I’m writing to you today from my marketing genius’s parent’s house in Medellin, Colombia. The weather is a sunny, beautiful 82 degrees, and compared to the 20 degree, crappy weather I left in Pennsylvania, this place is a paradise. This is my first time in South America, and I haven’t seen much of it yet, having just landed last night, but I’ve already been here long enough to start feeling the positive effects of change of scenery.
Many people don’t realize, but the environment surrounding us plays a huge role on our lives every day. It’s not just the city or town we’re in, but also the people we’re around, the living conditions, and even the food we eat. It is extremely important, especially if you’re trying to work and get things done the right way, that you make your surroundings coincide with the results you wish to see.
Try to surround yourself with things that make you comfortable; things that remind you of happy times, and if you don’t have any, try to surround yourself with things that will help you start making the happy times right now. It could be a poster of a car that you hope to afford one day, or a stunning view from an Italian mountain top that you hope to visit. it could even be the music you play in the background. Music plays a huge role in changing and tuning our moods. So does..stuff…use it as a tool for change!
Also, even if your permanent environment is the way you like it, it is ALWAYS good to get a change of scenery. The simple shift in perspective traveling gives you can be more valuable to you than you may know. It gives you a different angle to look at your life from, which can help you see things you may not have noticed before.
This change in perspective is almost equivalent to taking a dose of magic mushrooms believe it or not. It’s been theorized that ancient civilizations used hallucinations to give them this change in perspective, because back then, it was too hard to go out and experience different environments than the ones they were used to, so they eventually discovered the value in these drug’s ability to provide this shift.
It is also theorized that things like mushrooms and peyote may be responsible for speeding up the evolution of human consciousness. I happen to believe this is possible, because the important attribute of these drugs is the change in perspective. Traveling has a very similar effect, and can give you revelations, and open you up to things you didn’t know existed, all while actually being coherent enough to write things down!
The perspective shift is one of the most important things we as humans can possibly habituate in our lives. To find any location, you always need 2 points of reference. You need a latitude and a longitude. Without knowing one or the other, you could be almost anywhere. It is getting this second perspective that gives you a pin-point of your location, your life, and your work, and once you have this information, you can use it to help you get to where you want to be even faster.
Looking at things from one perspective your whole life can almost be dangerous. If you grew up only in a place full of crime and anger, you may never even realize that places full of compassion exist. The perspective shift is key to helping progress.
If you are feeling lost, or stuck, or you are feeling things in your life coming to a stand still, get out and go someplace! It doesn’t even have to be far, it just has to be dramatically different than what you’re used to. If you’re used to big buildings and sidewalks, go drive 30 minutes, park, and take a walk in the woods. I guarantee it will help you get back on track.
I’ve definitely spent enough time blogging now. It’s time to go get a lot more perspective shift in. I definitely need it! Adios!
Written by: Dante Cullari Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC