Does this put your troubles in perspective?

Yesterday, I was working with a group of tech support and customer support professionals for a software company on the topic of resilience, and more specifically, how to keep your emotions positive and your energy up, regardless of how challenging your day.

One of the stress management practices we talked about is what I call Instant Perspective (you can search the site for other posts on this resilience-building tool).

One of the forms of Instant Perspective is what I call Compare and Contrast.

I remember experiencing the value of this when I was going through a tough time in my life and feeling sorry for myself.

Rather than tell you what happened next for me, I want to share with you what I did with the group and ask you to do the same as they did, right now.

I asked them to think of something happening in their lives that they’re troubled by, something that was bothering them.

Then I played the first 3 minutes of this video.

After you watch it, please think about your challenge and notice your perspective shift and emotions shift. I also recommend that after you do that, you go to my video on seeing the Opportunity in Crises.


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