I had the pleasure of attending an "Improv to Sketch" comedy class this weekend taught by Kevin McDonald from Kids' in the Hall. One of the pieces of insight he gave us was, "Comedy is a game of inches." He also said that life is also a game of inches.
Two days later I continue to think about that and how true it is. He used an example of a prop being incorrect and how it didn't change how funny the prop was, but the joke that was coming was less funny because it was incorrect. Comedy is a game of inches. What profound advice. All too often I feel like we look at where we are and all we see is where we want to go. And while I don't advocate spending too much time on the past, sometimes you need to see that all of those inches have gotten you where you are, whether you like where you are or not.
I feel like we hear this all the time, but rarely heed the advice. When you're trying to lose weight people recommend just taking some more steps. People tell you that it's the little consistent things that count. Weight loss is also a game of inches. Every choice you make leads you one inch closer to your goal. Every time you make a healthier choice or take the stairs, you get an inch closer.
Paying off debt is a game of inches. Every time you decide you don't need things like that morning coffee you move an inch closer. Those inches add up.
Think about all of the inches you do daily to get toward your goal. . . or perhaps inches you AREN'T doing that are exactly WHY you aren't at your goal. I know I have spent a lot of time the last couple days thinking about that. I also know it has already changed the way I see my day.