Do you remember when you were growing up your grandparents saying to you “every little bit counts“? As if it was a found penny on the street or some other scrap from around the house, those folks who weathered the “true” depression knew the value of “something” even if that “something” wasn’t much. Yet even with those sage words of advice in our heads, we just don’t seem to give them the same credence today as our forefathers who provide this advice to us. Maybe it’s because unlike them, we haven’t had to go to bed hungry, wonder where our next meal was to coming from tomorrow or even what tomorrow will bring if anything.
Well the same holds true if we want to be a leader, as be it a parent in our family life or a manger on the job in our professional career. As we are all made of our many pieces, maybe even a million or more for conversational purposes, yet the most important of all of these happen to be our actions. As yes the adage old age is correct that “actions do speak louder than words” as what “we” do or don’t do shout volumes at us and affect everything we do as well as who “we” are.
This being the case, it’s easy to see that the small things in life do really count, thus as atoms make up molecules and molecules make up cells and cells therefore makeup us. In the same building block fashion, our “actions” are in fact made of “micro-actions” and it’s really these subset of actions which define us as a person, parent or business leader.
Therefore those things which we might take for granted which we may pass up in the course of our day such as addressing a clerk by their name, thanking someone for handing you the salt, or giving a moment of our time to hold a door for an elderly couple define us as a person and therefore as a leader.
In this we do have a choice of how the world sees us, and therefore in fair exchange how we see the world back. As the world could care less about the car in our driveway, or the designer shoes on our feet, as instead it is what we do on to others which is what really matters and is what the world cares about. As our time on this earth maybe limited, however our actions be them big or small are in fact limitless even though they are contained in a finite space…