Starting Small

Getting started in doing something for a great many people can seem sometimes very overwhelming. Whether its reading, driving a car as a young teen, or starting your first real business or ministry, the thoughts of it can consume you and cause you to question your abilities and sanity.


What I find to be so helpful to me in anything I do is to start small. There are many who think starting small is for sissies. They say things like, “Go big or go home,” or “Bigger is better!”But, Zechariah 4:10 begins by saying in the Amplified bible, “Who [with reason] despises the day of small things?” There is a value in starting things small.


  • Build Track Record: Starting small allows for you to be able to establish and build a track record that is proven, thus you earn credibility and a reputation for success. If people don’t know what you’re capable of, it’s less likely they will support you should you desire to reach out to them. Joseph could be trusted with all of the wealth of Egypt because of the track record he had established at Potiphar’s House.
  • Build Confidence: There’s nothing greater than the feeling that comes from a little bit of success which can be found in those small victories. How could David have ever seen himself facing Goliath, had it not been for the success he had with the lion and the bear?
  • Foresee Obstacles: Think of it in this way. You can often know what to expect as you grow, when you’ve seen the history of what you’ve already done. Certain things become foundational for you in order to build upon to get you to that next level.


Even when taking on a large task or goal it’s always a good idea to pace yourself, through preparation and doing things incrementally. The bible essentially says that the true wisdom is in counting the cost of a project before taking on the task of doing it, else run in to the problem of not completing it with success. Regardless of whatever you face, don’t be afraid of starting small.


Question: What have you found helpful in getting things started?


  1. A large percentage of of what you assert happens to be supprisingly legitimate and that makes me wonder the reason why I hadn’t looked at this with this light previously. This particular piece truly did turn the light on for me as far as this particular subject goes. But there is one particular issue I am not necessarily too cozy with and while I try to reconcile that with the core idea of your point, let me observe exactly what the rest of your readers have to point out.Nicely done.

    1. Thank you for all your thoughts and comments. I’m curious about the part that was uncomfortble for you. I know some things push us to take another look at what we think and do, so I pray and hope that what was shared is just something that gave you incentive to start small.

  2. Outstanding post however , I was wondering if you could write a litte more on this subject? I’d be very grateful if you could elaborate a little bit further. Thanks!

    1. In time I will speak more on the subject. I thank you for your comments. I appreciate the feedback. I am glad that I could share a perspective that you had not before seen.

  3. […] Start small: Starting small gives us a chance to ease back into a groove. There’s no greater stress than the feeling of being overwhelmed by a monumental series of tasks. A bit at a time will help you to feel a sense of accomplishment. Even financial gurus like Dave Ramsey recommend baby steps when tackling things like debt. […]

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