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Sweating The Small Stuff (The Noticer by Andy Andrews)

Updated: Oct 19, 2022

    "They say 'Don't sweat the small things'. But it's actually the small things, compiled over time, that will either help you hit your goals or take you further away from your goals". ~Andy Andrews

"They say 'Don't sweat the small things. But it's actually the small things, compiled over time, that will either help you hit your goals or take you further away from your goals".Welcome to the Keto Mom page. My name is Stephanie, and we're going to talk about "Sweating the small stuff", from this book called, "The Noticer" by Andy Andrews.

This book is about perspective in lots of different areas of your life. He gives a different perspective on things, which I will share with you.

We're doing a mindset morning, going through books, or different things to help you realize that you can achieve greater things. There is greatness inside of you, and the power of gratitude and so many things will affect your fat loss.

This next chapter has a lot going on, but I want to give you a couple of things to think about as you're tuning in.

So, Jones, our main character, was talking to a married businessman who was about to have his first child.
He cuts corners and was probably doing things that aren't right. He was not paying attention to the little things because he had a big goal.

I will help connect this to your life in some way, shape, or form. Jones, the main character said, "Have you ever heard the phrase, 'Don't sweat the small stuff?"...

"You better see that the small stuff is what makes up the larger picture of our lives. Many people are like you. They're young, they're ambitious, but their perspective is distorted. They ignore the small stuff claiming to have an eye on the bigger picture. Never understanding that the bigger picture is composed of nothing more than the small stuff".

I have talked about that here before how every single day, you have a choice.

  • You have a choice to hit the snooze or get up in the morning.

  • You have a choice to get up with a positive attitude or to be grumbly.

  • You have a choice to yell at your kids and your spouse or to be kind.

  • When things are not going your way, you have a choice to go through the drive-thru or pack your lunch.

  • You have a choice to eat anything throughout the day.

  • You have a choice to skip the gym or not skip the gym.

But remember, if you ate the doughnut this morning, you're not going to gain 50 pounds automatically.

We all have big goals and things that we want to achieve. It's way out here in front of us. So you have the big goals, the dreams, the vision, or something that you're going after. And to get to that goal, you have to choose little baby steps.

"They say 'Don't sweat the small things'. But it's actually the small things, compiled over time, that will either help you hit your goals or take you further away from your goals".

𝗬𝗼𝘂 𝗺𝗶𝗴𝗵𝘁 𝘀𝗮𝘆 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗶𝘁'𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗱𝗲𝗮𝗹 𝗴𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘁𝗵𝗿𝗼𝘂𝗴𝗵 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗱𝗿𝗶𝘃𝗲-𝘁𝗵𝗿𝘂 𝘁𝗼𝗱𝗮𝘆.
Maybe because you didn't gain the 50 pounds with one donut choice. But we always say "1% better or 1% worse every day"...
If you do the small stuff every single day consistently, you will get your way back here.

Alright! So as Jones moved along in the story, he was able to talk to a man about his job and his relationships. He talked about the businessman not pouring into his wife and other important things.

"You'd be wise to sweat the small stuff because little things do matter".

It does matter because the decisions you make today are not going to hit your goals or take you away from them. But over time, with 1% better or 1% worse, you will be closer or further away from your goals.

The small decisions that you make every single day do matter. At some point in time, the man said that it was too late for him to change. He's already invested in his job and he's already made his decisions.

"𝗬𝗼𝘂'𝘃𝗲 𝗴𝗼𝘁 𝗮 𝗯𝗶𝗴 𝗽𝗶𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. 𝗜𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝗻𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗿𝗽𝗶𝗲𝗰𝗲 𝗶𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗶𝗴𝗻𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝘁𝗶𝗻𝘆 𝗯𝗿𝘂𝘀𝗵𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗼𝗸𝗲𝘀".

And so Jones asked the man, "What does success mean?". He talked about having a successful life, where his priorities are what he's actually doing in his everyday life to hit that goal.

But the man kept saying, "It's too late for me to change"...

  • You can change how you do business.

  • You can change how you treat your family.

  • You can change how you do life.

  • You can change the choices that you make every single day.

  • You can change how you treat them.

  • You can change how you do life.

  • You can change the things that you do

  • You can change the route you take to work.

  • You can change the fact that you don't go through the drive-thru.

  • You can change and go to the gym.

  • You can change it right now.

