What it is like:
When you have clearly decided what life is about and you keep it readily available "top of the mind" for looking at life, you are in the strongest power position of all. You are centered and calm, knowing that there is little threat and that you can handle things as they come up. You engage your higher brain and look at everything from an elevated position where you see all of what is going on and how all the pieces relate. Then you decide what to do.
That is the Power Of Perspective, the essential to living a great life.
"When you feel least thankful, you are most in need of what gratitude can give you: perspective."
Oprah Life Work Lesson
'There are times when people need to remove their head from a dark place, and take a new look at the world and life."
The CranialRectal Surgeon
You cannot have a great life without the power of perspective. Without it, you are reactive, operating in a fog of unclear thinking and emotions, and very much without power - the ability to use one's energy to create a desired result as quickly as possible.
It's a great way to live life!!!!
PERSPECTIVE IN THE MOMENT
One of the very most effective things you can do to improve life is to set aside Perspective Time . It's like an army general looking over the whole battlefield and making strategic decisions on where best to use the resources. Without that, we'll engage in battles that get us very little and miss some of the best opportunities. It's about taking a moment, take enough time, to decide what do I really need to do in the next moment. What is the better path? Then you'll be able to go more toward what you want, in a straighter, making better decisions. And your life will be elevated and you'll be calm and in control. (Practice: Pause, Plan, Pace .)
You'll be like a god of your own life, looking down from above, seeing the whole picture.
At the very basic, beginning level, we must at least take the perspective of looking at our week (last week and the coming one) to see how things went and to decide what needs to be changed and then to look at the next week and to scheme, decide, create it in the best way you can think of, in order to have the greatest week.
Those who succeed greatly in life will not just do something and get it over with. They will always go beyond that, looking at what has happened and what they want to happen in their life. Some will choose to plan their day, some will plan their week - and some, those rare few who live the greatest lives of all will "take it to the max" - and spend the extra time and effort to push the boulder of understanding and wisdom all the way to the top of the hill. They will "learn life" diligently, scheduling and protecting the time to learn and to answer life's questions and solve any problems - and to keep enhancing their ability to live life better and better, at an ever higher level.
THE GRAND PERSPECTIVE
Getting a perspective on life overall is perhaps the most effective power increaser of all, as it blows out many of the blocks and defines more of what works in life - and what is most important.
I designed the "powerpoint" Summary Modules about life overall so that you could whip through the key elements of life in a relatively few pages, noting what pieces you need to fill in (learn, etc.) and have a sense of all the pieces of life, You cannot operate well in life without having gained a perspective on how your beliefs run your life. Without fully correcting your beliefs, which were often adopted without perspective and without real thinking, you cannot create a much greater life - no miracle will make it happen, but you can make it happen. You can "run your beliefs:, instead of the other way around - and run them for a much greater life. Life philosophy is a coherent gathering of one's belief in whole, consistent and clear - and powerful. If you have an ill-formed or partially formed one, you'll live a confused, sometimes contradictory, life, with totally unnecessary unhappinesses. I suggest you "re-work" your view of your self and your philosophical foundation.
WHEN WE LOSE OUR PERSPECTIVE
We lose our perspective when fear arrives on the scene. In contrast, Barbara L. Fredrickson, Ph. D., proves that one broadens one's view and makes better clearer decisions with more creativity when they are injected with "Positivity" (the title of her book). Fear narrows it. One of the secrets behind using the Overwhelm Formula is getting perspective. And when one gets it, fears and anxieties disappear or are dramatically reduced.
In the section on fear and perfection, perspective is lost with the drive for perfection.
Psychological Perspective Problem Forms - Looking at what actually happened, separating it from what one said to oneself about it, and objectively identifying the consequences helps to give one perspective and distinctions that help solve a problem. What is the worst and the best that could happen, what help is needed, questioning, answering, and coming up with the final "perspective" statement has one leading a clearer, more powerful life.
SMALLNESS AND BIGNESS
Problems look big when we multiply their size by just thinking of them and not knowing we can deal with them and solve them. (This relates to having a sense of Self-Efficacy.) But perhaps the biggest perspective differential will be achieved when we do what I think is one of the top impact items in our lives and a huge component of happiness: reviewing and keeping "top of the mind" a view of the Mountain Of What We Have, For Sure. There is so much. I will never not have enough. I am always in abundance if I keep in mind this huge blessing of mine. It is so huge that it wins out over everything! (Follow the sequence of links from that piece and be sure you implement a practice where you can keep this in mind, including doing such things that add to the positive side of perspective, such as creating a Positives Portfolio - a great exercise.)
I'll be adding to this. Please let me know anything you'd like to add, by emailing me: Contact.