A mentor of mine, Brandon Broadwater, at a Higher Laws event called Master Your Power Within shared with me a lesson that confirmed a truth about success I had long ago discovered, but would often overlook when it mattered the most. It explained why I had been missing so many great opportunities while also falling into easily avoidable pitfalls.
Brandon said, “Life is won and lost with the little things.”
On the surface it sounds like a simple reminder to pay attention to details. But upon further reflection, I discovered this was applying to almost every area of life in ways I had never before considered.
The Little Daily Decisions That Lead To Big Success
I started to think about how often I was looking for the breakthroughs and transformations I wanted to have to come in the form of major life altering opportunities. I was hoping for a dream job offer or meeting someone who was going to completely change my life.
Yet when I looked at where my life was at, and what I could attribute my current level of success (or failure) to in my health, business, and relationships, it wasn’t prior major choices or opportunities that made the difference. It all came down to the little choices I took day in and day out that added up over time.
My life looked the way it looked because of small choices like drinking water each day, having an apple instead of a cookie at lunch, listening to a podcast on marketing instead of music on the drive to work at my old job, and taking half a second to utter the word “yes” instead of “no” when a friend invited me to come to my first Higher Laws event.
Think about your own life. How much can you attribute the condition of your finances, relationships, and health to the small choices you’ve made over the past several years? Chances are, it’s the little things that get you almost all of your results. And if your success came from little things, wouldn’t that mean you may only need to do a few more little things to have even more success?
The Little Course Changes With Big Outcomes
One reason little things can be overlooked is because their results may be small… externally. Eating one carrot a day or exercising for 30 seconds in the morning might not make any noticeable tangible difference.
Yet I’ve found something else happens when I start doing these little things – my identity starts to change. Eating one carrot a day is all it takes to be a “vegetable eater.” Exercising for 30 seconds each morning is all it takes to be an “exerciser.”
With a shift in identity, you change the course of your future actions and therefore your ultimate destination in life. It only takes one tiny action, like a small change in direction in an airplane, to end up in a completely different place over the course of time.
Brandon Broadwater shared at his Mastering Wealth event the importance of shifting our inner identity to that of an investor, and all it takes is making one little investment like buying a piece of silver.
Does a piece of silver make your rich? Yes and no. In itself a piece of silver won’t make one rich. But if that little action was what it took to shift a person’s identity so they start to see themselves as an investor and therefore begin to invest in other areas leading to riches, then couldn’t you say it was the one piece of silver that ultimately made a person rich?
The Little Slipups With Big Consequences
When I thought about what Brandon Broadwater shared, I also realized the power of little slipups. It wasn’t just that life was won with the little things, it could also be lost with them.
Have you ever told yourself, “it’s just one little…” and regretted that decision? “It’s just one cookie.” “It’s just one little white lie.” “It’s just one night.” The problem is that the one little compromise in your integrity can be the catalyst for a big downward spiral.
Remembering this helps me keep things in perspective. That’s not to say I can’t ever have an occasional treat, like eating a bowl of ice cream. But now, I’m sure to ask myself, “Knowing my history, would this one little thing likely lead to a lot more?” I’m now on guard to realize any little choice may have big consequences if I let it affect my emotional state, my identity, and my future choices.
Research has shown those who cheat just a little bit on a test are much more likely to cheat a lot more because now in their minds, “cheating is ok.” They may have never have said that before cheating, but the little compromise makes bigger compromises seem justifiable. One little slip-up can lead to one major snowball of poor decisions just like one little step in the right direction can lead to a momentum of greater success. Be careful with the little things, because they’re setting a precedent for future actions.
The Little Signs Of Big Significance
Signs are subtle.
Have you ever had a small tinge of feeling that something isn’t right and didn’t listen to it only to find yourself devastated with the consequences? Something seemed off… but the feeling was so subtle you had no idea the danger you were being warned of. Don’t confuse the size of the warning with the size of the danger. These little “red flags,” while not to be blown out of proportion, need to be recognized as warning of something that could be seriously significant.
The same is true with great opportunities. I’ve found the decisions that forever altered my life didn’t come with a glowing ray of sunshine magically appearing around them and a booming voice from Heaven saying, “Yo dude! This is totally what you’ve been looking for!” Instead, it was a subtle, almost imperceptible voice inside that was saying, “Yes… this is right.”
A sign for your next step to a major breakthrough may be subtle, and the sign of a misstep that leads to a devastating downfall may be equally subtle. Your life may be won or lost depending on what you make of these signs.
Little Things = Big Things
My lesson from Brandon’s words, which go even deeper than what I share here, is that I must be proactive in understanding little things are big things. After all, everything is made up of little things, which means, quite literally, the little things are everything.
To learn more about Brandon Broadwater, I suggest checking out a 3 day Master Your Power Within event. Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to hear more about my experience.