Life, business, politics, competition, family… These things can all be challenging at times. Stress in inevitable. Over the years, I have determined that the most valuable tool you can acquire for managing these challenges is "perspective" or "context".
When you think about the big picture and put your daily stresses into a proper context or perspective, you often realize how minor the bumps are. In the short run, challenges can seem huge and the desire for quick fixes is strong. I like to call this the "chase the shiny object" syndrome. For organizations, "chase the shiny object" syndrome leads to inevitable failure.
In the long run, most challenges are manageable. By staying focused on the big picture and by continuing to put one foot in front of the other, you can make amazing progress that compounds on itself to create success. Intuitively, we all know this, but it is often hard to keep that state of mind when you are in the weeds and when the pressure is on for instant success.
As a leader in your organization, it is always important to keep folks focused on the big picture… to give your team perspective and context on what is going on around them. Create a roadmap or plan. Concentrate on execution. Put one foot in front of the other over and over again. One morning months later, the team will wake up and be pleasantly shocked to see how far they have traveled and how much they have accomplished.
If you want the ultimate perspective, watch this video. It is awe inspiring to me, and it certainly puts our daily, personal challenges into a much bigger picture. 🙂