The Power of Shifting Perspective
Written By Bryce Smith
Life is a roller coaster ride. There are highs and there are lows, and then there is of course the middle ground, where we spend the majority of our time. We wouldn’t want it to be any other kind of way because in the medical world, a flat line means you are dead. Do you see what I did there? I shifted the perspective of what could be viewed as a chaotic and inconsistent life like a roller coaster, to a perspective of gratitude showing how the ups and downs of life are a good thing. We all have the power to do this.
The Foundation of Gratitude
In a recent podcast on The Airborne Mind Show, host Misbah Haque, asked me about this unique ability of shifting perspective. I shared a few stories, but the foundation of each story is gratitude. When we eliminate expectation and trade it for appreciation, things magically get a little bit easier. Everything in life is a choice and we GET to do things, we do not HAVE to do things. I was having a conversation with my cousin recently whose father just passed away last year, and I was venting about my frustrations with repeating myself and having the same nutrition talks with my dad. He stopped me and said, “I would give anything to have those annoying conversations and mini arguments with my dad.” That was a soul crusher and immediately changed my perspective. It alerted me to the value and importance of TIME. It is the most valuable resource on the planet yet the most wasted and taken advantage resource as well. If we can each learn to slow down our brains a bit and be present and thankful for the challenges that come our way, we then inch closer to our best self.
We Have the Power of Choice
We all experience growing pains which are all relative to the individual. It is not about a comparison of whose situation is worse. It’s all about the perspective and where we choose to place value. I personally believe there is no return on investment for victimization and negativity. However, others may need those things as they may be valuable to their grieving process. No matter what we decide, we must understand that we are choosing to respond to the stimulus (positive or negative) in that way. We have the power to allow perspectives and feelings to live rent free in between our ears, or to let them go.
Letting Go of What’s Not Serving You
My final thoughts are on exactly that, letting go. Ask yourself if the thoughts and feelings that you are holding on to are bettering you and those around you. If they are, or if the perspective you’ve chosen to have about those thoughts and feelings is serving you in a positive way, then here is a high five. However, if you immediately see a red flag pop up in your brain and identify that those things are holding you back and weighing you down, it’s time to do a little reflection. It’s time to seek conversations, experiences, books, podcasts or other sources to help you let go and get rid of what is no longer serving you or helping you move forward.
Using Reflection to Maximize Your Potential
At the end of the day, we must continue to place one foot after the other because as we all know, time does not stop for anyone or anything. How do you want to spend your time? I’d prefer to spend my time in a more positive light in order to positively impact people and inspire them to maximize their true potential. How do you want to be remembered? How do you make others feel with your presence? These are all great questions to ask yourself and reflect upon when learning to shift perspective.
You may not see it while you are in the mud, but something good comes from every challenge. Just like the lotus flower that was described so eloquently by Goldie Hawn, “The lotus is the most beautiful flower, whose petals open one by one. But it will only grow in the mud. In order to grow and gain wisdom, first you must have the mud — the obstacles of life and its suffering…The mud speaks of the common ground that humans share, no matter what our stations in life…Whether we have it all or we have nothing, we are all faced with the same obstacles: sadness, loss, illness, dying and death. If we are to strive as human beings to gain more wisdom, more kindness and more compassion, we must have the intention to grow as a lotus and open each petal one by one.”
Sometimes, all it takes is a subtle shift of perspective to see something familiar in a totally new light. Think beyond your current mindset and watch the miracles that come your way.
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