Monday, 14 August 2017

The Pros and Cons Of Always Seeing The Bigger Picture

Most of the time, people think that always seeing the bigger picture is a good thing. It allows you think about things in the long run, focus on what’s really important and can help us to make the best out of our short lives. I am one of these people that constantly see’s the bigger picture and a lot of the time, I completely agree that it’s a wonderful thing to do. There are lots of positive aspects that can come from seeing the bigger picture, but at the same time, it can also have some negative affects.
Even though I definitely have days where I analyse, overthink and can't seem to see beyond what's affecting me here and now, 90% of the time I would say I see the bigger picture, so I thought today I would share a chatty post about my opinions for both the positive and negative sides to this. 
It's something that I find myself debating in my own head and I love hearing other peoples' opinions on the topic so please let me know your views in the comments!


YOU CARE LESS ABOUT TRIVIAL THINGS...  If you saw my Why You Shouldn’t Be Scared To Make A ‘Fool’ Of Yourself post then you’ll know that I don’t really care much about looking like an idiot. A lot of the typically 'embarrassing' things don't affect me as much because my brain always focuses on the bigger picture that no one will remember any of minor 'embarrassing' things I did, so who cares? Similarly, if I know something won't matter to me in one/three/five years time, then usually I don't waste my time on it. Seeing the bigger picture reminds you that trivial things don't matter in the long run.

YOU REALISE WHAT'S REALLY IMPORTANT AND HOW LUCKY YOU ARE... Considering the entire world as opposed to my own individual life really helps in realising just how lucky we all have it. It's so easy to get sucked into society and always want the next best thing or the newest upgrade that we forget about how lucky we are just to have somewhere to sleep and somewhere to eat. Of course there are numerous situations where life can be horrible even if you do have these things, but for someone like myself it helps to remind me that I live a very lucky life.

IT DRIVES YOU TO GO FOR THE THINGS YOU REALLY WANT... When your mind always looks forward to the next 60 years and how quickly life goes by, it motivates you to work for the things that you really love. I've talked about this in more detail in my 5 Reasons Why You Should Pursue Your Passions post, but basically seeing the bigger picture makes you realise that you need to spend as much time as possible doing something that makes you happy.


IT'S DIFFICULT TO FIND REASONING... Whilst the bigger picture does motivate you to make the most of your life, sometimes I find myself struggling to find reason. I don’t want to sound super low, but sometimes when your brain is always looking at the bigger picture, (and I mean the biggest picture, like the fact that we’re so tiny in the universe), it can be difficult to find a meaning for things we do and the way we live our lives. This is something that I push against as much as I can, because I want to always believe that everything matters and we should live our lives to the absolute full!

IT CAN TAKE AWAY FROM THE SMALL THINGS... In terms of work or achievement, always looking forward and seeing your entire life planned out can sometimes make you forget all the incredible things that you’ve already achieved or that you have in your life right now. Whilst it’s important to look forward and work towards things we want in our future, it’s also incredibly important to focus on the things we have now and be thankful for what we already have in our lives!

IT CAN BECOME OVERWHELMING... When I look to the future and consider all of the incredible things that I want to do, I become so overwhelmed. Again, I go into a lot more detail in my Choosing A Career When There’s So Many You Want To Do post, but sometimes if all I can focus on are the many many things I want to achieve, it can become incredibly difficult to focus on the here and now and actually get something done. It's important to remind ourselves that in order to achieve the things, we need to stop looking ahead and focusing on using the time we have now.

Do you find yourself always seeing the bigger picture? Is this something that you love or that can become difficult?



  1. I think sometimes looking at the bigger picture can sometimes be an excuse to not focus on the little things and can sort of be hindrance when putting effort into the little things that build up the big picture.
    Aleeha xXx

    1. Yeah I agree with that. I can definitely see both sides, there are benefits of seeing the bigger picture but it does take away from the little things! <3 xxx

  2. I know exactly what you mean by this post, it can be so hard to find a good balance between the two!

    Danielle xx

    1. Exactly! It's definitely something I'm working on <3 xxx

  3. I never care about looking like an idiot either haha. This was such a relatable post, wonderful read

  4. This is a post that really makes me think . . I feel like I can relate/understand your pros and cons. Great read/nice post!


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