Like looking at people in Millennium Park by gazing at the Cloud Gate and believing you know what they look like.
Being too close to a situation can do the same thing.
Here are three tips to check yourself:
#1 – walk away (for a minute or three)
This literally has you stepping back and away. It is even better if you go and do something unrelated to your situation and then revisit it later.
#2 – write it down or say it out loud
Introverted? write it down. Extroverted? say it out loud. It is amazing how our perceptions can be changed with this simple step.
#3 – ask a trusted advisor
Still feeling like your view is distorted? Have a conversation with someone you trust to both have your back and be honest with you.
Take the time to bring clarity to your view.
note: Cloud Gate is a sculpture created by Anish Kapoor which is installed in Millennium Park, Chicago IL