There are the little things and the little things that counts.
Is eating breakfast important? Obviously, health wise, yes. Eating breakfast starts your day off with energy, satisfies your body’s nutritional needs after a long hibernation (sleep), regulates your metabolism which prevents fat storage, long-term weight gain, control mood swings, and most importantly, eating a well balance breakfast enables you to have a productive workday. Did I eat breakfast regularly? No. Why not? It doesn’t matter, as I only have excuses. An excuse is a reason you maintain for inaction, despite overwhelming evidence of the positive results of taking action. In other words, you know you should but you don’t.
Eating breakfast is a little thing that counts. A little thing counts when you consider the long-term, cumulative effects it can potentially have on your life. On the contrary, a little that doesn’t count, is something, the grand scheme or long-term view, doesn’t have any lasting, consequential effect. More accurately, what counts depends on your short-term and long-term goals—having a goal really help you to focus on the important things and weed out the rest. If you don’t set clear goals, it’s a challenge to prioritize.
But eating a healthy breakfast, among many other keystone health habits like regular exercise is shown through exhaustive research, good your health. However, simply knowing this fact doesn’t mean you’ll start to lead a more healthy lifestyle by eating breakfast. Knowing what to do, is a necessary but not sufficient condition, for making a permanent change.
My point is, you have to get into the habit of looking at both the short term foreseeable effects, in addition to the long-term, potentially cumulative effects of a decision—this is a little thing or a little thing that counts—and act accordingly. I took eating breakfast as an example because it represent a common problem. But challenge yourself to apply this principle of the accumulative result of disciplined, everyday action to, practically any aspect of work or life you deem important.
There are no big things, there are the little things that counts that, over time, accumulates into a big thing. You don’t get a pot belly overnight, you gain it through years of overeating, not exercising. You don’t get to be financially independent overnight, you reach financial independence through living frugally, saving early, investing wisely, acquiring assets, minimizing luxuries. You don’t have a successful business overnight, you earn success in business by serving a real need, through trial and error, through creating systems, managing talented people, keeping solid finances. You get the point. There’s no shortcuts to success. There’s only the discipline to do the little things that counts, day after day, until.