This is huge! It may happen in many different ways, for instance when you are in the middle of an argument with someone, and all of a sudden you realize this will take you both nowhere, then you decide to try to understand the other person’s point of view. You shift your perspective by pretending to be the other person, and there you go! Most of the time you will end up comprehending why the other person is acting like that. From there, things can only get better. Because even if you disagree with his/her point of view, you will now know how to explain your theory according to this person’s life experience. And if your ego is not too big, you will hopefully understand you can’t make him/her agree with you, but at least you have shown them your reasons to think this way.
Now, there is another type of shift in perspective that is a life changing one. It is when you realize no matter how much effort you put into the activities in your life you won’t be able to do everything perfectly. And if you think that is sad and frustrating, it’s not! It is a huge relief and a so much needed “humbleness attack”. You see, if you are a workaholic, and give a bunch of hours from your day to your job, that is great if it’s your decision, and maybe you will finish your tasks perfectly, but you will probably have another part of your life falling apart (usually your health in this case).
I am not saying here that you should do things without care since they are not going to be perfect anyway; of course, try your best in whatever you do. But if they don’t turn out 100% like what you had in mind, there is no reason to panic. Look at it this way: you did the best you could under the circumstances you found yourself in at that time. If you were given the same project a year later, maybe you would do it differently (for better or worse) because of different situations going on then. And this is important when looking at other people, especially if you tend to judge everybody else… They are doing what they can, yes, the best they can, even if you don’t think so. Why? Because they carry all this life experience that is totally different from yours, and therefore will handle life in a totally different way from you. So, next time you think about judging someone’s action, please think about the shift in perspective before you say anything.