It’s easy to fall back into old patterns. This is particularly true when it comes to the lenses through which we see our world. Our perspective is shaped by the various experiences we’ve had up to this point. This not only makes it harder to shift perspective in their first place but also to make those mental changes stick. Yet, before we can make a change in our behavior, in our thinking, and in our actions permanent, we have to make sure those shifts in perspectives are permanent. Let’s talk about how we can make that happen.
Put Your New Insights Into Writing
Do you remember back in your school days when your teachers asked you to take notes? One of the big reasons why this is encouraged across the board is because it helps you gain a deeper and more longer-lasting understanding. It also helps you retain the information better, the same way writing a grocery list helps even if you end up forgetting it at home.
What does this mean for helping you maintain your shifting perspectives? If you want those mindset changes to stick, I encourage you to keep a journal or some other form of written account about what’s happening. Write down how you see things differently, even if you’re not fully convinced that the other view is “right” or even possible.
Write down what changes and what new insights you’re gaining. This is particularly important for the ones you want to stick with. You can write them down on your phone, open a word document on your computer, but honestly, old-fashioned is best. There’s something about writing things down on paper that makes them more memorable and more real in our minds. That’s why journals or notebooks work so well. Give it a try.
A journal is also a great tool to help you work through any issues you’re facing as you adopt this new way of looking at the world.
Review Those Written Words Regularly
Writing things down is great. Reviewing them regularly is even better. Set aside some time weekly and later monthly to read through the most important notes or journal entries you’ve made about the shifting perspectives you’re trying to adopt for good.
These regular reviews are great reminders to stick to the changes you’re making and will keep you motivated and inspired to change your habits, adjust your reaction, and change your thinking in a profound way. It’s not an easy journey, but one well worth it and a journal will become your best friend along the way.
Be Intentional About Change Until It Becomes Second Nature
Last but not least, it takes time for any change to become second nature. That’s why those written reminders are important. You can also use little cues like words of encouragement written on a sticky note or index card that you can keep around the house and office. They will serve as reminders to be intentional about the change you’re trying to make.
I hope these tips and strategies about shifting perspective have been interesting and helpful. Above all, my intention with this short report is to open your eyes to the possibilities out there. Don’t get stuck in a rut and don’t feel like you’re trapped by circumstances. There’s always a way out if you start to look for it and aren’t afraid to think outside the box. Because at the end of the day, that’s what changing your perspective is all about. Go out there and look at the world with fresh eyes and enjoy.