One of my favorite local networking events is Wine Women and Wealth with the Five Rings Financial team in Northern Virginia. The room is usually packed for these and the last one I attended was no different. They provide a lot of great information to help women be financially fit.
At the last event I attended, someone commented on the large percentage of women in the room who were holding down regular full time jobs, while working on their business (or what some of my New York peeps call a “side hustle.”
Now the room was mixed. Yes, some multilevel marketing business, but also professionals in real estate, cosmetology, financial planning, travel, and marketing.
In speaking with some of these women, I noticed a common theme that almost all of my women business owner clients suffer from– they were a overwhelmed with all they had on their plate and were having trouble keeping an eye on the big picture.
Do you have that same struggle?
Whether you are a business owner or not,
do you have a hard time keeping the big picture in sight?
Having too low a view point and being too close to the day-to-day can make it hard for you to stay on track with your goals.
It’s like trying to plant a forest, but being too busy pruning the trees.
When you’ve lost sight of your vision you have to change your viewpoint!
Even if you’re a one person shop, you have to set time aside to get some distance from daily tasks. Why?
When you elevate your viewpoint, you’re able to take in the whole enchilada and see the big picture–you get an idea of what’s coming ahead.
Working too close to the day to day will make the little things seem bigger and the more important things will seem out of your reach.
I blocked a week out on my schedule at the beginning of January to do just that. I took a look at last year’s numbers and goal achievements and set new ones for this year. I was brutally honest about things that worked and things that didn’t. I pulled out my markers and mind-mapped my way to clarity. I set some goals-easy ones, challenging ones, big hairy audacious stretchy ones. It was motivating, powerful and got me off to the right start.
So, if you haven’t taken the time to get that sky high view of your business-heck your life-I encourage you to do so now. It’s not too late in the year to start. (Everyday is a great day to set goals!)
Keeping your head in the clouds will force you to think bigger picture. It doesn’t mean disconnect from the day-to-day. Just don’t lose sight of the end result you’re working towards.
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