Believing in the Bigger Picture

This is officially my 100th blog post for The Leader’s Digest!

It’s hard to believe that just one year and two months since embarking on this blogging journey, I am celebrating having published 100 of my leadership musings.

In the midst of my milestone achievement, I have come to realise the power of believing in the bigger picture.

When I first began blogging, I was fearful of what people might think. I felt nervous about how I might look. What people might say. Whether I was ‘good enough’. And if anyone would read it anyway.

As I’m sure you’d agree, these sorts of fears are completely normal.

We all suffer from self-doubt from time to time. Particularly if we live/work in environments where standing out from the crowd is frowned upon.

So, I decided to change my tact. Rather than dwelling on the ‘what if’ I focused my attention to my ‘why’.

I got really clear about what I wanted from this ultimately – and what success looks like to me.

From that point on, writing two blog posts a week, every week, without fail, became a lot easier. Sure, I have had my moments. The self-doubt monster still surreptitiously appears from time to time. But when I know what I want, the obstacles are much easier to conquer.

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When we keep our eye on the bigger picture, it helps to eliminate…

Self doubt

And, when we know what we want, we make room for the traits we need to succeed in our goal, such as…


So, please join me in celebrating my 100th blog – because without you, this journey would not have been possible.

And when you’re struggling in your leadership role, feeling the weight of the daily grind, or overwhelmed by the unknown ‘what if’, take a moment to get clear about your ‘why’.

As Erin Andrews said, “Success doesn’t happen overnight. Keep your eye on the prize and don’t look back.”

How do you stay focused on the big picture and/or encourage your teams to do the same? 


  1. ENNA A. BACHELOR on December 5, 2013 at 12:59 am

    BRAVO! Great read!

  2. Greg Hunt on December 4, 2013 at 7:26 pm

    Hi Suzi – Olivia and I always read your blogs and often comment on how they relate to an issue we are dealing with at the time. Your perspective is always interesting and valued!
    Well done – keep it up.

    • The Leader's Digest on December 5, 2013 at 9:13 pm

      So glad the posts are resonating with you and Olivia. Your feedback and comments are always welcome. Cheers, Suzi.

  3. Craig Percy on December 4, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Congrats Suzi

    Sent from my iPhone

  4. Candice Reinecke on December 4, 2013 at 5:03 am

    Congrats on your ‘century’ of blogs Suzie!
    I look forward to reading them every week – and always gain insight and inspiration!
    I really respect your honesty – and courage to be open and ‘tell it like it is’.

    • The Leader's Digest on December 4, 2013 at 5:58 am

      Hi Candice – it is wonderful to have your feedback, and to know you are reading the blogs each week. I’m glad you enjoy my approach, thanks so much! Cheers, Suzi.

  5. Emma Dean on December 4, 2013 at 4:02 am

    Well done Suze, love it xx

  6. mcalpmagoo on December 4, 2013 at 3:41 am

    Congrats on 100 you clever thang x

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Suzi McAlpine

Suzi McAlpine is a Leadership Development Specialist and author of the award-winning leadership blog, The Leader’s Digest. She writes and teaches about accomplished leadership, what magic emerges when it’s present, and how to ignite better leadership in individuals, teams and organisations. Suzi has been a leader and senior executive herself, working alongside CEOs and executive teams in a variety of roles. Her experience has included being a head-hunter, an executive coach, and a practice leader for a division at the world’s largest HR consulting firm. Suzi provides a range of services as a Leadership Development Specialist, including executive coaching, leadership workshops and development programmes for CEOs, leadership teams and organisations throughout New Zealand.

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