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When Will Your Ship Come In?

We’ve all heard the expression, ‘Some day, when my ship comes in, I’ll be______ or I’ll do_______ or I’ll have_________’… (fill in the blanks).

But is there such a thing as some day?  Recently I was reading the new version of The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson, Chapter 5 about the myth of the quantum leap.

Perhaps all of us at one time or other have felt like eventually things will miraculously change and we will go from being mundane to lottery winner.  We will take a quantum leap in our circumstances and everything will be totally perfect.

Really though, how can some day exist as a real thing in time?  Isn’t today the tomorrow we talked about yesterday?  (When I was a kid, I remember that phrase on a plaque in a relative’s home.)  So true.  There is no some day.  There’s only today.  This is all we have to work with.  We get to decide today, right now, what to do to create the some day we want.

There is no quantum leap to change our circumstances.  Our future depends on the small things we do on a daily basis to create it.  Either good or bad.  Our future will be what we have created by doing what we do each moment and hour of each day.

We get to decide.  So, when will your ship come in?  And will it come in at all?  Or are you on your ship steering it and deciding where you want it to go?

What are your thoughts on this topic?  Love to hear from you.

Slight Edge Community

Well, here is the YouTube video introducing the website for The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.

This is very exciting to me, as I am anxious to give my readers access to this great concept and the person who initiated it.  I’m anxious to hear what your thoughts are…

So, what do you think?  Have you joined The Slight Edge Community?  It’s pretty simple to do so.  Click here and you can go to The Slight Edge website and join the community and also become a fan on Facebook.

Let me hear your thoughts.

Invisible Results

Continuing about The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, from yesterday…

Invisible results, according to Jeff, are the simple things we do on a daily basis, that as we are going about our day, seem not to matter.  They seem not to yield any results.

Anyone who has ever lost weight can attest to the fact that on a daily basis, especially for the first days and weeks (depending on how much you want to loose), is not seeing a big change.  It is almost like invisible results.  What about working out?  All you notice in the beginning is how much your muscles ache.

In the book, there is a diagram which illustrates this principle.  Picture a horizontal line that represents ‘Time’.  This could represent our life path.  Then a line above and a line below just about on top of the horizontal line.  Above the line is written:  ‘Simple Disciplines’, below the line is written: ‘Simple Errors in Judgement’…

Picture the line above moving to the right with an arrow at the end of the line and eventually pointing upward.  Picture the line below moving to the right with an arrow at the end of the line and eventually pointing downward.

Perhaps you can re-create the diagram from what I’m describing.  Perhaps not.  In any case, the ‘simple disciplines’ are the slight edge things we do everyday that will eventually have a positive effect on our lives and the opposite is true of the ‘simple errors in judgement’.

Think of your life and where you are now.  Can you see that all the little things you have done to create good health, a great career and a good financial picture had seemed like invisible results early on.  But not now.

There are lots of us who can look back and see both of these results in our life.  It’s time to move forward if you see that you made lots of ‘simple errors in judgement’.  The good news is that today is a new day.  It’s always a good time to start your slight edge, invisible results to compound over time, so that next year at this time, you will have a different story!

Tell us your Slight Edge story.  I’d really love to hear from you about it.  By the way, I have an autographed copy of the book and may decide to give it away to someone who writes me with a really great story about how the Slight Edge has worked in their life in a positive way.

Slight Edge Philosophy

Our friend, Jeff Olson, has come out with a new edition of The Slight Edge.  It has a new cover design and indicates it is a revised edition.  I have decided to read it cover to cover to see how it is revised.

When the first edition came out, I read it, of course.  Then a year ago or so, I read it again.  If you are in the habit of reading great books like this, I believe you would understand that I picked up new information just by reading the book again.

Perhaps if it has happened to you, you are aware that we are not the same person today as we were at any given time in the past.  Reading personal development type books must have some kind of positive effect on us.  And each step of the way, we will understand something according to who we are at the time.

The slight edge philosophy is so simplistic and so basic.  That’s the irony of it all.  Whether or not people have ever heard the phrase or have ever heard of the book, it doesn’t matter.  The slight edge is always working.  It’s up to us as to whether it is working for or against us.

