Change is not the easiest thing for one to do. Change can be daunting, mind-bending and outright frightening. Some of us are fearful of change, however, change is a necessity for growth, new paradigms and shifts for growth opportunities. I was reading an article written by Jeff M. Miller (@jmarkmiller) and he shared some tips to help us gain new perspectives.
7 Tips to Help You Gain a New Perspective
Ask for help. See if a friend or trusted colleague has any fresh ideas. You don’t have to do this alone, even if finding the solution is your responsibility. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with asking for some input. Ask, “How would you do this?” or “Where would you start?”
Walk away. No, you’re not giving up, you’re simply stepping away from the problem for a while. Instead of banging your head against a wall, try letting go and do something new while your mind keeps chipping away in the background. The subconscious mind has an amazing ability to solve problems on its own.
Start over. As hard as it might be to scrap whatever progress you’ve made so far, sometimes it’s the best solution. Take a break and start fresh. It doesn’t mean all the time and energy you’ve spent so far has been a waste. On the contrary, once you start again, you’ll find the best places to insert your old data in your new approach.
Overhaul your routine. Change things up and see if that sparks your imagination and critical thinking. Routine is good and helps us get things done efficiently, but you may have let bad habits or unnecessary actions creep in over time. Maybe your routine is fine, but you’re bored. Change it up! Inject something new into your schedule that gives you a boost.
Broaden your horizons. It’s always possible you simply don’t know enough to make an informed decision. Have you looked at your problem from every side? Have you done your due diligence to tear the problem apart so that you’re intimately familiar with every little tidbit? This is the Eastern method of problem solving. (You can learn more about this from Chris LoCurto.)
Break out of your two-dimensional view. Similar to #5 above, how deep does your vision go? Is your perspective two-dimensional—like an elevation drawing of a building? Sure, it may be detailed, but it’s only surface detail. Go deeper and learn more, as if you’ve been tasked to create a full architectural blueprint suitable for constructing the building you’ve envisioned—that’s 3D perspective. Then, create a timeline for your solution. When’s the deadline? How long will the necessary steps take? How much advance notice do you need to give your team? That’s a 4D perspective.
Ask someone else take the lead. You many need to swallow your pride and admit that you’re not the best person for the job at hand. That doesn’t mean you’re a failure, but it does mean that you’re headed toward failure if you don’t make a major adjustment. It also doesn’t mean you’re giving up. It’s a sign that you’re wise and humble enough to recognize that someone else should take the lead. Now you get the chance to be a team player.
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