Maintaining a sense of perspective to achieve better outcomes.
How appropriate is this blog, in the aftermath of various comments made by the former “Home Secretary” Suella Braverman in recent weeks? It is often said that in moments of unrest, sleep on your email/article, and review the next morning!
It’s important that we also stay open to different viewpoints and ideas. This allows us to consider alternative perspectives and make more informed decisions. Similarly, to be willing to adapt your opinions based on new information or changing circumstances.
Work hard at this with your team on values & vision…priorities & targets are vital…everyone working as one. The clearer your vision statement the easier it is to have perspective. This vision needs to be understood by all, but not imposed by the Leader. You then need to share this vision and paint the picture in lots of creative ways, so their inner circle sees it and wants it to be part of the journey.
In the same way, by breaking down your one-year goals into 90-day goals and then creating detailed plans for the next 90 days, creates a real focus. A goal without a plan is just a wish which creates confusion and poor decision making.
Empathy is important…to put yourself in others’ shoes, to understand their perspectives and motivations. This fosters better communication and relationships, leading to more positive outcomes. Similarly, keeping the bigger picture in mind when faced with setbacks or difficulties. Consider how current challenges contribute to your long-term goals and aspirations.
Sometimes making poor decisions can be down to knowing when to say no and when to ask for help…doing too much can lead to burnout and in turn making poor decisions. The latter is perhaps particularly relevant here. When making a big call, talking it through and getting a balanced perspective is vital. Two heads are better than one!
As with all things that we do, if our self-talk is poor, we are more likely to make unbalanced and more negative decisions…its always important to acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small…by recognizing your successes helps you build a positive outlook and reinforces a sense of accomplishment…this in turn will help with your decision making. Reflect on your internal dialogue and replace negative thoughts with positive and constructive ones. Positive self-talk can significantly impact your overall perspective on life.
The people that are in your network are important…you need to surround yourself with a supportive network of colleagues. Discussing your thoughts and concerns with others can provide valuable insights and help you maintain a balanced perspective.
A few moments of quiet reflection can be vital!
“God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; the courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference.”