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The Power of Perception: 6 Steps to Behavior Change Paperback – August 27, 2013
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I learned these principles the first time from Hyrum in the late 80's and have continued to study and apply them over the years since then. They helped me in college and have continued to help me in church, in work, and in my family. Today, as an executive with an Internet and telephone company, I daily have to analyze the actions of others to determine why they make certain choices. The Power of Perception has helped to remind me that our actions (mine and everyone else's) are all based on our perception of the world around us and any time we want to help facilitate change in ourselves or others we have to start by analyzing that perception.
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This short book presents a simple model for troubleshooting beliefs that are not getting you the results you want or may lead to results you don't want. The book is very concise and Smith shows you how the model works through examples. I think he does a good job of giving you something that you can start using immediately.
Also, I found numerous good insights and turns of phrase along the way that helped refine the way I think about certain things. These stand on their own, outside the context of the book, and I found enough that they stuck in my mind as something worth mentioning.
My only real complaint is that I didn't like the metaphor of the Belief Window---it seems clunky. In fact, I'm not a fan of the different shapes he uses to explain his model at all. Although the model is already simple, it could be made simpler still if it was represented differently. However, it seems like Smith has been using it a long time and it has been getting results, so who am I to argue with it. I'm not going to gripe too loudly about getting great coffee in a tacky mug. You can always recast the metaphor to something that works better for you (which may be a great way to internalize it and own it for yourself anyway).
The book was a good purchase and I'll likely check out the author's other books.
-Mrs. S.H. Renico
p.s. The book 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management by Mr. H.W. Smith is excellent, too.
...I love this book (That is probably why Hyrum wrote this book). He clearly states why he was excommunicated from the church. He created the principles that form this book. He named the project Galileo, and relates his shared fate with the astronomer. Galileo and Hyrum were both able to prove themselves virtuous in the eyes of their respective religious organizations.
I am studying personality type as well. Hyrum is an ENFP. He wrote this book so anyone could read it. Follow his instructions and have a pen and a highlighter. It may help to rephrase a few things he says more logically and down-to-earth. If you feel like changing it, read it again, that usually means there are a bunch of things he means you to pick up on.
The "Power of Perception" is about being able to process what's going on around you. It is a philosophy on organizing the state of being, and is written with some of the neatest examples you will find. Some people may find different terms useful, but anyone who reads this book as a subject will benefit. What type of person will determine where you go and how long it takes to get there.
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I would definitely read a second time, it is easy reading and enjoyable examples are usedPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
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Great short and poignant read. Definitely took something away from it.Published 12 months ago by Alan S. Moser
Excellent. Critically analyse your beliefs and behaviours and replace them with ones that help.Published 12 months ago by Kiwi
It gave me another angle to look at regarding my personal life, and I always need help there!! : ) Career as well.....
Thanks, Hyrum, you're a great inspirer.
Everyone needs to see how their perception affects their decisions.Published 16 months ago by Barb Warne
Good information that makes sense. Are you doing something over and over spec ting different results? Look through your window and make a change!Published 18 months ago by Brenda