"Remember that deciding is not doing, wanting is not choosing. Transformation will take place not because of what you decide you want, but because of what you choose to do." - Eric Greitens
When I was in my 20's, every summer I would challenge myself to do one BIG thing that would grow me in a, what I considered, a substantial way. Things like hiking 100km in less than 48 hours, doing a half marathon, taking part in a 10 day silent meditation retreat, or trekking across Canada on the train by myself. These were, what I considered, to be big things that would foster my growth in big ways. And they did. These things, without a doubt, taught me a lot about myself and allowed me to grow and develop into much of who I am right now.
But than they stopped. I wasn't doing those big things anymore. And for some time, I thought I had stopped growing. I believed that the only way for me to grow and develop in a big way was to push myself in big ways. I thought that if I was going to become a better version of myself, I had to do things that could give me big lessons and big stories to share.
What I forgot (or perhaps didn't know) was that every day provides the opportunity to grow yourself.
Whether it's having that difficult conversation you've been putting off, getting up an hour earlier or taking that risk to leave the job you hate in order to start to do what you love - these little moments turn have the power to turn into big growth.
I've learned that, often, we grow more in the little moments than we do in the big ones. Because those little moments add up. Over time, and with consistency, those little moments will turn into something big and substantial.
Matt Tod is an international speaker, leadership facilitator, writer and lover of all things Zombie-related.