Sarah Boyd


The 9 most powerful questions to get perspective in a difficult situation

How To Change Your Perspective On A Difficult Situation

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We all deal with difficult situations that are outside of our control.

It may be a client thats hard to manage, or financial pressure that we feel stuck with; there are many difficult or unwanted situations that we have to navigate.

Sometimes situations change because we DO something differently, but other times they change because we LOOK at them differently.

So in today’s episode we’re going to talk about how to change your perspective on a difficult situation.



When I was pregnant with our first child, my husband & I took an amazing big trip to Europe. We went to Paris & lots of different places in Italy.

One of the places we visited was Venice.

Because it was our first time to Europe, I went overboard with research. I knew everything there was to know about where we were going – all the main attractions, where to stay, what times things were open & where we needed to go.

So when we arrived in Venice one of the main places we wanted to visit was the Rialto bridge. It is one os the main tourist attractions in Italy.

We got out our map & fumbled our way around trying to find where to go. As you do in Venice, we got lost multiple times, but we eventually found the Rialto bridge.

We stood on it, took some photos of the view & had our photo taken in front of it.

But as we were standing there taking it all in, I quietly said to my husband “it’s nice, but it’s not really what I expected it to be”. And he said “I know, it’s not that impressive.”

We felt a bit deflated. But we were in Italy, so we decided to go and find some good food.

As we were crossing the bridge to find some dinner, we noticed that other tourists were going to the other side of the bridge (behind a big wall in the middle). We thought maybe there was something interesting to see so we followed them.

As went went to the other side of the bridge, we saw the famous postcard view of Venice – the real view from the Rialto bridge.

We had been standing on the wrong side of the


This can be true of situations in life. We can look at the situation from the wrong perspective.

The simple act of changing our perspective on the situation, can change our mentality, our strategy, & the way we approach it.

It can change how we feel about the situation, even if nothing in the situation has changed.



1 What’s the good in the bad?
2 How much is this really going to matter in 10 years?
3 What’s your intuition saying?


You may be in the right place but you’re seeing the situation from the wrong perspective.

Turn around & have a look at the situation from a different perspective.



In the comments below, I’d love to know – What questions do you ask yourself to change your perspective on a difficult situation?

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The 9 most powerful questions to get perspective in a difficult situation.