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A new perspective for wisdom: change your view of the world

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Have the past two years given you a new perspective and way of looking at the world? Perhaps slowing down the world and removing many of life’s pleasures and distractions allowed you to look at your meaning and purpose.

  • How do you view the world and your life?
  • What wisdom have you acquired from looking at the world differently?

When we change how we look at the world and life, everything before us changes. If we want to gain wisdom, we need to make sure that we look at life from more than one vantage point.

Because wisdom requires the ability to see the larger pattern of any situation or issue, the minimum number of reference points, or perspectives, for increasing wisdom is three. (Grant Soosalu & Marvin Oka, mBraining)

This is useful in many different areas of life: personal relationships, business, goal setting, decision-making and even your health and well-being.  Consider what it would mean to you to feel that you can confidently make wise decisions and choices. 

A new perspective to use daily

Today I want to offer you three natural perspectives from mBraining that you can incorporate into everyday life.

  1. Use your head for creative thinking by being rational and analytical,
  2. Follow your heart for compassionate connection, acknowledge your feelings, values and how they relate to others, and
  3. Trust your gut to courageously affirm your identity and boundaries while balancing risk and safety.

Ideally, you are using all three of these together, not choosing one over the other.

Most of us have some training in being rational and analytical and may even have been taught to ignore our feelings. But if we want to build a compassionate world, we need to learn to start with the heart. Not the heart you wear on your sleeve. But a wise heart that practices self-awareness, self-compassion and compassion for others.

Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist, following your heart achieves a completed you., Ray Davis quote,
“Following all the rules leaves a completed checklist; following your heart achieves a completed you.”

Follow your heart for compassionate connection.

If you want a new perspective on life and choices, consider the situation through the following lenses:

  • relationships and connection
  • feelings or emotions, and
  • values, importance and salience.

Compassion in your relationships:

Any decision you make, large or small, will impact your relationships and other people. An example of those stakeholders:

  • you (don’t forget to shower compassion on yourself, not just others),
  • immediate family,
  • friends and other loved ones,
  • workmates or employees,
  • shareholders or business partners,
  • clients, and
  • suppliers.

When searching for a new perspective, consider the decision from each perspective, showering yourself with compassion. If each of these people wanted the best for you and everyone involved, despite them perhaps being adversely affected in the short or long term, what might they suggest as a solution?

How will this decision impact your relationships, and what would you like to build in your relationships?  How could you approach these relationships from a place of compassion?

Know Thyself: acknowledge your emotions.

When we are stressed, it’s often difficult to get in touch with our emotions. Our nervous system is made to shut off certain aspects of ourselves when anxious or afraid. So, it’s essential – in advance – to have self-awareness.

When you truly know yourself, you can put a name to different feelings. Feelings are felt – in the body, not in your mind. Your mind will make sense of those feelings, putting a name or label on them. “This sensation is what you feel when you are angry.

When looking for a new perspective, don’t forget to calm down and sit mindfully to check in with your emotions.

Some emotions motivate and move us: for example, anger or fear. At other times, our feelings indicate that we need to look clearly at a situation to see what is bothering us.

According to Julia Cameron, jealousy is another fantastic emotion that provides us with a map.  She considers it a mask for fear, and jealousy arises when we see someone else doing what we wish we were doing. We feel frustrated because someone else is getting what we consider ours, even though we aren’t taking action.  When we look at jealousy in this light, we can find a map that leads us towards getting what we want.

As you sit calmly in silence, what emotions and feelings arise for you around this situation?  What stories are you telling yourself about those emotions? How can you use these emotions to gain a new perspective?

Your heart values what is important.

Have you ever taken the time to notice that your heart and your head value differently? What you might rationalise as important is often not the same as what you hold in your heart. This often creates inner turmoil and conflict. One of the reasons you may procrastinate is that your heart isn’t in it!

When you follow the dream in your heart, you’re energized, inspired, and motivated, Dr. John F. Demartini quotes
“When you follow the dream in your heart, you’re energised, inspired, and motivated.”

When was the last time you listened to your heart for salience and priorities? Can you bring your heart and mind into agreement and alignment rather than simply ignoring one or the other?

You will get a new perspective on your priorities when you listen to your heart and let it meld with your mind, reaching a place of agreement.

Think outside the box with creativity:

Even before we enter the corporate world, schools drum into us the power of the rational mind, memory, and making meaning.  We are constantly reminded to use information and knowledge when planning and making decisions. Applying knowledge to our thinking is one way we gain a new perspective.

