I frequently talk about the small things that transform lives. I usually do so from a positive perspective. For example, a smile or a compliment can brighten someone’s day. Let’s turn it around and see if the principle also works in a negative manner. We’ll explore it with the following questions.
- How many times does an adult have to use profane or vulgar language before a child mimics the words?
- How many times must a person drink and drive before they cause a fatal accident?
- How many acts does it take to start a bad habit?
- How much LSD is too much?
- How long does one second feel when you’ve already held your breath for 60 seconds?
- How many times must we neglect or offend someone before they are hurt emotionally?
- How long will “a donut a day” be a harmless habit?
- Can you get a $4.00 car wash if you’re one coin short?
- From Chris DiMarco’s perspective, how important was a centimeter when Tiger Woods ball sat still on the edge of hole #16 at the 2005 Masters’ Tournament before it eventually trickled in?
- From silver medalist Milorad Cavic’s perspective how important was 1/100 of a second when Michael Phelps won the 100 meter butterfly event in the 2008 Olympics at Beijing?
- How important is 1/10th of a grade point in a race to be Valedictorian.
- How important could one more SAT point be on an application to Harvard University?
- How important is one punctuation mark?
- I’m sorry I love you.
- I’m sorry; I love you.
Is there an element of luck, good or bad, in the outcomes of these small matters? Perhaps sometimes, but I believe our chosen actions, at the very least, play with probability even when they don’t directly determine results. Instead of assuming we’re merely on the receiving side of luck, we should ask, “What did I do to shift the odds in my favor? What will I do differently the next time to assure a more positive outcome?”
Zig Ziglar said, “Every choice you make has an end result.” Our beliefs, attitudes and actions are choices that influence outcomes. He also said, “The choice to have a great attitude is something that nobody or no circumstance can take from you.” These choices, whether one-and-done or habitual, are real regardless of whether the matter at hand is small or large; positive or negative; important or irrelevant.
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