It’s usually the small things that make the most difference.

It’s the details that will likely determine your degree of success or failure.

It’s not going to be one big moment or one grand experience that automatically propels you from where you are to where you want to be.

That’s luck. What you’re living is life.

If you want to be better than you are now, you have to improve the seemingly insignificant tactics you execute on a daily basis. The small things you most often take for granted.

That will take a conscious effort — which means you’re going to feel wildly uncomfortable getting started.

But like any exercise done right, when you begin to improve you find yourself addicted to forward progress.

But it’s all hard, painful work.

Figuring out the details to improve and finding new ideas for being better than you are right now doesn’t happen automatically.

There are things right now you know you could improve. They are the sort of things you’re making excuses for right now while you tackle “the big stuff”.

Then there are ideas you hear from your circle of friends. Suggestions that might work for them or someone they have heard about. Depending upon your circle of friends those suggestions might be extremely valuable or completely worthless.

To master the details you might need better friends.

Beyond the relationships, progress is a matter of obsessive learning.

Digging deep into the subject matter that you might not have thought about for years. Asking hard questions from leading experts.

Reading books, magazines, and anything else you can get your hands on relating to what you’re trying to do.

Fixing the details is about trial and error. About not being scared to fail and improve.

But it’s not as easy as just trying different things.

Your relationships impact what you do. Your dedication impacts what you do. Your attitude impacts what you do.

If the details were easy to figure out, they wouldn’t be called details anymore. They would just be common sense.

It’s on you to figure them out.