The Brotherhood of the Second Cross was established on Father’s Day 2005 where 160 men stood before their wives and children to pledge themselves to purity, self-sacrifice, loyalty, and excellence. Today, hundreds more have joined the commitment.
Do the little things.
The longer I live and the more experiences I engage, the more I see the importance of little things. No matter the size of the project or which layer on the organizational chart you occupy, there are little things that stand between you and the success you want. If you are going to get your desired results, you have to be a man of the little things.
For example, if you want a great marriage, you need to take care of little things. After thirty years of marriage, I know that while my wife appreciates big gestures and significant effort, she is usually most affected by the little things I do to demonstrate love. Paying attention to small things shows that you’re really watching and listening to the life you’re living together. When I buy a gift that she showed interest in a few months before, she loves that I remembered. Yes, you can take big steps with big moments, but the little ones have a way of lasting even longer.
On the job, it’s the little things that set you apart from others. There are usually a lot of people who can do the job, but the ones who do it well are those who take care of the little stuff. As I write, I’m on my second flight this morning. What a difference between the two flight attendants I’ve encountered. Both did the job satisfactorily, but one stood out. She seemed to be engaged at a completely different level. How do I know? She cared for the little things.
Throughout your life as a husband, dad, son, employee, boss, neighbor, leader, or any other hat you get to wear, your attention to little things will dictate the quality of what you do. Yes, I know that many leadership gurus tell us to focus on the big stuff and the little stuff will take care of itself. But that’s not really true. Doing little things well can make all the difference.
So commit yourself to a few details today. Take care of something extraordinarily well and watch the results. Likely you’ll feel better about your effort and those on the receiving end will notice a difference as well.