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Why Perspective Taking Is an Essential Skill for Success

https://www.lifehack.org/842058/perspective-taking

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Why Perspective Taking Is an Essential Skill for Success
Are you the kind of person who wants to achieve massive success in your life? Do you have the mental toughness to make that happen? I think we can all agree that no matter your ambitions, achieving success can be difficult; and over time, the daily grind can take a toll on your physical, mental, and emotional energy.

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What Perspective Taking Is

What Perspective Taking Is

It’s the ability to take on someone else’s point of view when thinking.

By taking yourself out of the equation, the motivations of your opponent becomes clearer. And by understanding the other side’s true motivations, you’re in a better position to anticipate their responses and offer them an acceptable compromise.

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Develop perspective taking

  • Put aside your feelings so that you can concentrate only on the other person’s perspective.
  • Use open ended questions that can help you draw out the interests and motivation that the person may not be verbalizing.
  • Be clear about your own position and the weaknesses it has.
  • Remove any personal intentions you may have, so as not to project them on to the other person.
  • Using what you know about the person, their background, their mood, their intentions and expectations,  imagine how they are seeing the current situation.
  • Validate their position by paraphrasing back to them what you think their position is.

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Using perspective taking

Using perspective taking

When you break it down, almost every aspect of business involves an element of negotiation. 

By honing your perspective taking skills, you are much more likely to come up with solutions that are acceptable to all parties.

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  • "I master my emotions lest they master me." They step back from a situation before taking action.
  •  "I walk the talk and never just talk the walk.When they make a commitment, they fulfill it.
  •  "I can and do prepare myself for the future." They see themselves as being in constant training to face the next set of challenges.
  • "I learn more from failure than from success."  They don't fear failure.
  • "I value my courage higher than my security." They accept that nothing in today's world is secure: not jobs, not information, not the future.
  • "I take criticism constructively not personally." Criticism toughens them because they don't take it personally.
  •  "I keep my goals in mind but I focus on my process.They can adapt to and overcome obstacles.
  • "I value strong, supportive relationships.
  • "I reward myself for every win."
  • "I always have more to give." Their energy and attention are not limited resources.

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See The Past as Training

Learn from your mistakes, and those from others too, but let them go. The past is just training; it doesn't define you.

When something bad happens, see it as an opportunity to learn something you didn't know. When another person makes a mistake, learn from it and see it as an opportunity to be kind, forgiving, and understanding.