Changing the world: politics; religion; personal growth; happiness. These matter. They’re big things. So it’s natural to look for big complex answers. People have plenty to offer, but no one has answers quite big enough to satisfy everyone. Big answers are still too small it seems.
Somewhere in us, we know the answers must be simple somehow. The best solutions tend to be quite elegant. Yet every time we apply simple solutions to the biggest problems, they don’t work any better than the complex ones did.
That’s because they are not quite simple enough. When we get our thinking small enough, the best ways to apply them will be clear.
Thinking small leads to small answers. Small answers are humble, but real. Understandable. Achievable, even easy.
Small steps are what our feet were designed to take. Small steps are what movement is made out of. Once you’re moving, you’ve harnessed one of the most fundamental laws of nature: Inertia holds us back, momentum propels us forward.
One smile is reciprocated by another smile. That is a 100 % return on investment in seconds. Smiling, laughter, relaxation, forgiveness: small things like these are highly contagious. And they are their own reward.
A small step meets little resistance. The worst you can do is make a small mistake.
And small steps fit nicely in the spaces between other things we’re busy with, so they do not have to fight your life’s main current. They cost only a moment.
Taken together, these attributes make thinking small a powerful thing. So use your power. Change the world the most efficient way–slowly. One small step at a time.
Is that it? No, that’s just a small list. But it will take you far.