Seeing the Big Picture


“Great things are done by people who think great thoughts and then go out into the world to make their dreams come true.” –Anonymous


As a member of a team, it’s not all about you. The end goal is most important, whether it’s learning a play, converting a pass or winning a game, and everything you do as an individual should be in pursuit of achieving that goal. This requires some perspective.

The most successful people can thoroughly understand and apply the Law of the Big Picture, which says that the goal is more important than the role.

In other words, they constantly keep a vision of the end goal in mind and act in a way that will further that goal. For example, it doesn’t matter if you’re dying to catch the winning pass and be the star of the game if that strategy isn’t what’s best for the team’s overall approach. You should play to your own strengths, but be willing to be flexible and do whatever it takes to make the team successful.

Living by the Law of the Big Picture takes practice, focus and often sacrifice. It requires that all members of a team are committed to visualizing and understanding a common goal and working in sync with each other to make it happen. This is no easy task, but there a few steps you and your teammates can follow that will lead you down a path toward embodying the Law of the Big Picture.

1. Paint a Picture

Gather together with your teammates and discuss your respective goals for the team. Zero in on a specific, obtainable goal and make sure everyone on the team is on the same page about what the goal is and how to achieve it. Use visualization techniques to picture what achieving the goal will look and feel like.

2. Size up the Situation

Once your team has painted a common picture and can visualize what it looks like, take stock of where you are. What are the barriers to achieving the big picture goal? How can you narrow the gap between the reality and the vision?

3. Rally the Resources

After you’ve come up with concrete steps to achieve your team’s common goal, utilize the resources you’ll need. These resources can be coaches, trainers, dining hall staff and many more. Explain to these people what you’re trying to achieve and how you need them to help you.

4. Step up and Serve

As a member of a team, your main priority should be to serve the needs of the team. Check your ego at the door and forget about your personal agenda. As a team you should collectively ask, “What’s best for the rest?” and act accordingly. Utilize individual strengths to serve the overall benefit of the team.

The reality of practicing the Law of the Big Picture will constantly change based on the circumstances, fresh goals and new teammates. But by following these four basic principles, you and your teammates will be well on your way to embodying the law and becoming a stronger, more successful team.