One of my favorite quotes, that inspires and challenges me is:
Nobody made a greater mistake than he who did nothing because he could only do a little. – Edmund Burke
We so often think we need to wait for something “BIG” to take action or grow. A BIG negotiation. The BIG meeting. The BIG job offer. But we can get so consumed with waiting for our BIG opportunity that we miss the potential of small steps.
- Small steps are about growing – As we have shared on the blog before, people with a growth mindset are always looking at how they can learn. Taking small steps, getting a little better each today means you have many opportunities to learn from.
- Small steps don’t require perfection – In fact, small steps allow for exploring and prototyping new practices and habits, which means sometimes we will fail. And because we have a growth mindset means we can learn from every experience.
- Small steps build confidence and momentum – As we learn from each engagement and each encounter, and yes, each failure, we build confidence and momentum to try even bigger steps.
So what you may ask? Well, I would argue the person committed to consistently growing, trying new things, and exploring will be more prepared when that certain “BIG” opportunity does arrive than the person that has been waiting their turn to be picked.
As the header picture says:
Sometimes our only means of transportation is a leap of faith.
That’s great, but the other 99.5% of the time take small steps, make a little progress, get 5% better….whatever you do keep moving forward.
Here are this week’s 5 for 5 articles:
You play like you practice – by Jason Fried – via Medium
- SO WHAT: Excellence is a habit.
Customer Service Versus Customer Experience: What’s the Difference…And Why It Matters – by Bruce Jones – via The Disney Institute
- SO WHAT: The best thing I read all week. Every team needs to consider the experience they create for customers, internal and external.
Want Breakthrough Ideas? Stop Asking for Them! – by Lisa Bodell – via Linked In
- SO WHAT: A great example of how flipping the question can help people see opportunities through a very different lens.
Creativity in 5 simple steps – by Joe Shaffery – via Invision
- SO WHAT: Creativity is in each of us. These are 5 great tips to nurture it as an individual or if you are the leader, for your team.
How Routine Unlocks Creativity – by Felix Morgan – via Holstee
- SO WHAT: So much good stuff here. Routines and constraints do actually spur creativity, not diminish it.
all the best, kevin