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It’s all a question of perspective
Perspective shifts are easy to explain, but not always easy to apply in practice. First of all, the theory: a typical change of perspective involves rethinking an existing problem from a perspective that makes the problem seem less big/threatening/insurmountable. As a coach, it is important to ensure that the perspective is coherent for the client. An imposed change of perspective does not get anyone anywhere.
Using the change of perspective correctly
The good thing is – for the vast majority of problems you encounter in everyday life, you don’t need professional coaching to change your perspective. Instead, you can follow these three steps as a small guide:
1) Take in the problem fully, including all the emotions associated with it (e.g. the anger when you just missed the train to an important meeting)
2) Then focus on the question of what new opportunities you now have as a result of the problem that has arisen? (e.g. additional available time in the evening)
3) Decide on a solution (e.g. announce to join the meeting online because you will not physically make it on time)
What you need to practise for a successful change of perspective
A certain degree of composure when problems arise and the ability to quickly shift focus to new possibilities. Many clients seem to be stuck in the problem mode for a long time even for relatively minor problems instead of quickly entering the search for solutions. Depending on our personality, perspective shifts can be easier or more difficult – the rest is just a matter of practice.
P.s.: In the following article, I will show you a simple example of how creativity helps to change perspective….
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