It’s All About Perspective
Why is it that when we make a change in our lives, we start with the best intentions and motivations? Why is it just at the beginning or just in spurts? A career move, a new diet, a new relationship, these are all positive changes to better yourself—so why does that flame die out after time? When life gets in the way or when we can’t figure out why we’re doing what we’re doing, a sense of “drift” settles in and the proverbial “rut” awaits you. We all work long hours, we are away from our loved ones, and we suffer tragedies that are both controllable and uncontrollable. But the bottom line is that we are all in control of our effort and output. We are all in control of how we view our own situations. In this article we share five perspectives to help you feel less lost in your life—to help you find your motivation and put you back on that path to betterment.
- Celebrate What’s Right with the World. Every day the Internet and media bombard us with what’s wrong with the world. Renowned National Geographic photographer, Dewitt Jones, in his motivational speech on TED Talks, urges you to change the way you look at the world. If you have a choice between a world based on scarcity and fear and one based on possibility—choose possibility. And no matter how devoid of possibility a situation might seem, if you can just celebrate the best in it, you’ll find a perspective that will transform the ordinary into the extraordinary. Focus on what’s right in the world and not what’s wrong. Simply put, “change your lens, change your life.” To watch the video, click here.
- Harness a Feeling. Find something that brings you pure joy. Remember that feeling and keep it with you during the day. This could apply to anything. The love you feel being with family, the memories created on vacation, that feeling of accomplishment having bought your first home. Harness that feeling of joy and bring it to work—it will motivate you to keep going when you’re tired or down. At times it’s important to remember the struggles to reap the rewards.
- Create a Motivational Dream Board. Keep what motivates you in front of you—we are all visual creatures. Fill your work space with motivational posts, encouraging notes from colleagues and pictures of family. Having a childhood picture on display not only helps to conjure positive nostalgic memories but also helps to remind you to keep childlike curiosity in the world around you. Have a list of things you are grateful for—no matter how big or small they may be. Set a mantra and keep it posted.
- Start with a Positive. Consider waking up earlier than usual to do morning meditation. Several resources exist to find ways to be guided including Guided Meditation on Spotify. This does not need to be a lengthy process—even five minutes of quiet can change your thinking. Journal what comes to mind. Two to three sentences simply captured in the Notes section of your mobile device, can free your mind of what weighs you down. Listen to inspirational music or pod casts while getting ready for work or during your commute. And should you resort to venting, make sure you end it with a positive—remember what you do have to be thankful for.
- Live in the Present. Find time to disconnect from your phone and social media. Limit the gossip and the negativity others may project. You are what you read. Find something that allows you to be creative—gardening, drawing (you don’t have to be good at it) or reorganize your house for a new look. Volunteer. Clean out your closet and donate what you don’t use. It’s a good feeling to know you are helping someone less fortunate—be thankful you are able bodied enough to be able to help.
All the above efforts take time and discipline. Your brain is a muscle that needs exercise just like your body. Don’t stop just because you miss a day, get right back at it. It is possible to change your perspective, you just have to want it. Let your friends and family know you are working on staying positive and ask them for their support. An “accountabilibuddy” will make this change to positivity even easier. Challenge them to do the same.
The world is not perfect, but it can be beautiful. How will you choose to see things? Only you can change you. We encourage you to start now.
Article written by guest bloggers, Robert Agger and Cheryl Houy. Robert manages recruitment solutions at Harmony Healthcare. Cheryl, a longtime Harmony Healthcare recruiter, now manages training and development for the company.