Ever feel like you’re fighting an uphill battle with your attitude? Ever wish you could snap your fingers and you could magically change your mindset? Or on any given day would you like to elevate your perspective from your current circumstances? I say yes to all of these. Especially in this year. Especially in this season.
Before I go any further, however, how are you, friend? Really, how are you doing today? I’m asking because I care. Maybe you’re having a good day and are feeling uplifted and encouraged. Or maybe today is a struggle, with difficult circumstances and heaviness in your heart. I so wish we could sit across the table from each other or take a long walk together or have coffee to catch up today. Oh, what a treat that would be. No matter how you are feeling or how you day is going, please know I’m here, I care, and I’m praying for you.
Could your perspective use a lift today?
perspective :: view, outlook, mindset, attitude
Tuesday was an ordinary day, but someone how it went from a day of promise and hope in the morning to a day of doom and gloom in the afternoon. The thing is, I don’t know how or why or what caused the change. But, something definitely did. I’m guessing my thoughts got in the way of my day (does that ever happen to you, too?), and I didn’t catch them to adjust them in time. I came up with a plan for the next time that happens to me, and I’m sharing them here today.
If your perspective could use a little lift today, these may help.
5 Ways To Elevate Your Perspective Right Now
Prayer has a powerful impact on our perspectives and out attitudes. Since God created our minds and knows every thought we think, every emotion we feel, and every action we take, talking to Him about our perspectives makes complete sense. After all, He knows us better than we know ourselves. So, if your perspective is struggling a bit today and you’d like to change it, ask Him to help you. Ask Him to lift your sights and help you see life from His perspective.
2. Play music
I find playing uplifting music helps my heart soar. Especially Christian music. I have specific playlists on Spotify that I can cue up in a second. Oftentimes when I’m writing or working I listen to instrumental music, but when I’m working out, I may listen to something more upbeat. Today my playlist is Christmas music which is certainly elevating my perspective!
3. Switch your thinking
Sometimes all it takes to elevate your perspective is to switch your thoughts. I know, that can be easier said than done, but with practice, it gets easier. Instead of dwelling on something negative, imagine putting that negative thought in a box or another container that has a lid. Imagine shutting the thought in the box. Then, replace that thought with a positive one in your mind. Choose to focus your thoughts on what is true and lovely and praiseworthy.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Philippians 4:8 NIV
4. Do good
Doesn’t it lift your spirits when you do something good for someone? When you see someone else smile? Sometimes just taking the focus off of ourselves and doing something nice for another helps us elevate our perspectives. Not only do we feel better, but we blessed someone else in the process!
5. Be good to yourself
Some days we just need to give ourselves permission to be extra good to ourselves. To give ourselves some grace. To treat ourselves kindly. What would that look like for you today? How could you treat yourself kindly? Is it to bake yourself a treat? To halt the negative self-talk? To take a nap? Whatever it is, do it. This is a great way to elevate your perspective. Be good to yourself, friend. You are a rare and special gift!
Take a moment to think about your current perspective.
If it could use a lift, try one of the suggestions above and see what happens. Or if you have something else that works for you, would you care to share it below? Your idea may be the help someone else is looking for.
I know this season is a difficult one. We are all just trying to do our best to thrive in this pandemic. I’m so glad we get to walk through this season together. Friend, I appreciate you and am praying for you today.
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