But it’s also essential to question the stories you tell yourself and check that the meaning you are giving to situations, conversations and relationships is complete. Is there another point of view that you should consider? Are you using up to date information, or do you need to clarify your perspective?

You might get a new perspective by learning new skills or investigating more thoroughly. It might also be easier to find someone who has already mastered the topic and “pick their brains” rather than trying to do it alone.

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Tools for thinking: gain a new perspective.

Are you giving yourself time to think creatively? Have you brainstormed and put your thoughts down on paper? It’s often helpful to first do a “brain dump” of everything that’s on your mind to get into the flow of focusing on the one thing.

Finally, when it comes to thinking, use questions to generate better thinking!

The quality of questions you ask determines the quality of your life:

“Quality questions create a quality life. Successful people ask better questions, and as a result, they get better answers.” — Tony Robbins

These questions (and the resulting answers) will provide you with a new perspective.

Then, use your imagination to create a plan. Because knowing is not enough: actual knowledge requires creative action. 

[G]enerative wisdom is far more than just having wise insights from your life experiences; insight that goes nowhere other than around the inside of your head does nothing. (Grant Soosalu & Marvin Oka, mBraining)

A new perspective from your gut instinct:

Do you trust your gut? In business, we tend to analyse risk, safety and security in our heads rather than at a gut level.

This makes sense unless there’s a conflict with our gut.

In relationships, situations and business, our gut says “no”, and we fail to put the message received into words.  Because we live in a rational world, we may ignore those gut feelings because “I can’t explain myself”.

Tapping into your inner wisdom for a new perspective:

There are several ways you might connect with that inner wisdom from your gut:

  1. Notice the sensation you are feeling, amplify it, and allow yourself to remember other times in your life you have experienced this very same sensation. What memories or situations arise for you? How might you glean more information from these situations?
  2. Feel into your core visceral identity, and allow yourself to sit with the question: Is this deeply who I am? Or is there part of me that feels that something about this would be inauthentic?
  3. Ask your gut and nervous system whether there is an issue of boundaries, of that line between self/not-self, or whether this is a gut feeling of safety and security. Just sit in silence and notice what you notice.
  4. Use movement: go for a walk, a bike ride, explore on your paddleboard, or enjoy a swim. What insights do you gain by stepping away and simply being in the moment?
  5. Sleep on it!  Sometimes, the best way to get an answer from the gut is to write down some crucial questions before you go to sleep and give your gut permission to sleep on it. First thing in the morning, note down (without great thinking and analysis) all those first answers to the questions you asked the night before. What fresh and new perspectives come to you from mulling it over?
  6. Finally, consider moving forward with some courageous action. What sensations come up when you motivate yourself and ask for more gutsy courage? How does that feel in your gut?

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Take your time to listen and communicate.

If only your gut could speak in whole sentences and fully formed ideas. Your gut will never talk to you clearly as your mind does: it takes time to digest questions and nutriate you with answers. It might often feel like the answer is cryptic: an image, a colour, a texture or a sensation.

But if you want to learn to trust your gut, first, you will need to learn to listen and communicate with it. The way it communicates, rather than how the mind works.

These visceral responses are best heard in mindful silence. Just noticing what you notice. Like most skills, it is acquired and mastered through practice and repetition.

If you practice listening and communication, you’ll recognise the signs and signals you most need them!

A new perspective for generative wisdom

You might remember what I said at the beginning:

{W}isdom requires the ability to see the larger pattern of any situation or issue, {so} the minimum number of reference points, or perspectives, for increasing wisdom is three. (Grant Soosalu & Marvin Oka, mBraining)

I’ve provided you with three internal perspectives – different ways to view the world – that can generate more wisdom in your choices. However, a sage decision or choice does not choose one perspective or view over the other.

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Instead, it’s about alignment, finding that place of convergence where your head, heart and gut agree.  You can reach a place of wise intuition when you have mastered the knowledge of the subject and have the experience that you can fall back on.  This applies just as much to self-awareness and mastery as business decision-making.

  • How well do you know yourself? Are you deeply in touch with your personal identity and the power of authenticity?
  • Have you thoroughly studied the matter, looking at the facts and details? Do you have enough experience in this industry and business to trust your judgement?

Wisdom to take action

[P]hilosophic wisdom is scientific knowledge, combined with intuitive reason. (Aristotle)

Wisdom is so much more than just a new perspective or point of view. It is based on data and information and knowledge and experience. More importantly, it incorporates courageous action: it is not simply ideas or waxing lyrical.

Wisdom shows up in what you do with the perspectives and views of the world that you have studied. What will you do now that you have these new perspectives to work with?

All knowing is doing. (Dr. Humberto Maturana)

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