YOUR ABILITY TO lead, make decisions, influence others and evolve into a great personality is hinged heavily on how much you expand your perspective.
This subject is so all-encompassing, deciding the level of success we enjoy both personally and professionally
In a previous article, titled, Expand Your Perspective, I tried to illustrate how this concept play out in our daily lives. If you missed it, it’s worth retrieving.
In today’s writeup, I am sharing with you the 5 key practices that will give you the opportunity to constantly shift your paradigm thereby enjoying the dividends that go with having an enlarged perspective.
Alright let’s go.
1. Keep Questioning
Perhaps the one technic for getting newer and better perspectives into your thought process is by assuming and admitting that nothing you know is the truth, that there’s always a possibility that what you hold to be true in your mind could be fundamentally flawed in some ways.
This way, you will do well not to accept anything as an absolute but ensure to question it repeatedly by subjecting it to various opposing realities.
This is exactly how new inventions come about in the world of science.
Scientists never put a period or full stop (.) at the end of any scientific theory. They put an ellipse or three periods (…) showing that such theory is still open for further investigation and probable modification.
And how does this happen?
Scientists never stop questioning the authenticity of a theory, even when it has become a universal law.
Lactantius’s theory of a flat world was already universally accepted, yet it was thrown off board by Columbus’s higher perspective of a spherical world.
Isaac Newton’s model of physics was a clockwork theory and is still the basis for engineering. But with the introduction of the relativity principle by Albert Einstein, the theory was considered partial and incomplete.
The many revolutionary feats accomplished in the world today happened because some folks kept asking questions.
There’s therefore the need to introduce such culture in your personal life, relationships, career/business.
Keep questioning the old ideologies and systems already ingrained in your subconscious. Be willing to expose them to opposing views and bring them into different contexts and see how they would fare at the long haul.
2. Keep Listening
There’s unlimited opportunity for experiencing a paradigm shift that’s reserved for the listener.
Perhaps one favor you need to do yourself occasionally is to SHUT UP AND LISTEN.
Your perspective does not expand by constantly trying to assert your own viewpoints. On the contrary it is at those points when you temporarily suspend your own view to accommodate that of others (even if it disagrees with yours) that your perspective is given the chance to expand.
Listening on it’s own is an enlarging process and it’s an indispensable tool in the field of thought leadership. I’d written a report on the subject sometime ago which I entitled MASTERING THE ART OF LISTENING.
I shall provide a link you can follow to get a copy of the report at the end of this article.
3. Read Broadly
The problem is that most people hardly even read at all not to speak of reading broadly.
Broad reading is quite different from any other kind of reading you know. Our scope of knowledge and awareness is influenced radically through the practice of broad reading.
Truth be told, most people today have a very poor reading culture. Unfortunately, the one place where the culture of reading can be cultivated in us (School) has failed in this task.
Most of the reading we do in school is narrow-minded. We only consume books that contains information peculiar to own disciplines. Even that we do not do for the purpose of engaging with knowledge but for the purpose of passing exams.
This is just one of the downsides of specialization in our educational system.
To expand your perspective readily, you must take up the responsibility of exploring ideas and information outside your particular area.
You may be a lawyer but try to know one or two things about the field of psychology, business, relationships etc.
You may be a Christian but it may not be a bad idea reading some pages of the Qua’ran to know a thing or two about the Islamic religion.
That you are a woman doesn’t mean you should only be aware of the behavioral patterns of the females. I believe you can agree with me that it is expedient to be knowledgable about the opposite sex.
Read vastly. Read new authors. Read new genres. Read biographies. Visit different websites and blogs. Learn something from other industries.
WARNING: Be careful while you engage with materials contaning very strange ideas that could rupture your sense of reasoning. While it is important to read broadly, be very much aware that there are limits.
4. Watch Something Different
Do not watch only your favorite channels or programmes. Sometimes, you can decide to shake things up a bit. Watch documentaries. It contains rich paradigms. Watch sports. Personally I don’t fancy sports channels but I do watch occasionally for this purpose.
5. Expand Your Network
This is where it gets better and better. Paradigms are in people. People are a bundle of different perspectives. Sometimes similar to yours, other times, completely different.
Those who are in the habit of enclosing themselves within cliques and familiar groups will certainly be limited from enlarging their awareness beyond what they already know.
It is commonplace to spend time with just people of your own culture, class, family, race, religion etc.
People in this category already share similar perspective with you. But by extending a hand of fellowship beyond such familiar groups, you stand a better chance of sharing in their experiences thereby expanding your knowledge about other groups – how they think and why they do things the way they do.
These 5 practices are not difficult to engage. They just require a change in habit and way of thinking.
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