Last night I went to a Winter Park Institute event at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida where my wife Heather and I live.
The Institute brings in fascinating presenters from all over the world with money donated by grants and foundations.
Last night the speaker was Joel Sartore, a nature photographer that works with National Geographic on its Photo Ark project.
(Check out the project’s site here and Joel’s Instagram account here.)
The project is designed to capture images of as many endangered species as possible before they are extinct so that we can have a record of these beautiful creatures before they leave this planet for good.
The purpose of the project is to not only raise awareness for endangered species and conservation but also to inspire people to action.
What I enjoyed most about the presentation beyond the stunning photos, the lighthearted, funny yet poignant presentation was Sartore’s pragmatic perspective and ideas around how individuals can make a difference.
It just takes a little bit of action to move the needle on important issues is what I took away from the talk.
That relates to your projects too. If you have a business you’re building or some other creative endeavor that you’re taking on then a good question to ask yourself at the beginning of each new workday or at the end would be, “What can I do today to move the needle just a little bit?”
A little bit of action taken daily can make a big difference over time whether it’s conservation efforts or entrepreneurial ones.
If you feel stuck, confused, or otherwise find yourself unable to take action, step back, refocus, and consider what the smallest possible step you could take towards your vision and goals might be.
Even if it’s something as ridiculously simple as starting a new document and saving it.
Even if it’s writing one sentence of absolute gibberish.
Even if it’s dialing the number without pressing the call button.
Even if it’s just the act of sitting down at your desk.
Even if it’s just thinking about doing something. (Thinking is in fact an action.)
Take that small step and you might find that the next small step happens naturally, almost automatically through the power of inertia, momentum.
If you feel like you can’t do anything, ask “What can I do?” Do whatever it takes do get into motion so you get that all important feeling of forward progress.
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