The little things in life are what usually makes it. Not the big success at the end of the road, but each step along the way.
Apologies if you are here for a post about the small joys in life, I will be posting something on that shortly, but this is more about the small mundane tasks that you can choose to take up, or not, day in day out.
A year from now, you’d wish you started today
This gets quoted an awful lot, but it has only really meant something to me over the past few months. We all have something we want to get better at, a hobby we want to take up or a blog/business we want to launch. The problem that most of us have is that we look at people who have put in so much time and effort, and hope to achieve what they have, in little or no time.
We don’t always see the 10,000 hours that person has put into perfecting that craft. If you aren’t familiar with the 10,000 hours rule, it’s a theory that most people who are at the top of their game, have put in 10,000 hours of practice dedicated to that subject.
Take blogging as an example, I see a lot of bloggers seemingly coming out of the woodwork with their 50k instagram followers, and they look like they have appeared from nowhere and become overnight successes. But when you really look into it, they have been blogging, consistently for years. All those years when I was blogging inconsistently, they were churning out quality post after post, even though not many people would have been reading them. But those blog posts turn into 10, then 100, each page view doubles, then tripples until they are getting the kind of traffic I only dreamed of.
I always used to look at vloggers like Zoella (queen of youtube) and think she was so lucky to have started youtube when she did, when I first found her channel she had been vlogging for 4 years. Today, if you go by my youtube creation date, I have been vlogging for 4 years and I have a modest following, and a bunch of excuses to show for it.
What she did in her 4 years that I didn’t, was vlog consistently. I haven’t managed to do a whole year without missing a few months here and here of videos. You can literally see the dips in views and subs I get in these unplanned hiatuses. These things may seem small, like missing one or two weeks of videos, but it’s these small things that separate the average from the extraordinary.
I realise that last line may have sounded a little strong
But this is really what I have come to believe and it can be applied to a lot of different circumstances. For the longest time I complained about my skin, but had no skincare routine. I used a product once or twice, and complained that it didn’t work. Now, I am a complete skincare convert, I’ve been using a consistent skincare routine for 3 weeks now and I can really see the benefits. Although the benefits weren’t visible at days 1, 10 or even 15, I continued with it, trusting that with time, I would see results.
Everyday, think to yourself, what’s that one thing I can do today, however small, to ensure that next year, I don’t look back on my wasted opportunity. For me, it’s finally uploading consistently for a prolonged period of time on my youtube channel. To some, it may seem like such a simple thing, but for some reason I have never been able to stick to it. The ol’ don’t compare your chapter one to someones happy ending is so true here. You really can’t compare where you are with anything to someone elses. What matters between now, and when you get to it, is all of the little things you chose to do, when everyone else chose not to.
I can’t write this post without mentioning instagram, whenever anyone asks me about instagram I always say that now is your best opportunity to take over instagram. All I see on twitter is people complaining about the instagram algorithm, or how their posts are getting hidden. What people don’t highlight are the bloggers, who despite the drop, continue to post amazing instagram posts. People like Josie from Fashion Mumblr, Jordan from Hello Miss Jordan and Carrie from wishwishwish (whos instagram stories are AH-MAZING).
If you’ve enjoyed this ramble, and I really hope you have, I would recommend ‘the slight edge’ and ‘the one thing’ for reading about these in more detail. These are both books I read over the christmas period, and have really changed the way I look at how I organise my time, hobbies and goals.