Jo’s Journal: Sometimes All You Need is a New Perspective


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Sometimes All You Need is a New Perspective

by Joanne Troppello


Sometimes all you need is a new perspective. Looking at the situation from a new angle may help you to find a way through it that you hadn’t seen before.


In The Beauties of Nature and the Wonders of the World We Live In, John Lubbock wrote, “What we do see depends mainly on what we look for. In the same field the farmer will notice the crop, the geologists the fossils, botanists the flowers, artists the colouring, sportsmen the cover for the game. Though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them.”


I love the statement that though we may all look at the same things, it does not all follow that we should see them. That is so true. We all have our own perspectives—even when it comes to the same things.

How to Reboot Your Perspective


Sometimes, our perspective needs a reboot. We may be facing an issue that is extremely difficult and we are finding it hard to make our way through it. Consider the following ways to change your perspective and move through your problems.


1. Take a Time Out


You may find that solution you’re looking for if you take a time out and do something other than focus on your problem. Go for a walk. Read a few chapters in that new book you’ve been trying to find the time to enjoy.


Listen to an audio book. Binge watch your favorite show on Hulu. Just do something different that can give your mind something else to think about.


2. Talk to a Friend


Speaking to a trusted friend or family member can reboot your perspective. They can help you see things in a new light since they’re coming at the problem from a different mindset. This person can act as a sounding board so you can bounce ideas off them and see what they think about how to resolve the problem.


3. Seek Out Positivity


Watching the news and scrolling through your social media feed can become depressing. You’ll be bombarded with the negative current events. You can start to feel jealous or depressed when you see how “well” all your “friends” are doing on Facebook.


However, when you make the effort to actually seek out positivity in the world, that can change your perspective. It can help you to refocus your mindset.


4. Focus on the End Game


Take the time to focus on the end game—what you are striving to achieve through this perspective reboot. According to an interview in Bustle with certified meditation coach and co-founder of the OMG, Lynne Goldberg, “We recognize that what we look for is what we tend to see. By widening our lens to the bigger picture, we begin to see things more clearly.”


Remember that the struggle you’re going through will pass. Things won’t always be this difficult.


5. Start a Thankfulness Journal


According to a study shared in Happier Human, “Grateful people report themselves as being less materialist and less envious. Grateful people report being more willing to part with their possessions, more generous with them.” Start a thankfulness journal to record things that you are grateful for—even in the midst of your struggles.


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The more you focus on the good in your life, the easier it will be to see how good you have it—although it may not always seem that way on the surface level. Dig deeper to find all the positive things that are already in your life.

6. Get More Physical


Start an exercise routine to get your endorphins going so you can improve your mood and reboot your focus. Take the time to smile at people you see when crossing the street or are out on your daily errands.


According to a study by the University of California San Francisco, “there are 19 different types of smiles and smiling can actually boost your immune system and physical health.” Get physical to improve your overall health and well-being and reboot your perspective.


Reboot Your Mindset Today


You can reboot your perspective by taking a time out and speaking with a trusted friend. Seeking positivity and focusing on the end game can change your focus. Starting a thankfulness journal and getting more physical can have a positive impact on your perspective.


Have you had to reboot your perspective recently? What did you do to change your mindset?

About the Author


Joanne Troppello is a published author of 3 inspirational fiction novels and the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Mustard Seed Sentinel. She has experience as a freelance writer in topics such as marketing, retail marketing, health and wellness, SEO and social media, travel and lifestyle, website content, recommendations for apps, and content for blogs. Visit her Amazon Author Page for more information regarding her books. Connect on Twitter. Read more about Mustard Seed Sentinel here.


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