It’s the little things… performed constantly and consistently over time that make the difference.
It’s the daily resolutions that reinforce solid business habits which we put into practice over and over again that build up our mental “muscle memory.”
It’s the stuff you can depend on and dig deep for, when you are back on your heels.
It involves attitude and self-belief, self-confidence and expertise.
It’s your technique, which forms the backbone of who you are and the structural underpinning which is your professional springboard.
Like a dancer or an athlete, you develop technique. You learn, incorporate more technique into your professionalism, and improve.
It’s a constant lifelong process, because you build upon your strong basis of expertise.
It involves taking on risk, relying on your technique to take your first steps into what seems like familiar, yet unexplored, territory.
Like that dancer or athlete, you trust your technique enough to interpret. Your interpretation, and assumption of risk, creates your artistry.
This small stuff is what we carry forward, year after year, to the art and craft of being a business and technical professional. There’s quite a bit of small stuff which we bring to our customers’ tables… whether they chose to acknowledge it or not.
There’s a lot of synergy when all of our small stuff comes together, isn’t there? When we depend on our technique – with firm and confident resolve – pointing ourselves towards our personal horizon.
You will find that the folks who always seem to be moving forward are the people who place great value on their small stuff. They don’t take their small stuff for granted.
When you think small, and use all the small stuff that comprises the remarkable work in progress that you are, you are grand.
When you think of moving every small piece of yourself forward, incrementally, you make huge strides.
When you take stock of your huge professional arsenal of small skills, knowledge, expertise, discipline, and mindset, you will be overwhelmed by how much there really is to YOU.
When you take inventory of all the small stuff that makes up YOU, what “they” have to say becomes insignificant. Because they really have no clue about all there is to you, do they?
You will find that the folks who always seem to be moving forward are the ones who place great value on their small stuff. They don’t take their small stuff for granted.
The small stuff is their value… to themselves first and foremost. They wear their value like a second skin.
The small stuff is their mantra.
That’s what makes them, and you, remarkable. Understanding the values, techniques, knowledge, and mental attitude that form the structural underpinnings of YOU.
Take stock of who you are. Carry that forward year to year. Think about making incremental strides throughout all of your small stuff.
And you will be remarkable. Time after time. Year after year.
You will find that the folks who always seem to be moving forward are the ones who place great value on their small stuff. They don’t take their small stuff for granted. Neither should you.
Towards a remarkable 2013. Happy New Year!