Focusing on the Big Picture

By Jacqui Pollard

March 28, 2012

The car in front of you is driving way too slow. Your husband left yet another dirty dish in the sink. Your co-worker tried to steal credit for your idea. The cashier at the local grocery store was rude to you as you checked out.

You may be able to relate to one of the aforementioned examples, but if not, I want you to think of an event that occurred in your life recently that really pushed your buttons. With that event and your feelings in reaction to it fresh in your mind, ask yourself: how important is this event in the grand scheme of things? I'd be more than willing to bet that your irksome occurrence seems much less significant than it did previously.

Being able to look at the big picture is a beneficial trait to possess. "Looking at the big picture" means not only focusing on the present moment, but it also, more importantly, emphasizes looking at the future. This invaluable mindset is something that can be applied to every single facet of your life. It is applicable to your friendships, your working environment, at home with your family, and even your self-perception.

From the business perspective at Maurer Photography, we are constantly challenged to look at the big picture when working on any given assignment. Is it important to focus on the fine details to ensure the highest quality of our product? Absolutely. However, being able to step back and understand not only the "what" but also the "why" of an assignment is vital to guaranteeing our customers' utmost satisfaction.

This week I'd like to challenge you to work on improving your perspective in every aspect of your life. It doesn't have to be anything earth shattering, but I want you to take some time looking at the big picture. If you feel that you're about to blow a gasket or if you're feeling particularly overwhelmed, take a moment to step back and ask yourself how important this event is in the grand scheme of your life, your work, etc. I think you'll find that with the ability to look at the big picture comes a greater sense of peace and purpose.

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