This month's article continues our recent focus on leadership resilience and introduces another simple exercise that can offer a new perspective - quite literally!

Sometimes, in emotionally fraught situations, it can be a good idea to detach yourself so that you can calm down and get things in perspective.

A good way to do this is to float up above and away from the situation.

Try it for yourself right now.

Imagine that you're floating out of your body, higher and higher, and looking down at yourself. Float up until you reach a height at which you are completely comfortable and can still see yourself below.

You will notice that the higher up you float, the more detached from the situation you feel. This can give you a useful, non-emotional view.

With a bit of practice, you'll can to do this in the moment and as any situation unfolds.

Now, take a moment to reflect on this new perspective by answering the following questions:

  • what did you make of that?
  • what did you learn from this new perspective?
  • what did you notice about yourself that you weren't aware of?
  • what new possibilities does this open up for you?

This technique can also be used to reflect on past experiences or with imagined, future situations as well.

If the memory involves other people, float up above the memory of yourself as you interact with them. Observe the scene as a whole - notice how they react to what you do and say, and how you react to what they do and say.

Let us know how you get on and keep practising.