My whole life I have always been a BIG PICTURE guy. It is a huge strength I have similar to someone who is incredibly detail oriented. Some people miss the big picture so badly I have to come in I feel sometimes and lead them by the hand out of the dense forest. It is a trees and forest thing for sure as a visual so I want to
Help You See The Forest Through The Trees.
Work on these things:
- Take a break from the details from time to time and remember where what you are working on is taking you to. The destination
- Life is made up of many smaller gigs, projects, mini jobs, even mini careers or specialities you focus on. Think PATH. What does it all add up to? Are you a teacher of MANY things?
- Connect the dots. What I mean by that is YOUR area of details meshes with others. Like multiple resources to build one big space ship. Mission control, the rocket manufacturer, the person who paints the gantries, the weatherman forecasting the weather on launch day
- Partner with someone (like me) who is great at the BIG PICTURE and have discussions with them to SEE the big picture. Very detailed people get so mired in details day after day, they need the big picture guy to lift them out the three square yards at their desk to know they can rise up and leave their work setting and there is actually a big world out there that they might want to take a time out and acutally go to lunch
- If you are an extremely detailed person reverse partner with the big picture dude. THEIR weakness IS the details and they get bored with them so easily as matter of delegation they really need you as a proofreader and someone to cross the t's and dot the i's
- A big picture person will heavily immerse you in the reality of non importance. What they mean by that is no individual gig, project, work is going to be a life and death situation, well not usually. The world will not end if you don't do it perfectly. They will encourage you to practice, gain skill, do your best, then move on to the next thing. The people in the woods sometimes with all those trees around can feel lost and think they can never move on and GET OUT of the woods
- Write things down. Often you very clearly see your little project in the scope of the big organization with project flow charts or organizational charts or some kind of pie chart showing your contribution. Big picture people are masters with white boarding things, scribbling things on a clean white sheet of paper or graphs
Don't lose sight of the big picture when mired in details during a day or period of time. The details (the trees) truly do go hand in hand in harmony with the forest (the big picture).