|Wooden's Wisdom - Volume 12||Issue 626|
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PROPER PERSPECTIVE (LIZ WISEMAN AND JOHN WOODEN)
Perspective has been defined as: "A way of regarding situations, facts, etc., and judging their relative importance."
In Stephen Covey's book "First Things First", he describes situations in four ways:
Proper planning leads us to have less situations that are "Urgent". Proper perspective leads us to spend less time on situations that are "Not Important". The quality of our life improves when we can spend our time on situations that are "Important but not Urgent".
To maintain proper perspective, we must not overreact to adverse situations. Liz Wiseman in her book, "The Multipliers", describes a great way to do that:
"TURN DOWN THE VOLUME. A colleague of mine was once described as "a dog that barks at everything," meaning that she was overly reactive to potential threats and didn’t differentiate between serious attacks and passing annoyances. My research showed that people who cope best with adverse situations don’t bark at every disturbance. They’ve learned what to ignore. They don’t avoid the situation or pretend the problem doesn’t exist; they merely tune out some of the interference. They choose to turn down the volume, reducing the intrusion into their head and the situation’s consumption of their life and psychic energy."
As Coach Wooden pointed out in his book Wooden, with Steve Jamison:
"It's important to keep things in perspective. When they get out of perspective, it affects your ability to prepare and perform. Don’t get carried away if things are going too well or too poorly, just continue to make the effort to do the best you can at whatever you’re doing."
Do you keep proper perspective?
Yours in Coaching,
Life’s Single Standard
There are a thousand ways to cheat and a thousand ways to sin;
Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959)
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