Think small. Take care of the little things and the big things (almost) take care of themselves. It’s the small things that are the difference between good and great. Forget about changing the big things we can’t control and focus on being better (and the best) at the little things. Choose to improve upon things that are big enough to matter, but small enough to win.
They say “Small is the new big” because we are all overwhelmed today. If we simply focus on being the best at the little things (that matter) we can make a difference. A perfect meeting is made up of a lot of little things coming together just right so the big production goes off without a hitch. Each time I gave a presentation this year I customized it to match what the meeting planner indicated were the biggest challenges facing the group. It takes a little extra time but the reaction is always a big (and positive) one since the message is tailored to the audience.
“Inch by inch it’s a cinch” is a saying that makes sense when facing a big thing (like losing weight). Taking it one small step at a time makes the impossible seem possible and we are a lot less likely to procrastinate. For example, I lost 75 pounds this year by taking the stairs instead of the elevator, fitting in just 30 minutes of exercise each day, and eating small meals more often. Nothing big, but the consistent and positive actions produced dramatic results as I went from 245 to 170 pounds.