Positional Perspective (Change Your Point Of View)

The only way to change our perspective is to change our position.

If we want to see the world from a different angle, a different point of view, or a different perspective, we are going to have to change the way we look at it. This is not a mental exercise. It is impossible to see the whole picture while standing in one place.

If we truly want to gain a new perspective on the world, we need to physically move ourselves to new places. We need to change where we stand. We need to change the way we stand and we need to at least be willing to change what we stand for and why.

There is simply no way to see the whole picture, to see things from all angles, perspectives, and focal points without changing where we are and the way we look at things. The world we are trying to see will not move for us. If we want to see a new, better world, we must be the movers and the change seekers.


Holistic Budo: As it is in budo, so too it is in life. As it is in life, so too it is in budo.

Robert Van Valkenburgh is co-founder of Taikyoku Mind & Body and Kogen Dojo where he teaches Taikyoku Budo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.

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