Almost every single time that you ask someone to marry you on the first date, they are going to get up and run the heck out of there. Why? Well one, it’s because thats a little cray cray, and two, because you went too big too fast. Treat all opportunities like a runway. You have to build up speed and velocity before you can go soaring into the air.
No matter what we are doing, whether in life or in business, we need to start small before we can truly grow big.
When I did my big manly bonfire, I had to start that off with the smallest of twigs and then eventually get it to the large raging inferno that it ended up being. If I want to start an adventure company with my kids, it starts with taking the small steps right now by letting them splash in puddles and play in the creek. If I want to write a book, it starts with writing hundreds of blogs, mulling over a ton of ideas, having honest conversations about ideas and concepts with trusted folks, and then eventually starting with one measly sentence.
No matter what you are going to do in life, it is going to take time. Give yourself some grace and some room to breath. I for one am the worst offender of this, but it’s when I can take a moment to reflect, that I am reminded that life is all about patience. When we start small and build a great foundation for whatever we are working on, we actually create the momentum to have a fighting chance to not only accomplish our goals, but have the impact that we all long to have in this world.
Whether you are trying to craft the perfect s’more, or you are working toward a very large and significant project at work, it takes time and the ability to set a solid foundation by starting small.
What is a project or activity you need to start small with instead of going big and all in right away?