Bigger Picture- Planet Earth

Seeing the Whole Pie, Not Just the Piece

Seeing the bigger picture is an important trait to have if you wish to be successful in life; vision is important here. If your view is so zoomed in that you only see a small clip of the movie we call life, then that clip is seen as a representation of the movie as a whole.

This causes your thought processes to be hindered, and renders you unable to make rational decisions because you aren’t seeing the rest of what your situation has to offer.

In life we encounter situations that will typically invoke positive or negative feelings. If you go to a massive water park for a week, then you are probably going to focus on the positive because how often do you get to go to a water park? The total vision here is to enjoy yourself at the park and so that is what you are doing. Having total vision is very easy to do because enjoyment is the main focus.

But on the flip-side, what happens when a situation doesn’t go according to plan?

Say you begin working a job just out of college. In the process of starting your life, paying off student loans and looking for an apartment, your boss finds some unruly reason to fire you. You are suddenly struck with fear, anxiety, and stress because you are now jobless.

But as you sit there and ponder your life, you realize that you really didn’t like that job to begin with. You soon begin searching for the career path that is truly destined for you.

Fast forward two years, you are much happier and now working for a company that resonates with you. Looking back, getting fired was the best thing that could have happened to you. However, two years ago you wouldn’t have been thinking that.

The obstacles we encounter are not always going to be what we planned for. We are going to get a curveball or two, but it’s all about how you deal with the small things along the way that determines if you succeed or fail.

Remember, there are always two sides to everything; the same goes with life situations. You have the positive and negative side effects that occur as a result of virtually anything we do.

Be sure to see the things that are happening to you from both aspects. If you focus on only the positive, you will not see where improvement is needed. But if you focus on only the negative, you get lost in all the things you need to do in order to make your situation better.

One way to help keep yourself focused and open to learning in all situations is to write down the positive and negative things that came from a particular situation you are struggling with. Instead of focusing on one or the other, focus on implementing the lessons learned from both aspects.

For instance, if you are an artist and you draw something that you don’t like. Instead of focusing on the fact that you don’t like the picture, focus on why you don’t like the picture. As I said it’s all about vision here. You must have an overall perspective of how it looks and how it can be improved upon.

Focus on the things you do like about the picture, implement that into later drawings you create. Then focus on the things you don’t like about it. Once you determine what you don’t like, figure out how it can be fixed in later pictures that you draw.

Think BIG; Dream BIGGER

You want to make sure you are making the most of your time. In order to do this you must see your overall goal and short-term goal in juxtaposition to each other. If you see the smaller goals and place them in alignment with your bigger goals, you will be able to better determine what the next move is.

When you put your goals into this perspective, it allows you to develop the overall goal based on where your short-term goals are heading. Create the broadest vision possible for your short-term goal and focus on the steps necessary to create it. What I mean by creating the broadest vision possible, is that you should always keep your mind open to new thoughts, ideas or possibilities that would otherwise have not been able to wiggle into your life if your vision was too narrowed on a specific goal.

The goal is to focus on the present, while remaining cognizant of the greater goal you are striving for. If you can do this, it will help keep you focused without your vision being too narrowed.

If you understand that there is something to be learned from everything that happens to you, then you are one step closer to achieving success.

In the words of Serj Tankian, System of a Down lead singer,

“When you lose small mind you free your life.”

Let me know in the comments below the struggles you have with seeing the bigger picture and what things have worked to help you overcome it.

May infinite light shine upon you, revealing your path to eternal bliss. Remember, all the answers we seek are only found inside of us, so don’t be afraid to go within. Love and unity to you all <3

Namaste my friends
-Cody Mann

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