Power of Perspective

This month we’re discussing ways we business leaders can be world class!  I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be world class than no-class.  Today (finally!) we’re talking about one of my favorite subjects: perspective!  If you didn’t know, perspective is my passion.  I love helping people and businesses get a fresh perspective on where they’re stuck and all the fabulous options they have for thriving and enjoying life (you can learn more at my website).  But for today, we’re continuing our look at Robin Sharma’s article and the topic of transforming our businesses into world-class ones.

Perspective creates clarity.

It’s easy when you’re in your business day in and day out to lose perspective and get unfocused.  That’s one of the reasons it’s important to work with a coach or mentor from time to time, as well as have a group of people in your business you trust to point out the things that could be improved.  When you truly have perspective on a situation, or when you get a new perspective on a situation, it means you’ve got the whole story (or have a chance to get the whole story), instead of just one side, or bits and pieces.  It also means you’re not ignoring things any longer and can get focused on what’s best and what’s next.

Perspective helps you see the truth about problems.

I believe that a problem is a problem only as long as you let it stay a problem.  What does this mean?  It means that if you’re ignoring the proverbial elephant in the room, you’re going to have a problem indefinitely.  However, if you get your head out of the hole and discuss and chart a course of action for dealing with the “elephant” you’ve no longer got a problem, but rather an opportunity for growth and improving your business.

Perspective discovers solutions, and options.

When you can get, or ask for, perspective, you look at things more open-mindedly.  You’re no longer stuck with the current (and maybe broken) situations, but rather have thrown open the door to more possibilities.  More possibilities and options doesn’t mean you have to pursue all of them, it just means you’re not stuck doing the same thing forever, there may be other things that would benefit you and your customers more and better than if you hadn’t thrown the door open to get perspective on your situation.

Do you need perspective in your business?  Don’t be afraid to ask someone for some!

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