The Art of New Beginnings: Harnessing Time Orientation for Personal Growth

The Art of New Beginnings: Harnessing Time Orientation for Personal Growth

Picture of Lynda-Ross Vega Co-author of Unlock the Power of Your Perception and Your Talent AdvantageNew beginnings are a chance to reset. Every fresh start is a wonderful opportunity to recalibrate your focus on what truly matters in your life and let go of what no longer serves you or brings you joy. It’s like giving your life goals a thoughtful, rejuvenating overhaul

Your approach to these fresh starts is significantly shaped by your Perceptual Style. It provides a framework, helping you categorize your experiences into three distinct time categories: past, present, and future. Because of your Perceptual Style, you naturally lean towards and value one category over the other two.

Importantly, leaning towards a particular time category is not a fixed state. Rather, it’s the frame of reference you start with.

Let’s take a quick look at each style’s time orientation:

  • Activity: You use past experiences to guide the present understanding and shape future possibilities. It's like having a rich tapestry of personal history informing your life’s path.

  • Adjustments: You're all about the here and now. You see the past as a prologue and the future as an open book of possibilities.

  • Flow: You have a strong connection to history and tradition. The past acts as a guide to help you navigate the present while treating the future with a sense of cautious optimism.

  • Goals: You are focused on immediate future objectives. You view the present as a playground of challenges, and the past is old news.

  • Methods: You are practical and firmly grounded in the present. You see the future as speculative, and the past, while informative, is subjective.

  • Vision: You are a dreamer. You see the future as a canvas of potential, with the present acting as a crucial step toward realizing the possibilities you envision. You acknowledge the past as one of many paths leading to the current moment.

Understanding your time orientation can profoundly enhance how you engage with new beginnings. Whether your new beginnings are exciting adventures, well-planned missions, commitments to action, or hopeful journeys, it’s about aligning these starts with your time orientation to create meaningful and achievable goals.

Take a moment to reflect on your own time orientation. Are you guided by the lessons of the past, the realities of the present, or the possibilities of the future? Use this insight to approach your next new beginning with confidence and clarity. It's your story, after all. Make it a great one!

About Lynda-Ross Vega

Lynda-Ross Vega is a partner at Vega Behavioral Consulting, Ltd. She specializes in helping corporate leaders, entrepreneurs, and individuals with interpersonal communications, team dynamics, personal development, and navigating change. Lynda-Ross is co-creator of Perceptual Style Theory, a revolutionary behavioral psychology theory and assessment system that teaches people how to unleash their natural strengths and build the life and career they dream of. For free information on how to succeed in business and in life doing more of what you do best, visit

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