The Holiday Season – A time for Reviewing your Big Picture

Riann Umaga-Marshall Business Strategy & Planning, Odds & Ends

The Holiday Season – a time for reviewing your Big Picture

At times, in the running of business and staying on top of all other life’s responsibilities we can tend to get lost in the detail. So caught up in fighting fires, tending to the small queries and tasks that although may be important do not contribute to our overall goals and strategy of our business or life in general.

We recommend stepping back, taking a deep breath and bringing the focus to the big picture – that is your big goals and dreams for your business and the life you live.

Whether you run a successful business or have an idea you want to kick start. Whether you are at a comfortable point in your business earning enough to sustain your lifestyle or you are in a heavy growth period struggling to keep up with the changes. We all can benefit from taking stock over the holiday period to come back full of enthusiasm and with a plan to get your ideas off the ground or get closer to those big dreams you had when you started your business.


Some of the questions below might help you focus your thoughts:

  • Why? Your purpose. This is a really important question that a lot of us don’t take time to address or we try to answer it in a way that would please others. Really think about why you do what you do. The answer should light you up and energise you to do more of what you do.
  • Where? Where do you want to be in 2/5/10years? Asking these questions and identifying where you want to be allows you to plan by working backwards from the goal itself. Although over time things may change and these goals and timelines may change it pays to take time to identify the where?
  • How? Pick apart your current strategy or build on one if you are just starting out. How will you achieve your goals? How will you achieve your vision?


The key here is to bring your focus to the big picture or the big plan for your business. Pulling yourself away from the operational side and answering those big important questions that at times we become too busy to answer.

Another benefit of allowing yourself to pull back from the constant grind that owning and running a business can be is allowing yourself to destress. When you pull back and look at the big picture, often the things that have been causing you the most stress and worry seem so small and insignificant. I’m not saying ignore these issues but bring things back into context and relieve your mind from being constantly on the go.