Words are powerful and literally shape our reality.

Zoom-Out Signposts are short phrases that point to an underlying reality. They point us in the right direction in order to cultivate a zoom-out mindset.

You can also think of Zoom-Out signposts as mantras that we can use as tools to focus our minds on a particular perspective or meta-perspective and remind us of what matters.

The word mantra originates from Sanskrit meaning a “sacred message or text, charm, spell, counsel.”

Mantras are a great way to harness the “magick” of words and the power of perspective.

Many of these signposts are famous quotes from wise people. Others are original mantras of Zoom-Out.

“Zoom-Out to find the most helpful perspective”
Zoom-Out MOTTO

“All Perspectives are wrong but some are helpful”

“Default perspectives can be overridden”

“The whole is more than the sum of its parts”
Zoom-Out SIGNPOST (Aristotle)

“Attention control is power”
Zoom-Out SIGNPOST (Aristotle)

Below are some signposts / mantras from “honourary zoomologists”.

“Reality is plural”

– Robert Anton Wilson

“We don’t see things as they are; we see them as we are”

Anaïs Nin

“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change”

– Wayne Dyer

“What we see depends mainly on what we look for.”

– John Lubbock

“The map is not the territory”

– Alfred Korzybski, 1933

“There is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so.”

– Shakespeare’s Hamlet

Child, you have to learn to see things in the right proportions.
Learn to see great things great and small things small.”

– Corrie Ten Boom
Corrie Ten Boom

“We suffer more in imagination than in reality”

– Seneca, Stoic philosopher

“Strong opinions, weakly held”

– Paul Saffo
perspective on events

“Comparison is the thief of joy”

– Theodore Roosevelt

“Happiness is reality minus expectations“

– Tom magliozzi

“We have two ears and one mouth so that we can listen twice as much as we speak.”

– Epictetus, Stoic philosopher, A.D. 55 – 135

“We are what we think.
All that we are arises with our thoughts.
With our thoughts, we make the world.”

– The Buddha, 563 – 483 BC

“The reason we suffer is we don’t see the world clearly”

– The Buddha, 563 – 483 BC

See also the Zoom-Out quotes.