One Small Bite At A Time
There’s an old saying that states, “You can eat an entire elephant, one small bite at a time.” In our zeal to immediately accomplish a goal, we attempt to reach our goals or the epitome of success long before we determine what the ultimate goal is and sticking to putting in the work that will be required to reach and maintain said goals. Individuals that do marathons don’t run a marathon first and then start their training. They begin with walking, then jogging, then picking up the running pace – each day increasing their distance to ultimately be prepared to complete the marathon.
The Small Committee of One vs. the Large Committee
Every idea, plan, effort and activity does not require a Committee! When the need arises, form a group of individuals with the same mindset and goals as your own that are willing to roll up their sleeves and put in the work without having to meet about the meeting with a meeting. Until then, forge ahead with what your own personal strengths and weaknesses are with the objective to get SOMETHING accomplished with a small change to better yourself and your Community.
Small Goal Attainment
Once you determine that you are willing to put in the sweat equity and keep your eyes focused on the goal, what you have set your mind to do can be achieved. Keeping things in a simple perspective, first determine what the [communal] need is and then make a simple plan. Once those two things have been considered and completed, it is then the time to move forward with putting a plan into action. We can’t stress enough that a 10,000 foot journey starts with one small step. To avoid, burnout, discouragement, extreme frustration and just throwing in the towel – START…SMALL!
Small Communal Changes
Did you know that a small shift in the environment can cause an avalanche of epic proportions? Whether that shift is an atmospheric disturbance or an intentional man-made disruption, it can serve several purposes; such as creating new pathways, clearing unnecessary debris through complete destruction to allow for reconstruction/regrowth and also, to remind us that we are a very small entity in the cosmic universe yet, have a large impact. Don’t think too long or too hard about how you can make a small change in your life and Community or otherwise you will over analyze yourself right out of moving into action. DO accomplish one small Communal effective change each day, week or month without regard for who knows or sees you doing it. Plant a tree to provide the future with shade. Build a resting bench to provide the future with a resting place. Take another route home (driving or walking) to grant a stranger or different neighbor your warm and inviting smile.
The Man That Thinks He Can
by Walter D. Wintle
If you think you are beaten, you are;
If you think you dare not, you don’t.
If you’d like to win, but think you can’t
It’s almost a cinch you won’t.
If you think you’ll lose, you’ve lost,
For out in the world we find
Success being with a fellow’s will;
It’s all in the state of mind.
If you think you’re outclassed, you are:
You’ve got to think high to rise.
You’ve got to be sure of yourself before
You can ever win a prize.
Life’s battles don’t always go
To the stronger or faster man,
But soon or late the man who wins
Is the one who thinks he can.
Share Your Small Change
P.S. Our container garden has just been cleaned and cleared. Next small step, containers!
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