We watched a show on Netflix the other night that has potentially changed our lives in so many ways. Seven Days Out is a show that documents the 7 days leading up to major events including a world renowned restaurant re-opening, a Chanel fashion show, the Westminster Dog Show, the Kentucky Derby, the League Of Legends Championship, and NASA’s Cassini Mission.
I guess the thing that had me mesmerized, and coming back to watch the exact same episode 3 times in a row, was the level of…and, the celebration of…attention to detail. I feel like I hear so much about the importance of remembering “the big picture”, which is undoubtedly such a useful thing to keep in the back of your mind. And, I hear a lot about how we need to be careful not to get wrapped up in the details, which I also agree can be suffocating.
But, I think if you want to be great, if you want to be the best, maybe in the whole world, that attention to detail is just as important as the big picture. And, they must go hand in hand. You can’t just have one or the other, they must complement one another and live in harmony because too much of one will stunt the growth towards the goal of being the best.
I think it’s easy to hand this off to “major events”, like the events in this show. But, I think the very same antics apply to anything you want to be great at: running your own business or team, being a competitive athlete, coordinating a local road race, or being a kick-ass stay-at-home parent.
But, you don’t need a film crew and tens of thousands of Instagram followers to feel like you are worthy of being the best you. That’s the best part, actually. NOBODY NEEDS TO KNOW. Only you need to know what you’re reaching for, what you’re “big picture” is.
Because one of the things I continually try to remind myself is that when you rely on the accolades of others, whether it be comments from people around you or Likes on Instagram posts, it can go one of two ways. You can either feel a huge sense of accomplishment because people “like” something you do, or you can feel like a huge failure just because they didn’t. The worst thing about this is that your pride is determined by other people, not you.
Don’t be afraid to shoot big, remember the big picture, grind away at the details, and judge yourself.
Don’t allow others to determine your accomplishments and failures.
You keep that power to yourself because no one knows when you should and shouldn’t be proud of yourself more than you do.