There are two unique perspectives on leadership that reveals a vantage point coming from a third-person view and that of a first-person. Most of us understand the difference between these points of view. However, few of us understand the significant impact of knowing the kind of perspective you hold and how it determines the quality of our lives.

Life from the stands can only be accessed as concepts, not as they are actually lived and experienced first-hand. Everyday common sense language limits us to speaking about what is actually happening in life from the stands. The spectator can never truly do anything on the court, in the way the player could. When it comes to your life, which role are you playing? Are you simply the spectator, looking over your life, without any power or control? Can you be the player who is on the court, making the plays happen?

On the court, you can actually perform. You take part. You participate. On the court, you are response-able. You can respond to your opponents. You can play to win.

Shifting from being a “content of experience” into being a “context of experience”, you need to shift the perspective you have of your life. There is a need for you to operate on the court, rather than in the stands. In fact, being a context calls you to actually “be” the court by which the game is being played.

Do you see the difference between the two perspectives?

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Where are you positioned in your life? Are you experiencing your life from the stands or on the court?