We are often faced with stressful situations in our personal and professional lives…
Unfortunately, perception is reality.
That means that our perception of the situation will most of the time determines our reaction.
Shifting perception doesn’t mean switching viewpoint or distorting the truth but broadening your understanding of all facets of the situation.
Wondering how to shift your perspective?
Perception is a combination of the information collected, your experience and system of belief.
To shift it, there are some steps that you can take.
1. Put some distance between you and the drama
Sometimes, we get caught up in negative situations whether we want to or not or we stay in toxic environments longer than we should.
Removing yourself from that environment is the best way to change perspective.
If you are consistently surrounded by negative people, your thoughts will sooner or later become negative.
You may wonder whether you are creating or amplifying the negativity but if you remove yourself from it and it still goes on, you have nothing to do with it.
You probably just got caught up in someone else’s crazy.
2. Change your programming
You must be aware of the type of content that you allow to program your subconscious mind.
If you aren’t able to find the perspective you are looking for, seek out content that comforts you and that is similar to the perspective you wish to achieve or to the attitude you wish to emulate.
You may need to gather different sources of positivity around you like podcasts, books or movies.
3. Pay attention to self-talk
You are in control of your thoughts and of the way you react to situations.
In order to help your self-talk, you can use words of affirmation.
4. Adjust your expectations
Most drama in life comes from having too high expectations for people.
If someone has disappointed you or created unnecessary drama, you need to reset and lower your expectations for them.
5. Limit your time
If you are unable to physically remove yourself from drama, you can limit your time there while attempting to find a solution.
By doing so, you will gradually:
- Prioritize the essentials.
- Understand that everything is temporary.
- Acknowledge that you don’t have to stay in it longer than necessary.
6. Find the lesson
Find the lesson and focus on the positives.
Finding the lesson in a negative situation allows you to look past yourself, to grow and to not be the victim.
7. Take a step back
Sometimes, we create our own drama or participate at some level in someone else’s.
According to Miguel Ruiz in The Four Agreements, taking someone else’s drama personally will only make things worse.
It then helps to take a step back to gather yourself and to evaluate the situation.
By doing so, you can also make sure that the story you tell yourself isn’t laced with elements of your past.
8. Change your reaction
You may no be able to shift your perspective just yet but you can change your reaction.
The truth is if you keep doing the same thing, you will keep getting the same result.
So, when faced with a situation that seems consistently challenging, try doing something different.
It may not solve the situation but you will get a different result and therefore gain more perspective.
9. See the bigger picture
Drama and the way we think about it can cause serious repercussions on your life.
Visualizing the bigger picture reframes the negative situation and reduces its impact.
Will this matter in the long run? In 5 days, 5 months or 5 years, will you remember this person or that job?
10. Forgive yourself
Staying in a negative situation, talking to negative people or walking around thinking about negative situation is damaging to your health and will only amplify the drama.
So, take the time to process the negative emotions, forgive yourself for staying in a bad situation for too long and hold on to the glimmer of hope.
Last Words Of Advice!
The circumstances of the situation you are dealing with depend on your perspective and your reaction.
Shifting perspective is a mind trick that allows you to better face challenges and that relies on the principal that you have the power to control your thoughts.Hope that I’ve helped you get it together on your way to leadership!
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