No one action changes the entire world. At least not at first.
The biggest actions aren’t big because of their dominance and brute force. They’re big because they’re back by thousands of tiny actions. They’re built on a foundation of minuscule momentum. Small actions beget other actions, and before you know it, there is a crushing cascade propelling you, and the growing world you’ve created, forward and forward.
How can you take tiny steps forward today? How will you do “anything?”
Want to start a habit? Start small. Want to begin a creative project? Begin with just a brushstroke or a tap of the fingers on the keyboard. That’s all you can do anyway. Then one tap becomes two. One brushstroke becomes the background of a great painting.
Here’s a list of other projects made up of tiny actions:
- Raising a family
- Reading an epic novel like War and Peace
- Building a fence
- Calling three of your friends
- Sending a thoughtful text to those same three friends
- Doing the drudgery at work until you’re known for your reliability and work ethic
- Becoming someone’s “best friend”
All of these require that you pay attention to the small things. All of these actions are made up of hundreds and hundreds of moments of the “anything” in life.
How you do anything is how you do everything.
It’s more than a statement.
It’s a way of life.
We’re all just trying to make our way through life and create as much meaning as we can. Don’t let your brain tell you that your actions don’t matter. They do. And more than you think.
P.S. Maybe this is the P.S. that will get you to share The Mental Health update with someone you care about. :)