My wife, Kim and I had a rare opportunity to get some ice cream yesterday, sit in the park and eat while we talked. We talked about events that had taken place and tried to put some perspective to them that we could not get when we were in the throws of the situation. It was a very pleasant time, a destresser to the usual hub-bub of life. I can’t emphasize enough the importance of finding times like that.
In the midst of drama, Kim frequently finds the ability to take a view from 30,000 feet. When you can’t see the forest for the trees, it helps if you rise above the forest. That is, you take the long range perspective of things.
For instance, you’ve laid out a plan, determined who you want in which positions to accomplish the next goal in your mission, and no sooner is it on the table than you are approached with “I can’t work with that person.” Do you revamp your strategy to accommodate this person?… or perhaps a reminder that this isn’t forever is sufficient.
My business partner, Dave has reached the point In his career that he spends most of his time at the 30,000 foot level. I am still in the trenches, trying to execute a fine business model and plan that he has laid out for the firm. If all works according to plan, I will join him at the 30,000 foot level laying out the next phase of development, but we have a long way to go before then.
So whether it is in business or in life, take time to destress and use that time to force yourself into a new perspective. Surround yourself with people who inspire you and can help you find that perspective. When you are with them, remember God gave you two ears and only one mouth for a reason. Use them proportionately.