I must confess there are times when I find myself doing things of questionable value in my business…. or even worse, engaging in tasks I’d be better off not doing at all!
I’m talking about what’s more commonly known as ‘faffing around’, like when you find yourself agonising over the minutest details: this font in this colour or that font in that colour? Or how about THIS font in THAT colour?
You get the picture!
Fortunately, I’ve now learned that these things are a pretty sure sign that I’ve inadvertently ended up lost in the detail – something which can easily happen when you’re immersed in running a business!
And if you are a business owner yourself, you’ll know that when you DO end up in this situation, it’s very easy for half-formed ideas to scatter your focus in a hundred different directions and for you to find yourself under threat of the biggest clarity killer of them all…. yes, our good friend analysis paralysis!
How to see the big picture
When we get caught up in the small stuff, we run the risk of finding ourselves way off course unless we stop, get our bearings and make necessary adjustments. And that’s exactly what I urge my clients to do when they get lost in the detail – to look up, get their bearings and reconnect with the big picture.
To do this, I call on the power of my visual coaching tool: the Magic Map. Quite simply, it is the quickest, most effective way I know of stepping out of the detail and seeing things from a clear new perspective. And it uses a scale of 1 to 10 as it’s starting point.
Calibrate to clarify
The principle is very simple. If I was to ask you how satisfied you are with your business right now, it’s quite likely your response will be something along the lines of ‘fine’ or ‘could be better’.
But if you had to rate your current business satisfaction right now on a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being the WORST imaginable and 10 being the BEST, what would it be?
A 3 is obviously very different from a 9, but no matter WHAT number you selected, that number gives an instant sense of how things stand in your eyes. As soon as you ‘calibrate’ using a scale of 1 to 10 you can then start to evaluate, clarify and most importantly….make decisions.
No matter WHERE you sit on the scale, this number will help you to:
Get your bearings
‘Know to grow’ is a sentiment I wholeheartedly embrace – you can only make the ‘right’ decisions for you from a position of awareness and using the 1 to 10 scale is a quick way to bring that awareness into the open.
It enables you to put a marker in the sand and say ‘here’s where I stand right now!’ Even if you’re on a ‘low’ score it’s always worth acknowledging the positives of what has helped you get to this point as well a the less-than-positive aspects and the things you perhaps HAVEN’T done.
Explore the ‘gap’
The ‘gap’ is the area which lies between your current position on the scale and a 10. This is a really juicy, fertile area to explore because THIS is where new ideas are hatched and new decisions are made.
So think about what possibilities & opportunities you can identify in the gap by asking yourself:
What would things look like for you as a 10? What would you be doing differently? What new things would you implement? What would you let go of that no longer serves you?What new choices would you make for you to rate things a 10? If a 10 feels like too far a stretch, start by asking what you can do to move just one or two steps higher up the scale.
And NOW, armed with ALL this, you are in a fantastic position to decide on THE thing that will make the biggest difference to you and your business in the next 30 days….THE thing that will be your main priority and focus. It’s powerful stuff!
So when you next find yourself ‘faffing around’ because you’ve become well and truly lost in the detail, try using the scale of one to ten to help you get your bearings and bring an invigorating shot of inspiration, focus and energy back into your business.
Over to you now!
Do you sometimes get ‘lost in the detail’? Have you found ways to stop yourself from ‘faffing around’ and move out of analysis paralysis? Please share your tips in the comments below. I’d love to hear from you!
P.S. If you want a simple, powerful shot of clarity and focus to catapult you into wholehearted action, using a scale of 1 to 10 as it’s starting point, check out details of my Magic Map process.