Great things are done by a series of small things brought together. – Vincent Van Gogh
I think we all understand the myth of the overnight success story. Someone or something may spring to public consciousness quickly but that success has years of effort and sticking to it behind it.
It is the same with change in your community. Real and lasting change for the good does not come about after a quick meeting and a day long event. It comes from thoughtful planning and setting up a few dominoes to fall into the right places. It comes from allowing enough time to let people see your position, to see your viewpoint as the way it ought to go.
It is very much an art.
Many small things go together to make a big thing. Just like in a Van Gogh painting, the skill and finesse you place on the small things have a big impact on outcome. You’ll know you’ve done it right when folks call it an overnight success. You’ll know it wasn’t.