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The Negative Experience Transformer – Step 2 of 7

Posted on | December 19, 2008

The Negative Experience Transformer is a 7-Step Unique Process to Transform Disappointing Experiences into New Opportunities

Step 2: Gain the Proper Perspective (or Take in the Bigger Picture)

Have the storm clouds ever hung over your head-day after day-making you wonder if they’ll ever part?

I remember camping in the remote bush of Alaska on a fishing and hunting trip one cold October several years ago. Unrelenting rain pelted us for a week, leaving our tents and sleeping bags sopping wet the entire trip. I realized I could be miserable, or I could start each day with the attitude, “OK, I can endure misery and discomfort for the next 24 hours; then a new day will emerge.” Even though the downpour didn’t let up, it helped to reaffirm, “This is but a small moment in time in a life generally filled with sunshine and comfort.”

Now obviously a rained-out hunting trip pales in comparison to more serious challenges, such as disease, financial setbacks, or the loss of a loved one. But I’ve found no matter the severity of the challenge, whenever a negative experience gets me down, one of the best “fixes” is to get back in a positive state of mind.

And one of the best ways to do this is to gain the proper perspective-look at the big picture-by asking questions like:

  • What is the real purpose of life?
  • At the end of the day, is this setback going to really matter?
  • When have I experienced something similar to this before, how did I deal with it, and what was the outcome?
  • What can I learn from this experience that will benefit me and others in the future?
  • Aren’t I the one in control of my reaction to situations that are out of my control?

May you be empowered to lift yourself above the trees, like a helicopter, for a better perspective. Your vision will open up, and you will begin to take in the bigger picture-a point of view that can change your attitude, return calmness and transform your life. As we’ll discuss in the next few blogs, when we become “possibility thinkers,” great things can happen.

Douglas R. Andrew

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