Monday, January 15, 2007

Can You See the Forest for the Trees?

This Week with Sara Fitts focuses this week on "big picture" thinking. Too often the only thing holding back self-employed professionals and small business owners is lack of seeing the big picture. Sometimes we are so focused on what has to be done today and tomorrow that we fail to even condsider the next 5 years. And other businesses aren't successful due to only focusing on the years down the line and not paying any attention to the next 30 days.

The strategy that has been most helpful to me and to my clients is seeing the forest for the trees - but making sure there is balance in the view. See the big picture.

Take a helicopter view of your business - as it fits into your industry on a global level. Make sure you see the trees as well as the overall lay of the land. Get different perspectives from different views. Don't be afraid to see what is really there. Adjust your business plan as needed after looking at your business with an extremely focused eye. Look at the big picture and see what's there. Break it down for the next 30 days, 90 days, 6 months, 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, etc. See the forest and the trees - and you will find success.

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