Sometimes you just need to get a new perspective, a different look at the situation.
Here are 10 ways to change your perspective:
- Ask for someone else’s opinion: Find someone outside of the project or idea, and get their insight.
- Take a break from the idea for a little bit: Just step back, take a break, don’t think about it for a few days. Often, this gives you some new clarity.
- Go and visit a project that is similar to get some fresh ideas: Inspiration often comes when you can see something similar and you can visualize what you’re trying to do.
- Brainstorm with a few other people ways to make the idea stronger: Brainstorming allows you to test some new ideas, some crazy ideas and gives others an opportunity to weigh in.
- Imagine the results of the idea or project in intervals of 1 year, 3 years and 5 years: When you imagine the results and impact, and actually evaluate the plan, it helps you see things that you might have missed.
- Step back and take a 30,000 foot view: Sometimes we’re too close and by stepping back we can see the big picture.
- Don’t get too serious: Have fun in what you’re doing. Laugh with others and if something doesn’t go as planned, learn to not get stuck being too serious.
- Build a team: When you build a team to work on an idea or project, you always get the teams perspective. Find the right people who can contribute to what you’re trying to do and learn to work together.
- Create some checkpoints: Learn to evaluate the progress along the way. By making changes and adjustments as you go, you’ll be able to keep things on course.
- Celebrate along the way: Celebrate each step, each milestone and each accomplishment. When you do this, it reminds you of why you did this in the first place and keeps things fresh.
There are many other ways to keep your perspective fresh. Sometimes it takes work! Don’t be afraid to stop what you’re doing in the middle of an idea or a project to get a different, maybe even BETTER perspective!