SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE STRESS THE SMALL THINGS, BECAUSE THEY MATTER
We have all heard the saying at one point or another, “stop sweating the small stuff”. I’ve even said it a number of times myself. I thought that my time would be better spent focusing on larger issues than the small ones. However, I quickly began to realize that big problems were once small. They start out like the “small stuff” that we were told not to give much thought to. I have discovered that if you do give thought to the small things, you can avoid larger problems down the road.
The first step to stressing the small things is to first make yourself aware of what they are. Neglecting to do the small things every day is a recipe for disaster. The truth is this, if you are not good at handling miniscule issues, it will be very hard for you to deal with them with they get bigger. Most importantly, you won’t be caught off guard. Here are three benefits for stressing over the small things.
1. Build your awareness
I remember roughly eight years ago when I was severely overweight. I weighed about 244 pounds (110 kg). I was in a dark place because I didn’t know how to change my trajectory. When I finally became aware of my weight problem and the health implications, I came to the realization that I got to that point of being overweight because I didn’t sweat the small stuff. I always thought to myself, one more burger or milkshake is no big deal. IT ALL MATTERS!
My recommendation to you is to begin to notice all of the things that you do on a daily basis and look at yourself in perspective. Ask yourself this question as often as possible; “why am I doing this?” Whenever you pose this question to yourself, if forces you to stop and think about your actions. The more you do this, the better you will become at noticing the things that drive your behavior. Make no mistake, if you don’t sweat the small stuff, they will come back to bite you on the butt.
2. Avoid creating resentment in others
One of the main reasons friendships and relationships end is due to neglect. Neglecting to address the feelings of others creates resentment. If that is something that you do on purpose, consider taking an alternative approach when dealing with others. The insidious effect of neglecting the feelings of others is that if you do it enough, it will become a part of your nature. It is as that point that it becomes a problem. It is almost like being a jerk, and everyone knows it, except you. It’s a recipe for disaster.
I remember once that my younger sister had some built up resentment against me because I did not give her feelings enough consideration or thought. I said to myself, “she is young, it doesn’t really matter”. It turned out that I was slowly burning a bridge with someone that was very dear to me.
Once I became aware of my callous behavior, I quickly began to change how I interacted with my younger sister. Try your best to not build a legacy of neglect and indifference with others because it doesn’t serve you in any positive way.
3. Increase your discipline
Another contributing factor to my weight problems was a lack of self-discipline. A lack of self-discipline and self-awareness can lead to a life of unnecessary challenges. Stressing over the little things makes all the difference. If your goal is to lose weight, then you should be bothered that you had that burger when you weren’t supposed to. We can ill afford to be lax with our daily disciplines. Some of the most successful people out there are the people who do the small things that may seem trivial every single day over a sustained amount of time.
My recommendation here is to make a list of the things that you need to do every single day and try your very best to do them. Whenever you complete your list successfully every day, celebrate. Whenever you fail to do so, reprimand yourself. This is the basis of self-discipline and maturity. You may be asking yourself at this point, why bother? Because it matters.