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Change Your Perspective, Change Your Life

Changing your perspective really can change your life!

Your thoughts are powerful, use them wisely.

Misconceptions, conflict and complete differences of opinion are common in daily life; our minds have a lot to answer for. Thoughts about ourselves and others can unduly influence us, often in the wrong way. We repeatedly forget that just because we think something, it doesn’t mean it’s true. Furthermore, there’s not one universal truth; we all have different realities.

As a teenager and young adult, I misconstrued thoughts to be facts.

The more a thought swirled around in my head, the more it validated my way of thinking, especially if it was about myself. Monkey chatter featured heavily in my daily existence, exhausting my mind and body with the endless noise and distraction that stole any glimpse of silence. Unable to recognise that my thoughts were being tirelessly regurgitated, my peace was eroded before it was even acknowledged.

That was until meditation and mindfulness blessed my life. Meditation created more space between my thoughts and a gentle stillness so that my inner voice was heard. The endless chatter subsided as I learnt to shut out the distractions my mind repeatedly presented to me.


Mindfulness brought awareness back to the present moment, taking me out of my head and into my body.

This place is exactly where we need to be so that we can feel, not think, our decisions. Once I was familiar with these practices, I was open to a profound revelation. Our thoughts are not fixed, nor are we stuck with them. Because they are transitory, we have the power to change them and tame our minds should we wish. Furthermore, our thoughts do not define us or make us who we are. As our own worst critics, this is particularly good news. Putting it simply, we are not our thoughts.

Dr Wayne Dyer brought awareness into my life about how powerful our thoughts are, and for this, I am incredibly grateful.

One of his famous quotes “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change” deeply resonated with me the first time I heard it. At the core of this message is the understanding that when we change our perspective or look at something differently, everything changes. It really is as easy and hard as that.

This concept is stunningly simple and frustratingly difficult at the same time.

Over many years of life experience, reading books and sharing ideas with others, I grappled with the prospect that our perceptions and opinions, all those mind-based processes, are at times an illusion or figment of our wild imagination. Such a confusing contradiction can be tricky to navigate through, but today I embrace this despite all the prickles. 


Dr Joe Dispenza empowered me to comprehend that nothing fundamentally changes when we repeat the same daily routines and ways of being. Stepping out of our comfort zone and feeling uncomfortable is necessary to rewire our brains so that we can experience different outcomes, make positive change and ultimately move forward.

The starting point is altering our thoughts.

Liberated, I am now able to turn my life around during periods of grief, trauma and loss, rather than sinking into a black hole with no idea how to get out. The glass is half full, instead of half empty. I manage to find the blessings in each storm, even when the raincloud is directly above my head, and the downpour makes it impossible to breathe.

As we begin to think about things from a different angle, realising that nothing is either good or bad, life miraculously unfolds. Thinking less critically helps to soften our heart. As our heart opens, abundance in all forms naturally flows. Changing our thoughts about ourselves is vital because more positive and loving thoughts lead to more loving feelings, words, and in turn, actions. We all benefit from this, including the planet. So, the next time you ‘can’t see the wood for the trees’, as the saying goes, look up and change your perspective.

Changing your perspective really can change your life!

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Sarah Willoughby

Sarah Willoughby is an Author, Speaker, Spiritual Mentor, Reiki Practitioner and Intuitive Energy Healer. Passionate about encouraging people to reconnect with themselves and love who they are, Sarah is committed to empowering each person she works with to heal, be peaceful and transform their life. Sarah’s forthcoming book on self-love through secondary infertility, is motivated by a desire to be a voice for others, help remove the silence and provide hope to those navigating this difficult path.

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Melissa Rose Rothschild
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It is amazing how our minds can simply transform our lives when we understand that it is truly all perspective.
Thank you Sarah, wonderful article.

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Janet mcbride

Thank you for this article . It has helped me think differently about a painful emotional situation in my life just now.I will put into practise your wise advice. I will change my perspective be mindful and meditate be still and wait for the universe to work it out xx

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I So Enjoyed This Article. Thank You. ❤

Robert Walls
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Love it Love it Love it Much love and Many Blessings.

Robina fazal
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Lovely article. Sarah Willoughby..dear..💖💐So true..so powerful.so inspiring and practicable to lead a life with ease happiness ..courage ..energies ..vigour ..stamina ..zeal and zest..and real healthy human being to live a life with peace and harmony. Love..and affection.it needs a lot daily practice ..meditations ..Soul.mind body easing. Yoga..exercises..proper diets..Spiritualy ..mentaly..physicaly strong mind..to lead a healthy .happy. .purposeful life..As loving is one to ownself ..one gains positive energies to be a source of love..care..compassion for other Souls..love yourself more So you can love others more and care others more .because Man is a Social Animal..We can’t live alone..all time we need to interect..to share. .to deal ..life..to learn life from others..we are send by God Almighty to be loving and kind to all Souls..This makes us energetic with God Almighyts love essence ..we are here in this world to live lively ..happy ..positive..purposeful lives..and to be a Source of love for all….💖🙏💐Amen..

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Jehochebed Gallo

Thank you for the timely reminders. God bless

Fran Merkh
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I’m trying to change my perspective on the impending death of my son. The only positive I can see as of now is I will be relieved he’s not suffering anymore. Any suggestions?

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Lalie

Hello Sarah your article gave me a positive head start for the day/week. As usual another winner, simple yet full of noteworthy advice. The thoughts we have can either make or break our day and eventually determine the outcome of our life. That’s why it is really imperative that we cultivate daily habits of thinking positive no matter how tough things are. Changing our perspective opens the gateway to blessings, abundance, Love, peace and joy. Positive thinking always win😊 Everyday is an opportunity to start fresh no matter how things got messed up. We just have to change our perspective from hate to Love since love is always the answer. Love self again and eventually love for others and life will follow . Im on my way❤
Thank you so much for sharing Jenni and Bryant 💕💕💕

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Margo

That’s a tricky one for me as I’m by nature, a happy person. But I often allow negative people and situations to get to me. After reflecting and analysing, I manage to learn techniques to combat this, only to be met with more. I’m happy with some aspects of my life, but I’m not happy with my life overall. Far from it, in spite of my efforts to make positive changes. There is so much room for improvement. I’ve tried everything I know about, I look on fb for articles like this, but I’m surrounded by horrible people and I am rather a solitary person. I’m not that important in anyone’s life, or so it seems. I still have a happy layer in my soul, which just needs someone to bring to the surface. I’m still here as I’ve struggled and battled through just about every aspect of life. There must still be a spark of fire left to keep my heavy heart going. It’s been a tiresome journey. I’m grateful for the tips you have provided to assist me through my search for happiness, whether it’s within me or outside me or both. Thank you

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Ruth Barnhart

Loved the article, I can see how this could be applied to ones life and be changed by it. In my thinking it is biblical, based on the fact that Jesus himself had to be by himself to pray on a great many occasions.