“Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.” -Howard Zinn
Whatever we know about life or indeed about the world is handed down to us from society through culture and education. Now mankind is starting to realize that this knowledge is inadequate and falling short.
One such idea we acquire from society is the void motivation of thinking BIG and taking big leaps. We live in a society where everyone is following lofty ambitions while failing to perform small and necessary steps with perfection. Going by the society’s idea of success; we are not supposed to sweat the small stuff. We are told not to bother with trivial details since the big picture matters. But the need is essential to counter this. The details are what actually matter and we better focus on them if we want to see the big picture. We are overlooking the rule that one brushstroke at a time is what creates the big picture.
Van Gogh said great things are done by a series of small things brought together. This Holds true in all aspects of life. Small, effective steps that are aligned with the goal, achieve giant leaps. Instead of always only aiming big, we need to focus on small, incremental steps and ensure that the direction of our steps is correct leading to the big goals.
Never in history has any big idea or revolution succeeded in establishing all-around social well-being. While we see small gestures of kindness and empathy go a long way. When a few people start living in harmony and happiness, it creates a contagious effect leading to social well-being. The fact remains that only a series of these small efforts will lead to big results.
Rome Wasn’t Built In A Day, But They Were Laying Bricks Every Hour. — James Clear
Each small step by itself is comfortably attainable. Collectively, the power of small steps takes us there far quicker than risking the giant leap. Small, conscious steps in every area of life bring an understanding of analyzing, adapting, solving problems and changing our lives at amazing levels.
When we break down a giant leap into a series of steps, the road to success becomes clear. It allows us to see forward progress and meaning in each stage. Also, when we do a little bit of something every day with perfection, we start to enjoy the process; the more we enjoy, the bigger results we achieve.