It’s the little details that are vital. Little things make big things happen. John Wooden
The devil is in the details. German Proverb
The true secret of happiness lies in taking a genuine interest in all the details of daily life. William Morris
“Details” can make the difference between success and failure. Some get too involved (bogged) down in details and it impedes or hampers their progress and success. Others do not pay enough attention to detail and miss success because of not going quite deep or far enough. Proper balance is needed, not too much or too little.
We should know which of these categories we fall into: “too much or not enough”. We have been following the same patterns all our lives and missed out because we could not get “past the details” or were mediocre due to not paying enough attention to important matters. We have been out of sync: too much detail to unimportant things (keeping our car too immaculate) or not enough detail in important things (doing our best on projects or work).
Really important things require more commitment; some require excruciating detail: brain surgery, complicated legal contracts or building complex, high rise office buildings. Some require more minimal detail such as many of our normal day to day activities. We must be aware; where we are lacking in detail and where we may be “going overboard”; and learn to act accordingly. Being able to determine the level of necessary detail is a highly desirable skill; important things getting more “tender loving care” and unimportant things getting the appropriate attention. Details is a critical time management skill and makes a tremendous difference in our lives. Sometimes a “little more attention” would have made all the difference. How many failures could we have avoided had we gone just a little further or paid a little more attention to a few more important details?
Some are guilty of sabotaging their success by not giving necessary attention to important things. There may be a “fear of failure” or a “fear of success”. Subconsciously, we do less than our best because “we would fail anyway” or cannot handle the thought of moving out of our comfort zone. These are irrational thought processes and should be dealt with. They prevent or cripple our successes.
It is important we learn to check behind ourselves, follow up, proofread, do our homework, and keep notes and whatever it takes to make a difference. Sometimes just a little more effort or going a little further is the difference between success and failure. Little things add up to be big things. “The difference is in the details”.
Challenge: Do you objectively determine what requires details and what does not? Do you know yourself well enough to answer this? If necessary ask your spouse, friends, your boss or whoever will give you honest feedback? Give more detail where it is required and less detail when it is not warranted. Excel on the things that really count. Let unimportant things go and do not give up on the important things until they are properly and successfully done.
Wisdom: The difference between failure and success is doing a thing nearly right and doing it exactly right. Edward Simmons
But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added to you. Matt 6:33
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. James 1:5
Many of us are only inches away from an important victory or wanted improvement. It is within our grasp. It may have been there for a long time. We should reach out and grab it? Why do we fear going a little further to reap the rewards awaiting us? We must open the door and step out of our comfort zone. Have faith that God is there to help and support us. He is like a proud parent waiting for us to take our first step or ride our bike for the first time.
Prayer: Help me to step out in faith. Help me “dare” to do better. I know you are there to catch me if I fall.