Perspective is an amazing thing. It can cause you to be seen as a leader, improve your quality of life, and allow you to get what you want from others. It's essential for starting and running a business, for communicating with employees and outsourcers, and for maintaining your motivation through tough times. And yet, most people don't even know that it exists.
But the best thing about perspective is that everyone has it, and with some conscious effort, you can control it.
Here are a few every-day things that you can try.
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No matter what, a change in mindset has to start with you.
For example, did something bad happen to you today? If so, did you get upset about it?
Being angry or sad about bad things won't change that they've happened, and will only make their effect(s) on you stronger. Instead, think about them this way:
- Maybe every bad thing that happens to you is payment for good that will soon come. The worse this situation is, the better the good thing will probably be (more payment = more reward)!
- Or perhaps something is bad now so that something else will seem even better later!
- And who knows; maybe this bad thing can be turned around and used to your advantage as a funny story, or a way to bond with your clients and/or lists.
Likewise, when things annoy you or frustrate you, changing your perspective can help. Perhaps there is someone doing something dangerous on the road while you're driving.
Instead of being frustrated with them, try to think of logical reasons for that behavior.
- Maybe they're a new driver, or driving a new car for the first time.
- Maybe they aren't driving straight, because they just got off of a really long work shift and are dead tired.
- Maybe they're being slow, because they're lost, and are looking for something/somewhere.
- Or maybe they're speeding, because they have to get a loved one to a hospital, or they're going to be late for their train.
Changing negative situations into positive ones will improve your mood instantly, and with some effort, you can train yourself to automatically think like this, saving you from a lot of frustration in day-to-day life. You'll be happier, which will make others happier to be around you, which will open more opportunities for you, which will further improve your life!
Have you ever failed at something and become demotivated?
Have you ever wondered how people manage to push ahead through failure after failure long enough to find success?
I'm sure that you've heard the saying, "A failure is only a failure if you don't learn from it," and it is 100% true! There are no failures, only experiences.
Negative experiences teach you what you should and shouldn't be doing. They provide boundaries so that you know how far to go in any one direction, and every time you come across one, you better your chances of finding success within those boundaries.
Here's another way to look at it: there are a finite (although possibly large) number of possibilities with any given action. Every time you "fail". you are simply checking off one of the possibilities. If you don't repeat the mistake, you are 1 step closer to success. ^_^
Or perhaps your goal isn't to alter your perspective, but to alter the perspective of those around you.
- If you want to seem more professional, you can dress well and be punctual.
- If you want your company to seem more professional, you can use consistent messaging and images in your branding.
- If you want your customers to buy your food products, you can use a lot of yellows and reds in your marketing (those colors make people hungry).
This perspective is harmful for 2 reasons.
- As a boss/manager, it is not the employee's job to help you. It is YOUR JOB to help and guide THEM. If you are not giving them what they need, they can not work properly, so their "failing" is actually YOUR "failure".
- Every single person has worries and fears, outside influences, and various day-to-day situations that affect their productivity in the workplace. One can't assume that the workplace is an isolated space.
- Maybe they just lost a loved one and are depressed.
- Maybe they're confused about how to proceed with their work, and need guidance.
- Maybe the software provided to them is out-of-date and impossible to use.
- Maybe they're working too hard or have food allergies that won't allow them to eat the food offered by your company, causing them to not eat enough, and that's finally starting to take its toll on them.
In short, if something seems to be bad/wrong/out of place, look at it from a new angle.
- Was there something that YOU did to cause it (hopefully something that you can learn from)?
- If not, what reasons could there be for that thing to have happened?
- Can you think of a way to turn this bad thing into a good thing and/or use it to your advantage?
How have you had to change your perspective to gain success (large or small) in life, and what has it done for you? ^_^