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Put it into Perspective

Written on 2018-04-12 by John Meschke

I'm sure you have friends that are very passionate about an activity or hobby that just doesn't interest you, and likewise you have something you are very passionate about that your friends find very little interest in. When you find something fascinating, it's easy to become an expert because the interaction keeps you engaged, learning, and practicing. If fascination leads to engagement and engagement leads to practice and practice leads to expertise, then the road to becoming an expert begins with your perspective.

Think of your favorite hobby you're exceptionally good at. Of course you got to expert status through practice, but you wouldn't have practiced without some sort of interest in the process or outcome. It's in your perspective that you find meaning in what you do. Putting innate talents aside, if were able to convince a stranger to have the same perspective as yourself, would they perhaps put in the effort to practice and improve, maybe even surpassing your ability? If the observation of human behavior over centuries has taught us anything, it clearly shows we can become experts at almost anything given time and determination. Even if we aren't the absolute best in our field of expertise, we're still able to accomplish what non-experts find impossible. If you want to become a better artist, learn how professional artists work. If you want to become a millionaire, learn how millionaires think. This concept can be applied to many facets of life.

Perspective can be very powerful not just for excelling at a hobby, but also for accomplishing stressful or unenjoyable tasks with ease. For the things that need to be done that you don't enjoy doing, think of the purpose behind the task and the good that comes from the result. For instance, you will need to help a relative move into their new house. Be default, our minds tend to look at the negative of the situation. It's going to take forever or I'll be sore tomorrow or the ultimate non-excuse I could be doing something else more relaxing. Truth be told, there are many benefits in this situation if you look for them. It'll be a great way to catch up and share how your life is going, you'll get a lot of exercise, you'll visit new places, your relative will remember how you helped them and will be more willing to help you in the future, and the list goes on. The more good you see in something, the more you'll be willing to do it. When you're happy in doing something, you'll perform much better.

Practice gratitude often. Like in the previous example, looking for the good in the situation shows there are many reasons to be grateful. In being grateful, you will feel more in control when things go wrong, and appreciate things more when they go right. Every time you make a mistake, be grateful that you've learned something. When you wake up in the morning, be grateful that you have shelter, food, and water easily available. Even if you don't like your job, be grateful that someone else finds value in you, that you have a purpose, and that you're helping people. Gratitude is a stepping stone to a positive perspective and it costs nothing. Think of how you can apply gratitude to your work.

A small change in perspective towards the positive can be a very powerful tool in your life. Begin using it today and build it into a habit. When you have a habit of using positive perspective, you'll begin seeing the good in everything you do, creating satisfaction for yourself and understanding how your actions help others. The feedback from your efforts further enforce your reasons to have a positive perspective, creating a cycle that compounds the benefits.

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