Which Would You Choose For Yourself? 

A. More Confidence, Self-Belief, and Success?

OR

B. Less Stress, Anxiety, and Worry?

Why A Change In Perspective Changes You

Changing perspective allows for a more well-rounded viewpoint in almost any situation. A change in perspective will broaden your frame of mind and give you a different frame of reference. Our initial opinions are from the limiting beliefs we’ve developed throughout our lifetimes.

If you can change or adjust your perspective and see something from a different viewpoint, you will better understand another person’s perception of reality. This approach will also help you help others see your point of view and perhaps assist you in changing their perspectives. 

Martin Ward | January 26, 2022

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“Change your perspective. Enjoy every failure as a success and every win as a loss.” ~ Debasish Mridha

 

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What is a change in perspective?

The point of this post is to show how a change in perspective can empower you or even change your initial interpretation of an issue.

It is a tool that one develops by and for personal growth.

Having the capacity to change your perspective in this fast-paced world we live in unleashes your potential.  

Your perspective on anything is from your unique set of core beliefs. These set perspectives, often set in stone, can also be called limiting beliefs.

It’s essential to clarify the difference between core beliefs and limiting beliefs. 

Not all core beliefs are limiting beliefs. Some core beliefs are sound, reasonable, and beneficial to you and everyone else.

Other beliefs can hold you back from experiencing your full potential in life. These are known as limiting beliefs.

To make a point. If you think your mother is a saint, and you treat her as such, however, she’s a bank robber, then you can see how treating her like a saint is limiting for you and the rest of us. 

These core beliefs are developed through experience or life trauma and can become very rigid and unwavering.

Limiting beliefs are generally negative and disempowering and make it hard for a person to see a different point of view or change their perspective and grow as a person. 

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A Change in Fear-based perspectives 

People’s perspectives often create fear, or they become fearful that their viewpoints are being disregarded.

The existence of fear is often related to limiting beliefs. However, the truth and facts can easily challenge and disprove limiting beliefs.

In his post, Fear and Anxiety Drive Conservative Political Attitudes, on the Psychology Today website Dr. Bobby Azarian Ph.D., writes,

“This is what psychologists call a “negativity bias.” If you think about it, this makes sense. When attention is biased toward the negative, the result is an overly threat-conscious appraisal of one’s surroundings.”

A perfect example of a perspective, or limiting belief, is with some school board meetings held in 2021 and 2022 in the US about critical race theory, aka CRT.

Parents are concerned about CRT being taught in grades K thru 12. However, the facts show that it is not.

CRT has become a contentious and heated debate accelerated by the belief that children will be negatively impacted by a school curriculum, including references to race relations or the history of slavery in the United States.

Some parents have even pushed back on a school curriculum that covers the history of the Holocaust during World War Two.

This discussion has even led school boards and state legislatures to start removing books from libraries having anything to do with topics on race, the history of slavery, and even gender identification.

For those contesting CRT, a change in perspective might occur by challenging and pointing out that they were not harmed by the same information being taught in their history classes in school. And that they, infact, are better and more well-rounded people because of that education.

“It is a narrow mind whic cannot look at a subject from various points of view.” – George Eliot

How can a change in perspective affect our daily lives?

Quickly and easily changing your perspective can calm you down and relieve stress and anxiety. But it does take some practice.

Finding happiness and peace of mind in our lives is quite hard with the constant barrage of negative and disturbing news from all the different forms of media we have today.

The information we get daily is sometimes so overwhelming that turning it off is the best thing to do.

When you’re feeling triggered by a conversation, a subject, or negotiation, stepping away and leaving the room is the best course of action you can take.

When you are angry, your ability to see something from a different angle becomes more difficult. 

And you cannot reach an equitable agreement with someone when you cannot change your perspective and see their point of view. Or, as the saying goes, putting yourself in someone else’s shoes.

It happens to all of us every day, unless, of course, you live in a monastery or a cabin deep in the backwoods with no phone, no cable, and no electricity.

Of course, you can be upset with the Racoon, Rabbits, or Bears that keep getting into your food supply.

But even then, you have a change in perspective and see where the animals are coming from, right?

“Knowledge is of no value unless you put it into perspective.” 
-Anton Chekhov

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Why it’s essential to have a broader perspective in life?

When you learn to adjust or change your perspective, you will quickly notice that you’re not as triggered, angered, or unsettled about the subject.

Since our lives are constantly changing, we must adjust to those changes.

Suppose we cannot modify our points of view. In that case, we might need to find that monastery or that cabin deep in the backwoods far away from civilization because we’ll be unable to exist with other people. 

Just a point of fact here. In the 195o’s, there were approximately 2.5 billion people on Earth. Now there is just a little under 8 billion.

We cannot live together on this planet unless we come together. If you see things from a 1950 point of view, it should be evident that you need a change in perspective.  

Ellan Musk wants to go to Mars. I get it.

It’s often unbearable to live here on this beautiful planet, that one day maybe, in fact, uninhabitable.

It’s incredible how it can set you free when you simply change your perspective.

“Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” King James Version of the Bible, John 8:32.

This quote is, interestingly enough, inscribed on the main building at the University of Texas at Austin.

How do emotions affect our perception of reality?

Someone else’s viewpoint or perspective on a topic can be highly emotional and contentious, and their frame of reference may not be based on facts or truth.

However, some aspects of their beliefs may have some elements of truth in them. Seeing something from another angle and changing your perspective is invaluable in recognizing these truths.

In their review article biomedical intelligence: The impact of emotion on perception, attention, memory, and decision-making,  Tobias Brosch, Klaus Scherer, Didier Grandjean, David Sander describe that,  

“Emotion determines how we perceive our world, organize our memory, and make important decisions.”

Having the ability to change one’s perspective can be a game-changer.

In the CRT controversy, though the argument is contrary to facts, the parent’s underlying emotional concern is that there could be a negative effect on their children’s well-being.

Any parent believing that CRT may harm their child somehow is undoubtedly an appropriate concern for any parent to have.

However, you cannot explain your point of view to anyone else if you are emotionally fired up and are screaming back at them.

Changing your perspective in a heated situation can become a magical tool or even a weapon in an argument.

When you can empathize with them and communicate that you see where they are coming from and envision walking in their shoes, you can open their minds and help them change their perspective.

In the case of the CRT conversations, letting opposing parents know you feel that their concern is undoubtedly a just reason for concern and an excellent place and time to move a heated discussion forward.

If you can empathize and understand another person’s perspective, you can then explain your point of view and perhaps assist them in transforming their perspective on the subject.

When your mind is trained, and you can quickly and easily see something from a different angle and then change your perspective, or in others, you become empowered.

 “The mind is everything. What you think you become.” – Buddha

 

In Conclusion  

Again, the intention was not to fire anyone up about the critical race theory or CRT debate that is going on today.

However, a relevant example demonstrates why having a change in perspective can be so transformative regardless of what side or viewpoint one holds for CRT. Or any topic for that matter.

We need to find common ground to coexist on this planet. It’s the only one we have, and very few of us are making the trip to Mars with Elon.

We cannot reach common ground when the truth or the facts are disregarded because of rigid, inflexible, limiting beliefs or unfounded misinformation.

A change in perspective can be transformative in so many ways, allowing you to become more aware and present-minded through life, especially with the constant fast-paced change occurring all around us.