At any given moment, we have a certain perspective or outlook depending on the path we are on. Though we may be very much aware that we need to make some changes in our life, we stay locked in to the perspective or mind set that we currently have. We postpone or ignore the changes we need to make because we cannot unlock or change our mind set or perspective. If we start the day out feeling hopeless, chances are we will end the day feeling even more hopeless. If we are afraid of failing when we try to make a change, we will never make the change. If we tried something before and couldn't make it work, we think there is no point in trying to succeed a second time.
One of the most pervasive puzzles in studying human behavior is the question why people have such a difficult time making necessary changes in their lives. We remain over weight, we ignore our medical exams, we keep our office and our home cluttered, we spend too much money, we eat too much of the wrong food, we are careless in following our doctor's instructions, we ignore safety precautions, we waste too much time on social media, we postpone necessary household repairs, and the list goes on forever. Briefly stated, we get in a rut and we are not willing to take a different path that might point us in a more positive direction.
We are not likely to begin making changes when we are locked in to our current do-nothing perspective or mind set. Only when we are willing to choose a new path, take one step in a new direction, test the waters, try the new idea, are we likely to shift gears and begin patching up the lackluster performance dominating our current lives.
Here are some new paths that might lead to new perspectives and changes in our behavior:
- We check the facts and discover that we have been wrong about one or more of the things we have been doing.
- We face a crisis and then have little choice but to wake up and change perspectives.
- We write about our daily challenges in our journal and become more sensitive to the need to make some changes.
- We actually listen to some heart-felt advice and realize that following this advice is in our best interests.
- We read something in a book that awakens our creative mind set and inspires us to get busy and fix something in our lives.
- We watch someone who sets a good example and we realize that if they can do it, we can do it, and we set out to follow this example.
- We think more seriously about who and what we want to be one week, one month, or one year from now.
- We realize that we have been ignoring the most important things in our lives.
- We clearly realize that we are going backward instead of forward and we decide it is time to change directions.
- We get tired of wishing we would or could make changes and then never doing anything to change.
One of the most invigorating experiences we can have is the experience of changing our path and then changing our perspective. Once we launch forth on any new venture, whether it is a change in what we are doing or learning something new or taking care of long-overdue tasks, we get a new sense of direction and experience a renewed determination to begin a new direction in our lives.
Task Number 285: Change your path, then change your perspective. Good luck, look at the world through different windows, and keep going. The Curmudgeonly Professor.