Perspective affects everything you do in life. For example: A person in Bangladesh living in complete poverty can be very happy while a person in an affluent neighborhood in the United States can be miserable. Your level of self-awareness affects your perspective on life because, when you're comfortable with your thoughts, feelings and behaviors, you're able to maintain a positive outlook.
Perspective is the way you see the world based on your self-awareness and personal experiences. If you filter out the positive, you tend to focus on the things that aren't going well. If you filter out the negative, you're better able to see the beneficial side of things. A great example of perspective is found in Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Tiny Tim doesn't have use of his legs but he doesn't wallow in self pity, he forges on and is a source of strength for his family.
You're faced with important choices throughout your life. At any moment you can choose your perspective and that will lead you down a certain path. Try this simple exercise: The next time you feel you can't overcome an obstacle, consciously tell yourself, "I can handle this," or some other positive affirmation. This will help you shift from a negative to a positive perspective.
It's amazing what can happen when you choose a perspective that gives you the power to move forward rather than staying stuck. What will you do to view the world from a positive perspective?