Don’t sweat the small stuff

One of the biggest things that limit people is they get bogged down in the details and either lose focus on what they are ultimately trying to accomplish or, they never think about the big picture because they are concentrating so much on what is just in front of them

While details are important, if you let them stop you from seeing the grand plan, they will prevent you from doing everything you would like to do.

One reason people do get bogged down in the minutiae is the belief that things have to be perfect before they can be released. While trying to make sure everything is perfect, they stop themselves from moving further for extended periods of time. In my case, I could spend a few hours writing these posts to make sure each word is the absolute perfect choice but if I were to do that, I would end up discontinuing the blog because I wouldn’t have the time to get other things done. Instead, I get an idea, write the article, and then move on to the next thing. While some might argue that it’s unacceptable to have a typographical error in a post, I see it as it’s better to have a post with the occasional typo than to not have anything at all. This is an example of not letting the small things stop you from moving forward.

Ideally, you would have one (or more) people looking big picture (doing the visionary work) while others are more detail oriented. This way, the visionaries would keep the projects going forward while the detail people make sure the little things get done. When you have a good combination of visionaries and detail people, good things will happen. If you are doing things on your own, it’s important to not become too visionary or too detail oriented but rather to have a good mix of both.

If you can’t see the forest because there are too many trees in the way, this would be a good indicator that you aren’t looking at the big picture. On the other hand, if you are admiring the forest so much that you walk into a tree, you might want to think a little bit more about the details.

The next post is going to seem to be a bit contradictory to this one but it’s an example of how there are very few absolutes in life. You’ll understand what I mean when you read it.

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Lawrence

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