Perspective, point of view, the lens through which you look at the world. These are things that often affect our decision making, these are the things that often take us in repeated patterns of behavior, both good and bad. One of the things that is key is being able to look at circumstances, decisions, goals from a variety of perspectives. So one of the things that I often encourage those that I’m mentoring and coaching to do is to look through a different lens, to step from a different angle and take a look at the picture again.
Often with a change of perspective we come away with new ideas, we come away with a deeper understanding of the situation. Oftentimes we find the solution we’ve been searching for to a particular challenge, simply by looking at it from a different angle.
Yesterday I was changing out the battery in my wife’s car, and so the original angle that I was looking at something from, I wasn’t able to see because the angle of the sun was hitting the corner of my eye, and I couldn’t see deep enough to figure out the solution to the challenge I was needing to overcome.
Now, what I had to do was I had to step to the side and look at it from a different angle, and once I did that I was able to quickly identify the solution to the challenge. Just a very simplistic illustration of how this works, but oftentimes we just need to step to the side, we need to look from another angle, or we need to have someone else look at the issue, the challenge, the goal from their own perspective, from their own lens of experience, from their own viewpoint, and then by discussing what they see, we often will see things more clearly that we hadn’t seen before, or oftentimes what happens is it simply reaffirms the conclusions that we come to.
So just a few thoughts on your perspective. I want to encourage you to find ways to get a unique perspective, or a new perspective, look at things from a different angle, and I look forward to talking to you again soon. Have an amazing day.