What is Your Shopping Cart?

The title of this post may seem a little strange, but let me explain.

Yesterday afternoon I pulled into a grocery store parking lot. I had to pick up a couple of things, but before I went inside, I needed to make a phone call.

As I sat in the parking lot, I saw a man come outside with his cart of groceries. He put the items in his truck, got inside his truck, and simply drove away leaving the shopping cart in its place.

As I was on the phone watching this, I first was a bit confused, and then I become a little angry. This is a small local grocery store and it’s only about 30 steps to walk the cart back inside. Worse yet, the cart return rack was only two spots (maybe 10 steps) from where he left his cart.

So why would this physically capable man leave his cart in the middle of a parking space where it could roll into another car or simply take up a spot for someone else? I have not idea. I started to think about possible scenarios. Maybe he was in a super rush (didn’t seem like it:) or maybe he simply forgot (doubt it), or maybe he just didn’t care and felt someone else would do it.

My guess is the last one.

You might be thinking, what does this really matter or what does this have to do with business production or leadership? I believe it has everything to do with business and leadership. I think this type of attitude is all too common and speaks volumes about someone’s character.

I often hear from business professionals that they want more (bigger paycheck, better position, more responsibilities). My question to them is what are you doing now with the little things that is preparing you to handle the bigger things?

I never push my faith on anyone, but there is a great passage from the bible with wisdom that I believe applies to anyone, regardless of your beliefs.

“If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
Luke 16:10

If this man at the grocery store can’t take responsibility to walk 10 steps to put a cart away, would this be the guy I want dealing with an important client? Would he take short-cuts? Would he take the easy way out? Would he act with integrity?

As I reflected on what I saw, it reminded me of many small responsibilities I often take for granted. There are many aspects where I want more, yet overlook the smaller actions I need to be consistent with to achieve the larger results I seek.

Every one of us has our own “shopping cart.” That small action we take for granted that may not seem like a big deal at that moment, yet it speaks volumes on who we truly are and what we will become.

Where in your life are you neglecting to do the little things?

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