Sometimes we don’t need a different life, instead, we need a new perspective on the one we have. Your perspective matters because it determines how you’ll show up at work, at home, and for the people around you. A changed perspective can help you become more compassionate, kind, and considerate of others’ needs. It can inspire you to become a better person and that matters. You’ll leave a legacy that people can look back on and remember you for how you inspired them. Transforming your perspective starts with some critical habits. Here are some of the top ones.
Visit Cultural Sites
Learning about history and modern culture is important. Everyone is inadvertently in their own little bubble. They interact with the same people daily and do similar things routinely. It can cause a self-centeredness that can be hard to overcome if you don’t get out and see things. Cultural sites give a sense of the weight of history. They allow you to explore the world through a culture that is not your own. Seeing things like a war memorial with thousands of names can give you a new perspective on the real cost of fighting. Going to an old homesite can help you appreciate your modern amenities when you realize the hard things people had to do just to live.
Explore Art Galleries
Art is an expression of how you see the world. Going to a gallery helps you experience it through someone else’s eyes. Whether you explore the history of sneakers through art, or get an eye for the beauty of a woman through the Mona Lisa, art will transform your perspective. Modern artists transform our garbage into art, they paint the world as they see it, and for what it could be. They use art to evoke emotions, and all of these things can impact your worldview. Going to local art galleries is an important habit if you want to change your perspective.
Take Care of Your Needs
Many people today suffer from a low self-image. They view themselves as less than. As a result, their needs take a back burner. If you want to change your perspective, you need to take care of your needs. Whatever those needs are. If you need time to yourself everyday, give yourself at least 30 minutes. If this means you need to wake up earlier to start your day, then do it. If you need a lifestyle that allows you to sleep in later in the day, then work on creating it. Your needs matter. Once you fill your own cup, or bucket, only then can you give to others.
Dress For Success
While it would be great for others to look past our looks into what we have to offer the world, that’s not the world we live in. People make their first impression of you based on how you look and the way you dress. While you don’t need designer suits to be accepted, if you want success, start dressing for it. Go to work in a freshly pressed shirt, wear a spritz of Mambo cologne, and stand a little taller. Keep those leggings at home and wear something slightly more professional during work hours. It gives the impression that you want to succeed and can open up doors of opportunity when you’re not even looking for it.
Be a Lifelong Learner
Don’t be a know-it-all. There is always something new you can learn. One of the habits that can transform your outlook is learning. Whether you’re trying to figure out how to fix your sink faucet, or you want to upgrade your skills at work, there are plenty of ways to learn and none of them require you to go back to college. Take a certification course, learn a new skill on Udemy, or find some YouTube videos. Learning something new takes commitment and determination.
Learn When to Say Yes
The last thing you can do to transform your perspective is to learn when to say yes. This also means learning when to say no and it’s all about trusting your gut and setting good boundaries. Don’t intentionally overwhelm yourself because you’re afraid to say no. But don’t say no because you don’t think you can do it. Stepping up to a challenge is a good way to stretch yourself and your skills.