Several years ago, the emerald ash borer made its way into Indiana and Ohio. At the time, the only evidence I saw that there could be a problem were signs warning us not to transport firewood across state lines. Today, this insect has decimated ash trees across the Midwest. As I drive across Indiana and Ohio, I can easily spot the dead and dying ash trees in woods and forests. It is a stark contrast when everything else is green.
A little bug is making a big impact in the Northeast and Midwestern United States. Trees that were once healthy are dead or dying. It’s a good reminder for me to consider the little things I do. When I run each morning, I remind myself it is a little investment that will pay off as I get older. When I journal and write, it helps me hone my skills as I consider what is next for me. As I pursue my next gig, it will be the little things I invest in that will convince someone to hire me or choose me for a project.
Take some time each day to consider what little habits are holding you back or moving you forward. The nice thing about the little habits is you and I can change them before they become big things.