The Power of Point of View

Let’s journey deeper into thought. Before we do, how did the journaling go from last week? What did you see? What opened up as a result of taking time to write? Often powerful healing can arise out of writing.

This week, let’s go deeper into thought–into the point-of-view-perspective of thought.

My definition for “point of view” is an opinion, an attitude, the ability to see something from a specific aspect.

What creates the point of view of your thought? Past experiences morphed with current situations. And time has a funny way of shifting what actually happened to fit your current mental state. It can even be said that often your current situation is a pretty close repeat of a past situation.

10 years ago, I was in a course where one of the homework assignments was to create an autobiography for each year of my life. It included photos, what happened, the friends I had, and a major life event in each year of my life. Upon completion, being the proud son, I showed it to my mom. As she reviewed each year, she looked up and began correcting what had happened. Events I swore had happened at specific ages, she was correcting with the age she remembered them to have happened from her point of view.

I have come to understand that much of our deep past has been modified by the mind to fit our current point of view. Yet in the work I do as a coach, many of my clients actually shift the story they have created (their point of view) about their past. As this happens and their experience of life shifts, they acquire a new point of view.

And this new point of view is actually lighter. They are not carrying heavy burdens of self-doubt and self-persecution. They begin to experience life in the present, aware of the potential for the mind to pull you back, yet through this awareness, a strength of presence develops. Through this strength, they see the world now, and are able to powerfully move forward.

This week, notice your point of view about the tough spaces in your thought. Begin to see them simply as a point of view. Here are a few questions to ask, even write about in your journal:
– What is your point of view?
– What are the past experiences in that point of view?
– Is it true? (from Byron Katie’s The Work)
– What is another way you can see this point of view?

We are dynamic beings. As we deepen our awareness, we shift. Delve deeper into thought – begin to understand your point of view. As you do, you will see that with a little awareness, you can create a new point of view!

I am here to answer any questions or comments you have. Create an AMAZING week!


Yesterday I was clever, so I wanted to change the world. Today I am wise, so I am changing myself.

You can’t stop the future
You can’t rewind the past
The only way to learn the secret
…is to press play.
–Jay Asher


Contributed by Executive, Life and Spirituality Coach, Jim Pehkonen

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