I’m just going to put it out there – the Back To The Future Trilogy is one of the greats. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve watched it over the years – and now I have the pleasure of introducing my children to it for the very first time.
At its core – it’s really a lesson in how one small change can dramatically effect the rest of our life.
In the first movie (Spoiler Alert) – Marty McFly accidentally goes back in time and while he’s there saves his father from being hit by a car. A split second decision that has massive ramifications – and almost results in his fading from existence before he makes everything right. (FYI – you might THINK it’s just harmless family fun – but try watching it with your kids and see how uncomfortable you get while he’s sitting in the car with his MOTHER!)
In the second movie (Second Spoiler Alert) – Biff (my favourite – what does that say about me?!) gets his hands on a book that has the results of every major sporting event over the next 50 years – which he uses to make a fortune (sucks to be you T.A.B) – and in so doing changes the whole narrative: again, Marty has to make everything right.
It begs the question though: how many seemingly insignificant things do we do that are having a massive impact on our lives? Unfortunately, we don’t have the luxury of a time machine, to compare alternate realities and recognize what we’ve done and how it’s affected us (or maybe that’s a good thing!)
The truth is, it’s very rarely the big stuff in life that’s the reason we are where are and why things look the way they look. Sure, every now and again something big might happen – but all the research shows that those events pale in comparison to all the little things that we do. Believe it or not our life is dictated by the way we do things that we don’t even think about, by our habits.
Perhaps John Maxwell says it best: “You’ll never change your life until you change something you do daily. The secret of your success is found in your daily routine.”
That is not a sexy quote. But it’s right. Your path to becoming the best version of you is not made of giant leaps and bounds; it’s one small step after the other.
Very often it only takes a small change done consistently to make a big difference. I mean, Marty managed to change his entire future just by deciding he wasn’t going to respond negatively to the word ‘chicken’ – sorry, spoiler alert!