At certain points in your life, you’ll be faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. These can make you feel like giving up, especially if everything you’ve tried thus far hasn’t yielded positive results. You have to remember that there will be a solution to any problem that arises, and however bleak it may feel at the time, there is always a way forward.
One of the best ways to overcome this particular conundrum is to change your perspective. If you look at life (and your problems) from a different angle, it’s easier to develop a new approach and think of new ideas. With fresh eyes, it’s also easier to cultivate meaningful relationships and cope with adversity in more positive ways.
The problem is that you may not find it easy to make such a transition. This is especially true if you’re quite set in your ways already. The good thing is that gaining a fresh perspective is not completely impossible. Here are a few tips to help you do so:
Ask for Help (and Admit That You Need It)
You rarely develop a new point of view without help from others. In fact, you might find it difficult to actually develop a new point of view without any outside influence. Thus, the first step to acquiring a fresh perspective is to admit that you need from others. The next stop is to actually ask for it. Ask a trusted friend, colleague, or family member if you can chat about your predicament. Even a simple question such as “How would you approach this problem?” can reveal certain avenues that you may not otherwise see.
You can also opt for purposeful career coaching. It not only provides you with more self-knowledge but also helps you work in a more enriching manner. More importantly, your career coach can help you develop a more holistic approach to your work. With their expert advice, you can see things in a new light and make the changes needed to ensure your success.
Visualise Your Success
In particular, it’s important to visualise every single detail of your success. For example, imagine that you’ve already built your dream house. Think of everything you see both inside and outside. How many storeys and rooms are there? Is it minimalist in style or country chic? Is there a big yard? What colour is the main door? How about the roof? In what kind of neighbourhood is your house located?
This thinking (or imagination) exercise helps you see things more clearly. More importantly, it allows you to see things in their entirety. By visualising your success, you will open your mind to every path to achieve that success.
Take a Step Back
When you’ve been dealing with something for so long, sometimes it can be hard to spot your own mistakes and shortcomings. When this happens, it might be a good idea to take a step back. Take a break and dedicate your focus to other projects in the meantime. Remember that stepping away isn’t the same as giving up. As you work on a different problem, you can gain new insights that can be useful in solving the other problem you’ve been stuck on. Don’t underestimate the power of your brain to work in the background and come up with new ideas.
Having a happy, positive mindset makes you more open to accepting change. Simply put, you’ll be able to achieve a new perspective simply by seeking out happy, positive things and thoughts. Negativity can quickly seep into everything that you do, hindering your mind from thinking and accepting new ideas. Positive thinking, on the other hand, helps you learn and develop your problem-solving skills. As a bonus, positive thinking also helps improve your overall health.
Make Small Changes to Your Routine
When you need a new perspective, it also means you need to make changes in the way you think and do things. It could be something as simple as a little variation in your routine, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator. With small incremental changes, you’ll get rid of bad habits and prevent stagnation. Having a routine is good, but it can also make you feel stuck in a rut. By changing things up, your mind can refresh itself and open up new avenues of thinking. This, in turn, can lead you to solutions that you may not have thought of before.
Diversity is important if you want to achieve success. This means that you have to accept change and that your perspective is not the only one that matters. By opening your mind to new ways of thinking, you can innovate, and continuously develop yourself. Also, the notion of starting all over again would not be something to be feared. Indeed, with a fresh perspective, you’ll be more than willing to experiment and explore your potential. Take note of the tips above to open your mind to more opportunities.