The Power of Perspective — and How it Moves Us Forward.

Change the frame. Look with a different lens.

You know how you can see a scene or an object from a distance, and think that it is one thing, and then once you are closer, you realize it’s something altogether different?

And what about flying? From a plane, thousands of feet in the air, you have a more comprehensive view of the world, and suddenly you feel so small, yet — a part of a much bigger world. When we live only in our small world for too long, we do lose perspective of reality. It’s a positive thing to change perspective, regularly — by getting outside of our same walls and environment, to gain a view that reveals much more, of any situation or setting. 

here is a little Pierspective on this.

Pensacola Pier - Leslie Brown

It would seem that creative artists are normally quite keen on visualizing subject matter from different perspectives - viewing from a different angle. Photographers must learn to change perspective early on in developing our composition skills. Approaching a subject with various angles and framing to compose the best perspective takes quite a bit of practice, for me. I’m sure it comes more naturally to others — yet, it’s a skill that can be learned.

Excessive Mind Management

There are times when we get caught up in our own personal vantage point.
This inevitably causes us to think with tunnel vision, and to lose sight of the variables or factors that impact our situation. The crazy part is… we don’t usually recognize it, soon enough. And this is why consistent breaks help to intercept this risky subjective path.

Taking a break from almost anything is a positive way to re-focus, and see what we didn’t see prior to the break. A break helps to give perspective, in simply removing us from the mundane, or the routine, so we can recognize things we become accustomed to, and potentially even take for granted. It’s one effective way of gaining or revealing a better outlook on reality.

Crowded Beaches - Leslie Brown

In order to compose an alternative perspective of our life or work situation…

It’s invaluable to view more objectively, by viewing from another angle, and obtaining mental, emotional - and physical clarity.

peripheral vision

It’s brings the bigger picture into focus — while also expanding our awareness of others, their feelings, situation, challenges and triumphs — in the process. And, to fully understand how much we focus on ourselves, daily - when we immerse ourselves into other cultures and consider their perspective, we have greater understanding of their tendencies and mindset. 

A change in perspective is beneficial, more often than we realize.

Doing Some Fishing - Leslie Brown

For me, it circles me back to a gratitude state of mind.
The alternative “view of the world” from my daily routine, causes me to appreciate what my norm is — or becomes a catalyst to develop myself, or my situation, further. In other words, it expands our own personal horizons, while also bringing a more centered, or at peace mindset to where we are.

Recently, better perspective came (over a period of 9 months) when we chose to “get out of dodge” for awhile, in our business - and take a bit of a sabbatical. Doing the same thing for a number or years, especially at a certain level, and sometimes combined with challenging relationships - you can be left with burnout. And burnout leaves a residue, that results in a dim and/or negative perspective.

A change in pace, location, routine - or even taking a break from the “norm” can provide tremendous refreshment and renewed energy. During this time, my husband and I chose to focus on other projects that we had interest in. One of the perks resulting from this endeavor is personal development, and a few skills that emerged, while engaged in those projects.

Fortunately, we have a residual, passive income that allowed us to do so (which everyone should have growing in their back pocket, by the way). Yet, the real benefit was the perspective it gave us on the sustainability of the business that provided that income.

End of Day - Leslie Brown

Sometimes, you can’t fully appreciate the value of something, until you step away - and see it through a different lens. And… in some cases, it gives us the opportunity to be appreciated for our own value and contribution - if we have the wherewithal to step away, or aside, for a period of time.

How we change perspective can happen in many ways. It feels insignificant to make a list, but then again, maybe as you read this, you will recognize an action of perspective to take, that you hadn’t considered. How to deal with burnout can be very practical.

here are a few suggestions... 

1. Focus elsewhere.

Work on something else. If you don’t have the option to go on vacation, or take a break - or even stop working on a project - at least find a book, a movie, a concert - a distraction. Totally leave behind what you’ve been doing and do another project, take a different path.

2. Go away.

Get out of dodge. Vacate for a weekend, a week - or longer if possible. Maybe go stay with a family member or friend, even if it’s just a one-nighter. Put yourself in another environment, and get away from your routine - using what time you can to make this possible.

3. Reach out.

Talk with trusted friends or advisors who are outside the setting, situation, project or relationship. Get their perspective - and give consideration. Others are not automatically right, because they haven’t been exactly where you are - but their objectivity can be the catalyst for a better perspective.

4. Be chill and be still.

Let’s be honest. Most of us don’t know how to do that anymore.

Cell phones, tablets, TV, and computers on OFF. There are times when the best path we can take is to be alone for awhile, with only our thoughts - and maybe pen and paper - to get them down or out. Where is it you can go to truly do that?

All. By. Yourself. Outdoors (if possible).

Try it, even if you can only tolerate a short period of time - it will make it possible to do it longer the next time. This can offer some of the greatest insight, from even a short period of time. We tend to allow everything else to do our thinking for us, and we only react to it. Taking chill time gives us the chance to recognize this - and take action steps to think for ourselves, for a change.

Pierspective - Leslie Brown

Bottom line.

Perspective reveals other dimensions, facets and and factors in the situations and settings of life and work. It can give a refreshing outlook to sort through the messy, push through the challenge, and re-engage in a better mindset and a more positive attitude, with gratitude.

Finding, knowing, and becoming a better version of who we are is always a very good thing.

Until next time...