I’m stuck. I can’t get from “Point A” to “Point B.” I don’t think it’s even possible! Have you ever made a comment like these or contemplated these types of thoughts while you were alone with your thoughts and emotions? Well, if you said yes, you are not alone. In fact, if you didn’t say yes, you are in the minority. But why is that the case? Why can’t we change our outlook, our mindset, or our “perspective?” Why can’t we change our thoughts and our lives? Here are two reasons for your present and two strategies for your future.
1. You aren’t sure what a perspective is and how yours works.
So what is a perspective, and why does it matter?
The word perspective means “a particular attitude toward something or a point of view,” or as its Latin root indicates “to look through” or “to perceive.” From this definition, we can see that a perspective has a great deal to do with our vision and perception of the world we create.
I often tell clients who come to me for personal change and transformations, “If you want to make a lasting change, you must define perspective and identify the one you are currently operating from.” How does a person do this? Well, this is where an expert like a life coach can be invaluable. A life coach will help you define your current perspectives, take a meta-view so you can explore alternative perspectives, choose the most empowering perspective, develop strategies for purposeful living, and keep you accountable to your desired positive change and sustained accomplishment.
2. You are stuck in the “Now”….and you’re not moving!
So now that you know what a perspective is, is that enough? The short answer is no; the reason being knowledge alone does nothing without action. You see, so many people that I meet are stuck in frustration and frenzy, unable to bring themselves to take a step back to see the forest for the trees. This can lead to a feeling of being overwhelmed and of being incapable, but it doesn’t have to be the case. This can easily change once strategies are developed and action is taken. So the first step we will explore is to look and think ‘future-focused,” which is a must to travel a new path and gain a different trajectory.
1. You must develop and maintain a “future focused” and “realistic” mindset.
Now that you have identified your current perspective as well as alternative perspectives, what’s next? Well, you must be able to think future-focused and then take a realistic view of your life, your situation and the outcomes you desire. It is only when we can see better days ahead, remember how we survived a challenge in the past, and use these circumstances to motivate us that we grow stronger, more appreciative, and find the “new thing” that awaits us.
2. It’s “Go-Time”
Finally, once you have defined, acknowledged and decided on change, you’re ready to act - and you better hold on! It is at this point that the engine is running, the countdown has started, and the work of new exploration and expedition begins. Yes, this is the place where a coach helps empower you to get in motion. Sound exciting? Well, it is...and a your new perspective is the key. So, embrace the process, engage fully, get the correct assets in place, double down, and get ready to live on purpose.
About Nolan Ferraro, Owner, Salire Fitness and Wellness
Certified personal trainer and licensed wellness coach Nolan Ferraro has been recognized as the #1 Best Personal Trainer in New Orleans. Nolan counts Chef Susan Spicer among the thousands of New Orleanians who have gotten in shape with Salire's high-impact fitness programs like “Power in the Park” a month-long cross-training boot camp in City Park. He has also added a new high intensity interval training class, Body Blitz, at his studio. Visit www.salirefitness.com for more information on Nolan and Salire Fitness & Wellness.