The One Lesson You Need to Learn from the 2014 Olympics (Part 2)

download (5) On Tuesday, I blogged about the one lesson you need to learn from the 2014 Olympics. I said that the one lesson you need to learn from the 2014 Olympics is: “Behind every big moment, there are lots of small ones.”  I learned that lesson from this amazing commercial:

As I was reflecting on this lesson, I felt like I left an important part of the lesson out in my original post. I focused on the positive big moments in our lives. Having a good marriage, getting into great shape, etc.

There is another side to this lesson. While it is true that behind every big moment, there are a lot of small ones. It is also true that behind most big “bad” moments in our lives, there are a lot of small ones. 

Nobody wakes up wanting to ruin their lives through an affair, addiction, violence, unethical decisions, you name it. However, these things do happen in people’s lives and they are all the outcome of a lot of small moments.

  • Behind every affair, there was a lot of small moments leading up to it – flirting, messaging, “innocent” meetings, etc.
  • Behind every action that put someone in jail, there were a lot of small moments leading up to it – hanging out with the wrong friends, never dealing with issues, etc.
  • Behind every addiction, there were a lot of small moments leading up to it – smoking cigarettes, drinking, smoking weed, hanging out with the wrong people…
  • Behind every scandal, there were a lot of small moments leading up to it – deciding to overlook something here, overlook something there . . .

There is no doubt that the big moments in our lives are the result of a lot of small ones. The question is, what kind of small moments are you creating through your decisions? The small decisions you make daily will determine the type of big moments you experience in life. 

If you want to experience great big moments, make great small moments by making great small decisions daily.

If you don’t want to experience painful big moments, don’t allow yourself to make small, poor decisions. Evaluate your decisions. Evaluate your friendships. Allow people to call you out when you do something stupid. Be willing to change. Do whatever it takes to create great small moments and you’ll never have to experience the big “bad” moments.

So, based on the small moments in your life right now, what kind of big moments will you be experiencing in the future?  Thoughts?

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