Scared that he was not going to last very long, he started looking for ways to set himself apart, to make himself more valuable to his team. What he found was that there are a lot of little things, important things, that go into making a winning team. Things that are not glamorous or show up on a stat sheet. He focused on and made himself good at these little things. These little things had a great impact on the success of his teams and made him very valuable to those teams. Doing the little things elevated the game of the people around him.
His career lasted more than a decade and culminated in winning two championships with the Miami Heat. A team that had three high profile all-stars--D. Wade, Lebron, and Bosh--but needed somebody to do the little things. Joining the team and doing those little things gave them the boost needed to win championships.
Battier likes to point out that now when people stop him on the street, they don't ask how many points he scored or shots he blocked. They ask about winning championships.
- Looking to improve physical fitness? Park further away so you have to walk more; take the stairs instead of the elevator; get involved in an activity you enjoy like basketball (something you like enough to keep doing). Outside Magazine has a good article on the small steps to big fitness gains.
- What about finances? There are a lot of little ways to spend less and save more. Typically this starts with actually being aware of where your money is going, then making some adjustments to those little things that are adding up (the little things can go both directions). NerdWallet has some good tips about little things you can do save more.
- Related to Battier's time in the NBA is doing the little things at work to make yourself more valuable. Odds are, there are little tasks that people don't like doing. Come up with a system or procedure to make them less intrusive and less annoying.
These are but a few examples; nearly any major success will be built upon a foundation of little things. Get those right and you'll be well on your way to accomplishing big goals.