7 Shifts in Perspective That Will Make You a Happier Person
Be careful how you interpret the world: It is like that. ~Erich Heller
We all have our own way of looking at situations and judging their importance — relative to us. It is our ‘perspective’. In many ways, seeing things differently help shape our personalities, and that’s good! Even so, there are some perspectives that can have a negative effect on our attitude and way of life.
Here are ten ways of looking at things differently. Considering a shift in perspective — from a negative to a positive point of view, goes a long way in helping us live a happier, more fulfilling life.
1. Look at the past as spilled milk. Yes, we should embrace the past, even analyze it to some extent and learn from it. However, we should not dwell upon it. Living in the past only paralyzes progress. Look at is as a glass of spilled milk you can do nothing about — except clean it up and do things differently, should you want a change. Learn from the experiences of the past and move forward.
2. Look at fear as a challenge. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain”. View fear as an emotion that is holding you back (from achieving your desired goals). Once you move towards fear, it diminishes. Challenge yourself to eliminate the fears that are holding you back from starting that business, taking that vacation or seeing the world from a different angle. Start by asking yourself — what’s the worst that can happen?
3. Your biggest dreams CAN be accomplished. Not only will this perspective charge and motivate your enthusiasm, it will launch you into action mode and help you build a laser focus for achieving your goals. Start looking at your dreams as inevitable achievements that your will complete.
4. Time is rigid; it cannot be stretched. Many people look at time as something that can be ‘made up’. This is the perspective of procrastination. You cannot stop, buy, make up, or save time. Once it goes by, you cannot get it back. Are you using it effectively? Once you take on this perspective, you will gain more focus and invest (or reallocate) your time to that which matters most to you.
5. You are responsible. With this perspective, you take charge of where you have been in life, where you are, and where you are headed. You stop blaming others and draw your own path. I personally have not done any research on this, but I suspect that all successful individuals take responsibility for their actions.
6. When you do nothing, you accomplish nothing. Taking action often comes with consequences, and it often means taking risks. However, a bigger risk is not taking action. At some point or another, many of us have had the perspective that not taking action brings no consequences. Having the perspective that doing nothing accomplishes nothing ultimately brings more focus, determination, perseverance, and happiness.
7. Happiness is inside. From this perspective, you look at happiness as an emotion that initiates within you. The willingness and ability to create your own happiness and to stop letting outside circumstances dictate your happiness help activate the law of attraction and puts you on the driver seat of your attitude!
Sometimes, we should take a step back and change our perspective.