Massive Action = Massive Results.
This is one of the most common phrases I hear (and sometimes use) as a creativity coach.
But we can’t simply go from one giant leap to another without all the little steps in between.
Tiny steps (or baby steps if you prefer), taken steadily and regularly, may not get you anywhere fast, but they will get you anywhere you want.
Everything begins in the tiny details, and the most subtle difference can make ALL the difference.
In my front room window I have a crystal prism a friend gave me years ago, that glistens in the sunlight each morning. As it caught my eye yesterday, in a split second it looked completely blue, like a glowing orb or bright blue light dangling in mid air. I moved my head barely a couple of millimetres to the left and it changed to green, shining equally resplendently. Again I moved the tiniest amount and it became yellow, then orange, then red.
Just a tiny little shift can give a radically different perspective. In fact, when I took a step back, the crystal lost its glow and became completely clear again.
The danger with a tiny amount of anything is we dismiss it as not being effective or worthwhile because we’re so programmed these days to expect amazing results and want everything right here right now. ‘Because you’re worth it.”
But tiny, over a period of time, can change your life.
Imagine if someone said to you once a day “You’re useless, you’re not a proper artist at all.” That might take them five seconds. A pretty tiny amount in terms of the 86400 seconds available each day. But if you had that same kind of message every single day, it would inevitably have a negative effect on your self esteem and confidence.
Similarly, if every day you heard something positive about yourself, or you said and thought it yourself, it would have a positive cumulative effect.
Creating a tiny amount each day – a few lines of poetry or story, a small sketch in a notebook, a few photos – is beneficial on so many levels. Not least of that within a couple of weeks you’ll have developed a body of work, just from a few minutes of commitment every day.
The tiny art options these days are flourishing more than ever.
In writing there is flash and micro fiction, with stories of 100, 50 or even just six words.
In sketching there are wealth of tiny options such as “inchies” (art work on a 1in by 1in square of paper), doodles and zentangles.
There are the increasingly popular Artist Trading Cards (ATCs).
In other words there is a wealth of options available to us when we wish to create little and often, more than ever before.
There’s a time for big action. And there’s time for tiny steps. Every single day.
What tiny steps are you taking to change your world?
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