Warning: Get Too Close And Miss The Big Picture

Any one of the women here on 8 Women Dream can attest that getting to close to your dreams is an occupational hazard.

They are OURS, after all. Who else is going to pay attention to the finer details?

I had an incredible opportunity this week to work with Remy (yes OUR Remy) in her other life as Business Consultant extraordinaire. One of the items we discussed was frustration and where it’s coming from. The huge elephant in the room is that we have no direct and easy method of looking at the big picture.

We have tools to track the minutia, to-dos, tasks, etc. Not much to allow the proverbial 20,000 foot view. Yeah, that is on the top of the list to implement now.

Where in your life to you miss the forest for the trees?

Don't peek... the big picture can be scary.

If you have teenagers, you get a daily reminder of someone focusing on the details and completely ignoring the big picture. Everything is in the moment.

Their constant argument of “Is this all about me? If not, how can I argue against it?”.

As I stare at the beautiful daffodils that Rayne (our newest dreamer) was kind enough to bring over Monday, they remind me it’s almost spring.

Renewal time again.

Whether we accept or not, renewal is with us daily. It’s a constant, like time or space. . . or missing the big picture.

On your road to success, take a step off the path and check the landscape. You may be pleasantly surprised at the answers it gives.

Go take a BIG picture – Heather

(Heather’s dream is to have multiple streams of income, starting with launching an e-commerce website that showcases her one-of-a-kind designer jewelry, which are crafted by her.  Heather’s post day is Thursday and her newly launched sites are couture jewelry available through For Your Adornment, and  Twitter background design on Twitter And Beyond)

DREAM GOAL:  $25,000 A MONTH FROM 6 SOURCES OF INCOME BY NOVEMBER 01, 2010 & WALK/RUN/CRAWL THE BAY TO BREAKERS IN SUPPORT OF VERONICA’S DREAM

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Heather’s dream is to share with the world her success at becoming healthy after age 40. Heather lost over 88 pounds through changing her diet and incorporating exercise into her busy life. She would like to take what she has learned about becoming fit after 40, and using her Metabolic Training Certification to help others struggling with weight issues mid-life. Heather’s post day is Monday.
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  • Cath, loved this:

    “The way to check if you are too in love with your writing: if you can’t cut. And keep cutting until you have reduced what you’ve written down to the bone. The skeleton is the story. The rest is unnecessary fat. If you can’t cut your writing, and admit you need to cut, then you are too close to your project.

    “Editing is a sign you have perspective on your craft, that you aren’t ‘missing the forest for the trees.'”

    SO true (she says as she goes back into tomorrow’s post to cut it to the bone! ;).

    Heather great post, and thanks for all your loving encouragement lately during a very busy time for me… So appreciated.

    xoxo
    Lisa

  • Kim – totally miss you too… can’t wait for graphic projects to roll in!

  • Thanks for all your comments and resources – great to hear from the guys :)

  • Hello –

    I love reading through your blog. I wanted to leave a little comment to support you, and wish you all success with your dreams. Wishing you the best of luck for all your dream efforts.

  • Veronica

    I am jealous I want to spend time with you too……

  • Kim

    Great photo! and an inspiring post. Miss ya!

  • Dr. Wayne Dyer says, “We don’t always want to undertake the necessary steps to create the life we desire.” Often, we put limits as to how far we’ll go to achieve success in our lives. Maybe we don’t want to move, or commute farther away for a new opportunity, or give up a certain type of lifestyle, or maybe we don’t want to have to do things we’re uncomfortable doing, like “putting ourselves out there.”

    Virginia Woolf always said, “Arrange whatever pieces come your way.” Things are not going to always go well, or in our favor. Inevitably, there will be some challenges. Maybe some things will not work out as anticipated, so we have make adjustments. It’s a work in progress. We just need to remember to “arrange the pieces” and keep on moving, and stay out of our own way.

    We often need to stop and think about what it is that we’re really willing to do to see our vision (or dream) through until it comes true.

    It would have been nice to see you go a little deeper by telling us what your motivations are, and how your business consultant helped you get out of your own way, or “see the forest” as you put it. Best of luck with your dreaming.

  • Patrick Wilkes

    You all rock and I hope you achieve your dreams!

    Check out my blog to help with your decision making paths to success.

  • Catherine

    I love the photo. And this weekend we set the clocks forward and begin the road back to sunny weather.

    I was told once that beginning writers love what they write too much, thus they can’t see how bad certain paragraphs are or that they are explaining too much.

    They can’t decide what needs to be cut because their love of what they wrote interferes with their sense of what is really necessary for the story. A beginner doesn’t often recognize the one major problem.

    That problem is love. They love their story. They love the world they’ve invented. They want readers to appreciate, love and understand what they’ve written as much as they do.

    The way to check if you are too in love with your writing: if you can’t cut. And keep cutting until you have reduced what you’ve written down to the bone. The skeleton is the story. The rest is unnecessary fat. If you can’t cut your writing, and admit you need to cut, then you are too close to your project.

    Editing is a sign you have perspective on your craft, that you aren’t “missing the forest for the trees.”

    Maybe I even need to cut this . . .

    Cath

  • Remy, the photographer

    Its always great to “hear” the light bulb go off when clients see something important. (I’m sure I would have “seen” the light bulb if were were in the same room…right?) When you can see the elephant that is awesome. When you guys work together to move the elephant, even better. Once you get the big picture mapped out and you can use it with the smaller to do lists, let us know how its working…I have every confidence you will get thru to where you want to be.
    Lemme know what you need! Rem