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Change Your Perspective

August 29, 2010

Every once in awhile, it’s a good idea to reassess your situation and look at it from other perspectives. Albert Einstein said, “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” So if you have a problem that you can’t find a solution for, you need to change your perspective, or in other words move to a different, usually higher level of consciousness.

I have recently found myself in several such situations. I own a comic book store with my two grown sons and my partner. We haven’t been able to grow it beyond a certain point, and we realized that all of the things we have been trying over the past two years have not worked. Mostly they haven’t worked because we have been thinking of the comic book store in a certain way. Recently, an opportunity has come into our lives that is allowing us to think about it in a whole new, exciting way, and we are beginning to see how we can change our comic book STORE to something else completely, which could, in fact, not only contribute to its local success but could also give us a national presence. I am sure you will be hearing more about this in the weeks and months to come. We wouldn’t have even seen this possibility if we hadn’t been deliberately moving our consciousness to a greater level so that we could see this in a new perspective.

I have similarly been challenged by a real estate investment partner I have been working with for the past few years. Neither she nor I have seen the results we have wanted to see, and we have both had skewed ideas about the value that each of us is offering. My own vision is to think big and to leverage time and money as much as possible. My way is definitely more risky but my past investments have actually proven more solid in the long run because I am a risk taker. She, on the other hand, likes to play it safe, and as a result, the investments that she is willing to make are on properties with less value and ultimately less ability to hold value. They take constant work to manage, rather than the easily managed properties that I have taken risks on in the past. The long and short of it is that she feels I have sabotaged her investments, whereas I feel she has sabotaged my ability to make GOOD investments, so we have decided to sever our partnership and go our own ways. We are now in the process of ironing out the details. I feel such relief from this. I feel like I have been held back for a long time, and this move is going to allow me to soar again.

Another area in my life that is changing is my health. Since I made the decision to get off of certain medications, I have found myself making healthier choices on my own behalf. For example, I have been exercising more, and even when my food choices aren’t as healthy as usual, I am finding I automatically adjust portions to be less. As a result, without even trying, I am losing weight, and maintaining healthy blood sugars and triglycerides, etc. I am also attracting alternative health care professionals willing to assist me in my quest. I’ve been quite excited to see who is showing up in my life and what gifts they bring. In exchange, I share what I can with them.

I find that exchanging value for value is one of the best ways to operate always. Doing so empowers both parties, creating win/win opportunities. Whenever change is in the air, look at a situation from a higher perspective and see what can be the benefit to all parties. In doing so, you know you are moving in the right direction and you can embrace that change with enthusiasm and joy.

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