Knowing Your “Big Picture” Will Give You Massive Purpose and Drive
We’re often focused on the little things when really we don’t know what our big picture looks like.
Every single day is an opportunity to improve your life. You can spend your hours escaping the 9–5 through Netflix and videogames or you can confront your internal frustrations by doing something about it.
For the past six months, I have been massively risky when it comes to “work”. I took a marketing manager position for an investment firm, I freelanced with my writing, and I attended spontaneous army training.
Although I’m one of the busiest individuals in my inner circle, all this effort could be going to waste. It becomes a waste if I never create a big picture.
You could be doing a million things every single day, and still not know what you’re working towards. Imagine having the optimal money in your bank account without a plan. That’s a good problem to have, but what are you really left with?
How I Developed My Bigger Picture
Start with something you like. I always knew I was a creator at heart because I began my YouTube journey when I was in sixth grade with my brothers. After years of trial and error, I discovered photography. When that didn’t pay the bills, I checked out writing. Then I landed a marketing job with Haikhuu Trading.
I took a simple fact about myself (I love to create) and explored several different avenues that ultimately took me to where I am today. Am I going to write and create content forever? Probably. Because creating is in my DNA.
Great. I know that I want to create forever, but what will I do if I reach the magic number in my bank account that makes me feel like I’ve “made it”?
I know I want to move somewhere warm with my girlfriend and live in an aesthetic home. I also want to be able to pay back my family for helping me become the man they helped me become by being so supportive.
That’s my big picture. It’s fairly simple, but it’s the big picture. To you, it may seem too simple, but it’s what drives me. Your big picture may look like traveling the entire world and starting several businesses.
Take time to imagine your big picture.
If your big picture motivates you to get to work right now, then you’ve got an empowering vision. Let that vision carry you into taking action, however that may look. It’s empowering.
Macro Picture Vs. Micro Picture
In high school, I took AP Microeconomics and Microeconomics. I got a C in Macro and a B in Micro. This tells me something about who I might be. I’m someone who likes to look inward on a goal or mission more than focusing on the broader goal.
Excelling more in a micro class than a macro class could be an indication of why I prefer to be the number 3 or 4 man in the company rather than the CEO. It’s easier to for me to do really well in a small pond rather than be in charge of an ocean.
Regardless of which type of vision you have (micro or macro), you need to know your own personal big picture. Without it, you won’t wake up at 6 am to do that thing you need to do. Without it, you’re going to play one more episode of Netflix and put it off until tomorrow.
Without a big picture, you’re going to do one of two things.
You’re either going to fail. Or, you’re going to take 3 times as long to reach your destination and achieve your goals.
If you’re lucky to be particularly young, then you have time and energy. As you age, you may start a family, raise your kids, and your body may be achier. Having time and energy is a driving force that takes a dream and transforms it into a reality.
You can work on micro-projects and tasks that help you get to your goal all day, every day. But without knowing what the endgame is when once you achieve it, you open up a window to crash and burn.
I’m no life coach. I haven’t started a family. I haven’t made millions of dollars. But what I am is ambitious. What I am is focused on is obtaining a beautiful home with my incredible girlfriend and taking care of my family as much as possible.
You can change the world with your ambition and your drive. Once you find your big picture, everything becomes basic. Instead of worrying about if I’m happy or if I’m not having fun, I focus on the big picture and take action.
Whenever you lose motivation, circle back to the big picture. It’s incredibly powerful. It works wonders. It’s your ticket to the life you’ve always wanted.
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