In kindergarten we used to enjoy connecting the dots puzzles. There were dots everywhere, numbered from one to one hundred; we’d begin drawing the line…one, two, three…ninety nine, one hundred, wooo…it’s Santa! I did not know that was Santa when I began the puzzle.
This is the way I see life, sometimes we do not see the big picture when we begin the journey, and may not see it at all at the eleventh hour, until the dots are all linked. Imagine we missed a few dots and did not connect them…I guess it would not be Santa in the end. Well, it may be him, but without his eyes, or legs, or something. So, what is a dream or vision, or picture without the complete parts, or components? Occasionally, we need other people to participate in joining some portions of the puzzle.
Most times team members do not understand the importance of dots being connected, the ‘little’ things that must be done, and done well, on time, and consistently.
Connecting the dots is simply making sure that processes that begin, end; things that we start, we finish, such that we do not skip essential steps.
Some parts of your journey to the big picture may seem unnecessary, and appear like a waste of time, but we must not be ‘penny wise, pound foolish’.