Thu, Sep 13, 2012
About fifteen years ago a woman I’d just met “introduced” me to a man whom she adored.
This man’s teachings, she insisted, contained all the wisdom we needed to live a happy, content, fulfilled life.
Im embarrassed to say I never delved too deeply into the brain of the man she admired.
I skimmed a few books and went along my misfit way.
I found him insightful. I thought him wise. But I believed myself too busy to be bothered to take in many of his words.
I look back and realize Ive forgotten most all his teachings & wisdom (sorry friend!) *except* one concept I use on a daily basis.
If we shift/tweak the way we view things in our lives, the things we are viewing change.
(I know. my friend was right huh? Wayne Dyer be a wise, wise man.)
This concept has stuck with me because I love my Zone of Comfy to a fault.
Ive learned over the past decade-plus of striving to live Dyers concept when I feel something is an INSURMOUNTABLE challenge what needs to change is how Im viewing the situation. 99% of the time what needs to change is me exiting or at least STRETCHING my comfort zone.
And, because Im a woman who learns by DOING, this concept has manifested itself in the literal.
When I (feel as I did yesterday and) am confronted by an
obstacle opportunity to grow I ST OP, BACK UP, & change my perspective.
Or, more bluntly put, when my reaction to a situation is: GREAT CRAPBALLS. IM SCREWED NOW! it usually means I need to exit my comfort zone, change my perspective and stand on my head.
- Through head-standing Ive learned to find opportunities when I firmly believed there none—-by shifting the perspective I had on a situation.
- Through head-standing (and hard work) Ive retrained myself to present everything to my brain as MERELY INFORMATION—by shifting how I ‘take in’ information I change my response to situations. For the most part no situation is inherently “bad” or “good” it is merely information for my brain to process.
- Through head-standing Ive learned to control my physiological responses to ‘information’—as shifting my immediate response completely changes my body’s neurological response. When I immediately responded to situations as catastrophic even when I tried to CHANGE my point of view it was virtually impossible. My BODY had already processed *catastrophe.* By choosing to start with the positive my brain immediately operates from this place & scans my memory for other such “positive” challenges.
Since Im fortunate enough to work from home this head-standing/perspective shifting can be quite literal.
This is how you’ll find me when
Im on the verge of freaking out life is generous enough to throw an opportunity to GROW my way.
Now I seek yer wisdom.
- How do you shift perspective when challenges arise? Are you a LITERAL shifter (as I am) or a metaphorical?
- Whats your BEST TIP FOR ME when a change in attitude/perspective is needed & a headstand isnt appropriate?
- May we start a headstand challenge? Cuz seriously it’s my oneandONLY “oooh look I can do this!!” party trick…