Understand Yourself and Your Situation Like You’ve Never Done Before

Last night, I looked around my bedroom. I decided to reconfigure my furniture.

Now, I sleep facing a different direction.

There are moments where we itch for transition and change.

We believe we need a dramatic shift to make our situation better. We want a…

  • New job.
  • New business.
  • New lover.
  • New hobby.
  • New pet.
  • New project.
  • New complaint.
  • New jokes.
  • New thoughts.

What if you took a pause and realized that a dramatic shift doesn’t necessarily need to occur? How would your desired result or outlook feel different?

In psychology, there’s a famous experiment testing people’s visual perspective using ambiguous images.

Here’s an example:

What do you see?

Do you see a duck or a rabbit?

In this drawing, you most likely see one or the other. If you change your perspective, you see the other.

I believe this same type of thinking applies to problems and challenges.

Take sadness for example:

Let’s say a loved one recently passed away.

I know, this is heavy. My dog, Leonard passed away recently. This is relevant.

I could look at my sadness as a feeling that’s keeping me from seeing the positivity Leonard brought into my life. He brought me an abundance of joy, compassion, and love.

Even though he’s not physically around anymore, I look at the circumstance from a different angle. I acknowledge that sadness exists, yet I’m also grateful. If I didn’t look at his passing from this angle, I could remain sad and lonely.

Apply this type of thinking to a problem you’re experiencing without diminishing how you’re feeling.

How can you look at your circumstance from a positive angle?

I don’t encourage fake smiles, and I don’t believe life is always full of unicorns, rainbows, and butterflies. I simply encourage seeing challenges from a different perspective.

It’s not easy. It takes practice. It takes diligence.

Be kind and patient with yourself.

Surround yourself with people who understand both sides of the picture and accept whichever perspective you’re looking at.

If you’re still stuck, go for a walk and breathe fresh air.

Oxygenate your body and move around. Look north, west, east, and south.

Realize there may be more than two perspectives in every situation.

Possibilities are endless.

Open up and become aware of your surroundings.

There’s most likely something in your periphery that hasn’t come into consciousness yet. Give it time, it’ll find you when it’s supposed to. Otherwise, you’ll end trying to fit a peg into a square hole. It won’t fit.

When in doubt, look in another direction and you’ll see there’s more depth to the situation.

Are you willing to explore it?