Getting into the Big Picture: Zoom in to the Path

You’ve chosen the course you’d want to take, took your internship and earned experience. Somehow, it gave you clarity on which route to follow. However, in a competitive world, it can be challenging to be what or where you do want to belong. What do you do? you follow your heart, convinced by what the elders say “Explore. The world is an oyster” and then all these opportunities get laid out. Instantly, it’s easy to get skewed from the big picture.

Even in business, with all opportunities one can devour on, distractions away from the little things could zoom you out from bigger, more meaningful career or business goals.

If you’re the type who get swayed and get disconnected from the ‘bigger things’ you’re destined to or called for. There are ways on how to fight the battle and zoom back in. There may be frustrations and humps along the way but re-focusing and doing what needs to be done can be and will be rewarding.

If it’s our decisions that define who we are, than this is who I am

1. GOAL: Remember why you’re doing what you’re doing

We’ve been taught and reminded about setting S.M.A.R.T Goals for ourselves, but have you really been practicing it? Setting timelines is as important as how you strategically reach the goal – the little things in order to claim that eye on the prize.

If you want to write a book, how can you publish one if you haven’t written nor have thought of the content you’ll be working on? Once you’re feeling overwhelmed, take a time off and hop straight back once you’ve recharged.

Visualize the end goal, feel and breathe the next steps. Nothing worth while is easy to achieve but once done, it’ll be the sweetest reward.

2. Stick to the Game Plan and Revise the necessary

Technology has its perks and downfall in productivity. With everything else a click-away, you’d hardly recognize you’ve been surfing, scrolling and reading articles or catching up on your friends social media accounts. Once this happens, or even before it does, have everything you need to do written on a task list, analyze what you’ve written and prioritize. Have those that are far from the goal parked on the dump list for later.

Gantt charts (a popular excel sheet commonly used for monitoring projects according to weeks, months and project management) weren’t made to bore us or to call it as ‘old school’ practice, the strategy on keeping tabs on the pulse of the tasks you’ve done has proven to be a guide on reaching the big picture.

3. Give yourself a pat on the back: You’re a work-in-progress!

Self-affirmation do work wonders! Having to see on your timelines and having to see those tick marks on your to do lists is the proof of your achievements. Be patient with yourself, stick to the game plan, and you’ll get there.

Remember, “Rome isn’t built overnight?” well, the world is yours to build.

4. Dig Deeper and Go back to Step 1

There are hindrances that may bump along the way but most of time, these are self-inflicted crossroads one need to fight. Factors such as procrastination or fear. Think back and remember why you’ve started and review where you are now from where you once were. If it’s fear of success, or fear on what other people might think or say about you – there’s only way but to block those thoughts and go on.

Write a journal, get your emotions out in the open. Instead of allowing such hindrances, turn it as a motivation for you to get better. You’ve gone this far, would your rather waste all the time you’ve worked on?

Emotions are there for you to manage and asses. You are what you believe in, and what you work on.  You’re almost there!

Unstable: Here’s How to Fight it.

It’s pretty normal in Asian countries that their children stay within their parents quarters as long as they want or could.  Being in a country where family ties are very much intact and instilled, this somewhat makes our life a little bit more comfortable.

Having to live abroad for a year filled with challenges, changes and uncomfortable situations, I can’t help but somehow miss the independence (as much as I abhorred it). When you’re nearly thirty and went back to live with your parents; you can’t help but compare your situation from others. I admit, I have been falling into the comparison trap.

Taking an inventory of your life and others are natural, I assume. However, often times I find myself unhappy, irritated and disappointed of what I’ve been accomplishing. Being a person who’s always looking into a much brighter and better days, it doesn’t seem to give a cut.  I couldn’t help but ask myself “Am I coming up short, all the time? – Is this how my life should be? – in terms of career, finance and possessions.”

When these thoughts pop up and end up upset with my well-being. Here’s an approach that may seemed helpful in picking yourself up away from dragging yourself down.

1. Re-visit your Grateful Bucket

Everyday, I post a recap on how my day went. A nutshell of thoughts to be grateful for.  You may also have this noted in a journal, Tweet it or probably have a mason jar wherein you’d fill it with grateful thoughts everyday.  Having to think of how you day went makes life worthwhile.

Re-visiting your everyday thoughts would serve as a quick reminder that you’ve been living a brighter and better day, everyday.

Instead of focusing on what you don’t have, you can appreciate all the great things that make your days fulfilling.

2. Compare yourself with no one but yourself.

Comparing yourself with others is a habit one should get rid.  Don’t sabotage your own happiness. If there’s someone you must compare, it’s nobody else but who you were in the past and who you are now.

Keep working on your goals and be not side struck by others accomplishments. Makes sense?

3. Commit to Change. The Good one.

I’ve realized that when I feel down, upset, disappointed or negative in general; I tend to lounge around and do nothing.  Inactivity would make you lose a day, waste precious time. Get out there, MOVE.

Take advantage of what you have and reach out. There are endless possibilities. Curate a plan, write down a strategy and implement it. Set timelines. There really is no other way but to ACT and BE THE CHANGE.

What’s your game plan?