6 Ways to Broaden Your Perspective and Be Open to New Ideas
Our point of view drives how we live. From how we raise our children to the food we eat. Our perspective is based on our own life experiences and what we’ve been told. By its very nature, our perspective is narrow and limited.
Here are six ways to look at your own goals and objectives through a different lens.
#1 – You can’t learn anything new if you think you already know it all.
You already have your perspective. That’s a given. And you’re probably in love with it. But, you won’t be open to change unless you’re open to new ideas. So ask questions and listen to others. Travel. Seek out new places, new people, new experiences and new conversations.
If you ask, people will always tell you what they think. They may be right, or wrong, or somewhere in the middle. But they will always offer you a way of looking at things which is different than your own.
#2 – Ask more questions, then listen!
When confronted with a different way of believing or thinking ask “Why?” Why do they feel like this? What have they learned or experienced that makes them see things this way? Is what they believe “working” for them, could it work for you?
Be curious without being judgmental. Seek to understand the differences in what you believe and what others believe and why.
#3 – Spend time with new people.
Of course seek out those who have the same goals as you. This is easy to do and you need your support group.
But seek out new / different people and seek to learn from them. What are they doing that may work for you?
Also, look to expand your perspective by spending time with people who are successful in different areas of life. Are you seeking to improve your health? Of course surround yourself with a support group that has the same or similar health related goals. But also seek out those who are looking to improve their relationships, business, careers, etc. Often times success in one are of life contributes to success in other areas. It’s the Ripple Effect.
The goal here is to get to know people with different experiences than you, so you can begin to see their perspectives.
#4 – Read, Read More, Read More Broadly.
Reading or listening to audiobooks or podcasts provides us new vistas and perspectives. There’s a reason why CEO’s read so many books per year and why Warren Buffett spends most of his time each day reading.
Expand your reading. Read new authors, new genres, new magazines, blogs and websites. Warning: Not all reading is helpful. Some reading can actually be damaging and distracting. There is a lot of noise in the world that is meant to distract and control your focus and thinking. Be careful of what you put into your mind.
But rather than turning to your favorite author or podcaster on autopilot each day look for something new. It can offer you a fresh perspective.
#5 – Pay attention to what you look at.
Like reading, what we look at or choose to watch can broaden our perspectives. Mindless TV or Netflix can be a distraction for a few minutes at the end of the day. But it almost never helps us achieve peak performance. The same can be said for mindless internet surfing.
What to do? Mix it up. Watch a few YouTube videos from your favorite mentor. Spend some time doing an online class. Watch a documentary and learn more about the world. Better yet, create your own material!
Create your own videos and document your progress. Post those videos on YouTube. Not for others but for yourself. If you create and post just one short video per week in a year you’ll have 52 videos that you produced and shared with others. Do this one thing and watch how your perspective changes.
#6 – A good coach will offer a broadened perspective.
There are other ways of thinking/ being/doing and this is required to change your actions. If you do not shift your perspective, you will not shift your actions and behavior. And nothing will change.
Your coach should open up your mind to new possibilities, new ideas and new ways of taking action in order to get the results you’re looking for.
Your coach should have experience working with people from different backgrounds. They have a learned a lot from the successful people they have helped coach and they can share that experience with you.
These 6 approaches can help you gain a broadened perspective.
Now that you know what to do, implement one or two of these this week and see how your life begins to change.
Also, schedule a 1:1 with your coach to see how you might be able to further broaden your perspective to reach your goals.
Thanks for reading and I hope this was helpful.