How to shift your perspective
Updated: Mar 17, 2022
I recently read a lesson on perspective in a bible commentary which included an exercise where the readers are shown 3 photos; the first photo was of a magnified single grain of sand, the second photo looked like a small handful of sand and the third photo was a picture of a dessert full of sand as far as the eye could see. It was a great reminder of how simply changing ones perspective or view point can totally alter how an item or situation may appears. Here are some tips on how shifting your perspective can open doors for success and growth by changing your outlook:
Identify knowledge nuggets from all experiences; successes and failures
Identify the knowledge that you have learned and character building traits gained from all experiences, including those experiences which were not pleasant at the time. Focusing only on your successes can cause you to miss out on valuable lessons learned from those situations where you did not feel successful. Lessons learned from failure can provide hope for future success.
Romans 5:3-4 KJV “…..knowing that tribulation worketh patience; 4 And patience, experience; and experience, hope:”
See opposition as an opportunity
Opposition can be unpleasant in that it challenges you to either outlast or outsmart whatever or whoever is challenging you but sometimes it‘s that extra push that helps you to realize your full potential. (Ready the story of David and Goliath, I Samuel 17:37-57)
Set goals that require personal growth
Challenge yourself to not always take the easy way out or the path of least resistance. Expect and embrace the change that is an automatic part of growth. Staying the same will just get the same results. Colossians 3:23 KJV “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;”
Seek learning opportunities
Have an openness and appreciation for learning from others in order to help further your development in all areas of your life. Expand your knowledge by gleaning what you need to know from others who have achieved or been successful at what you are trying to achieve.
Proverbs 18:15 KJV “ The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.”
Accept that your viewpoint is not the only viewpoint
Be open and willing to explore other view points and perspectives. Your way is not the only way. Proverbs 16:2, Proverbs 16:25