Are you looking for success in your life? Remember success starts small.
Do you want to be a great writer? Get a better job? Get the great body? Start a business? Get a relationship? Rule the world?
Whatever you want to do, the key is to start small.
Firstly, welcome to Success24x7 our mission is to learn the lessons we need to make our life awesome, to help our children tackle the future and to help make this world a more successful place.
We started our mission for success a year and a half ago. And one of the greatest lessons we discovered, by chance, was that the life stories we tell create our life.
I know that goes against what many, even what we, think about success. You imagine that if you want success you’re meant to start by dreaming big. And that is true to an extent. Dream big, but if you try to start big you’ll most likely find it’s too much.
If you want to find success, success starts small.
Success Starts Small
This concept of starting small is what we came to by trial and error, but we’re not the only ones who have found this rule. We saw the same watching Evan Carmichael on YouTube, and his collecting of rules by Tim Ferriss. As soon as he went through his rule on starting small, I knew this was one of the key elements that got us started.
Though in the beginning, we like everyone else tried to start big.
Like everyone else, we wanted success, wealth, living the life, health, being free, being empowered, being super influential because everyone sees our value. But the problem is, we want all that and we have no idea how to get there. But we go all gung-ho, ‘this is it, I’m changing my life, I’m gonna put a dent in the universe’, and then we charge in, and most likely fail.
No one can rule the world in a day.
But then that one failure makes us feel like we can’t win. But then we regather and we realize, ‘hey we’re big time now and they’re going to smash through’.
So we go at it again and again with gusto and courage, and we realize it’s just too much – those successful people who rule the world must just be super human.
They’re not super human!
No one can rule the world in a day.
You need to start small and build up.
Success Starts Small: How I started Small
Start Small Writing
I always wanted to write a novel. I don’t know why, but for some reason that seemed like a great goal and I enjoy making up stories and contemplating all the meaning generated by character, setting, plot, and theme.
I enjoy that stuff and that’s why I studied literature and creative writing at uni.
So I decided I was going to write that great novel. I thought up all these great ideas and I started.
I had no idea what I was doing.
I wrote pages of stuff and I had all these great ideas. But then after a month it started to stall. I was typing away and it wasn’t getting anywhere near the end. I didn’t know where the end was going to be. I typed on for a bit but everything started to sound terrible. You know, the dream was this big finished awesome work of art, but here I had this mangled bit of something that was really nothing.
So the endurance for hard work failed. And the perfectionist jumped back into my head and the wheels fell off.
The half finished manuscript was stuffed into a file and there it sits on my shelf.
Success Starts Small and I started too big and it was too hard.
But now that I have finished a novel, I think I have the skill and the endurance to go back and finish that one.
So yeah I have finished a novel now. How did I do it? I started small.
When I finally got around to writing a novel, I didn’t actually set out to write the novel. I was just doing creative writing with my students in an after school activity and one page turned into ten pages, which became 30 pages. When I got to about 60 pages with no end in sight I realized I had something.
Success Starts Small with 2 Crappy Pages
All I did to keep going was tell myself “two crappy pages a day”. No, I got that from Tim Ferriss. It wasn’t actually what I said. I started with “just write a little each day and this will go somewhere”. Then it became a challenge – “I got 7 pages this week, I want 10 pages next week”.
And when that got old and I couldn’t keep it up, I went back to ‘two crappy pages a day’ – well something like that.
I started so small I wasn’t even writing a short story. But the story grew and grew with just 10 minutes a day. And then at the end I got so close I had to force myself to get to the end. Now I have 350 sloppy pages of an interesting story full of drama, action, romance and life.
I finally learnt that success starts small
Now I need to edit all that into something that really works.
Am I going to imagine one big unified perfect piece of art?
No! I’m going to go one page per day and see how well I can build up.
Start small and keep going.
Success Starts Small Also for Health
So for me, my big issue growing up was always my weight. Now don’t ask me how it got to this, but when I was in my late teens my body was a disgrace and I was tipping the scales at 126 KG (Around 278 pounds)
And it wasn’t like I didn’t want to lose the weight.
I would walk and I would try dieting, but none of it was working. I always felt like I hit the wall, there was nothing I could do, and I was doomed.
The problem I had, was that I was thinking too big. My mind was like, “do the massive work, lose the massive weight, get cut-up and be a winner”. So when I was doing massive effort, ending the day feeling broken and ending the week feeling no different, I ran back to the deep-fried and the alcohol to make me feel better about being such a huge loser.
This is a common story I’m sure. It’s the natural way we as humans operate.
But I started to think small
After years of that – and I mean years of try and fail – I started to realize that my thinking was wrong. I began to appreciate that these things take time.
So when I started my winning, life changing run at losing the weight, I decided to start small.
The goal used to be – gotta lose 30 kg, then we’ll see. That goal was too big. Maybe some people can starve themselves quickly and get the quick win. But for me there was no way that would happen quick. And so, by having such a big goal, I was setting up for short term failure. And failure after failure leads to quitting.
So when I finally got it right, I completely changed the goal. I threw away the scale completely. It was making me feel bad. My new goal was just work out 5 minutes today and cut out eating bread.
Success Starts Small: Easy!
I won the day. And I felt felt good about it. I know it wasn’t much, and there was no big celebration. However, I had set a goal to help me lose weight and I achieved it. From there I said, ‘well 5 minutes is too short, so for this week we’ll do 20 minutes a day and no bread at all for the whole week.’
And I did it.
And up and up, and faster and faster, and stronger and strong, I got until all the weight was gone.
Starting small lets you have a success with the little things. And you need those little successes to keep on chasing the bigger successes, that keep you going on and on until you win the game.
Other things to start small
Relationships – career – investing – parenting – everything
I’m not going into it all now, but these all used to cause me so much stress and indecision and concern.
But then I started small. I gave up perfect images. I learned and tried and failed and tried again. And now I’m happy.
So that’s the great secret of success. I believe you can do anything that you can imagine, but you need to break it down and take things one little win at a time.
The secret, Success Starts Small!
Mission For Success
The mission for success is to take our life to the level of awesome. We are actively learning the lessons that will bring us more success, that will improve the future for our children and will help make the world a better place.
If that’s something you want for your life, feel free to come join the mission for success by clicking here: Mission for Success!
All the best, and remember to keep striving for success.