“By changing perspectives we can connect with what is possible rather than remain with merely what is.” #bgdtcoaching.
Changing perspectives can encourage us to experience life in new ways. Being curious about our options may lead to new perspectives and as we feed our curiosity, our perspective of life could change.
Why we should consider changing perspectives from time to time, and especially if faced with an obstacle or the like, comes down to a simple truth. By focusing on an issue from just one perspective our vision will remain as it is. And without even contemplating an alternative perspective we are limiting our eventual action options.
Yet how we respond to setbacks and opportunities usually derives from our perspective of life at the time of their occurrence. Seeing life as a battle is really only one of many possible perspectives available to us. Additionally, when we slip into the judgement mode we risk to see things from a biased perspective and so miss the real questions requiring our input.
Even so, looking at an issue from various perspectives requires a pinch of imagination and a dash of open-mindedness. That said, changing perspectives can be as easy as turning around, sitting on the floor, standing up, closing an eye or putting on a hat, for example.
The unearthing of possible actions is just one fruit of exploring a challenging matter from different perspectives. Our perspective influences our feelings and our feelings impact on our eventual performance. Changing perspectives can open the way to different attitudes.
On this point, in the vlog post ‘Changing views’ from November 2012 (click here to see) I used these words: “Though we might not have much say in things, by changing our views of what we encounter we at least control our perspective and from this our attitudes regarding the moment.”
Thanks for connecting here today and indeed throughout this past year. As 2013 draws to a close let me wish you all the very best for the coming twelve months. Changing perspectives by changing the year is perhaps dramatic, but none the less valid all the same.
Hugs and thanks again.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).