Coaches Corner: How Does our Perspective Shape Us?

Dec 29, 2011   //   by admin   //   KMT Blog  //  No Comments

As the holiday season draws to an end many of us take an opportunity to reflect on the past year.  My family unanimously decided that for 2012 our goal would be to begin new traditions. It started with having two Christmas trees as a symbol of growth.  It sounded great to have a new beginning, a fresh start, make all things new, bury the past and look forward to a better tomorrow. All clichés we have all heard or said at one point or another.  However, before we can begin creating new memories we must learn how to not let our past perspective influence our new beginning.

Well, you may be wondering what does that mean.  Perspective by definition taken from Dictionary.com provides various meanings “a technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface or the state of existing in space before the eye or the state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship”.  However, most of us could relate better to these understandings of perspective: “a way of regarding situations, facts, etc, and judging their relative importance, and the proper or accurate point of view or the ability to see it; objectivity: try to get some perspective on your troubles”.   

So, how does our perspective shape us?  When you consider a crisis: losing your job, the state of the economy, leadership instability, end of a relationship, a bad grade, or losing a love one, our perspective can be altered just by the very nature of the situation. What many of us seem to forget is that to make new traditions and goals we have to embrace a new perspective of the old situation and be open to embracing a new way of thinking about it. If not, the old perspective would only lay dormant until a similar circumstance releases the sleeping negative reaction you have tried hard to change.  We should all try to understand that disappointments are inevitable; Crisis is inevitable but discouragement is temporary.   The most important aspect of coping with a crisis is how your perspective allows you to deal with it.  Crisis can make or break a person or an organization. How you respond to change defines how you step into the challenge. To better understand your perspectives in difficult situations ask yourself: Do I sit it out in my imaginary storm bunker hoping it will pass and hope to emerge unscathed?  Or do I rise to the moment, innovative and looking at what you can do differently?

Aforementioned, crisis might look like a changing economy, the loss of a job or a corporate restructuring. Your response determines how you will weather the storm. With the right perspective and corresponding actions, you can grow and prosper during challenging times.

You shape the circumstances or it shapes you. Consider a weather crisis. A tornado touches down or a snowstorm passes through. You stay safe during the event and emerge after to a changed world. Some buildings have moved; others are gone; some things are destroyed, while others remain standing. You can’t just pretend that everything will be exactly the same as it was before because the events have altered your perspective and you begin making conscious decisions to either rebuild or relocate.

Crisis can call us to innovation. What if you knew that it would work out better? Would that change your perspective? Your attitude? Your actions? If you want better answers, it is up to you to ask better questions.

So, as our new perspective takes shape with the unanimous decision to have two Christmas trees as a symbol of growth we have embraced the phrase that discouragement is a choice.  See it for what it is.  Whatever the future or 2012 holds we must look within and take ownership,  reflect back on how far you have come, then look ahead to your future because remember all discouragements are temporary, just change your perspective.  Let’s communicate.

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