“Don’t be afraid to give your best to what seemingly are small jobs. Every time you conquer one, it makes you that much stronger. If you do little jobs well, the big ones tend to take care of themselves.” Andrew Carnegie
Baseball legend, Ty Cobb was thought to have a nervous tick of kicking the base every time he got on first base. However, this was no tick at all. It was a seemingly paltry strategy to move first base closer to second base.
By doing this enough times, Cobb thought he could get the bases a full two inches closer together. By doing this, it improved his chances of stealing a base or reaching second base safely on a hit.
When you think of two inches, you would think that wouldn't make much of a difference in ninety-feet. But a great competitor understands it's the small things done with consistency and focus that make all the difference in the end goal.
And not just at the end of a game, but at the end of the season, or the end of any goal we are trying to achieve. Author Kevin Eastman says, "Every day counts on the last day."
I'll take it a little bit further and say every action or inaction we take EACH day counts on the last day.
Taking plays off during a game, taking workouts off because you just don't feel like working out, giving a half-hearted effort in practice because you think practice doesn't matter, it all counts.
Whether your goal is to win a championship, look like a physical specimen, or become the top salesperson in your company, everything counts!
There are a lot of things that get away from us during the day that should have been done. And when the time comes for results, and they weren't achieved, you'll have to sit back and say, "I should have done this."
Most of the time you find those should of's weren't that difficult to do, you just decided at that time it wasn't that important.
Losers lose and talk about their should of's. Winners get done what needs to be done. They take care of every day, every day.