The Power of Perspective: How to Juggle Everything Without Losing Focus

Simple Takeaway:

Practicing perspective is the most powerful tool a human has. With perspective, you can see things in your life based on how important they are instead of how urgent or emotional they are. If you don’t have perspective, you’ll stay busy chasing small stuff and never have room for what’s most important. Then you’ll wake up 10 years later and your life will be filled with meaningless things that lack substance.

We all get blinded by our ambition from time to time.

We get so caught up in what we want that we forget to back up and adjust our focus on what’s truly important.

That’s when we need perspective

Perspective is a point of view. It’s changing positions so you can see the same thing but from a different angle.

Perspective is God’s gift to humanity that enables us to do the work that needs to be done without losing ourselves in the chaos of it all.

How can you pay bills, raise a family, and work on building a dream – all without letting chaos ruin your life?

I have a story that might help.

A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him.

When the class began, he picked up a very large and empty mason jar and proceeded to fill it with golf balls.

He then asked the students if the jar was full. They agreed that it was. 

The professor then picked up a box of pebbles and poured them into the jar.  He shook the jar lightly and the pebbles rolled into the open areas between the golf balls.

He then asked the students again if the jar was full. They agreed it was. 

The professor next picked up a box of sand and poured it into the jar. Of course, the sand filled up everything else. He asked once more if the jar was full.

The students just laughed, and when the laughter subsided, the professor explained.

“Now,” said the professor, “This jar represents your life. The golf balls are the important things — God, your family, your children, your health, your friends, etc. — if everything else was lost and only they remained, your life would still be full.”

“The pebbles,” he continued, “are the other things that matter like your job, your house and your car.”

“The sand is everything else — the small stuff.”

He explained, “If you put the sand into the jar first, there is no room for the pebbles or the golf balls.”

The lesson is this:

With perspective, you can see things in your life based on how important they are instead of how urgent or emotional they are. If you don’t have perspective, you’ll stay busy chasing small stuff and never have room for what’s most important. Then you’ll wake up 10 years later and your life will be filled with meaningless things that lack substance.

Take care of the golf balls first — the things that really matter.

Adjust your perspective to see everything in your life in the right order of importance.

The rest is just sand.

(P.S. Here’s how to find perspective.)