It is difficult to start new things in life. It is difficult to start on new hobbies and projects. Often because it can be fear inducing, it can so easily feel like a giant obstacle in your path which is impossible to even start working your way up. A project can easily feel so large that it is incredibly overwhelming, and the changes we seek are often so huge that we never get started, daunted by the task at hand.
There are many examples where it is easy to get overwhelmed like this. It might be a project at work, which feels so huge that you do not even know where you can even start. It might be starting going to the gym, ended up being bogged down the with complexity of what nutrition you need and the information about every single potential workout, that it becomes hard to start even with simple exercises.
It could also be with aiming to change the world, focusing so much on the difficult, hard to achieve global change. While forgetting about all of the small things that can impact the world. Obsessing so much on about the global scale, that you forget about the people close to home.
‘The man who moves a mountain, begins by carrying away small stones’Confucius
But instead of the huge, overwhelming and hopeless feeling that can easily happen when starting something new, when it appears to big to conquer. Why not instead start with the little things, that are much easier to start and complete?
This method has many positives. If you start humbly, and start small you do not need to worry as much about being perfect. If you only aim to simply start practicing something, it is much easier than aiming for instant mastery.
It allows you to start working on things easier, by being able to take small measured steps in the right direction, instead of thinking you must leap the distance all in once go. And even if you only start on something small, it is a start and that is always the first and most difficult step when it comes to achieving your goals.
It also allows you to make mistakes. As the consequence of an error on something small is much easier to fix than if you have a mistake on something big. And this is important at it allows you to experiment with new ideas, and test them out in a more controlled and safer environment. As if it does not go to plan, the potential fallout is much less than on giant untested changes. This process can be used to help field test large ideas as well, for example if you are implementing a policy in a company it can be wise to test it in one team to see how it works, before rolling it out across the entire company and therefore taking a much larger risk.
Finally, it is also one of the best ways to approach changing the world. Instead of focusing your efforts solely on national or global efforts, there is a great deal that you can do closer to home that can make the world of difference to those around you. And are usually much easier and faster to accomplish, and are often overlooked despite this. A lot of small changes like this do add up over time, and they very well might make a world of difference to those around you.
So, it is always good to start and practice on the little things, in order to gain experience and skill for the big things.