It’s fascinating how perspective and mental state can totally rewrite our circumstances. A favorite saying of mine is,
“Big problems are just small problems in small worlds.”
Here are three examples of how this might apply:
1. ‘Big’ problem: “I may lose a customer.”
- Small world: You only have 2 of them. You selfishly cling on past when is best for them.
- Bigger world: Would it still be a problem if you had 100 clients instead of 2, and a pipeline full of prospects?
2. ‘Big’ problem: “I don’t know how to solve this problem.”
- Small world: You have no advisors or network to guide you forward. So you’re stuck, spinning your wheels.
- Bigger world: Would it still be a problem if you had people around you that you can trust, who can point out the way?
3. ‘Big’ problem: “I don’t want to <insert here>”
- Small world: You’ve only your feelings to drive you forward. So you procrastinate.
- Bigger world: Would it still be a problem if you had a reason bigger than yourself for doing <insert here>?
Perspective changes everything and shines a new light on what you should do next.
Consider your biggest problems today. How do they change when you click “zoom out” a few times to see the bigger picture?