I believe our conscious ability to change our perspective is one of our most powerful, yet equally undervalued skills as human beings.
The power of perspective has been one of the most effective tools in my arsenal that I’ve used to drastically change my life circumstances, not only over the years, but especially in the last year alone.
But it wasn’t until recently that I actively started doing this. Up until 2020, it was only ever something I did passively, without ever realizing it.
Of course, hindsight is 20-20 (coincidence?) — it wasn’t until I started actively doing it, that I realized I had been doing it passively throughout my life.
It was through hindsight I realized that every time I had done it passively in the past, that it always resulted in amazing success in whatever situation it was in.
So, once I realized I could actually choose to do it on a daily basis, I started… and it’s been an absolute life changer. On a magnitude that I can’t express.
My friend Moe sent me this picture today from a visit I made this past weekend.
When I first glanced at it, I replied asking “what are the blurs? Is it from the computer screen?” — I saw them as accidents.
Then he reminded me he took it through the dog fence, and immediately my perspective shifted. I no longer saw it as blurred or accidental, but as meaningful and beautiful.
It was a simple shift in perspective.
After that short text conversation, I hit the road to head to the gym. It was raining, and my first thought to myself was “ugh, this sucks, it’s raining.” — I then I thought back to the picture and my ability to consciously select my perspective.
So I asked myself, literally in the moment, “what’s something good I can take from this?” — I had 2 immediate responses:
1) My gym has a garage. I won’t even have to deal with the rain. #Winning.
2) I’m on my way to the gym right now, while there are unfortunately too many people who don’t have that luxury.
Immediately, my mindset and perspective shifted, resulting in a positive experience instead of a negative one.
This sounds so simple, and in this particular example, it is… but imagine being able to do this with EVERY situation you encounter, no matter how big or how small.
This is something I have learned to do every single day, to every situation I find myself in that evokes any kind of negative thought process for myself.
It has increased every aspect of my life in such a positive way, has created so many opportunities, and has propelled me forward on so many goals.
You can do the exact same thing. All it takes is the decision to do so, and the action to be taken.
Challenge yourself to start actively focusing on moments when you find yourself looking at something from a negative point of view, then challenge yourself to ask the question: How can I interpret this differently?