It’s All a Matter of Perspective 

by | Jul 3, 2024 | Personal Development

It’s raining? Guess I’m not going out today.  

I forgot my coffee at home? I’ll be pouting for the foreseeable future. 

It’s time to change your perspective! 

We can all agree that those minor inconveniences that happen throughout the day are not fun. But when things don’t go our way, do we just give up and say we’re going back to bed? Nope, we adjust our perspective and keep moving forward!  

Even though you can’t always control what’s happening around you (or even to you), you’re always in control of your reaction. Let’s do some work on your mindset. Here are a few ways to carry a positive perspective with you, no matter what life throws your way. 

Look for the silver lining.  

A group of dark clouds with a silver lining around them.

A silver lining means the sun is about to come out from behind the clouds … both literally and figuratively. There’s always good to be found in what may seem like bad situations. You just have to actively magnify the positives, rather than focusing solely on the negatives.  

  • Your Wi-Fi is taking forever? Maybe this is a sign to take a quick break and go for a walk around the block. 
  • Your server was rude to you at a restaurant? Treat them better than they treated you—it might just brighten up their day! 
  • Your friend cancelled plans that you were looking forward to? Take this as an opportunity to spend a night focusing on personal development. (Use my tips to start a personal development routine, here!) 

You get the idea. The goal is to take that negative situation and find something—anything—positive about it. We’re missing out on so much good in our daily lives. Train your brain to start looking for it!  

Be nice to yourself.  

It’s hard to live a positive life when you’re constantly beating yourself down. That’s why it’s important to start talking to yourself the same way you would talk to a friend, or even someone you don’t know. Unsure of how to get started? Use this list of 101 positive things to say to yourself for a little inspiration. 

It’s not that serious.  

A large orange neon sign reads “LAUGH” against a brick wall.

“A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing.” – Laura Ingalls Wilder 

Let’s say you locked your keys in your car. What’s your gut instinct? Anger, annoyance, panic—maybe even all three at once. But can you find even a drop of humor in this situation? Can you find it in you to laugh at yourself for slipping up? Yes, it’s inconvenient, and yes, you would rather avoid this situation. But here’s the deal: It happened! And you can either laugh about it or shut down completely. Find the irony in those minor inconveniences. Don’t take life (or yourself) so seriously.  

Find a different angle.  

We all see things from our own perspective, which is great … until your perspective is negative, and everything feels terrible. When you start to spiral down a rabbit hole of negativity, look to the perspectives of others to pull you out of it. Seek advice from a friend, go talk to a mentor, whatever it takes, just find someone other than you to talk about this issue with. There’s always more than one way to look at things. Sometimes, we just need to hear another person’s point of view.  

A cracked egg on a pink table.

Not every day is going to be perfect. In fact, most days just aren’t, no matter how well you plan it out. Life happens. Eggs get dropped on the kitchen floor. Construction throws off our morning commute. But even when life feels inconvenient, you’re still in charge of your perspective. Choose positivity.  

Simplifying your life is another great way to add a little more positivity to your days. Read this post for tips