For the next few weeks, Christine and i will be traveling Europe, visiting friends, seeing the sights and working on our various businesses.
Instead of writing about the great food (and beer), different cultures and spectacular sights, this post is about something much more internal – a changed perspective because of the changed environment.
I have been taking time to really look at everything we are doing from a perspective different to the day-to-day, ticking-off-the-to-do-list, start-the-next-project point of view. I understand that this changed perspective is brought on by the changed environment and different routine. Nevertheless, i will be making more deliberate time in the future to look at my business and life from a different perspective.
Why is a different environment important and what does it achieve?
- Breaks the habits and routine you are used to everyday
- Provides an opportunity to question what you do and why it is done in that way
- Infuses you with a blast of new inspiration
- Looking at different sights, often lead to new thoughts as you notice ‘things’ again. (In the same office you tend to ignore the view from your seat or the posters against the wall as you see them everyday)
- As you change the way you think, your mind has the opportunity to provide fresh solutions for old problems
I have experienced that this changed environment leads to a changed perspective that is very much needed in my life and business (and i am sure in yours also?)
A changed perspective removes you from your normal position and gets you to look at the same circumstances, events and routines form another angle. This allows you to spot inefficiencies, wrong directions and new opportunities much easier.
The combination of a new environment and new perspective should, as it is doing in my case, have a dramatic impact on the strategy with wich you are doing everything. Once again allowing you to see the ‘why’ of what you are doing and not just the ‘what’.