What is a bird’s-eye view & why do you need it?

Labyrinth

Imagine you were confronted with this labyrinth and asked to transverse it in the shortest possible time, what would you?

Some people would just plunge in, no preparation needed. Alone or together with a group of their peers, they will walk in with a “what’s the worst that can happen?” kind of attitude.

Some would probably ask for an aerial view of it, a map if you will, before they walk into the labyrinth and then they’ll fly by the seat of their pants.

Some would probably take a long good look at that bird’s-eye view of the labyrinth, map out the shortest possible route to get to the other side and then embark with a very purposeful stride to get to the other side.

Some people from that later category might take all that information, question their motivation as to why they will even get into the labyrinth in the first place. And if they discover that their motivation is purely to emerge on the other side, they might even desist from getting into the puzzle at all since the easiest route will be simply to circumvent the labyrinth all together.

I find that the same applies in our professional and personal life. All too often people go through the motions and only a handful stop to ask “hold on, why am I doing this?” More often than not, people look at the expanse of shrubbery in front, become so engaged in negotiating their way through that they lose their grip on the overall picture.

In the office, I see people who do the work that is detailed in their job description. They go through the motions, year after year, maybe along the way they learn some new things in order to get that next promotion or salary raise. But I have met very few people who have been able to explain to me, in few words, the connection between what they do in their day-to-day responsibility and the companies overall objective.

I see people get mired in confusion and agony when a problem arises in their personal life. They go through the motions of holding discussions, getting different view points, trying to arrive at a workable solution to the problem. What seems to be missing is the ability to take that problem out of themselves, to place the problem on the table in front, and objectively look at it. If you make a logical sequence of the actions that lead up to the consequence (the problem), you can then start to solve it the same way. Create a logical sequence of actions that you need to undertake to create a sustainable solution.

The key here is the phrase – you can only change yourself, not others.

Now this is not easy by any means. As human beings, we have emotions that we find hard to discount and they should not be discounted either BUT you should be able to look at an emotion and find the root cause of it. And to do that, you would first need to know yourself and be completely honest with yourself, on your own motivation and reasons behind your emotions and your actions.

When you can do this, you get the ‘bird’s eye view’ of yourself and your actions. When you know who you are personally, you can easily see the connections, actions and reactions that exist between yourself and in all your relationships. At work, the same applies. When you understand how your work fits into the overall picture of the company, how even the simplest smallest actions of yours contribute to the success or failure of your department, your company, you automatically respect the work and the impact that you create.

Now to get to that mentality – of looking at all your actions with a bird’s-eye view – takes a lot of practice. Being practical, logical and sequential takes a lot of discipline. I would suggest starting small and then to continuously push yourself to expand your horizon.

The next time you are at work, expand your view of your colleagues. These are human beings with families, lives, aspirations of their own that may have nothing to do with their work. When you know what motivates them, you will find it easier to connect with them on a deeper level. The same applies for your spouse, your children. They are individuals who may or may not want the same thing as you. Stop projecting yourself on them, your expectations and your wishes. Stop and see them for who they really are… the people they have become while you were busy with something else.

The same applies at work too. Don’t just stop by looking at your company, look at the way the company contributes to the industry, to progress, to development. Analyze if you can, how your company fits in, and the standards it sets, in the economy it operates in.

When you take emotions and expectations out of the equation, you remove the fog on the windshield that clouds your ability to drive your own life the way you want to.

There is no limit to expansion and there is no limit to growth.

As a networker and connector, I see connections between seemingly unrelated activities, people, services, companies, sectors, economies. The reason I see this is because I know that I know nothing. That there is something new to learn every single day.

I will try and expand in later blog posts on the practical usage of bird’s-eye view in our personal life and in our professional life. For now just get ready to learn, to cultivate that view by acknowledging that you don’t know everything. Then watch how the universe synchronizes and sends you the teachers you need. I have seen it happen in my own life and that of others. It is a beautiful phenomena to behold 😀

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