“The difference between success and failure is not dramatic. In fact, the difference is so subtle that people miss it. They cling to the world view that what they do doesn’t really matter. It’s not hard to see how people come to this understanding of life, I don’t blame them. It’s completely understandable, but it’s just not the truth. The truth is what you do matters, what you do today matters, what you do everyday matters.
Those little things that will make you successful in life that will secure your health, your happiness, that will secure your dreams are simple, subtle tiny little things that nobody will see, nobody will applaud, or even notice. They are those things that at the time you did them, seem to not make any difference as if they don’t matter. The truth is that they do. In a way, it would be more simple if making the right choices where a big deal. If it were a dramatic huge difficult thing. Why? Because then it would be obvious. The challenge is that making the right choices are not dramatic.
Deciding whether or not you should defeat Darth Vader with a lightsaber is a dramatic thing. Deciding whether or not to buckle your seatbelt is an undramatic thing. Guess which choice has the power to take few 100,000 lives each year. Hint, it’s not the lightsaber. The most valuable gift of all is a gift you always have, a choice. If you base your choices on the evidence,(what you can see) you’re sunk. You need to base your choices on what you know, not what you see. What would happen If you start by doing a positive action today? Nothing you can see. What happens if you add one more? Nothing you can see. What if you keep adding one more and one more and one more?
Way back in the beginning when you added the first few morsels of positive action, if you judge your choices by the evidence of your eyes you won’t see any difference. This frustrates people. In fact, it frustrates 19 out of 20 people and they quit. That is the most sad thing of all. “Everyday and every moment, you get to exercise choices that will determine whether or not you become a good person, living a great life.” -JO
These words are from one of my greatest success coaches in life. This year thieves stormed my quiet home in the bright afternoon, minutes after I left to facilitate the needs of our first of many to come swing events in Tulsa Oklahoma. They stole my computer, tablet computers, wireless routers and a handful of additional things. It is sad to see humans live below their glorious potential.
When I arrived at the dance, the dance community showed an amazing act of love with their words and gifts of money. I’m grateful and comforted to know some hearts are still soft and desire to respond to evil by doing good. I encourage you to recognize aggressive obstacles that try and intimidate you in thinking you have no choice. You can decided to be in a good mood or a bad mood, forgive or be bitter, stress or be calm.
Either way recognize you have the choice to let the forces of evil steal your peace, stomp out your joy, and turn your love to hate. The obstacles are placed in front of you to move you not them. Most people let what they see mute their will to do something. The miracle in this story is that we had enough people volunteer for housing that I didn’t have anyone staying at my house, and no one was a victim during the burglary. I was also able to retrieve all my beloved pictures of my family, and walk away with a greater sense of fulfilling a great plan for the benefit of many. You are also a part of a huge plan.
Let the things that seem big in your life remind you that the little choices you make good and bad, do matter and are making an immeasurable residual impact on the world gradually, no matter how small they may seem. I hope this article is a reminder or a warning for you depending on what you choose to do with your choices. Share with those you feel who can benefit.