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A Matter of Perspective

A topic I often coach clients around, is perspectives and perspective shifting. Imagine placing an object in the middle of a room – a sculpture of some kind, for instance. Now imagine walking around that object, looking at it from a variety of angles. Each perspective would give you a different view point, & little more information about the object. So too with the perspectives or lenses through which we view our personal worlds.

For example, consider this perspective: “A walk in the woods is enlivening, a wonderful encounter with the natural world.” There is a tone in my language. I can practically smell the fragrance and hear the sounds of that perspective. When I say that sentence and feel that perspective, my body posture shifts to embody the perspective: standing tall, energy flowing, ready to get out there!

Now suppose I viewed a walk in the woods as dangerous, messy, bug-ridden, and a waste of time. My tone changes. My body posture changes to reflect the different inherent attitude and beliefs of this perspective. Notice, these are simply two different perspectives on a walk in the woods. Neither is right or wrong. Yet each clearly creates a different experience for me.

So what? you may say. What I am illustrating is that we each have the power to dramatically shift our life experience by shifting our perspective. Just like that sculpture in the middle of the room, a specific situation, a decision to be made, a relationship, can each be considered from different viewpoints, angles, positions, perspectives. And as we look through these new lenses we have access to more and different information. New possibilities are created.

So often, I find myself, a client, a friend, etc. living from a disempowering perspective. We get stuck, feel powerless, and make up rules or beliefs that define our experience, such as:

“I really should be doing more, but there’s no way I can …”

“I knew it would be like this at the beginning; all new managers experience situations like this.”

“This always happens when I tell her what I really think.”

“I need some more clients, but nobody is buying in this economy.”


I want to share with you a 5-step formula for getting unstuck. For opening up new possibilities. For expanding outside of the box. The 5-Step formula will help you move from stuck to possibility, from possibility to empowered choice(s), and from empowered choice to action. Click here to download the formula with step-by-step instructions for working through it.

Playing with new perspectives on old situations is a powerful way to empower yourself and get intentional about how you experience your life. If you’d like guidance in using the formula and creating powerful shifts in your life, please contact me.
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De Yarrison

De is a certified professional Coach, Teambuilder and Facilitator of positive change. She is an adventurer in the world of relationships, blazing new trails of positive expression, resulting in happier leaders, employees, workplaces (and families).
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  1. That is very powerful. I could feel my thoughts shift as I was reading. Marriage, children, work, religion, exercise…..everything could be related. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and expertise in this blog. I printed the 5 steps and will work on it daily. Truly eye opening.

  2. Hi Annmarie, So glad you found the process powerful. Me too! Everyday, usually many times each day, I consciously check in with my perspective on the situation at hand and decide if it is a useful perspective or not. And if not, I get to choose a different one. Cool!

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