Writers and bloggers are not necessarily the same. I like to write. And blogging is a way to share what I write with everyone who cares to read. But I don’t necessarily adhere to the rules of blogging, because, I’m just a writer.
I found this link up and love the premise of it.
For this weeks link up, I’m saying why I disagree with a popular saying.
Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff.
I’ve read the book. The principles are great. But they don’t apply to every aspect of your life. Quite the opposite in fact. Life is made up of a series of small events. If you let the small things go by, you could be letting the best part of your life go. Don’t forget about the small joys as you chase the big dream.
Sure, there are big moments that you look forward to, big goals that you want to reach but do you know how to get from point A to point B? It’s by making a lot of small steps. And each one of those steps is an accomplishment that should be acknowledged.
I spent yesterday evening explaining to one of my students about goal setting. It’s not enough to say you want something to happen eventually. Work so the thousands of little steps you’ll take on that journey are all towards making it happen. Yes, those are small things but each small step achieved gets you closer to reaching your goal.
I’m in no way advocating for a joy-less, regimented life. There must be room for taking breaks and easing off the pressure. But don’t let the opportunity for small victories slip past you.
It’s ok to break that rule sometimes. Go ahead. Sweat The Small Stuff sometimes.
Don’t have time for a 1 hour workout in the morning? Just jumping rope for 2 minutes is good cardio. Or run up the stairs a couple times on your lunch break. Small stuff but it helps.
If you don’t have time to call a friend and chat for an hour? Just put a card in the mail that says you’re thinking about her. Small stuff.
Can’t afford to take a year off and write the great American novel? Spend 20 minutes at lunch or with the iPad on your commute just writing one paragraph or one page. It might take a while but it adds up. Small things become big things.
Lots of small steps lead to the same destination. Don’t skip the small things and miss the chance to do a big thing.