The Little Things Count

FootballSome of my recent posts have highlighted how little things count. For example, something as little as a pat of butter is big punch in the gut. Or on the upside, a small serving of nuts contains heart-healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats that raise “hero” HDL cholesterol. Here’s another discussion on how little things count.

Football legend Vince Lombardi, who coached the Green Bay Packers for nine years, had the best winning percentage of any National Football League coach with at least eighty-five victories. Attention to detail made him a winner. He didn’t want his players to be merely good; he insisted they strive to be the best. And he summed it all up when he stated he was convinced that it was the small things that won football games.

Get that, the small things won the game. Oh sure, he had to have a man who could run the ball up the middle like a house afire, and he had to have someone who could throw the ball like a rocket and another player who could catch anything that hit his fingertips. Those were the big things in the game. But what made those players get that way was how they handled the little things. Little things, like the receiver who stayed after practice and caught ball after ball; the quarterback who took his playbook home and studied and studied his responsibility in each play while everyone else was relaxing for the night; the lineman who knew exactly where he was going to place his left foot when he lined up to play because he had practiced moving that foot back about a half-inch, assuring himself that he was developing the added power to beat his opponent.

Lombardi makes you realize it is the little things in life that make the biggest outcomes possible. Commitment begins with attention to the little things that reassure you that the big thing is going to happen. Small things you do will let you know whether or not you are going to succeed; they forecast your future. Small signs will signal whether or not you are persistent. Tiny red flags will wave from time to time, and you must condition yourself to watch for them. And at that moment, you must make that extra little effort to take care of the little things.

When your commitment is solid, you will begin to notice little changes you are doing differently. For instance, you’ve set a specific time to exercise daily rather than “maybe sometime today.” You’ve determined your menu for the day: what you will eat and what you won’t dare eat. You’ve decided in advance not to eat that second helping of whatever. You’ve gotten specific with your plan. You have begun action on the small things that will win the game for you.






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