Your highest and greatest contribution as a change agent rests on being able to transcend yourself. To see the bigger system around you--to "see the matrix." And not just to see it for yourself, but also to help others see the larger systems of which we are all a part. Being able to see the world around you in all its complexity, with a critical, yet appreciative eye is vital to "getting real" about how change actually plays out in the world. Doing all that you can to see past your own blindspots and biases is also critical to perceiving your own role in the systems you seek to change. This is why Expanded Perspective is the 7th and final pillar of personal development for change agents.
The video and the accompanying worksheet offer 3 paths to help you expand your perspective.
The graphic below lays out a framework for 5 different "states of mind" and how these influence our self orientation--how we go about meeting our fundamental needs. We all move between different states of mind, sometimes from one moment to the next. Getting better at recognizing which of these states of mind you are in at any given moment is a great start to expanding your perspective, particularly when you realize that each state of mind has a lot to do with what you will notice and how you will focus your energy in that moment.
A second key tool for expanding your perspective is to explore how your state of mind in the moment is connected to how you engage systemic inequality and bias. Download the worksheet to explore opportunities to level up your work as a change agent by shifting your state of mind.
We all suffer from blindspots and cognitive biases, and sometimes one of the most powerful things you can do to expand your perspective is simply to become more aware of what you are missing. If greater awareness is a key first step, actually curing yourself of cognitive biases is notoriously difficult. That said, the worksheet offers 7 tips for reducing your susceptibility to tunnel vision and faulty reasoning.
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