#3- It’s the Small Things that Count

This is the third in a four-part series of short articles of “dangling thoughts” you may be able to relate to. I hope they will be something you’ll want to ponder. I’m prepared for a variety of reactions including, “hogwash!” or “interesting!”. These topics have found themselves on the “notes app” of my iPhone over the past few months. I find the commonality of the themes interesting and the fact that they found themselves on my phone under the category of “Potential Rambling Topics!”

Its the small things

I love watching the Olympics and continue to be amazed at the talents and the evolution of the sports. I have realized that what I appreciate today is rather different than what I appreciated when I was younger. Today, I marvel at the dedication and the refinement of what it takes to be a real champion. It’s the small things that separate the great athletes from the exceptional gold medal champions.

This could also be said for what it takes to find success in business, in life, or in relationships: How do I know this?…I learned from some painful failures, I speak from painful experiences that were real and not theoretical, I learned and changed to not repeat what I have learned….what is it?  It’s the dedication, the deliberateness; the attention to detail that leads to accomplishing something really special. In our personal life, what is it that made you (or makes you) want to skip down the aisle toward a lifetime relationship? Yes, the big things are important, but what about the little things that we sometimes take for granted? love languagesHere’s a little exercise you could do with that special someone in your life: Discuss one another’s needs, wants, and the exceptional traits you see in one another. I also encourage you to read, The Five Love Languages: How to Express Heartfelt Commitment to Your Mate by Gary Chapman

Back to exceptional athletes, here are a few of my take-always from the recent Winter Olympics:

  • The Olympic figure skating pair from China: The commentators said, “what made them so special is that they created a mood and a feeling in their skating through the nuances of expression and movement” – the small things!
  • 1/100th of a second knocked Alpine ski racer Lindsey Vonn from a medal. What were the small things that got her that close, yet just as important, what were the small things in that two-mile journey that cost her that 1/100th of a second?
  • Twice, in two different bob-sledding events, there were two teams tied; yes tied over a two- mile course—their times were identical to the 1/100th of a second. Can you imagine? It again was the small things for both teams that created this amazing fact.

So, who says that the small things don’t count? – This is something that I will remember and embrace!

How about You?

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One thought on “#3- It’s the Small Things that Count

  1. These little microcosms are the reason I DON’T like to watch the Olympics. That 1/100 of a second is the difference between “success” and “failure”–between being a “Champion” and “also-ran”. I really don’t believe that any athlete is a “better person” whether they obtained a medal or not–especially with a razor-thin margin like that.

    The Olympics USED to be for amateur athletes–that is no longer the case, with sponsorships, training endowments, and a huge support system.

    In this case, are any of the participants less of a person because they didn’t win? No–each did their absolute best–and I’m sure every one of them put forth a maximum effort. Rather than celebrate the “win” by 1/100th of second by one or two individuals, the Olympic spirit is for each person to be the best they can be–if there is any message to take away from the Olympics, that’s it.

    The Losers are not the ones who lost–it is those that didn’t put forth the effort to win–or even to participate. In that regard, every person who participated is a winner–a tiny fraction of 1% of the populace–an even smaller percentage than the 1/100 of a second that separated the “winner” from the “losers.” We should all strive to be the best we can be–but accept that only a few will end up “on top”. For the rest of us, just giving our very best is enough–and if that very best is to elevate us to a level that we can play on the same playing field as these Olympic champions–that is something that every participant can be proud of for the rest of their lives–“I’m not the best in the world, but I gave it my all–and I was good enough to compete at a high level.”

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