Life Becomes Better When You Change Your Perspective

It’s not what you see, it’s how you see it.

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There is a reason why some people handle life better than others. It has nothing to do with their background, color, race, religion, or upbringing. It has to do with their outlook on life. A common analogy would be someone’s view of the contents in a glass. Is the glass half full, empty, or just half a glass? How you see the glass is a representation of your outlook on life.

Everyone wants to have a good life and have their wants and needs met. It could be a better job, building a relationship, money, or just finding happiness. The question is, how does one develop a mindset that attracts these things? Before you take action, you have to believe the action is possible. It sounds simple, but not many people believe they have the ability to create a life that they want. The first step toward a better life is positive thinking.

Manifestation is something that’s been debated for years. I am on the side of believing whatever you put out there you will attract. This is why it’s important to shift your mind to better things. When you expect the worst, the negativity shows up. When you speak life, great things will come.

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” — Wayne Dyer

I believe there is always a way to make a bad situation better. Others may see optimism as being insincere and not being realistic — which isn’t true. In order to have a good perspective, there is an element of realism that has to be present to help rationalize things. If you’re overwhelmed by something, try to break it down the best you can.

There are days where I don’t feel my best. When I’m down, I think of all of the bad days I’ve gotten through and remind myself of how resilient I am. This is an example of using perspective for positive encouragement. Instead of thinking it’s the end of the world, I see bad days as a hurdle I can overcome. Nothing lasts forever — not even the worst of days.

Reacting To Reality

Getting fired is a situation that no one looks forward to. During this event, you’re highly stressed and at a loss. After reacting to the news, you realize it’s an opportunity to go full time with your side business. It could also be your chance to take someone up on that job offer.

With perspective, it provides new outlooks and thoughts to consider. You can react as if you’ll never be employed again or you can seek other opportunities that you’re now able to explore. Some setbacks are blessings in disguise. If you wouldn’t have gotten fired, then you wouldn’t have been able to get that career you’ve always wanted. Most of us only see the positives of situations in hindsight. The real gift is seeing the upside beforehand.

Our brain is a tricky organ. It creates scenarios that don’t yet exist. This could either work to our benefit or to our detriment. In this instance, we would want the former. Changing one’s perspective is a form of brain hacking. Maybe you’ve developed a mindset from your upbringing that’s hard to shake. That doesn’t mean it’s impossible. To help, we must find the underlying causes that shape our worldview. When we do, we are able to make way for something better. It’s though life experiences that people are able to change. We must seek these changes to create a new reality for ourselves.

Lessons From Losing

Making money from investments is great, but what happens when things don’t go according to plan? No one wants to lose. When we do, what happens next?

When I lose money from investing, it’s not something I am concerned about. Whatever I lose, I can make back. There is always a risk when it comes to investments —this is the first rule of thumb. Without losing, there are no lessons to be learned and no opportunity to become better. Some see investing as gambling and others, like me, see it as a way to create wealth for me and my future.

Losing is as beneficial as winning. When you win, you win by achieving the goal. When you lose, you win by learning how to become better for the next opportunity. The only true loss is quitting. Having this outlook is what helps people stay the course to achieving whatever goal they seek.

You Are What You Think

Perspective is what determines how the events in your life will play out. You may be a first-world citizen who believes they have the worst life ever. Meanwhile, there is someone in a third world country who is thankful for the things most take for granted. This realization may help you to develop gratitude for growing up in a better situation.

Life will never be perfect — and we shouldn’t want it to be. If it were, there would be no purpose. If you’re currently going through a tough time, believe that the life you have now isn’t the life you will have in the future. This will only be as true as your outlook on life. Henry Ford once said, “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.” You hold the power to your future. If you think life won’t get any better then guess what? It won’t. If you believe better days will come then it will motivate you to work towards making life better. In this rollercoaster we call life, perspective helps us to make sense of it. It may never make sense and that’s okay. If we can find an understanding that keeps us together, we’ll be able to make it.

As far as work ethic, we as humans can learn a lot from ants. Don’t be nice, be kind.

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