Do you ever get stuck in a project when you just cannot seem to find the solution to a large problem? What about when you are arguing and you can only see things from your perspective? Accordingly, changing perspectives helps you see things from a new angle and is often the bed for new solutions and options. However, we all have our own biases, beliefs and views. This means we actually viewing the world through our brains, not our eyes. Moreover, as our mind is the storehouse of our memories, past experiences, emotions, and beliefs, we are already limited by what and how we see the world. However, the great news is we only use a tiny bit of our vast potential. So when we challenge ourselves to see things differently, by changing perspectives, we can see what was formerly not there; the gold nugget that houses exactly what we need.
Changing Perspectives as illustrated by a powerful story
The story goes like this: A young girl is pestering her father to play with her. However, he is trying to read the paper. Eventually, he becomes so exasperated that, in a fit of desperation, he jumps into action. He tears a picture of a map of the world out of the paper and cuts it up into pieces. Next, he gives the young girl a challenge to put it back together again. Much to his surprise, she comes back to him quickly with the map all in place.
The father asks her how she put it together so quickly. At this point, the girl turns the paper over and shows that the other side has a picture of a man on it.
“I put the man together and the world came out all right.”
There is always another way of viewing things, changing perspectives to achieve a faster or new result. You just have to be able to see things differently. Because we operate from habit much of our lives, or on auto-pilot, we tend to do and see things the same way. Challenging ourselves to think differently, do things differently and keep open minded is the key. Furthermore, it leads to greater opportunities, results and new perspectives. Moreover, a great tool to use comes from Edward De Bono’s ‘Six Thinking Caps’.
Mental challenges performed daily will keep your brain sharp and gain you an edge. Continue to read, learn, tackle puzzles and see how many ways you can solve a problem. Turn the problem into a question, such as ‘How Can I…?’
Write down at least twenty ways that answer the question. Questions take the energy of the mind, focus, to new directions. Into unseen territories and keeps us outside our comfort zone. Finally, all of this will ensure you continue to expand possibilities and keep on top of changing perspectives. Watch the magic happen in your life and commit to making this a lifelong habit.
About the Author
Mandy Napier is a Global High Performance Mindset Coach who is dedicated to supporting business professionals and entrepreneurs fulfil their potential and achieve extraordinary results professionally and personally. Transformations are the norm, and results guaranteed.
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