Baptist Church of Augusta, Georgia, where the first convention was organized in 1845. The plaque recognizes this approach to opportunities in describing the founders as; “Men who see the invisible, hear the inaudible, believe the incredible, and think the unthinkable!”
The way we chose to see things will determine our decisions, directions, and our destiny!