Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Small Things Lead to Big Accomplishments

Great things are not done by impulse, but by a series of small things brought together.
-Vincent van Gogh

Oh such a happy month for us Faith Girls. We are excited to share our anniversary with everyone and to introduce Missy Tippens new book!

But I just wanted to take a moment and mention the quote above and what it means to me looking back over the past year.

It's easy for me to get overwhelmed. I'm a driven personality. Some people call it Type A while others call me the Energizer Bunny. I was raised to "do what you have to do." I don't know how to NOT do. I think this might be a great character flaw for one of my books, lol.

I am realizing that in order to feel comfortable, and not overwhelmed, I need to take things in smaller increments. In other words, take a bite, chew, swallow, do it again. (Hmm, if you are the winner of the could practice this concept ;-) ) You know, getting to our one year anniversary wasn't a huge thing. It was one post a day for 365 days. A little at a time divided among a team with a plan.

There's a verse in the Bible that basically says that all things are permissible, but not all things are beneficial. I think that counts with over scheduling your life too. It's not beneficial to your mental health, family relationships, and stress levels to keep running on a tank of adrenaline because everything is an unplanned emergency.

So my new plan for this year is not a resolution. No! It's the concept of planning each day to do a little bit toward my goals. A little of each goal every day cannot fail to bring me closer to the target. I hear this funny little sound in my head that goes "bink" when I am finally standing close enough to the target that I reach out and touch it. It's almost comical.

Think about it: You have a goal. Visualize it to be a bull's eye painted on a gong. See yourself stepping closer and closer every day. At the end of your path (year, month, week, whatever) you simply stretch out your hand, flick your middle finger off your thumb, and snap the center of the target. Instead of hearing a giant BONG sound, you laugh with glee at the small "bink." Then turn around, look back down the path, and stare in wondering satisfaction at how far you've come. And the crowd goes wild!!!

When do you PLAN to hear your "bink?" Without a plan, you'll never hear the BONG because your arrow won't be directed at the target. So again, when do you PLAN to hear the crowd roar?

Please visit me over at God Uses Broken Vessels too :-D


P.S. Mindy here. Just wanted to pop in and let you know who won our anniversary prize package. Drum roll please. . .AND THE WINNER IS--


Congratualations, Shareta. If you would, please email me at


  1. Angie,
    What a great reminder. I too can get overwhelmed. I've already stated once, maybe twice, this year so far---"I'm not looking that far ahead. Right now the goal is to get through today!" I mean it gets that busy.
    So thanks for the reminder. I'll look for my "binks."

  2. Thanks for the reminder, Ang. Bite-size pieces. Not the whole chocolate bar :-) I needed that reminder for some of my goals.

  3. Very insightful post, Angie. And so true. I tend to get overwhelmed, then not do anything. So I'm going to keep this in mind when I start feeling that way.

    Now to make that plan...

  4. I also meant to say congrats to Shareta!! :)


  5. Congrats to Shareta!!! Thanks for visiting everybody!

  6. Congratulations Shareta!! Thanks for helping us celebrate 1 year of FAITH GIRL blogging!

    Great post, Angie. Already I have less time than ever and I'm trying to find more time in the day!

  7. congrats Shareta.
    I am sure you will enjoy your gift.