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Last Updated on June 8, 2022

How to Develop Different Perspectives on Life

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How to Develop Different Perspectives on Life

You may have come across the picture that has a number drawn on the floor with two people standing on either side of the number. One person sees a 6, and the other sees a 9. They are both right, yet they are wrong in the eyes of the other person because of their particular perspective on life.

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    While each could argue that what they see is right, it takes perspective to pause and understand what the other is seeing.

    The world would be a better place if people understood a perspective on life can be molded, changed, or explained. A lot of quarrels, battles, and wars could have been avoided if people saw things from another person’s perspective.

    We would raise better, empathetic, and more responsible adults if we taught kids what perspective was, the importance of perspective, and why we may need to alter a given perspective on life when faced with new information.

    Before you start thinking of how you can start seeing things from the perspective of another person, you might want to start by understanding the fundamentals of perspective.

    You need to first know what a life perspective is.[1]

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    Understanding Perspectives on Life

    Just like the example given above with the 6 and 9, your life perspective is the way you see things. Life perspective is the way people see life, including the way they approach life and all there is in their personal experience.

    In this life, few things are absolutely right or wrong. What we usually have are two different perspectives on one thing. We have a person saying something is bad and should not be done, and then we have another person saying that “bad” is a strong word to use for the same thing.

    It’s easy to come across a lot of different debates online. There are a lot of polarizing debates around politics, relationships and anything that has two sides to the story. Social media makes it easy to pick a side and find opinions that line up with what you believe.

    As a neutral person who has not picked a side yet, you can see that both sides of this argument have concrete reasons to support their answers. They have different choices, and all of the choices are valid.

    While one side sees life from the perspective of “anything goes as long as it makes you happy,” another side sees life as “there are boundaries you should not cross.”

    You see now that there are two valid perspectives here. Both of them are right in their choices, and saying one is wrong is an unsupportable stance.

    There are more than 7 billion people in the world and there’s people who see things in different light. This complicates life because instead of seeing the similarities we share, we often focus on what is different, which leads to disagreements and fights. Simply making a switch and attempting to see things from a different perspective could help solve many of these problems.

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    Importance Of Seeing Things Differently

    Your perspective on life determines how you relate to people, how you handle relationships and troubles, and how you live day-to-day. You may not realize how important your perspective on life is because we often feel that as long as other people’s opinions and decisions do not affect us, ours should not affect other people.

    However, the fact is that our perspective on life does affect the people around us.

    Going back to the 6 and 9 analogy we began with, what we also have are two different scenarios that can play out here.

    We can end up having two adults who refuse to agree to disagree and separate after a heated argument, destroying the chances of building a relationship.

    We can also end up having two adults who swapped positions and perspectives and looked through each other’s eyes for a minute to see that this could either be a 6 or a 9, depending on where they stood. This could graduate into handshakes, drinks later, and the start of a friendship. And all they had to do was view things from a different perspective.

    Your perspective on life can either make or break a relationship.

    If you have a bad or negative perspective on life, it affects everything and everyone around you negatively. You find yourself constantly being angry and not being able to accept other people’s perspectives.

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    Other times you find yourself complaining and stressing over things that simply require a small shift in your perspective.

    Having a good perspective on life gives you an advantage. First of all, you are a lot more open to seeing from other people’s perspectives, thus making it easy for you to create meaningful relationships.

    It also gives you a lot more reasons to be grateful and happy. If you live a life where you are constantly showing gratitude and being happy, then you have lived a fulfilled life.

    How to Change Your Perspective on Life

    Changing your perspective is an active decision you have to make intentionally. First, you have to come to terms with the fact that your current perspective on life is not absolute and can be changed. Then, you have to understand the importance of having a different perspective from the one you already have.

    Once you have dealt with these, here are some active steps you can take to change your perspective on life.

    1. Stop Complaining

    Whatever the issue is, whenever you feel like complaining, fold your thumb, bite your tongue, do something and make sure it stops you from letting out that complaint. When you listen and try to understand more than you complain, you are beginning to see things from diverse perspectives.

    2. Consciously Seek Happiness

    When you are happier, you will see things more positively and seek out more things that make you happy. The practice of positivity is an important habit to develop. However, when you are constantly brooding and thinking negatively, your perspective will never change, and soon all that negativity will begin to spread around you like wildfire. Staying positive can be challenging at first but will ease with time.

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    For more inspiration, here are 9 Simple Ways to Always Stay Positive.

    3. Reduce the Social Media Vitriol

    Oftentimes on social media, people will post one thing and followers will take on a different perspective regarding its meaning.

    When different phrases in a post hit social media, some people do not understand them, which can increase online conflicts. Responding to critical or negative posts with a sense of maturity and lightheartedness will lessen any vitriol spills and keeps anyone from receiving blocks.

    If you feel like you may need some time away from social media to practice this article may help.

    When you are on social media, always seek the other angle of the person disagreeing with you. Your opinion is not alpha, it is just an opinion and can change.

    The beautiful thing about perspective is that it is subject to change. It is not static, and the decision to alter it rests on you.

    Final Thoughts

    The moment your perspective on life comes to play, always remember that it is not the alpha perspective and that the other person’s perspective matters as well. Practicing shifting your perspective can be an important skill to develop.

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    Your perspective on life can also improve, and trying to get into someone else’s shoes might show you the way to betting your thoughts and your attitude.

    Featured photo credit: Elijah Hiett via unsplash.com

    Reference

    [1] Association for Talent Development: Perspective Shift: The Power to Change Your Mind

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