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How Are You Ever Going To Get There?

The more you think about it, the more worried and anxious you become. This is what I call “Big Picture Paralysis” Syndrome or BPPS. It happens to the best of us.
Written Mar 02, 2012, read 1208 times since then.


Here’s the problem that I see with many of my clients.

You have your plan for 2012. You know your numbers. You are clear with how much you need to charge and how much you need to sell.

But you are having trouble finding the confidence to believe that you’ll make those numbers a reality. Where are you going to find those clients? Will they really pay to work with you?

The more you think about it, the more worried and anxious you become. It isn’t long before you stop working all together and start watching episodes of Jersey Shore.

This is what I call “Big Picture Paralysis” Syndrome or BPPS. It happens to the best of us. Here’s how to tackle it:

1. Create your plan. Then focus on executing one project at a time. Focus on one project at a time and execute to the best of your ability. If you are working on getting your first 10 clients, then focus on that. If you are filling a group program, fill it. If you are creating a product, then create a product. Don’t worry about what is coming next or how you are going to get to your big picture number. Know that every step along the way is essential to achieving your goals.

You have to create the foundation before you start working on the walls. And the roof can’t go on before the walls. You get where I’m going…

2. Opportunities will appear that you can’t see right now, as long as you stay clear about your goals. My tennis coach was famous for saying, “You earn your lucky shots. The more you practice, the more they come.” I truly believe in that. Once you execute each part of your plan to the best of your ability, opportunities will arrive that you never would have foreseen. Some of them will feel like “lucky shots”. Others will be opportunities that require work and strategy.

This is where the more spiritual folks say, “Don’t try to figure out the HOW”. I like to say, “don’t try to figure out ALL the how”. You just need some of it.

There is no way I would have foreseen every opportunity that has arrived in my business each year. I just know if I give it my all – the opportunities will come.

3. Focus on the Cause. The Money is the Effect. You didn’t start this work for the money and in the end the money will not be your greatest satisfaction. The money is an effect. The cause is the quality of your work and how much you put yourself out into the world. Don’t get too caught up in the money aspect of it all. Put your energy into delivering a unique value to your customers. Then the money will come.

Focus on execution. Be on the lookout for opportunities. And, be the cause of your success. This should help you stay on track for your plan. I’ll be here with you every step of the way.

Learn more about the author, Monica Shah.

Comment on this article

  • Mentor For Hire 
Kirkland, Washington 
Nadir Zulqernain, Ph.D.
    Posted by Nadir Zulqernain, Ph.D., Kirkland, Washington | Apr 04, 2012

    Very nicely written article on an important topic, with some key points covered nicely.

    I'd like to learn more about how you reconcile "the money is an effect' with 'Monica's Money Magnet Tool'?

  • Marketing Consultant 
Fairfield, California 
Carolyn Higgins
    Posted by Carolyn Higgins, Fairfield, California | Apr 04, 2012


    Great points. I especially like #1 and #2. Staying on plan and keeping your eye on the big picture works - yet it's so easy to veer off track. I really needed to hear (read) this today. So thanks very much! :-)


  • Presentation Consultant 
Bothell, Washington 
Arturo Tolentino
    Posted by Arturo Tolentino, Bothell, Washington | Apr 05, 2012

    Great article! Very inspiring. Nice to know that the internal principles hold well in business. This gives me a lot of hope and reinforces my beliefs. Thank you for posting this article.

  • Interior Designer & Coach 
Kirkland, Washington 
Nancy Meadows
    Posted by Nancy Meadows, Kirkland, Washington | Apr 06, 2012

    Thanks, Monica for giving some clarity to a problem that everyone seems to struggle with. Sometimes the elephant in the room seems so big, that you're not sure of where to take the first bite. Maybe that doesn't matter. Just take a bite and completely chew and swallow it.

  • Business Coach 
Manhattan, New York 
Monica Shah
    Posted by Monica Shah, Manhattan, New York | Apr 06, 2012

    Thank you for the feedback! Love being able to share and make a difference.