Avoid March Madness: 5 Ways to Shift Your Perspective

The NCAA college basketball tournament is here, aka March Madness. However, like you, my bracket is busted but there is no reason to be mad (besides,  you can redo one with the Sweet 16). When things don't go your way, it is critical to shift your perspective.

QUESTION: Why does a baby liked to be picked up?
ANSWER: The same reason you like to be picked up (e.g., cheered up) — to shift your perspective.

Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras on Flickr.

Photo by Andrés Nieto Porras on Flickr.

Sometimes shifting perspective is more important than being smart.
— Astro Teller

A change in perspective will change your experience. Patience, persistence, self-discipline, courage, and optimism all depend on having the proper perspective. I am a firm believer that how one sees things makes all the difference in life and performance. In fact, one of my roles when working with leaders and teams is to help the group shift their perspective from impossible to possible or from doubtful to hopeful.

You don’t have to have everything go your way, you just have to look at everything the right way.

There are ways you can shift your own personal perspective. Here are some of my favorites:

  1. Music, dancing, laughing, or singing.
  2. Visit your favorite coffee/tea spot or restaurant.
  3. Have a conversation with an optimist or someone who truly believes in you.
  4. Read or listen to an inspiring story.
  5. Focus on what you are grateful for.
Focus on what you are grateful for.

How do you shift your perspective? Please add to the conversation – comment below or on Twitter at @gregbellspeaks.