Big-Picture Thinking: How to Stay on Target

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Big-Picture Thinking allowed me to jumpstart my second career. In this blog post I’m going to share two Big-Picture Thinking concepts that help me stay focused and overcome adversity.

Not All Walls Are Bad

When thinking of building a wall, some might think of building a border, barrier or separation. There is also an emotional wall, an imaginary barrier that someone puts up to avoid or protect themselves from something. But building a wall can be a positive thing. I built my Big-Picture Thinking around the concept of a brick wall. If your big goal is a wall, your activities are the bricks. You start building the wall by placing one brick at a time.

Brick walls are strong, durable and can stand against any weather. Similarly, your goal should stand against anything that might prevent you from achieving that goal: lack of confidence, lack of support, lack of focus, too many priorities, excuses, etc. Every morning I woke up 30-45 mins earlier to study. Each time that early morning alarm rang, I had to reminding myself of the big goal.

In his book “How Successful People Think,” John C. Maxwell talks about how Big-Picture Thinking can help keep you on target: “Only by putting your daily activities in the context of the big picture will you be able to stay on target.”

When Some Walls Become Barriers

When you build the wrong type of wall – it becomes a wall of fears, adversity, fails and excuses. It might look like you cannot break through and the goal is no longer achievable. People start to create goals that are much smaller than their fears and insecurities, and they end up staying within their comfort zone.

I learned about the next concept in one of the trainings where our executive talked about why Big-Picture Thinking is important. Big-Picture Thinking helps you see beyond fears, failures and insecurities. Goals, dreams, reasons and whys become much bigger than anything that might come your way.

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Do you feel that the fear of failure and excuses prevent you from getting where you want to be? Make sure there’s no other way other than achieving your goal. For example, if you are a parent and you want your kids to have higher education, there is no way other than actually saving money so they can go to university.

Hope you found this blog insightful and please feel free to send me your questions at olga@leadwithheart.ca.

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