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Widening Your Perspective

Can you think of a time when you stepped back from a challenge to see it with fresh eyes? How did doing so help you find a solution you otherwise missed?

Generally speaking, how easy or difficult is it for you to visualize alternative solutions to the problems you face? Why?

Our internal dialogue can take off running and be deceiving. Our brains are wired with our genes, our social environment, and our experiences. But our mind is flexible, and the best way you can bend it is by widening your perspective and visualizing a different scenario. It will help you look at yourself and your reactions from afar and often change your internal monologue.

Lastly, when you don’t see yourself the same way you see others, it makes it hard to follow your own advice.

Below are some strategies you can use:

• Take a pause and step back from your problem. Try to articulate it from a new range and see it differently.

• Think of a problem you are facing right now and zoom out a month, year, or five years from now. Think about how it will look from that perspective.

• Keep a journal that walks you through your problems and suggests possible solutions.

Today, I invite you to look at your challenges from the big picture. Open your mind to a broader context surrounding your problem. Recognize the limits of your knowledge and acknowledge other people’s perspectives. Even project yourself in the future.

It will help you change the way you act or react to the situation at hand, and find a solution to your problem!

Let me know how it goes.

Wishing you continued growth and success.


Nora Paxton

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