At the beginning of August I returned home from an amazing few weeks abroad – back to the cold and wet of Cape Town after some of the hottest weather I’ve ever encountered in Europe!

But the weather is not what this post is about.

This post is about the power of perspective, and how distance can be the fuel that sparks your inspiration, creativity and confidence.

I had every intention of ‘doing work’ while I was overseas, but the warm weather, warmer people around me and the warmest feeling in my heart kept me away from work and deep in the thickness of the moment.

From playing cards with my 95 year old Nan, to driving through beautiful country lanes, to playing in the garden with my niece or taking in the sights and sounds of the streets of Amsterdam.

Honestly, work was more distant in my mind than it has been in years.

Yes I did some networking and yes I did a photoshoot while I was in the UK, but on the whole, I chose to let go of control and trust that everything would unfold as it needed to. And that’s exactly what happened.

As I type this in my dressing gown in my studio apartment in Cape Town, while the rainclouds and wind dance outside my window, I’m eternally grateful for the distance I put between myself and my usual routine.

Yes, I’ve still got mountains of emails in my inbox, and yes I still have loads of photo and video editing to do, but what I have now, that I didn’t have before we left, is perspective.

Personal Perspective as a Tool for Confidence

Perspective on my old habits and routines that were keeping me attached to self-imposed limitations. Perspective on the environment I’d created around me and how it wasn’t serving me. Perspective on my misplaced priorities.

My ‘pre-trip self’ would have, on her return home, jumped straight into work – catching up on admin and emails and editing.

And while I did have a couple of shoots booked shortly after our arrival, I surprised myself by accessing and tuning into that beautiful perspective that had slowly cleared the fog of anxiety in my mind.

With my shiny new perspective firmly in place, I set about doing and seeing things differently. I decluttered and reorganised my apartment and workspace. I’ve given myself permission to unfollow, unsubscribe and unfriend anyone who doesn’t make me feel good about myself. And I’ve recommitted to trusting that everything is always working in my favour – that I don’t have to try so hard – I can choose to let it all be easy and fun.

 

Let It Be Easy

So that’s what I want to encourage you to do too.

If you feel like you’re so caught up in the sticky thickness of your routine, of being busy, that you’re looking but not really seeing who you’ve become or how your life and business are currently holding you back, then please do the following today, or in the next few days:

  1. Declutter & organise your environment so that it inspires confidence and creativity. Move furniture, empty the junk drawer, re-order your books and prune your wardrobe. Lighten the weight of the familiar surroundings that we often stop seeing. It may seem like a royal waste of time, but I cannot stress how much of a positive impact this has had on my state of mind, my emotional state and my renewed enthusiasm for business.
  2. Unfollow, unsubscribe & unfriend anyone who makes you feel less than inspired and confident. Whether they intend to be an energy vampire or not. Don’t feel bad, it’s about doing what’s right for you. It’s not about rejecting them. You’ve got to set boundaries for yourself if you want to grow and nurture your confidence.
  3. Choose to trust that the basic nature of life is to thrive. That means you and I are naturally thriving specimens. It’s just that we’ve gotten in the way of the natural order. So stop trying to control everything and trust that it’s all working for your benefit anyway, so you may aswell enjoy the process.

Take the Action

Do these 3 things above and then let me know in the comments below how you feel different.

And if you’d like to additional help to take action, then come and join me for a free Facebook Live chat on Thursday 19th September in my Confident Creative Community Group. We’ll be talking about shifting your perspective so that you can See Yourself Worthy.