A Crucial Life Key: Small Things Determine The Bigger Things
We are sometimes quick to dismiss events and actions by labelling them as “small”, not understanding that they have the potential to multiply into bigger things. In other instances, they also influence how we deal with the more
significant things. Small things determine bigger things. Grasping this transformative concept could quite literally change your life. This concept will be discussed both on a personal level, and in relation to
On a personal level
Whether you’re going to be successful or not in big things can be seen by how you handle the smaller ones. One good example of this is commitment. There are small commitments that we make to ourselves daily. These can be anything from “I am going to drink 7 glasses of water today” to “I am finally going to change that lightbulb tomorrow”.
If you can’t keep such a small commitment that you made to yourself, how do you expect to keep a bigger commitment like “I am going to save up enough money to put a deposit on a home”? If you allow distractions to get in your way and are resultantly unable to change that lightbulb, you’re going to allow distractions in your life that will result in you not saving up that money. “Let me go to the mall first” in relation to the lightbulb plan will become “well, my friends invited me to this vacation, so I’ll stop saving for a while”, in relation to the home plan.
You have to train yourself to become committed to your plans, starting with minor plans. Trust is gained, even when it’s you trusting yourself. If you know that you changed the lightbulb when you promised yourself to, you will trust that you can do bigger things. Continuing to keep your promises to yourself will create so much trust that you’ll eventually know that you are capable of big things, such as saving enough money for the deposit as in our example. You’ve committed before, and you can do it again. But if you always go against your own word, you’ll have no prior experience to lean on when things get blurry; like when saving money for the deposit doesn’t seem like such a flashy idea anymore, because of the vacation.
In relation to other people
People always seem so surprised when someone hurts them in a big way. The truth is that if you sit back and objectively look at their past behaviour, they may have done things that you dismissed as “small”. Because you
ignored those things, they grew into even bigger betrayals, and that’s when the “surprise” comes in. People are always revealing themselves. You just have to sit back and observe. Granted, some betrayals really are shocking.
But others? One might argue that you could have seen them coming.
Example: Mike’s friend takes $5 from his wallet without permission. Mike finds out and dismisses this as something “small” because “$5 is not a lot of money, and he’s my friend”. In another instance, the same friend takes $10, but Mike doesn’t want to freak out about such a “small” amount.
Suddenly, he’s shocked and surprised when he finds out that his missing $100 was in fact taken by this friend. Now he cares, and now he feels betrayed, because this new situation involves a larger sum of money. This friend’s past behaviour, which included taking small amounts of money from Mike without his permission, should have indicated that he was capable of taking much more.
This could apply in multiple areas of life and also work inversely, in a positive way. Small acts of kindness from the people around you could be an indicator that when you really need them, they’ll be there for you. Small things
determine the bigger things.
It’s about the principle, not the act
We sometimes get trapped in the mindset of concentrating on the act itself, instead of the principles that are being revealed by the act. Paying attention to the principles that overlay the actions around us will give us a prediction of how things are going to play out in future. These predictions are helpful in several areas of life. As seen above, they could help not only in our personal lives, but also in our interactions with other people. Small things determine the bigger things. We need to look at the principles around the smaller things in order to have an idea of how the future will look. And we can manipulate the future and stack the odds in our favour, simply by understanding this concept.
From today onwards, I hope you pay attention to the principle in your actions and in the actions of those around you. It’s not about the size of the action, but rather, what it represents. That, is a crucial life key.
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