Aim Big, But Think Small!

One thing you have to give us Americans credit for is that we are the kings and queens of BIG. Big houses, big cars, big stores, big clubs, big churches, and big meals. One of our favorite sayings is "Go big or go home." I'm here to tell you that big isn't always a good thing. Sometimes, it is much better to go small.

Have you ever dreamed about what it would be like to be the next Sam Walton? You know the man. He was the Wal behind Wal-Mart. Do you think he started out as a billionaire? No! In fact, to open his first store he had to borrow money from his father-in-law. He was working for J.C Penney at the time and didn't even have enough credit to get money from the bank. So, what did he do? He started small with one little shoe box size store in the metropolis of Rogers, Arkansas. A small store in a small town grew into the biggest company in the world by focusing on small steps.

Small steps, that is the key! A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. It may sound tired but there is truth to be found there. Some of the best relationship advice I ever received was to pay attention to the small things. A cup of coffee without being asked, a card just to show you care, listening without judging or trying to save the world--little things make all the difference! If you take care of the small things, you won't face any big ones without support. If something big does come along, all you have to do is break it up into bite size pieces and then chew them up.

You want a better education? Forget trying to read the entire library and just start with one chapter a day or a 20-minute session each day. 20-minutes a day will add up to over 2 hours a week, or 122 hours a year. Do you think you can learn something in 122 hours? I think you can.

I don't know what mountain you are trying to move in your life, but I do know this: many times it is the smallest of actions that bring the greatest blessings. Whether it be faith like a mustard seed or the widow's last mite, these are not just small things but they are powerful lessons. Why? Not because of the obvious messages attached to them but because they are small things!

My challenge for you this week:

Make a commitment today to take a small step toward a better life.

  1. Select and write down a goal that you want to achieve.

  2. What small step or action will you take tomorrow to advance it. It doesn't matter what it is or how small it may seem. Take it.

  3. Then the next day, take one step more. Soon you will see a payoff for your commitment.

  4. Track your daily actions to advance your goal.

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