The slight edge is made up of simple things we do every day.  According to Jeff Olson, it’s the things you do every day, the things that don’t look like they matter.  But they do matter.  They not only make a difference, they make all the difference.  How do you eat?  What are you learning?  How do you handle your relationships?  How about your finances?

Think of all the ways the slight edge can be applied in our lives:  health, weight, education, relationships, finances, and many, many more.

That being said, how has the slight edge worked in your life?  Has it worked for you or against you?

Personal Development From Steve Pavlina

Recently I discovered Steve Pavlina’s website.  I checked out a few of his blogs and this is one I wanted to reprint here.  On Friday I will post another section of this.  His blog entries are quite long and detailed, but I feel some great information.

Thursday 9/9/11  4:30PM… Note:  As I created this a few days prior to the post being published, I hadn’t fiinished linking Steve Pavlina’s site here in case you wanted tto check it out.  I have done so now, above.

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Looking to the Past

If you want to know where your current path is taking you, look to your past. That’s the best way to predict where you’re headed.

Looking to your past is more reliable than looking at your goals and intentions.

If I want to know where someone is headed, I’ll take a look at their past, especially their recent past, and make a prediction based on that. I don’t need to hear about their goals and intentions — that information isn’t relevant. (I’ll explain why I say this a bit later in this article.) Just let me see what they’ve been up to for the past few months, and that will give me a pretty good idea of where they’ll be in a year or so.

Obviously there’s some randomness in life. There are chaotic events we can’t very well predict. Sometimes the unexpected happens, and it spins our lives in completely new directions.

But most of the time, our lives succumb to predictable patterns, especially in the long run. We may not be able to predict what will happen tomorrow or next week with much accuracy, but barring an unusually consequential chaotic change, our lives tend to be a lot more predictable over longer stretches of time than we usually care to admit.

Eat a little bit more than you burn in an average day, and you’ll be heavier a year from now. The result is fairly predictable, given the patterns observed in the past.

Is your expected future really so difficult to predict, at least in a general way?

If you go to college and major in a subject with little or no market demand in terms of jobs, isn’t it largely predictable that you may struggle to find paying work after graduating… and if you do find work, that it will likely be outside the field of your major?

If you linger in a relationship that you wouldn’t rate as a 9 or 10 on a scale of 1-10, isn’t it predictable that dissatisfaction or resentment or apathy will develop over time, as opposed to love and gratitude?

If you eat unhealthy foods and experience high stress levels, can you not make certain predictions about what kind of lifestyle problems you may experience down the road?

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These concepts are about ‘slight edge’ choices and decisions we all make, as described in Jeff Olson’s book The Slight Edge, which we’ve mentioned here before.

Are You A Life-Long Learner?

The first time I heard the phrase, life-long learner, was when my (now) husband used it a number of years ago to describe himself.  Ah! So that’s what it is called.  I believe this is what I am.  I’ve always loved reading books that can help me learn something relevant to my life.

Years ago, I read a lot of self-help books.  Today the term that seems to fit better is personal development.  I believe I’ve become a better person due to some of the books I’ve read.  There are so many authors that have been my mentors, although they don’t know it:  Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hanson, Napoleon Hill, Bob Proctor, Jim Rohn, Paul J. Meyer, Jeff Olson, Ken Blanchard, John Assaraf, and lots more.  Some of these people have written more from a business perspective, although to me it’s all good.

In the fall 2009, I learned about Gary Vaynerchuk and Crush It!  He wrote that book for me.  At least it felt that way.  It’s all about following your passion and creating a business from it.  Outstanding!

Recently I’ve been reading Seth Godin.  His daily blog is great, and his books just speak to me.  The most recent book, Linchpin, tells us to be indispensible, not ordinary.  Phenominal reading.  At least for me right now, since I believe that just the right book will always present itself to me when I need it most.

In the past few months, I’ve discovered Chip Heath and Dan Heath, brothers who wrote Made to Stick (How to get your ideas to stick in someone’s mind) a couple of years ago, and recently have come out with Switch, (How to change when change is hard).  Great insight about change and how to get people to do it.

Exciting to me to start a new book and see how it unfolds and what I can learn from it.

What do you read?  How do you continue your learning process?

The Secret Ingredient

What do you think the secret ingredient is to living a great life?

