‘If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change’. Living differently.
Imagine your perspective as your own individual window through which you view the world you live in. Often, when we close our mind to alternative perspectives – whether this is being open to another person’s perspective or trying to change our own – that window gets narrower and is often tightly shut. We fail to experience all that life has to offer because life can become very limited and grey. There are many reasons you may want to try and shift your perspective on something. Perhaps you want to be open to new opportunities, or are in a very negative situation. It may be that you want to make a change or experience different things. Whatever the reason, changing your perspective will change how you see the world, and ultimately how you interpret and make decisions in life. If a perspective shift sounds exactly what you need, then read on for some tips to get you started.
The OutdoorCure Guide to Looking Out of a Different Window:
1) Mix things up. This is an OutdoorCure favourite but we really can’t say it enough. Take a different route to work, experiment with new things and step out of your comfort zone. It is harder to see things in a new or different way if you are in a cycle of eat, sleep, repeat.
2) Try out a new role. If you usually participate in an event, can you volunteer at it instead? If you usually stay in a hotel, could you give glamping a go? Look at what you do and flip it, walk a different path and see what you notice about your perspective.
3) Look for the lesson. If you are in a negative or extremely stressful situation, look for the lesson and learn from it. Take some power back and don’t dwell on the ‘might have been’ or ‘should have been’, focus on the now.
4) Visualise. Write a list of how you view life now and how you would like to view it. Look at your new list and visualise what that would look like. What would you notice? What would others notice?
5) Give yourself a positive self-talk. Instead of letting that negative voice in your head run riot and run over your self-esteem, be kind to yourself. Imagine you were talking to a friend and talk to yourself in a similar way. We are often our harshest critics.
6) Flip the question. This one often has very interesting results. If you find yourself asking ‘why me?’ instead ask ‘why not me?’ - What do you discover when you ask different questions?
7) Leave very little space for negativity. We all have things, people or situations that increase our negative thoughts and feelings. Is it time to squeeze them out? What happens to your perspective when you do?
We hope you enjoyed the suggestions for changing your perspective. Did you try any out?
The OutdoorCureOnline Team x