“There is no burnt rice to a hungry person.” ~ Philippine Proverb
In this image, what is the orange’s perspective? Maybe it’s not! Life is all about how we look at it. This sounds and perhaps is, cliché.
In my coaching work, we widen the aperture to consider expanded views and we search for a larger number of things that may be possible in the future. I encourage clients to visualize panoramas when exploring; to cast their consideration nets wide.
You and I have a wide range of perspectives, including: friendship, politics, entertainment, fashion, spirituality, money, laws, history, culture, death, etc. Perspective is seen and experienced through a ‘now’ lens, yet flexibility with perspective can frame new possibilities for moving forward. When one changes their mindset, they often free themselves to step into new spaces with new perspectives.
Perspectives can be fixed or malleable. They can take the form of ideas, beliefs or opinions. They can shift views from the negative to the positive or vice versa. They might change tomorrow or they may forever stay the same. Two perspectives on life that I hold are: 1) Most people aren’t against you, they’re for themselves; and 2) Go where you are celebrated, not where you’re tolerated.
We know that how we view people affects relationship dynamics. And our behaviors and reactions are often rooted in our perspectives. Yet how we act toward others can be modified. If you are interested in altering select perspectives, here are three steps you can take:
- Assess what fact(s) you are unclear about or uncomfortable with and how it is impacting your life. Ask yourself, what view do I need to change? What do I want my changed perspective to be and to yield?
- Explore your strengths, personal gifts (skills, talents), and potential – because each of us has these qualities. Ask, how do I use these to create and align with new, desired perspectives?
- Discover and get clear about what you want to change. Ask, how am I prepared to effect action(s) to get me to where I want to be and; What kind of story do I want to tell a year from now about my shift in perspective(s)?
I’ll close on an amusing note. The following image, is self-explanatory. It’s a humorous example of a geographic perspective… from an Australian who has never been to the United States. Once he travels to the States and becomes a bit more familiar with what lies where, he may change his perspective. 🙂