The Value of Having Different Perspectives
We all have our own ways of seeing things but, there are times when viewing a problem or a situation from different perspectives help resolve issues that we thought would never be solved. It is times like this that the old saying of “not being able to see the forest for the trees” takes on real meaning. Having the ability to view things from a different perspective can help us to solve problems, get along better with our co workers and love ones, and have a constant flow of ideas that can help us to make our jobs and lives more successful and less stressful.
By not limiting our self to the idea of a single solution to a problem or that there is just one way to handle a situation we open our mind to a world of possibilities and take the stress off ourselves to find the one right way of doing things. Accepting that there are a number of great solutions to every problem allows us to freely explore the possibilities and relieves much of the tension we feel when problem solving.
By stepping back and looking at the big picture we can form a mental image of the goal we are trying to reach. Looking at the forest instead of that single tree often gives the ability to put the little things in a different perspective and we may just find that a problem we though was insurmountable in reaching out goal is not a problem at all.
Isolate the Problem
In order to learn how to look at things from different perspectives you must not only learn to see the big picture but you need to learn how to isolate problems that do arise and then see how to best correct them in a way that will reach the ultimate goal you have set. As you explore different solutions to the problem continually ask yourself if the solution that you find will help you achieve your goal or take you further from it.
View a Situation as an Observer Rather Than as a Participant
Sometimes we are too close to a situation to see how our actions are actually causing problems or complicating situations. By taking yourself out of the situation and looking at it from the standpoint of an observer rather than a participant you will get a different perspective as to what is happening and how best to change the things that need to be changed. Sometimes we let our egos and emotions rule situations and by stepping back from the situation we can view a situation more dispassionately than would otherwise be possible.
Talk With Others
Sometimes the most direct means of getting a different perspective to simply ask others their take on a situation or problem. Every person is different and each person view of a situation will be different. Some one may just see something you have missed that may prove to be beneficial for you.
The ability to see things from a different perspective takes time and desire but it can benefit you in the long run both personally and professionally.
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