Albert Einstein is widely credited with saying, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting a different result.” Yes, different results ARE the outcome of different actions. However, if you want to change your actions, you must first change your perspective.
One of the most common things I hear from my clients is that they can’t seem to find the time to do all of the things that they want to do. They fill their days with the pebbles and make no progress on the big rocks. They don’t know where to start, or they start and don’t follow through.
I have also struggled with this. When I was juggling single parenthood, full-time employment, and creating a successful coaching business, I was all over the map. I was trying to do ALL of the things and doing nothing well. Maybe you have felt this way too?
Because I am an accountant and I love a good formula, I developed the POWER Productivity Strategy as a way to make long-lasting changes in my life. The POWER Productivity Strategy is a roadmap to reclaiming our power over our lives, our decisions, and our time. POWER is an acronym that stands for Perspective, Obstacles, Winning plan, Engage, and Revisit. The first stage of the POWER Productivity Strategy is Perspective.
It is our ability to take a deeper dive into our current perspective that allows us to make permanent behavior changes. Once we have an understanding of how our perspective is influencing our actions and results, then we can decide if this is a perspective that we want to hold on to, or one that we want to change.
This is what happened with Lucy, who was a coaching client who had decided that she wanted to make some changes in her life. She felt like no matter what job she had, she always ended up working for the same demanding ‘type’ of boss. She was putting in additional time to meet these seemingly endless, unreasonable demands, and even when she wasn’t working, she was thinking about how much she hated her job, which left her feeling trapped and frustrated. As a result, she felt like she no longer had any time, or energy, left for herself or her family. In addition, she had changed jobs often enough to know that the answer didn’t lay in finding another job or another boss. Instead, she decided to try life coaching.
In the beginning, we started by looking at Lucy’s current perspective about her job and her boss. In time, she came to realize that her expectations of her job, of her boss, and of herself, were leading to her feelings of frustration. She was also able to determine that she didn’t like how she was showing up from this place of frustration, and how her negative perspective and feelings of frustration were ultimately creating her negative experience. She realized that the reason she always seemed to end up with the same negative experience, regardless of her job, was because she was creating her experience with her perspective.
Armed with the insight that she is ultimately in control of her results and experience, Lucy was able to make changes that shaped her experience into a positive one, without changing her job or her boss, by tackling the problem at the root: in her perspective.
That is the power of perspective.