But that is exactly what brings us to this week’s nugget. It is nugget # 29 in John L. Mason’s book An Enemy Called Average. It says “everything big starts with something little”.
Everything Big Starts with Something Little
Everybody wants the best job, the biggest house and the fastest or most luxurious car. But it seems that many people just want everything to come easy and instantly too.
I’ve witnessed many times when people cry out and seem to be desperate for employment. Yet when someone offers them a position, they decline because it doesn’t pay well enough, or the position is not on a high enough level in the company.
Even when starting a business, it almost seems like many people think you start a business, cross your feet on the desk and the money starts marching in the door.
Reality is; everything big starts with something little. Whether you ask a successful business person, musician, writer or anybody who made it to the top, they will give you the same answer: they started at the bottom and worked hard to get where they are. As a matter of fact, they will tell you that they are still working hard.
Working hard doesn’t have to be a burden though. I know of very wealthy people who will tell you that they aren’t really working that hard, because they enjoy what they are doing. But they are extremely busy. When you are passionate about what you’re doing, it won’t always feel like work.
That also doesn’t mean it has to be all work and no play. The first ingredient for success is to be passionate about what you do. That will add some fun to your working day. Secondly it’s about maintaining a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
But everybody needs to start at the bottom. Even all the great people referred to in the Bible were faithful in the small things. In Matthew 25 Jesus told the parable of the talents. The servant who took his master’s money and multiplied it was told “….. Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:23 NIV)
Start Small, But Take Action
Even if you feel that you have a certain call on your life, don’t sit around waiting for someone to call you with an invitation. It is good to dream big and aim high, but don’t be so pre-occupied with the dream that you miss out on the opportunities that pass you by. It is often by giving that small step that looks so irrelevant at the time, that you open the door to more and more opportunities.
Be on the lookout for those small opportunities to get started, and take action. It is true that God can do anything for you, but He will never do it without you. Take action.
Don’t be afraid to take those small steps. It’s the small steps which are easier to take and achieve success, one small step at a time. It will also reduce your stress levels as they are easier to manage.
Although it is good to keep the bigger picture in mind, I often find myself feeling overwhelmed when focusing on the bigger picture alone. That is when even some of the smaller steps don’t always make sense to me…..until I start doing them. The minute I start taking action on those smaller steps, things just start falling into place and they start making sense.
The impossible, many times, is just simply the untried – John L. Mason
By rushing in and trying to avoid the small steps, you can easily end up being completely overwhelmed. This can eventually cause you to become negative and quit altogether.
We should all learn to grow wherever we’re planted – John L. Mason
Don’t give in to the emotion of fear. One of the first things Jesus always said to people was “don’t fear”.
Your dream might look impossible to you today. So what? A century or so ago, you wouldn’t have even thought of directly communicating with someone on another continent….then came the telephone. Today I have daily face-to face conversations with people in other countries via SKYPE.
They also said it is impossible to fly. It was considered as being ridiculous to think that man can go to the moon. Shall I continue?
You might ask….”but what if I don’t make it”? Well, what if you do? You’ll never know if you don’t at least try.
Fear of becoming a has-been keeps some people from becoming anything – Eric Hoffer
Little Goals Add Up
Little goals add up, and they add up rapidly. Many people never succeed, because they never try.
That final goal seems so unreachable, and that is why many people give up even before they have started.
By starting with those smaller goals and achieving them, you not only develop a habit of goal setting, you also develop a habit of success.
Success is a very strong motivating force. But you have to do something before you can experience it. Before you know it, you will start achieving bigger goals without fearing them.
Have you ever been intimidated by your big dreams and goals? Have you ever been concerned about what the people are going to say? What do you do to overcome these obstacles? What do you do to make sure you see those small opportunities and not miss them? Or have you missed some and what was the conequences?
Share your experiences, dreams and how you overcome obstacles in the comments section below. I would love to hear from you.