Whether you’re aiming to create a better product or service, solve a problem that nobody seems to crack, persuade someone of your great idea, influence someone to take a different approach to a situation; when we change our perspective, we can increase our impact.
Perspective is everything, and we can’t approach life with only our perspective; because one perspective is no perspective. We limit our impact when we go through life seeing the world through our own perspective, it’s not a complete picture of reality.
When vision is limited, so is impact. To increase our impact we must know what is valuable to others. We must train our minds to view situations through others’ eyes. We must see through the eyes of those who benefit from our work. As James Deacon said, “What you see depends not only on what you look at, but also, on where you look from.”
See the world through someone else’s eyes
What can you do to improve your understanding and improve your vision? Are you relying on a one-sided view of value? When we choose to see what others see, we improve our optics. Think of it like seeing through varifocals. When we look through other’s eyes, what’s important to them becomes clear and increases our understanding of their priorities and needs.
Here are 3 simple ways to change your perspective and increase your impact at work:
- Zoom out. Take a moment to pull back from your position and view your situation from a wide-angle lens. Ask yourself: Who are the other people, and what do they need from me to be successful? Who are the people who are affected by my work? Who are the people who benefit most from the work I do? What would benefit them most?
- Zoom in through someone else’s eyes. Instead of zooming out, zoom in, but through someone else’s perspective. To put yourself in someone else’s shoes, ask yourself: what does this situation look like from their perspective? What do they see that I might be missing? What is a win for them?
- Listen more. Listening is the most powerful skill available to anyone who seeks to both understand and influence. Being impactful begins with curiosity, empathy and listening, but sometimes we stop listening because we think we’ve heard enough. But, are you listening long enough to gain the understanding you need to create a big impact?
That’s it, that’s how you can change your perspective and increase your impact at work.
Bottom line: When we change our perspective, we can increase our impact.
Also published on Medium.