“Whoever said small things don’t matter has never seen a match start a wildfire”. – Beau Taplin
It’s an interesting concept, the idea of ‘little things’ being big things.
I for one, am a huge advocate. Being small (in height), I’m pretty adamant on turning such a presumable defeat into something magic.
I’m a certified pocket-rocket, a proprietor of ‘fun-size’, and a 50 cent reminiscent ‘Shawtay’.
It’s fine, after 22 years in this bod, I’ve accepted my Latino induced height challenge. But that hasn’t stopped me from coining #bigthings as my motto for this year.
BIG moves, BIG events, BIG meets and BIG goals that – if all goes to plan – become BIG successes.
Because as my favourite Beau Taplin has beautifully affirmed: small things can be wildfire huge.
In a recent article I’ve been poring over for days for Lot’s Wife Magazine, the true impact of small=big has kind of engrained itself in my head. I’ve been covering a story on ‘Live Below the Line’, an initiative run by the Oaktree Foundation to realize the end of extreme poverty.
Now I don’t know about you, but for me, I believe changing the world is a task that should be reserved for Superman, Obama or Angelina Jolie. The concept of little ol’ me actually having an ability to make a real difference is pretty jovial. It’s impossible right?
Something as ‘small’ as me raising $50, can put some cute little boy in school for a year.
Small for me? Sure, I mean, $50 is hardly a new Kookai top.
HUGE for said cute little kid? Abso-freakin-lutely, it’s life changing.
The good thing about goals is they are huge. The bad thing about goals is they are huge.
My Dad has always said to my sisters and I, ‘to reach for the stars because even if you fail, at least you’ll fall on the moon’.
The cool part about this is that our goals are inevitably set sky high, almost unattainably high.
It’s like we are gearing up for failure – at least without a plan for getting there anyway.
It’s all scarily reminiscent of the Year 12 teachers’ chime: ‘failing to plan means planning to fail’. So what if we broke BIG goals in baby steps. Small ones?
I read something recently that was like, ‘see yourself achieving a goal, and backtrack to what you would have done immediately before that moment, then before that one, and the one before it etc. etc., until you are sitting where you sit right now.’ I like this a lot!
As you can imagine, any #bigthing is a series of small, little things that accrue together for the final result. I guess it’s nothing new, but I’m learning it all over again.
Re: The World
Even on a global scale, little things may be pretty major.
I recently entered a competition answering the question: “How would you change the world”. Without even realizing the trend that I would be experiencing together with the ‘Live below the line article’, and my own need to break my goals down – my 30 second video was all about the importance of little things.
As you can imagine, I’m convinced the ‘little’ mindset can change the world.
See the video here.
Think about it, it’s 100% where change begins. With a little giggle to lighten a tense mood, a cheeky smile to convince someone you’re a fun human being, or even just a pat on the back to show someone their efforts are appreciated.
So what’s the moral of the story S.?
Well Bae, I’m proposing we bring it back a notch.
That we remember the little people, and the baby steps we took before we could walk, run and jump.
This is where it starts, that is where real progress is made, and unfortunately, its what we seem to forget.
So break down the big, and make them small enough to eat in one bite.
I wonder if this was the motivation behind the creation of macaroons: So small, but totally inclusive of a world of deliciousness – I’m looking at you Adriano Zumbo!
So think you can do it?
Be small for the sake of being BIG. I dare you.