If you’re in need of a fresh perspective, consider asking yourself some simple questions so you can live a life that’s meaningful to you and helpful to all.
Whenever life offers me a hard lesson, I am grateful for the chance to change my perspective.
Challenge Yourself to Think Differently
When we opt to see things differently, we welcome in new energies to rearrange not only our perception, but the content of the world we live in. We’re basically saying to life, “Thank you for giving me this opportunity to change my life for the better. I accept.”
There are so many ways we could see things differently than we currently do, but that should be no cause for complication–changing our perspective doesn’t really require us to do anything other than become willing to experience the shift. It sounds so simple, that just our willingness would lead us to a fresh perspective, because it is that simple. Be willing to change, and the change is already in motion.
Where there is willingness to think differently, there is no challenge to thinking differently.
If you’re pained by what you’re experiencing, try viewing it as an experiment. By viewing life as a series of experiments, the way we look at our situation, career, heartache, achievements, losses, and mistakes can shift entirely. Looking at life as though it were a grand teacher with invaluable information to impart to us brings a whole new level of meaning and engagement to our experiences.
All experiences become pathways to enlightenment when we look upon life as an adventure.
If each experience is an experiment, we’re allowed to be curious rather than anxious, and we’re the ones allowing that shift from anxiety to curiosity. We can start to conduct experiments for the sake of finding what works through the discovery of what doesn’t work; there’s less stress involved in the process of falling down and getting back up, and more creativity and passion.
Through our consistent willingness to adopt a fresh perspective, we release the notion that we need to have it all figured out to live well. We soon recognize that our growth won’t end in this lifetime, and so possibility remains consistently unlimited. Our willingness to experience change slowly dissolves painful patterns of the past and opens us up to embrace the mysteries of tomorrow.
We know that the capacity to undergo an attitudinal shift–one that could lighten any situation–is here in the present.
By loosening your grip on your past and current beliefs, you’re granted the freedom to think differently.
Change is a Chance to Change Your Perspective
Change is our constant in life. Each time change knocks on our door, it’s a chance for us to either offer an invitation in peace or fight off the inevitable force that’s entering whether we wanted it or not. Perhaps our biggest challenge is to befriend change, and though it’s not mandatory to do so, it will give us a chance to live more peacefully with ourselves.
We’re used to resisting change, and suffering along with it. Yet we can choose to move forward with a fresh perspective in tune with each change, and in doing so we create a life from the inside out. We choose the role of “purposeful co-creator,” rather than “victim to conditioned reaction.”
Adopting a new perspective requires our willingness, as mentioned earlier, and perhaps a touch of creativity. Our imagination can take us anywhere–quite literally, into a state of heaven or hell on earth.
If you’re experiencing hell, challenge the stories you’ve been telling yourself. Reality-check your beliefs with a more objective and compassionate mindset. Change offers you another chance to see the lessons that have been coming up for you, the patterns that have been hurting you, and the stories that have been destroying your chance at living a happy life.
Change gives you a chance to get closer to who you really are, underneath the surface layer of life, beneath your incessant thought patterns.
In the spirit of curiosity, creativity, and possibility, consider (one or more of, but not necessarily all of) the following questions. They’ll help bring your current mindset into the light; it’s a tool for re-framing the troubling or confusing situations that arise in your daily life.
Use the tool of self-inquiry and internal awareness whenever a stressful situation or painful thought pattern shows up. Give yourself the time, space, and chance to let your answers come through.
In some cases, you’ll need to consult your heart instead of your mind for the answers. Trust your internal guidance system, and remember that you’re more than your thoughts. Detaching yourself from the stories you’re telling yourself begins when you realize you’re more than the story being told.
If you feel uneasy, confused, lost, alone, anxious, bitter, small, helpless, hopeless, unheard, or overwhelmed, you need the miracle of a fresh perspective. Asking yourself the right question, sincerely and openly, could give way to that miracle.
19 Questions to Prompt a Fresh Perspective
What thoughts or beliefs belong to the old me? Which do I wish to leave behind? What am I holding on to that’s holding me back from who I might be, from a life I might live?
How does this view serve me, or not serve me? Is it a sign that I’m being good to myself? How does it make me feel?
What do I want to bring to this situation? What is lacking, and can I be the one who brings in those missing qualities?
What kind of world do I want to live in? Do I want to embody and give rise to a loving world or a fearful world?
How much love am I willing to experience right now?
How much love have I been giving to this experience? Have I been in the service of love, or fear?
What image am I projecting when I express this belief? What internal dialogue is playing out in my life?
Who do I want to be in this situation? Who do I not want to be in this place? Does this perspective align with my highest self?
Who am I? Regardless of my job title, relationship labels, residence, cash flow, religion, food choices, political affiliation, skin color, clothing, age, gender, material possessions, or childhood… Who am I? Who is that internal I am?”
What’s the story I’m telling myself in this situation? Can I be certain this story is true? What might an objective mindset tell me about this story?
Can I contemplate how I might not be 100% right? Can I flip my perspective for a moment to look at this (situation, belief, person) differently?
What would I do differently if I knew that the universe had my back? How might I think differently, or respond differently?
Is this perspective helping me live a life that’s deeply fulfilling to me, and helpful to others?
Does this interaction leave behind a trail that I’m proud of?
Am I willing to allow this to upset me? Would I rather be right or happy?
Who would I be, and what else would I see, if I erased the thought that’s worrying me?
What am I worried about? Is my imagination creating moments I don’t want? How can I use my imagination for new, positive possibilities instead?
Has my inner peace been at the mercy of external conditions? Am I willing to surrender my ego and worries, and tend to my peace instead?
How might my outlook on my present life situation be different if I didn’t identify with the thought that’s troubling me?
Please share your thoughts, perceptual shifts, helpful insights, lessons learned in letting go and embracing something new, and any stories with me in the comments.
Share these questions with someone who might appreciate a fresh perspective today.
A miracle is just a shift in perception from fear to love–however transcendent or tiny, the shift is always a miraculous one, because it’s a sign that love has been here.
Free cactus clip art by Gold and Berry; lettering by Aim Happy.