There could be dozens, even hundreds or thousands of perspectives/lens of looking at a single situation and yet, no matter what, more often than not, we are completely convinced about our understanding of why things are the way they are.

Most of us are very quick to conclude on one particular way of looking at a situation and sticking to it, partly because of the sense of certainty and comfort it brings.

Considering the possibility of another lens /perspective is not desirable and often difficult especially when our current perspective is taking us through an emotional roller coaster. For example, when there is a problem that seems very difficult to tackle we are more likely to get consumed by the difficulty level and the sense of hopelessness that our current view of the problem brings. This leads to overwhelment that completely blocks our view to even consider another way to look at the problem and find a solution.

Other reasons for not wanting to change our points of view could be one or more of the below points -
1) Not willing to lose the sense of certainty and self-esteem that was brought about by our current conclusion of the current problem.
2) Fear of the unknown
3) Sense of urgency
4) To fulfil hidden secondary agendas (could be ego driven goals, often subconscious).

Having said that, of course it is not desirable to keep juggling between different perspectives without reaching a temporary conclusion and making progress because staying in one place isn’t going to help either. However, considering the possibility of another lens/perspective for a particular situation even though it feels so very right and tempting to quickly freeze on our current view is an act of great maturity and often has the potential to drive things in unusual and better ways.

When we conclude, of course we have references, evidences, experiences and our understanding of these things which makes us reach a conclusion. However, it is important to validate these references for their correctness/truthfulness and also consider the possibility that all these references/evidences might be a tiny fragment of what is out there to consider.

No wonder, people come up with far better ways of dealing with similar situations under similar or even less favourable/resourceful circumstances all the time. Some of them may even look like extraordinary human feats which are only possible through superhuman capabilities. Instead of quickly declaring such acts as feats from other spaces or using terms like good luck, genius, gifted, external financial/moral/intellectual support so that we can justify the correctness of our current view, opening up to alternate possibilities and looking out for more information to reach a smarter, wiser perspective has the potential to make things way more simpler and better in the long run.

World famous psychologist and motivational expert Anthony Robbins says that “80% of everything that you do is psychology and only 20% is mechanics”.

However, most often, we tend to take the mechanics part of an activity as the basis for deciding its feasibility and act as if the hugely impactful psychology part (the way we are looking at the situation) is correct beyond a shadow of a doubt and therefore not worthy of attention.

If the psychology (80 %) part is taken care of or in other words “if we find the right lens”, there are times when the mechanics part that looked like an impossible feat just a little while ago (for whatever reason), suddenly turned into a joke.

Sit back and think ;-)



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