Shift Your Perspective to Move Forward in Your Business
Perspective is everything. I was out for my walk on the beach this morning and discovered this metal window. I have been walking on the same beach for over 4 years and it’s never the same, each day offers unique and fresh perspectives, new stretches of sand or layers of rock, fun treasures and different birds and sea creatures… I love this freshness and the potential for surprise every time I go.
At the same time I was listening to a podcast with Tim Ferris and Debbie Millman where she was talking about how rejection or perceived rejection can stop her in her tracks and often stopped her from pursuing her dreams in the past.
Our perspective on reality is not always the truth, more often than not it’s based on the angle or lens through which we are looking. I took these photos from different angles and got a different perspective each time, which was fun.
And as I reflected on times in my life when I let one person’s perspective impact how I felt about myself or what action I chose to take, I had an epiphany about how rarely I go after something that I might not get. My fear of rejection and failure often stops me from stretching and growing. Or I choose not to share something I’ve done or made for fear of criticism. This was particularly true with team sports throughout my life. A few awful softball coaches and unsuccessful efforts and I gave up, gave in and convinced myself it wasn’t worth the effort and that I wasn’t good at sports. As an adult, I have completed 3 half marathons but I had to dig deep and go way outside my own comfort zone.
I see this also with people who don’t think they are creative. They’ve been told they can’t draw, their drawing is bad or they have compared themselves to others who they perceive to be more talented than they. The truth is we are all creative. Creativity is all about perception. Each of us sees the world through a beautiful lens that is uniquely true to us and results from our life experiences.
Who thought to stick this piece of found metal on the beach in the top of this post? A clever, creative mind…
I am curious, where in your life have you failed to move forward or follow a path you are passionate about because of perception?
And I encourage you to listen to Tim Ferris’ interview with Debbie Millman – it’s an amazing and empowering conversation. http://tim.blog/…/01/12/how-to-design-a-life-debbie-millman/