What’s one habit you can practice that will lower your stress, create a climate for growth, and calm your inner world when the wind is blowing?
The balcony perspective.
What is a balcony perspective?
It’s the habit of internal reflection and the act of stepping back from the drama of life to sit at a distance and watch. It’s seeing what others see and noticing the patterns and contributing issues that are influencing you to do what you do.
Why is the balcony perspective important?
It affords you the opportunity to step back and see the bigger picture of your life. From that vantage point, you can see if your ladder is leaning on the wrong wall.
You can also see if a problem you’re facing is being addressed in the right way. Stepping back gives you the ability to see what’s working and what’s broken.
It gives you the chance to judge your actions, not just your intentions. It also gives you the opportunity apply the newfound wisdom to your life.
How do you stand on the balcony?
One way to stand on the balcony is to journal. Writing clarifies the array of ideas and thoughts bouncing around in your heads and heart. It also helps you put your thoughts into an understandable order.
Another way to stand on the balcony is to invite trustworthy people to tell you what they see. As long as you are open to the insight of others, positive change is possible.
When is the last time you stood on the balcony and took a look at your life? Give yourself the gift of the balcony perspective.
As you see the unfolding drama of your life, celebrate the good, grieve your losses, and commit to making the adjustments necessary to live the life you were meant to live.
As you look, what do you see?
What are you grateful for?
What will you do differently as a result?