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  • Writer's pictureDr. Lisa Gonzales

Alter Your Perspective

Hit a wall? Facing a challenge and not sure how to respond? Alter your perspective.

Start with the issue at hand. Can you break it down? When you are able to look at it from different perspectives and isolate those that can be impacted most effectively, the issues loses its power over you and you can begin to move forward from a place of being stuck to one where you can overcome the issue.

The same goes for fear. Whether we want to or not, we all face it. Alter your perspective. Begin by taking the issue or the person you are afraid of (yes, there are those who exert that emotion from us) and break it apart. After all, we are the ones who choose how we want to look at something. By reframing it, we have more control to make changes and lessen the power we've given it.

Framing our issues are huge, especially if we are feeling a sense of failure. Let's look at a few examples of failure and perhaps these will help reframe and alter our perspective just a bit....

- Walt Disney was fired as a newspaper editor because he was told he wasn't creative enough. I'm not sure about you, but I'm grateful to the person who made that decision, because freeing him up to create Disneyland and Disney World has had a profound impact on my childhood and that of my twins.

- Isaac Newton was in charge of his family farm, having dropped out of school at a young age. His uncle sent him away to Cambridge to get his act together, and boy, did he!

- Oprah Winfrey, arguably the most famous, accomplished and successful woman in the world was abused as a child and was fired from her job as a television reporter because she was deemed "unfit for television."

- Theodor Geisel received 27 rejection letters for his books. Dr. Seuss, thank you for attempt #28.

- Louisa May Alcott, one of the most prolific writers at the turn of the century, was told to stop writing and do something worthwhile - become a servant to make ends meet.

Look at the context. Reframe the situation. Alter your perspective.

Ready, set, go.

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