What’s up you guys! I hope you’ve been enjoying the beginning of your 2018. For whatever reason, I feel nervous about this particular post but I’m going to post it anyway because we aren’t playing around with fear anymore. Literally, a lightbulb went off in my head the other day about this very simple concept. Suffice it to say, I know it has been discussed before but it was glaring at me and I felt led to put it on the blog. So, I figure it will be useful for someone else as well.
I know that everyone talks about how playing small is a bad thing, and it often can be, but I also think that some fundamentals are missing from that conversation. I’ve been reading The Slight Edge and the largest principle of the book is that change, growth, and excellence is not in the big things you do, but in the small things. That’s a simple, yet counter cultural idea. Particularly in this social media age, we have been led to believe that we always have to be making major moves. We always have to have the best of everything. We always have to do it big.
We have bought into this idea that it’s not enough to have a job. We need to be a #boss. It’s not enough to create engaging content on YouTube. We have to be an #influencer. It’s not enough to have a cash car. We have to drive a luxury car. We can’t use drugstore makeup anymore. We have to get the latest from Sephora. Don’t get me wrong. There’s a time and place for all that, but this culture has left vacancies where excellence, commitment, and mastery used to be.
We want the BIG without mastering the small. In some cases, that may work out, but most of us have to master the small before we win big. Think about it. If you can’t come up with original content that’s dope before you get sponsored, you’re going to be boring when you do get sponsored and you won’t be able to maintain your audience. If you can’t faithfully tithe 10% of your $400, you won’t be able to comfortably tithe 10% of your $4 million. If you can’t regularly wash and vacuum your Corolla, eventually you’ll trash out your G Wagen as well. If you can’t manage your three little low light house plants, how do you expect to grow an entire garden? And if you can’t meet your deadlines without your manager breathing down your neck, exactly how do you plan to maintain a successful business where you only have yourself to hold you accountable?
Comprende? I will never tell anyone to play small. I WILL say that we have to learn to master and manage what we have with excellence before we can graduate to the next level. It takes a lot of work to get what you want. It takes significantly more effort to maintain it. If we don’t build the muscle, commitment, and grit to manage what we already have with excellence, honey, ain’t no way we are going to be able to handle more.
Like I said before, I’m not gonna tell anyone to play small. I definitely believe in playing big. But to play big, you have to be big, and that’s found in your daily disciplines. So I challenge us to act like we’re already “there” and BE the people we want to be.