“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
~ Wayne Dyer
The way you look at things makes a difference. It’s a very simple, yet sometimes illusive, truth. A perspective is the lens through which you view situations and circumstances. Your assumptions usually, but not always, precede and dictate your limiting beliefs. From your assumptions, perspectives are born. Perspectives can be just as persistent as assumptions, and can easily spill over to all areas of your life.
Listening to your client’s embedded and hidden assumptions along with her points of view about “how life is” is a very effective way of seeing and understanding her default perspectives about life, relationships, money, and all other aspects of life. Your challenge is to empower her with the ability to first be aware of the perspectives she is operating under, and then how they might be limiting her. The next step is for er to be willing and able to change them.
There is a funny magnet with a cute picture of a baby in diapers. The caption reads, “Change your diapers, change your life.” That pretty much sums up the possibilities of helping your clients change their perspectives. When your clients are stuck and struggling with life, much of the struggle is a result of their limited and sometimes stinky perspectives.