Changing Your Thinking and Perspective
Your thinking and outlook are always influenced by where you live. Your past
has no real existence, but it lives in you as part of your memories and thinking.
You are always shaped by your surroundings and the world that you build inside
with those numerous experiences, perceptions and impressions which you gather
as you grow up.
If you live in a small world such as a village, an island, or a community,
your world inside will be smaller and your thinking, interests, outlook, and
relationships will remain limited to the place. You will not think much about
anything, except what happens there or what happens to you and to others.
If you have ever watched the Survivor reality show, you will see how, for the
duration of their stay, the participants become increasingly critical and paranoid
about others and remain focused on the activities of the group. They temporarily
forget their homes and the world outside and become lost in the little world
which they create in their minds, thinking mostly about their survival and
how to manage others. At the most, they may think of their families or what
they may do when they return. Other than that, they remain preoccupied with
the game and the little group of people on the island. Minor incidents, little
setbacks, failures, quarrels, alliances and betrayals consume their minds and
limit their thinking.
The same happens to people when they work in organizations and business establishments.
Their homes and work places become their little worlds. They become preoccupied
with personal and family matters or their work related problems, politics and
deadlines. Whatever happens in those little worlds influence their thinking,
actions, behavior and relationships.
If you want to change the way you think or live, you have to break free from
the world that you construct in your mind and become its prisoner. You must
change your habitual thought patterns and the barriers which you build around
you as your sanctuary or little escape. You cannot progress in life or change
your destiny, unless you widen your thinking, vision, outlook and perspectives
and unless you cultivate interests outside your world to grow and experience
newer things in life.
Your inner world and your perspectives, or your ways of thinking and choosing,
determine how your life is going to be, and what experiences you may attract
into your life. If your world is small, your thoughts and interests will remain
limited, and you may be consumed by small matters and petty problems which
will prevent you from seeing the bigger picture or living a better life.
If your life has fallen into a certain routine, it may be because you have
become accustomed to live in certain, safer and secure ways and you are unwilling
to move out of your comfort zone, or face new challenges. When you see the
world from the ground up, you may not see much. Your vision will be blocked
by many barriers. The same is true for any perspective in which you may become
stuck. Your view will be obstructed by many defenses, which you build for security
or which the world builds for you as part of your identity.
If you want to grow in your life both professionally and mentally, you must
keep expanding the world in you and keep stretching your mind, thinking, vision,
knowledge and intelligence. If you are not happy with your life or not satisfied
with your success, it is time you take a look at the world which you have built
See what needs to be changed, removed, improved and how you can expand the
boundaries of that world so that you can be a better thinker and visionary,
and more confident, courageous, energetic, and optimistic in your thinking
It does not matter whether you work for a small company or a big company, and
whether you occupy an important position or not. The best way to change the
quality of your life, perceptions, experience, and relationships is by changing
your thinking and perspective. It will change your inner world and your outlook
so that you will have more opportunities and possibilities of achieving success,
peace and happiness. It is the same as what happens to a company when it breaks
out of a small market into a bigger market. Its challenges will increase but
also the rewards.
You can widen your world of activities and your limits of influence by stepping
out of your comfort zone, viewing your life, actions, relationships and problems
from different perspectives, and overcoming habitual thoughts and self-limiting
beliefs that confine you to a set of beliefs and a routine life. Your world
and your life are very much shaped by your thinking, interests and choices
and by changing them you can change the course and the quality of your life.
You can change your thinking, and thereby you life, by cultivating new interests,
establishing new goals, forming new relationships, breaking old habits that
limit you, visiting new places, acquiring new knowledge, and transcending your
selfishness, self-limiting beliefs and self-centeredness. You can increase
your knowledge by reading books, taking interest in new subjects or joining
a college course which can help you professionally or personally to be good
at what you do.
You are what your think and do in your life. You are the sum of your thoughts,
actions, knowledge, desires, interests, relationships, experiences, interactions,
perceptions, perspectives, fears, hopes, and expectations. They are the architects
of your inner world and the quality of the life which you lead.
By improving any of them, you can expand the boundaries of your knowledge,
wisdom, perception and awareness and thereby your inner world. If you want
to improve your life and chances of success and happiness, you must see it
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