Can You Reframe the Way You Think?

On August 9th, 2011, posted in: BIZ-TIP by 3 Comments

Have you ever changed the frame on a picture and it looked like an entirely different picture? When my parents went to England, they discovered that the English always frame portraits in ornate gold frames. I usually like simple, clean lines, but when I recently framed a headshot, I discovered they were right.

Often we are so focused on our point of view that we struggle to understand a different opinion. In a debating class the professor will usually make you argue for one side and, just when you are good in that position, he’ll make you argue for the other side.

Changed thinking changes everything! Seeing both sides of an issue is a valuable skill. You don’t have to agree, just seek to understand where the other person is coming from. If you can pause long enough to really listen to the other person, even if you don’t change your opinion, you’ll often earn their respect and you’ll probably learn something.

As virtual accountants we are constantly changing the way we do business until we find a change that pulls everything together. How have you changed your thinking in your business or personal life?

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3 Responses to Can You Reframe the Way You Think?
  1. Robert Lukey EA CPA August 9, 2011 at 12:42 pm Reply

    Since my son is around a lot more these days he hears me talk with new and old clients. There are times that he will tell me that the client wasn’t needing the full oratory that I gave them, but rather a nuts & bolts oratory. I at least use layman’s terms as much as possible but even then if it isn’t computing for the client it’s still a foreign language to the particular client. I am trying to read body language even more then before to determine if the client is on the same track I am. I can paraphrase what they are communicating and make them comfortable that I understand them, but I still don’t always give them a response that fits in their cognitive understanding.

  2. Carolyn,

    I really appreciate how you take an important concept and present it in a clear and concise manner that is accessible, quick to read and easy to grasp it’s importance. Keep up the good work!!!

  3. Your ability to change your thinking is vital if you want to be coached. As a financial coach it is one of the first things I determine about a potential client. Most people realize they can not be an expert in everything. Willingness to change your thinking along with a willingness to pay for another person’s expertise can significantly improve your life situation.


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