Minute #668: Not Big Enough

The committee meeting was adjourned and the tired participants headed home for the night.

“That was some heated discussion!” Mr. Saslow said. “I thought Mr. David was about to pull out a gun.”

“I don’t think it was that bad, but I’m certainly glad that Joseph won out and kept the project small and manageable for now,” Mr. Schwartz said.

“Me too,” agreed Mr. Saslow. “Whenever we shoot too high, we fail to hit the target.”

A key ingredient to success is keeping goals small and achievable.

There are those who try to do too much, causing them to fail more often than not:

The group that wants to build a 400-seat synagogue where community needs and assets call for a 250-seat facility; the synagogue may never get built.

The person who thinks that a learning session 45 minutes a day before minyan is not enough. Instead, he sets his sights on a 90-minute session — and may end up not learning at all.

And there are those like the would-be partners who decide not to start a small business because ego and dreams of grandeur don’t permit them to do anything small. Their dreams of entrepreneurship are never realized.

Many a mother has chided a child, saying, “Don’t bite off more than you can chew.” It’s sage advice that should be put into practice.

A technique used by the evil inclination to hold back people from moving in the right spiritual direction is to propose that the move is not big enough. Small steps and achievable goals can add up to great achievements. Don’t allow yourself to be fooled into thinking your good idea is just not big enough.

One More Second: Another Thought for the Day

“… there are some people today for whom I have no respect, …because when it comes to morality they have placed themselves in the basement. There was a time when I knew that by not adjusting to anything that was not highly moral, I was respected by people. I am not sure that is the case anymore. I am certain that I do not have to be accepted by a society which is simply losing direction and destroying itself.” (Rabbi Simcha Wasserman, Reb Simcha Speaks, p. 143)