I believe each human being has the potential to change, to transform one's own attitude, no matter how difficult the situation
Dalai Lama

3 Quick Questions to Gain Perspective and Take Positive Action

By Sinead Duffy 16th July 2012

3 Quick Questions to Gain Perspective and Take Positive ActionWho knew that answering  three simple questions could elicit profound and powerful answers? This is your opportunity to reassess your situation, gain perspective, and make relevant changes. Ready? Get a pen and paper and start writing!

 

1.  What do you want more of in your life?  

What things are going really well for you? Consider what makes you happy, what makes you laugh, what brings you a sense of satisfaction, fulfilment and reward. List all those things and determine to bring more of them into your life.

 

2.  What do you want less of in your life?

What causes you to stress out, or be overwhelmed by frustration or worry? What upsets you or makes you angry, hurt, abandoned, or disappointed? With all that in mind, what can you do to have less of those elements in your life? Better yet, can you eliminate those things completely? List what you want less of in your life and set out to minimize them as much as possible.

 

3.  How can you bring about positive change in your life?

Now that you have a better idea of what you want more of and less of in your life, the final question is, “What are you going to do about it?” How are you going to bring about these positive changes? What can you do to enjoy more of what you love while eliminating the unwanted things in your life.

The more often you answer these questions and make positive changes, the better your life will become. Some of my clients find this exercise so useful that they take a daily snapshot with keywords (E.g. Less procrastinations, more focus/less stress, more relaxation).  The key, however, is the action step. The answers are useless unless you do something about them!

To gain perspective quickly and easily, just think ‘more,’ ‘less,’ and then ‘action.’