I recently stumbled across a post all about perspective from Amber Rae and it got me thinking about the different ways my perspective has changed, particularly in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Perspective is defined as a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something. Whether or not you’re a glass half full kind of person, it’s important that we challenge our perspective to make sure that we’re not viewing our lives through a one-dimensional lens.
For most of us, everyday life is not an angular linear line. We all have our ups and downs. We all face adversity. However, it is how we choose to perceive those ups and downs, that allows us to overcome them. If you were to zoom out and view your life, your personal journey, your academic journey, whatever it may be, the ups and downs become a lot less obvious. If we were to shift our perspective to one of positivity, the day-to-day ups and downs appear to be less intense than you first expected. They became more like lessons than ‘downs’. They led you to the next stage and, applying this positive and multi-dimensional lens, your story takes on that angular linear line that you never expected it to.
If you’re struggling with shifting your perspective, I’ve done a bit of research and put together some top tips:
1. Deliberately take a more optimistic viewpoint
By consciously searching for the good in what may appear to be a bad situation can help you to have a more positive outlook on life.
2. Try to be a more neutral observer in a situation
Rather than instantly formulating your thoughts on the matter, take a few minutes to try to calculate the multiple perspectives that could arise from the situation and judge which you believe to be the best one to take. Whilst you may not pick the most positive outcome, by taking some time to think, you are resetting your mind to not jump to the worst conclusion.
3. Offer to help somebody else
There is something very heart-warming about a stranger doing a good deed. Whether it be letting you go in front of them in a supermarket queue because you have 3 items, compared to their 30; or perhaps somebody paid for your coffee through the ‘pay it forward’ deed. These things may appear minor, but a good deed can help restore an individual’s faith in society. We’re living in a testing and trying world so, if you can, offer to help somebody else out. You may find that you change both your perspective and another’s.
4. Consider writing down daily affirmations
Now this is one I haven’t personally tried but I’ve seen more recently a lot of IG accounts declaring their daily affirmations and I think it’s great. Visibly seeing positive thoughts being written down, helps to manifest positivity and goodness. Here’s three to consider for yourself:
- I am worthy of success.
- I am learning important lessons from myself and those around me each and every day.
- I give myself permission to do what is right for me.
Affirmations are personal to each individual, however many of us will share the same goals and desires. For more ideas and examples of affirmations, check out The Blissful Mind.
Finally, remember that once you dreamed of being where you are now. You’ve got this.
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