Saturday, 28 July 2012

Everything Counts, Even The Small Stuff

Everything counts, even the small stuff.  So what exactly does that mean?

Allow me to share; "Success is the sum of small efforts repeated day in and day out." --  Robert Collier.
I think this puts things in perspective quite effectively.
Have you ever noticed when you are doing something , that it just doesn't feel exactly how you imagined (often idealistically) it would feel? How studying just doesn't feel as you imagined after watching that inspirational film about someone who achieved superior academic feats against all odds? How crafting that sculpture, painting that picture, composing that musical piece, writing that poem or book just doesn't seem to live up to those expectations we have of how amazing we pictured them to be?

In my opinion, there are good days and bad days as far as this feeling is concerned. I have done some writing and I can tell you that it doesn't always feel as idyllic as we hope, but there are those days when there is just a glimmer of it, and even that is enough - like seeing just the faintest hint of light in a dark tunnel; like stepping into the invigorating burst of warm water in your shower on a cold winter's morning. It's enough to refuel your hope and determination to press on.
So why am I telling you this? The answer is simple. All this means is that we should carry on; keep pushing through the hard times, because when you do, no matter how small or large the effort - if you keep pushing on, step by step, methodically - "small efforts repeated day in and day out", those bad days and difficulties will end up in only one place...

Behind you! 

And you can press on to the greater promise of the future for your next fleeting feeling of achievement until it all comes together in a massive reward of whatever it is you are working towards.

So, don't discount the small efforts that you can and do make throughout each day, because everything counts, even the small stuff.

P.S. Think Broadly. This concept can be applied to the whole spectrum of things in your life, not just writing, studying or crafting.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

There Is Time

There is time.
Time is needed for new knowledge.
Acquisition of new knowledge is not as instant as the internet search that provides it.

 A close friend once pointed out to me that 'knowledge gained is never a waste.' And he was absolutely right! When you actively learn something new how can it ever be a waste? You have just developed yourself by another step, you have just increased your knowledge base to a new frontier. You have experienced one of the main aspects of being human by perpetuating the cycle of inquisition that keeps us inspired about living.

So, take the time to learn that new piece of information and don't lose heart if you find that it's difficult to make it stick - you have the time to successfully embed it in your mind and further develop and utilize your amazing capacity. It will never do you any harm to learn something new. So, what are you waiting for? Get out there and discover more about the world you live in, or dive into that subject that has always interested you but you just couldn't find the time for. Take your time to learn how it all comes together - remember though that this won't happen overnight, and as far as students are concerned (that includes me), you will reap what you sow in terms of how much time and effort is put into that study.

In conclusion, remember what Confucius shared:  "The greater the obstacle, the more glory in overcoming it."