THE SUPREMACY OF INCREMENTALISM

“The man who removes a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” ~ William Faulkner

If you refuse to something patiently, persistently, and daily forget about doing anything worth mentioning. Epictetus, the Greek Stoic philosopher, proposed that “no great thing is created suddenly.” He knew the value of patience and process; he was born a slave in ancient Rome. According to scholars, Creeping Normalcy or “Death by a Thousand Cuts”, is the result of a massive change that occurs through small, persistent, and incremental changes that are almost so diminutive, that most do not take notice until a radical change has occurred (Think Grand Canyon and a small, incremental, persistent little process called “erosion”). “Creeping Normalcy” or “Death By a Thousand Cuts” can work in the positive or the negative.

Our lives, relationships, success, goal achievement are no different. The choices we make and the actions we take, one by one, little by little, define our life. Both a destitute life and an accomplished life, all originate with the small steps we take everyday.

The Chinese Philosopher Lao-Tzu once said, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” You cannot alter your entire life in a day. You can only change your next action. One cannot alter their entire organization. They can only change the next task they take toward its improvement. Marriages, relationships, health, weight, physical fitness, your lawn, and a bad haircut will not improve overnight.

Nothing significant can be changed overnight, you can only change one small thing.

Hundreds of intentional, small actions will lead to massive change. Forget about the massive undertaking….worry only about the next small step. Have not the success and failure rates of your New Year’s resolutions provided enough evidence of this? Here’s to small, daily baby steps and the next small action.

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