Perception and reality are two different things.

Most of us operate in reality, we do daily tasks, try to achieve goals based on agreed milestones, go to meetings, take action to make projects happen etc… in these instances we are attached to the mind to achieve results. This is important.

However, there is another side to all of this. When deadlines are missed, when tasks are not executed as promised, when goals are not met, when unexpected changes cause delays.

If those changes are managed with attachment to the mind, an imbalance occurs between the Self and the task or change at hand. This creates a gap within oneself which causes stress and frustration.

In order to bridge that gap, it’s important to understand that you have a choice in how you deal with unexpected changes or missed deadlines. This choice is called ‘’perspective’’.

Perspective means that you are observing the situation without labeling it as good or bad. You are taking an observer point of view. When you observe you are not attached to your mind. When you are not attached to your mind or what is happening you are operating from your heart and frustration will cease to exist because you don’t give MEANING to the external event.

When you are in perspective mode you have a CHOICE ‘’how’’  you will respond to what is happening. When choice happens as a result from being in a perspective viewpoint you are operating from your internal world.

And your internal world is naturally balanced, naturally stable, naturally calm.

So when in the future an unexcepted event happens in your life or career, just observe, go inside and choose how you will respond to events from the attachment of the mind or the perceptions that are created from being an observer.

In the end, we cannot change what happens to us, but we can always choose which perspective to operate from… the mind or the heart and that will make all the difference between a balanced or unbalanced life and career.

Raf Adams

#wisdom #perspective #leadingoneself

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