Week #40: Look at it this way ...
September 30, 2007
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This Week's Topic: Look at it this way ...
Sometimes all you need to do
to get yourself out of a rut is to look at things from a different
perspective. What challenge is causing you stress? What dilemma has you
stumped for a solution? What issue has caused you a bit of frustration
lately? This week, I want to challenge you to step out of your routine
way of looking at things and consider a new, healthier perspective.
you’ve downsized a dream and need a new perspective that helps you
“raise the bar” a bit, or you’re being too hard on yourself and you
need to lighten up, changing your perspective may be just what you need
right now. Here are a few ways to do just that:
- Step away from the situation – literally.
you just need to take a take a walk or even get away for a vacation.
Being in a different environment changes your physical perspective,
which often leads to a change in mental perspective. So take a break
from working on your challenge – and spend some time focused on
something else entirely.
- Talk to a wise friend and get their perspective.
we are often so close to the challenges we face, it can be helpful to
ask someone else to share their perspective on a matter. This opens
your mind to new options and ways of thinking.
- Acknowledge your own progress.
the problem that frustrates you today are issues that you would have
loved to have had a few years ago. So your child is stressing you out –
don’t forget to take a moment to be grateful for the gift of family.
Perhaps work is hectic right now, but at one point, your aim was to
land this job. More opportunity can stretch you, but being stretched
can be a good thing when you grow from it.
- Consider this question: What lesson does this offer me and what will I do differently next time as a result?
- Ask, “What’s my vision for this area of my life?”
you can be so focused on the issue at your feet that you forget to look
up at the long-term vision. It’s called “not seeing the forest for the
trees.” Keep your eye on the vision.
- Imagine God’s perspective on the matter.
If you sat down with Him for a cup of coffee this morning, what do you think He would tell you?
My challenge to you this week:
at your life from a different perspective. Do something specifically to
help you gain a perspective that moves you forward.
what ways am I stuck in my thinking? What action could help me gain a
healthier perspective? What friend might have a perspective to share
that I haven’t considered?
Until next time ...
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