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Why Your Big Picture is Overrated

February 11, 2013 2 Comments

Yes you read that title correct. The Big Picture is overrated. That is what I believe, and I am sticking to it. 

 Don’t get me wrong; big pictures are great. They help us chart a course and they make sure we focus on all the right things.  However, the problem is, they are so big we easily become overwhelmed and begin to doubt our ability to make it happen. It can be so big, we just do not know where to begin. 

It is so big we start saying things like, “Maybe one day,”  “When I get that new job,” When I get out of debt or have more money.” The list of excuses goes own and own, excuses that only feed our procrastination. Before we know it years have passed and we are no closer to living out the “Big Picture”


Picture by krossbow - Creative Commons

Picture by krossbow – Creative Commons

Here is the reality, I can’t change yesterday, and I am never 100% sure tomorrow will show up for me. All I really have is today. The great question then becomes, “What is the one thing I can do today to take the next step to my big picture?” Or, “What do I have today that I can put to use, no matter how small it may seem?”

 Your Big Picture!

What is your big picture? What do you dream about? Do you want to start your own business? Go back to school? Start a ministry or some other non-profit?


If you want to start a business what are you doing today to make it happen? Even if you feel it will be several years, go ahead and do something today. Start writing a business plan. Take a business leader in your area out for lunch. Find a book or blog that will help you learn a new skill you will need. 

 If you want to go back to school, go ahead and fill out that application, or sign up to take just one course.  (This is what I did.)

Perhaps you want start a food pantry. The big picture tells you that you need lots of money, a truck and perhaps warehouse space. What can you do today? Go to the store and buy just enough food for one meal to bless a family need in your own neighborhood.  Now every time you go to the store for your family, buy that one extra meal. 

 The big picture is important, but do not let it consume you. Everyday determine what is the one thing you can do today.  The big picture is overrated so learn to focus on the small picture every day. 

 “No matter how big and tough a problem may be, get rid of confusion by taking one little step toward solution. Do Something.”  – George F. Nordenholt, quoted in Getting Things Done by David Allen

Are you waiting to live out your big picture dream? –   There will never be enough money, time or ability. So you might as well start now! (Tweet This)

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 Tell me about your “Small Picture.”

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About the Author:

I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story. I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 30 years. We currently live in McDonough Georgia with our daughter. Our two boys have left the nest and we have two wonderful grand kids. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Bear.