It’s The Little Things That Ensure Victory and Success
You know that expression, “Slow and steady wins the race”? Ever heard the story of the tortoise and the hare? Ladies and gentlemen, I’m the tortoise. Give me enough time, and I will beat virtually anybody, anytime, in any competition. Why? Not because I’m the best or the smartest or the fastest. I’ll win because of the positive habits I’ve developed, and because of the consistency I use in applying those habits. I’m the world’s biggest believer in consistency. I’m living proof that it’s the ultimate key to success, yet it’s one of the biggest pitfalls for people struggling to achieve. Most people don’t know how to sustain it. I do.” ~Darren Hardy, author of The Compound Effect
Two Examples of Little Things
Enron: An Example of Little Things Gone Bad
This top energy corporation employed thousands of people. The founders thought they were changing the world when they started the business. But over time, they became proud and forgot what got them to the top in the first place. Through a series of unethical choices, they squandered billions of dollars and spiraled thousands of people into poverty.
Wikipedia says this:
According to McLean and Elkid in their book The Smartest Guys in the Room, “The Enron scandal grew out of a steady accumulation of habits and values and actions that began years before and finally spiraled out of control.”
Jeremy Lin: An Example of Little Things Gone Good
Jeremy Lin unexpectedly became the New York Knicks’ star guard last year. As an Asian American graduate of Harvard who’d been playing in the minor leagues, he may have questioned whether his dream of starting in the NBA would materialize. Watch the video to see what happened.
Here’s a quote about Jeremy Lin’s “luck”
We see an “overnight success.” But a thorough examination reveals a lifetime of preparation and patience. Jeremy’s father taught him everything he knew about basketball. And as a kid Jeremy was either at school, at church, or in the gym working on his game. While other NBA-ers view the D-League as a D-motion, Jeremy used the time to truly “D-velop” mid- and long-range jumpers. Here’s another equation of sorts: If you hope to be half as lucky as Jeremy Lin, prepare twice as hard as Jeremy Lin. ~Devon Harris, Positively Positive Blog
What Little Things Are You Doing Daily to Win the Race?
Are you waking earlier?
Are you eating healthy foods?
Are you exercising on a consistent basis?
Are you constantly learning new things in life and business?
Are you taking action daily to become a better life partner or friend?
Every day, you and I are either coasting, going backward, or improving.
Each day, you and I can a) stay the same, and end up in the same place we’re currently in years from now; b) make worse choices and end up worse (overweight, in debt, lapses of integrity, ruined relationships) years from now; or c) figure out who we want to become and the results we want to achieve and take small steps daily to work toward that person and those results.
Here’s An App I’m Using To Become The Tortoise
I’m not promoting this app as an affiliate. I heard about this app on the This Is Your Life podcast.
After watching the short video about Irunurun, I paid my 99 cents and signed up. (It’s a phone app).
I’ve input my most important actions, and I’m now tracking them daily.
If you don’t own a smartphone, you can still track your most important positive habits, or form positive habits at Habit Forge. (this site is free).
Either way, it’s the little things that will make or break you in life. I hope you’ll choose the little things that will make you!
photo credit: BAD RABBIT INC.