We really enjoyed the series last month so we’re doing another series this month.  This month’s theme is “The Power of Small.”  Each week we’re going to dig into the small things we see successful mission-driven entrepreneurs do to make a big difference in our businesses, our personal lives, and our world.

As the introduction to this series, this post is longer than usual.  We want to take our time and set up “The Power of Small” for you.  Hopefully, this post will get you thinking creatively about the moments in your day.  Then, we’ll get practical and hands-on in the rest of the series.

Ready? Here we go.

I’ve always had this theory that social change doesn’t necessarily mean adding more and more onto our plates and to-do lists.  Instead, it could look like transforming the things we already do.  Over time, I’ve come to understand that social change can also look like clearing our to-do lists and minimizing the stuff on our plates.

Here’s what I mean:

  • I don’t need to drink MORE coffee.  Instead, I can drink SMALL coffee. I’m not talking about the size of your cup.  I’m talking about what’s in it.  Small coffee is ethically-sourced from small farms, roasted at a small roaster in small batches, and sold by a small, local, independent coffee house.
  • I don’t need to drive MORE.  Instead, I can drive SMALL and reduce my use of oil.  Yes, in this case, it could mean driving a small car.  To me, driving small looks like using public transit or walking whenever I can and combining trips when I do need to use the car.
  • I don’t need to eat MORE.  Instead, I can eat SMALL.  I can have a small radius and source more locally.  I have have a small number of foods I eat by having less meat.
  • I don’t need to own MORE.  Instead, I can live SMALL.  While 1 day, I’d love to live in a tiny house or condo, today living small means I have what I need and as little as possible of what’s not necessary.

Do you see where I’m going here?

Yes, there are times to add a rally or protest to your calendar and to show up in a big way to make your voice heard.  But there are plenty more times to show up in the small moments and speak love and encouragement to people when others would be hateful and discriminatory.

Yes, there are times to write big letters and make lots of phone calls.  But there are plenty more small moments to do the right thing when others would be tempted to only do half the right thing.

You might be thinking, “How does this apply to business?”

This is where “The Power of Small” steps into your office or behind your counter.

Similar to reducing the big and embracing small in coffee, fuel, food, and living, wherever you work, The Power of Small begins with the word “No.”  And… You can’t get much smaller than the word, “No.”

In business, there’s so much power in the word “no.”  “No” is such a small word but it can mean the difference between your business succeeding and failing.  “No” is only 2 letters but it can mean the difference between burn out and having space to enjoy life.

What are the things to which you should say “No”?  Here are 3 big ones.

  1. Debt

Yes, the idea of “healthy debt” exists in business but what if you were able to be debt-free personally and within your business?  What if you got serious about your debt?  How quickly might you get out of debt if you put your mind to it?  What would it look like to say “No.” to debt.

2. Stress

Stress is a more frowned upon concept than debt.  You might need a little stress to get you out of bed in the morning and to take your work seriously.  But too much stress can lead to burn out, health problems, and strain on relationships.  What would it look like to say “No.” to stress.

3. Doubt

Entrepreneurs often struggle with doubt.  Doubt that our business model will work.  Doubt that the difference we’re trying to make is actually happening.  Doubt that we are up for the task at hand.  What would it look like to say “No.” to doubt.

But it doesn’t stop with saying “No.” to these 3 things.  When you say “No.” to one thing, the next steps is to say “Yes.” to something better.

  1. Say “No” to debt and “Yes” to financial freedom.
  2. Say “No” to stress and “Yes” to times for productivity and times for space.
  3. Say “No” to doubt and “Yes” to confidence.

How do you do achieve these small but powerful shifts?

That’s what we’re going to jump into in the next 3 posts.  We’ll talk about the power of small in financial profitability next week.  Then, we’ll discuss the power of small in productivity.  We’ll conclude the month with the power of small in building your confidence.

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In the meantime, I invite you to bring your entrepreneurial creativity to The Power of Small.  Start thinking about the small moments in your life and how they impact you and those around you.  Comment and share your stories of where you’ve seen the power of small at work.

Until next time…

Keep overflowing!