A person goes through life with opportunities to expand their perspective. How they saw things a year ago may not be the same as the present. Widening one’s perspective is a good practice. This leads to better decision-making and a better understanding of the world. How do you challenge yourself to wear a different kind of lens?
Interact with Different Kinds of People
People have different perspectives. Seeing the world through another’s eyes is enlightening. You can start even with a random conversation with a neighbor.
Consider a private social community if you want to step up in meeting new people. This is a club where like-minded people have the chance to meet each other. You will get the chance to have a conversation with people from different professions. Their stories and experiences will challenge and confirm your line of thinking. A wide range of events is available to expose you to trends. These include innovations, business, the arts, dining, and social change. It is a great avenue to push beyond your boundaries.
Be a Voracious Reader (and a Remote Control Navigator)
There is so much power in reading. A book is a tangible representation of a great mind. If you delve deeper into a book’s message, it is like being able to connect to that great mind.
Start with books that interest you. Even with your fascination with a certain thing, you might get surprised how much you can still learn about it. Then start reading up on things that are beyond your comfort zone. Pick titles that seem to challenge your existing perspective. You may not agree with everything the author has to say. But it is a guarantee that you will learn more.
You can also take this approach with what you watch. Sticking to similar programs will hinder you from broadening your horizons. Switching channels can be beneficial for once. Go outside the box and watch something out of your interest. You might find yourself getting hooked on it.
Embrace the Wonders of Traveling
Traveling has many benefits. One of them is to expose you to different traditions and cultures. When you step out into the world, you will see how diverse people and their experiences are. You will gain a better understanding of why people of a certain country believe and act the way they do. How you see things will change as you expose yourself to different situations.
Traveling also puts you out of your familiar zone. When you experience inconveniences, a different version of you emerges to be able to cope. In this effect, traveling helps make you a better person.
Listen More, Talk Less
One of the dangers of having a rich experience is the tendency to talk more. When you dominate a conversation, your perspective will not grow. But if you use your listening skills, even a simple discussion can be a great avenue to widen your horizon. The art of listening is beneficial in many ways. One of them is to help you gain a new perspective. By listening, you allow yourself to process new information.
A person willing to broaden their perspective must be a wise one. Perspective is not only about knowledge. It is how you apply it. As you widen your view, remember three things: know how to filter, break your predispositions if needed, and respect differences.