Sometimes people get so close to their own issues, their own experiences, their own circumstances, and their own problems that they completely lose perspective. Sometimes the lost perspective results in taking your eye off your goals, sometimes it causes you to focus so much on an obstacle that you can’t look past it and sometimes it just gets you off course.
Here are a few ideas to change your perspective:
- Ask yourself, “will this matter in a week, in a month, in a year?” or, as a friend of mine asks herself, “Is this earth shattering?” Take a moment and evaluate if the energy you are putting into a problem is worth the investment of your time.
- Take a break. Sometimes you get so focused on a problem that you can’t think straight about it. Step back, walk away, and clear your head. Come back to the problem with fresh eyes and a new perspective.
- Ask “why” over and over again. We’ve all had “that kid” in our family who always asks why? Well, be that kid. Ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing and keep asking why until you get to the nitty gritty – is what you’re doing in-line with the future you want? Why?
Of course, hiring a coach is a great way to find a new perspective too! I’d love to hear from you, what do you do when you need a new perspective on something?