"Most people think it takes a long time to make a change. It doesn't! Change is immediate, instantaneously. It may take a long time to decide to change. And it may take a long time to actually see and reap the harvest of the change. But change happens in a heartbeat".


"Five seagulls are sitting on a dock. One of them decides to fly away. How many seagulls are left?"

The answer is, there are still five seagulls sitting on the dock.

Deciding to fly away and actually flying away are two different things.

"Despite popular belief, to the contrary, there is absolutely no power and intention. The Seagull may intend to fly away. He may decide to do so, he may talk with the other seagulls about how wonderful it is to fly. But until the seagull flaps his wings and takes to the air, he is still on the dock".

"There's no difference between the goal, that goal, and all the other ones. Likewise, there's no difference between the person who intends to do different, and the one who never thinks about it in the first place. Have you ever considered how often we judge others by our intentions, while we judge others by their actions?".

"Yet, intention without action is an insult to those who accept the best from you".

"I intended to bring you flowers, but I didn't".

"I meant to finish this work on time, but I actually didn't".

"I meant to call you but I didn't"

"I intended to go to the gym, but I didn't".

𝗜𝘀𝗻'𝘁 𝗶𝘁 𝗳𝘂𝗻𝗻𝘆 𝗵𝗼𝘄 𝘄𝗲 𝗷𝘂𝗱𝗴𝗲 𝗼𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗿 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗶𝗿 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀 𝗮𝗿𝗲𝗻'𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝗳𝗲𝗰𝘁?

Or because they're trying and they're doing it. But they're taking action and you're sitting on the sidelines intending to do something, but you're actually not.

I'm actually shocked at the number of people that will throw darts and arrows at people that are striving to be better. But they're sitting on the sidelines with good intentions, but never actually take action.

So then they never accomplish something. But the person that they're watching who's striving for better, might not be perfect, but they're advancing way more than the person sitting in the bleachers.

We also have to remind ourselves and our kids not to judge others. "You are not a judge, I am not a judge. You don't know what people are going through".

We have one judge, and you don't know other people's stories. If you actually want to get to know them or give them encouragement, then get to know their story. Stop pointing fingers! Even for yourself, looking at yourself and getting frustrated.

𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗮 𝗽𝗲𝗿𝘀𝗼𝗻 𝗼𝗳 𝗮𝗰𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻, 𝗰𝗼𝗻𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻𝘀! 𝗕𝗲𝗰𝗮𝘂𝘀𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗮𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗱 𝗼𝗳 𝗺𝗼𝘀𝘁 𝗽𝗲𝗼𝗽𝗹𝗲.

Most people intend to do something, thinking they're going to work out next week and make better choices, but they don't. I have people that like to tell me that CrossFit is going to hurt my body and that it's terrible for me. And yet they're sitting on the couch eating potato chips.

I'm striving for better. Our intentions are not going to get us anywhere, but your actions will get you closer to your goal. Your little steps and little decisions are all that matter. And it's either going to get you closer to your goal or further away from your goal.

  • I intended to call you

  • I intended to go to the gym

  • I packed my lunch and I had good intentions to eat it, but I ate all the pizza that was delivered to the office.

Your actions and small steps matter. Don't break a promise to yourself. A lot of the Keto Mom page has to do with your personal goals, your inner voice, the things that you believe in, and the things you tell yourself. Which is just as important as the intentions and the actions that need to be done toward other people.

You probably give and serve other people and do things for others. But how often do you break your promise to yourself?

You had good intentions for yourself to get up this morning and I didn't. You had good intentions of reading and listening to a podcast this morning because I've been working on my mindset but I just didn't.

Do it tomorrow, right now, this afternoon, or on your lunch break. Instead of talking with everybody at the office, go sit for 20 minutes and read. You owe it to yourself if you have big goals to accomplish.

𝗜𝗳 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁 𝘁𝗼 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗽𝗹𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘀𝗼𝗺𝗲𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗯𝗶𝗴, 𝘁𝗵𝗲𝗻 𝘁𝗵𝗼𝘀𝗲 𝘀𝗺𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝘁𝗲𝗽𝘀 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿.

So that's the morning message. I hope that it helped you think about something and it pertained to somewhere in your life. If you have questions reach out, I'm here to help.

Do not be one of those five seagulls sitting on the dock, not moving, intending to move, and wanting better in your life, but doing no action to get there.

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