As a kid, I loved playing with Lego.
I was going to open with ‘do you remember Lego’ – only to find out it’s still very much alive and well, it’s just that I’ve got older!
The ability to create something new, something through the eyes of unlimited imagination – something which hadn’t been conditioned and sometimes tainted by ‘adulting’.
The one problem was – I would get so frustrated why my impressive creation would just topple over, break apart or sometimes, just sometimes – that frustration pushed me to smash it into pieces!
It’s because as brilliant at creativity as we are as kids, we don’t necessarily have the depth of understanding about building firm foundations.
As the late, great Zig Ziglar once shared – ‘from the depth, dimensions and materials of our foundations – we can tell how high that creation can possibly become.”
Did you know that a huge percentage of any Skyscraper is underground – solid roots – placed without anyone knowing?
In adult life, I have found exactly the same – in the spirit of honesty – I have found it hard to be consistent, I take a ‘boom and bust’ mentality to things, I have been easily overwhelmed by events, people and situations, I have quit or ‘smashed it down’ many times over the years.
Especially through periods of adversity, mental health challenges or the lack of belief.
So, it’s no wonder that when it comes to making positive changes, to sticking to resolutions or following through on my aspirations – at worst I’ve ‘smashed it down’, maybe quit, held by limiting beliefs or at the best case quietly say to myself “I’ll start tomorrow’.
Not always, but often.
Often enough for me to reach out for help to change these behaviours, to develop myself – enough is enough – the line is drawn.
But what if I screw up?
And, I will!
What if I am not feeling it right now?
My new mantra is ‘marginal gains’ – daily, consistent, incremental changes made every day – putting another Lego block of foundation in place – if I miss a day – I don’t ‘smash it up’, I don’t write the whole day off – instead, I focus on what I have achieved today – no matter how small – this is the force that’s now driving me forward. Over time it produces amazing bigger picture results.
‘Evolution, not Revolution’
So, if you are trying to implement some positive changes right now – think Lego – just place one small, yet crucial foundation block in place – every single day and avoid the temptation to break it all down when you feel you have screwed up!
Your foundations will define how high you can climb in the longer term.