Small Things. Done Well. And Repeated.

I have been thinking recently about the importance of small things.

This coming weekend I am competing in a 50km trail run at Mt Macedon. Whether I achieve my desired result or not is dependent upon how well I can execute a series of small steps; literally! A single missed step can mean a rolled ankle and the end of my race. If I successfully avoid injury I will still need to concentrate on making every step as perfect and efficient as possible if I am to achieve my time goal. I will also need to apply continuous attention to my breathing; my fluid and salt levels; my energy intake.

In short, to succeed I will need to do all of these small things…really well…repeatedly. These small things are big things in the context of the weekend’s race.

Small Things Are Big ThingsSimilarly, I am presently working on a couple of long range projects; one professional and one personal / physical. I realise that the success of these pursuits depends on my (and my partners’) ability to do small things really well.

In all the noise and bustle of life, it is often easy to have your attention drawn away from these small things. If you are employed in a corporate role, distractions abound. There are countless forces working to distract you from the importance of these small things. They can take the form of:

  • unnecessary / lengthy internal meetings
  • monthly sales forecasts
  • office gossip and politics (boring!)

These things rarely contribute positively to the core function of your business.

You’re a business.

You have customers.

Keep your customers happy and you will (likely) keep their business.

However lofty a goal might be, it can be broken down into a series of individual constituent parts. It is the consistent application of attention and effort to these individual components (aka the small things) that leads to the achievement of the overarching goal (aka the big thing).

Small Things - Van Gogh

 It is the small things that make all the difference in the end!

RS - The Way We Do Small Things


Author: Steven Macek

I learnt a long time ago that in order to grow it is necessary to step outside one’s comfort zone. As a person who craves growth and change this has led me to continually seek out opportunities to make myself uncomfortable, whether physically, emotionally or psychologically. The (Dis)Comfort Zone blog is a vehicle for cataloging those experiences.

2 thoughts on “Small Things. Done Well. And Repeated.”

  1. I totally agree with you on how small things/steps can get us towards larger goals! Have a great race this weekend, I look forward to hearing about it!

  2. Thank you. 50km is further than anything I have tackled before. The time won’t be fast – I’m built for comfort, not speed – but I’ve been carbo-loading for this my entire life!

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