Focus on the Big Picture

Key Takeaways

  • If you focus on the big picture of what you want to accomplish, life is much less stressful.
  • It’s easy to get bogged down in negativity when we focus on the day to day details and lose sight of the big picture.
  • Taking the time to look back and take stock of how far you’ve come is a great way to get yourself out of a negative frame of mind and to enjoy life more.

I have a couple of pictures at home that caricature artists have done of me, and it’s interesting, because when you watch the picture being drawn, you can’t really tell what they are drawing at first. But then you start to see features, and it makes a little more sense, until eventually, they finish the whole thing and you can really tell it’s you.

I find life is this way. If you focus on the big picture of what you want to get accomplished, like looking at the finished portrait the caricature artist completes, life is much less stressful. If you instead take it day by day, or feature by feature in the artist’s work, not seeing the whole picture, life can be really stressful and negative.

Today with social and news media, nine out of ten stories tend to be negative, so we are already starting our days off negatively. I find an easy way to combat this negativity is to focus on the big picture to take stock of how far I’ve come. I look back at what’s happened over the past three months in a particular project or something I’m doing, and then it takes away from that day to day detail that can bog us down. You end up realizing just how much you’ve accomplished.

You see this happen a lot with people who are building or remodeling a home. Almost everyone who is in the midst of the build or remodel can recount some kind of nightmare experience. The plumber didn’t show up. They put the wrong grout color in. They ordered the wrong size or color cabinetry. But you might come in and say, “Yeah, but the house looks great!” They just get so caught up in the day to day issues, and they don’t stop to see that the whole house is actually progressing quite well.

To experience more joy, more fun in life, it helps to expand your view, to look at the big picture to see where things are going and how far you’ve come. At the very least, it can help keep your blood pressure down, but ultimately, it helps you enjoy life more.

Until next time, enjoy.


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Gary Klaben is in our Glenview, IL office and serves our clients who are now located all over the country. He has over 30 years of experience and is the author of Changing the Conversation, Wealth of Everything and co-author of The Business BattlefieldWhether advising his clients, mentoring his team, or coaching entrepreneurs, he is always simplifying complexity and motivating others to take the next action that’s right for them.
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