Are you in a rut about something and just can’t find a solution? Stressed out about an issue or situation? Struggling in a relationship that needs some fresh energy? Need some new communication strategies to get through to someone?
Most of us can answer yes to at least one of those questions.
Sometimes the solution starts with turning things upside down a bit and taking a look at your situation in a fresh new way.
Giving yourself a new perspective can open up new possibilities and generate ideas you haven’t thought of. It can help you improve a relationship with someone, calm you down when you are stressed, and even help you enjoy and appreciate all the good things you already have.
Nothing changes, if you do nothing different.
When deciding if you might need a fresh perspective on something, ask yourself this: Will this change without my effort? If not, try some of these tips to help you gain some new perspective:
#1: Take a hike
Get outside and get some fresh air – even if you don’t feel like it. Getting out and moving, even just taking a short walk, can change your mood dramatically. It also gives you a chance to think and let your inner thoughts quiet down a bit.
#2 Brainstorm with yourself
Write down all of your thoughts and possible solutions. Be creative. Maybe draw a picture of what you want as an end result. Keep brainstorming until you have an “a-ha!” moment.
#3: Change your scenery
Getting away from home – whether that’s for a few hours, days, or more can have a powerful impact on your perspective. Getting out of your routine gives you a chance to see different scenery and will give you some time and space to do a little self reflection.
However frustrated you are with your current situation, remind yourself that you have a lot of great things going on in your life as well. Try spending just 5 minutes a day writing down what you are grateful for – big and small. Maybe it’s that first cup of coffee in the morning, or your healthy child. This is a powerful exercise that you can do on a regular basis to keep your perspective in check.
A change in perspective isn’t quite as simple as turning yourself upside down. But, taking a step back and looking at a situation differently can be your best strategy towards gaining control and taking steps to make changes you need to make, or maybe even to accept the things you can’t change.
Next time you need an attitude check, try one or more of these tips and get yourself some perspective!
_____Betty Lochner is a human resources consultant and expert in workplace communications and relationships. She is the owner and CEO of Cornerstone Coaching & Training, dedicated to helping individuals, work groups and organizations become better communicators and leaders. She is the author of 2 books on communication, and a journal Intentional Gratitude.
In addition, she hosts a twice-annual Women’s Summit that brings women together to learn how to become more confident communicators.
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