“When You Change The Way You Look At Things, The Things You Look At Change.”
~Dr. Wayne Dyer
This blog title was inspired by the Disney's movie Soul where a story is told about a fish.
“I heard this story about a fish, he swims up to an older fish and says: ‘I’m trying to find this thing they call the ocean.’ ‘The ocean?’ the older fish says, ‘that’s what you’re in right now.’ ‘This’, says the young fish, ‘this is water. What I want is the ocean!’”
It got me thinking how many of us are looking for something (most likely better or bigger) that we miss what we currently have. This blog is about shifting your perspective and being fully present in the here and now! What is perspective? Perspective is the way you see something; how you perceive it; the lens through which you look at the world around you.
In my book chapter 7 "Hurry Up" pg. 52 I wrote:
"Anything birthed prematurely has complications. God is not in a hurry, you are. That is what causes the anxiety, stress, and depression. If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present where God wants you to be. His word says not to worry about tomorrow because there is enough worry in today. Today truly does have enough going on that adding tomorrow and the next day and the next is stressful. I am speaking from experience. I spent so much time in the future, I missed the here and now. I have been anxious, and I have experienced depressive symptoms before, neither one feels good."
If we take a step back from being so up close and personal to our lives I think we can find the joy in it. It is not too late, you have time to fix it, you just have to change your behavior. We need to shift how we view things, everything you need is already around you. Where you are versus where you want to be is all based on how you are looking at it. Like the quote at the beginning of this blog the fish wanted to ocean, he failed to realize he was already where he wanted to be.
Shifting your perspective can look like letting things go (people, careers, or the idea you have in your head). I know, I know it is so hard to let go of something you have been holding onto for so long. Even if it is not working anymore. But trust me, you have to pivot and look at it different. Your way of looking at things is not normal, it's just simply OLD. You are just use to it. The old way of doing things has to die, so that something new can be born. A new thing can feel like a threat or be uncomfortable because it is unknown. I completely get it, it is scary and you have no idea if doing something new will work. Well just start with how you think, start small. For example go from "Today is going to be a horrible day because I am running behind" to "Even though the day started rough, it will get better". Put on positive thinking and put off negative thinking. #MyselfIncluded
I leave you with these things to think about:
The way you see things can easily keep you stuck and stressed or the opposite it can free you. In other words, your perspective is responsible for creating the life you want to live—or not.
Is this perspective just a replay of something old (past experience shaping new experiences). Something feels like the old thing so you assume it is.
Does this perspective prevent you from happiness and peace?
Did this perspective cost you too much? What have you missed out on because of this perspective?
What are you grateful for in this moment?
Is this perspective in alignment with what you want in life? Reflect on what you want your life to look like. Does your mindset match these desires and dreams?