Why is it that some people seem to have it all together and others seem to scramble to get what they want?  And what if these people seem to have similar backgrounds and opportunities to get these things?  Some seem to just keep winning and others seem to just keep loosing.  Why?

In his book, The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson poses these questions.  He states that it’s not a matter of luck, nor timing, nor fate.  It’s not a matter of intelligence, skill or talent either.

So what is the secret ingredient?

According to Jeff, it’s our philosophy.  It’s how we think.  The secret is to change the way we think and once we do it will cause us to find those answers, apply them,  live them and achieve the results we want.

Recently I decided to read this book again.  I first read it when it was just published and have learned along the way that when we read a book like this again, we will learn different things, since we are a different person.

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson was first published in 2005, by SUCCESS Books, part of SUCCESS Media.  If you want to obtain a copy call 800.752.2030.

Baby Steps

I’m really now sure when it happened, but over the years I have sought out books that would help me with certain challenges I might be dealing with in my life.  I feel fortunate to have been exposed, not too late in life, to authors like Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Brian Tracey, Bob Proctor, Napoleon Hill, Wallace Wattles, and more recently Jim Rohn and Jeff Olson.

There is so much wisdom in the many books written by these guys and so many others I’ve read, too numerous to mention.  These books are written about how to live a fulfilling life and deal with the everyday challenges that arise.  These authors have written books about the possibilities for having a great life.

Most concepts written by these authors though, involve quantum leaps to being successful relatively quickly, by just doing what they say to do.  There’s only one problem, and that is that most people don’t see themselves creating massive changes in their life and and having massive success quickly, and therefore become disillusioned about things.

Jeff Olson has written a book called The Slight Edge.  At a business event recently where Jeff Olson was speaking, he mentioned that he specifically wrote this because of his awareness that success doesn’t come overnight.  There’s work to be done before success is achieved.  He reminded us of the Malcolm Gladwell concept in Outliers, of working on something for 10,000 hours before you achieve the success you’re looking for.

Jeff’s slight edge concept is similar to the concept of baby-steps.  To achieve success, it takes the small things, done over time, compounded geometrically.  And one day, after doing all of those little mundane steps and working for 10,000 hours… Ahhh!  SUCCESS!

What are some of your favorite books and authors?

Weekends

Have you ever felt that Saturdays and Sundays just have a different feel to them?  Ever since I was in my real estate career, I have realized that even though I might have worked on a weekend day, or both weekend days, they somehow had a different feel to them. Maybe it was that the clients I interacted with were enjoying leisure time on those days.

Weekends do seem special to me even though we may not be doing anything in particular.  It just seems like a freedom to be able to get some down time and choose whatever we like to do.

There are some weekends that we spend time in a special business activity.  This weekend was one.  We just had an event and heard from a man who had created and successfully sold/merged one of his companies to create one of the most successful companies on the New York Stock Exchange.  He spoke for two hours, which felt like thirty minutes.  Note-free and unbelievable success nuggets given.

Wow!  It felt every bit like a Saturday, but when you love what you do and you have someone like that in the front of the room, it never feels like going to work!

The Slight Edge

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, is a book about life.  I read this book a few years ago when it was first published.  Jeff Olson is someone I know personally and his book just makes sense.  The premise of the book is quite simple.  The little things we do in our lives every day, over time create what we get.  He refers to these as simple daily disciplines.  This goes for what we eat, whether we exercise, what we learn, our money habits, and basically every way that we live our lives.

At this point in our lives, let’s face it…we are all aware of this concept, since we have many years to look back on and now realize what our results are so far.  Hopefully that’s not a depressing thought or concept in your mind.  It certainly was not intended that way.  However, it can be something you can be aware of from here on out.

Jeff says there is a secret ingredient to life:  our PHILOSOPHY.   His premise is that there is a certain predictable formula to having success in life.  That is:  Your philosophy creates your attitude, your actions and your results and that in turn creates your life (lifestyle). Think about what you have now and how your life is. Think about what you want your life to be like for the next number of decades.  Think about the simple daily disciplines that could perhaps change your life from here on out.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this.

Reference:  The Slight Edge: Secret to a Successful Life by Jeff Olson, published 2005 by Success Books, Dallas TX