Perspective….. I wrote a post on perspective a while ago, it was about gaining perspective to be able to evaluate where you are so that you are able to move forward, the link is here
Lately, however, I have noticed that the perspective of others is somewhat quite prevalent, or am I more open to it, do I feel like I am not on level ground? I am not sure. I have noticed this in organisations and in peoples personal lives and it has had me thinking quite a lot.
Why is it, at times we find it hard to consider another’s perspective and why are we or others so quick to judge, condemn, and not be able to agree to disagree?
When we think about what perspective means: a particular attitude towards or way of regarding something; a point of view.
We all have a perspective on something, this is something that we can not deny. How strongly you feel about a perspective will be determined by how close it is to you or how much it is affecting you, or how much you let it.
There will always be your own perspective and that of another, it is similar to groups. But in a society where the very fabric that holds it together is becoming more and more complex, how do we determine our perspective versus someone else’s? How do we take on board a political groups perspective and determine how it fits with other groups? ourselves? and those we share conversations with?
There are several ways to put yourself in a good position to consider the perspective of others and also to understand your perspective:
- Know yourself, once you know who you are, what your values are and what your boundaries are it is much easier to consider another’s perspective regardless of whether you agree with it or not.
- All of the above point changes over time with different life experiences and maturity so do not waste time reviewing who you are, what your values are and what your boundaries are.
- Gain assistance to recognise your perspective and why you have it, coaching is one way.
- Remember perspective is not about being right, it is about understanding how and why you may view things the way you do and why someone else does too.
- Know when it is ok to maintain your own perspective and walk away.
Have a great weekend.