“A little perspective, like a little humor,
goes a long way.” – Allen Klien
Let’s say that someone has a 40-hour work week at a job that they enjoy, but they have a goal to get a brand new Ford Escape. They don’t have the money to get it, but they really want one. So they flip a switch and ask themselves, what can I do to earn more money? Maybe they can get a part-time job. Maybe they have a skill they can use. Whatever it is, once they flip that switch, they realize that they can physically do more than they have previously given themselves credit for. They don’t have to just settle for the income their job provides.
If you’re looking for a way to get to your vacation destination, and you usually take a plane, do you even consider a train or boat? Yes, there will be places a train or boat cannot go, but the point remains the same. If you already have something in mind, the other possibilities fade into the background. If we focus on solving the problem, rather than on one specific part of it, it will be easier to get to a solution that solves the whole problem, and to achieve our end goal.
Changing the way in which you look at things can bring clarity and aid in the discovery of new options. It can help you discard old habits which no longer serve you, and it can help you make better observations from your new perspective. Norman Vincent Peale said, “Change your thoughts and you change your world.”