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Little By Little

Frequently I’ve written about different aspects of one of my favorite books, The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson.  The concepts in this book make so much sense as I’ve observed this in every area of life, both mine and others’ as well.

I will call this ‘little-by-little‘ in lieu of ‘slight edge‘.  Let’s face it, this is how life works.  Our life today is a result of all the things we have done, little-by-little, over the years.  Whether it’s our weight, our finances, our lifestyle, our happiness, our relationships.  I could go on and on.  I believe you get the point.

Wouldn’t you agree as we each inventory our life to date that this is true.  I consider it a universal truth.  It just is what it is.  There’s no escaping this.

We don’t just wake up one day and find ourselves wealthy or broke, thin or way overweight, in great physical shape or a physical disaster, great physical health or on lots of meds!  Little-by-little we do the things that are either helpful to us or detrimental to us.

What are you doing, little-by-little in the various aspects of your life that are either helping you or hindering you in some way?

What could you do, little-by-little, to improve your life in a way that you may feel needs improving?

Slight Edge

Recently I posted this about the new edition of The Slight Edge, which I am rereading currently.  Thought you would enjoy this.

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?

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.

Personal Development: More of Steve Pavlina

This is more from the blog post by Steve Pavlina about predicting your future.

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You’re More Predictable Than You Realize

Sometimes it’s easier to make predictions about other people instead of ourselves. When we look at other people’s lives, our egos don’t get in the way as much.

It can be pretty tough to look at ourselves so objectively, especially when we don’t like what we see.

No one wants to predict that a year from now, they’ll have lost their home due to foreclosure, gained 20 pounds of fat, and endured a string of bad relationships.

If you’re fortunate to have some intelligent friends who are willing to make honest predictions about where you’re headed and share them with you, you’ll find it very eye-opening to have a candid discussion with them on this subject. However, this will require turning off your ego as much as possible and really listening, which isn’t easy for most people to do.

Try this: Make some predictions about where you’ll be in a year, but base your predictions only on hard factual evidence from the past 30 days of your life.

Take note of how you ate, slept, exercised, worked, communicated, related, created, etc. only during the past 30 days. Assume those same patterns in every area will continue for another 12 months.

If you feel the past 30 days were very atypical for you, such as if you were on vacation or traveling during that time, then use the past 90 days instead.

Use this time frame to predict where you’ll be in a year. Project those same patterns forward in time. Where will they lead if you largely repeated the patterns of the past 30-90 days for a full 12 months?

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What I find interesting in his writing and ideas is that he goes against so many personal development speakers who say that your past doesn’t have to equal your future.  I was disagreeing with Steve Pavlina when I started reading his thoughts, but then I realize he believes that you can start changing yourself by doing the things that will create your future the way you want it.

He’s realistic.  Set the goals and intentions, but more importantly get started creating your ‘past’ that will give you the future you seek.

Slight edge concepts are all about what we choose to do at any given moment!  What are you doing now to create the YOU that you seek in the future?

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.

How Do You Get Success?

What is success and how do you get it?  Actually, to think of getting success sounds like it’s something you can go out and pick up on an errand.  Don’t we all wish it were that easy!

A few months ago, I wrote about the slight edgeThe slight edge is a principle involved in achieving success.  The slight edge is about daily disciplines.  Daily disciplines are the things we choose to do each day that move us toward success.  These are things that are easy to do but also easy not to do.

What are some of the things you would consider your daily disciplines that you know will move you toward your goal and closer to the success you want?

Let’s say for instance, you want success in loosing weight.  What are the daily disciplines involved in that?  We know loosing weight is a process that requires we do things in a certain way, although the marketers would have us thinking there are magic pills to achieve it.  The opposite of a daily discipline would be an error in judgement.

Whether your concept of success right now, is for something you are striving to achieve, is weight loss, being a success in a career, being a success as a spouse or any other type of success you could name, think about this…  Things we need to do on a daily basis to achieve what we want, are sometimes a bit uncomfortable to do.  Dieting… it’s uncomfortable to pass up favorite foods.  Career…it’s uncomfortable to put in long hours for a while.   But, down the road, all of that leads to the comfortable effect of your hard work.  The uncomfortable leads to the comfortable.

On the other hand, simple errors in judgement over time, lead to not having the success you may have hoped for.  You chose to be comfortable in your choices.  Dieting…it’s more comfortable to eat what you like.  Career…it’s more comfortable to work as little as you can.  But down the road, all of that leads to the uncomfortable effect of your lack of discipline.  Your errors in judgement took you from the path of you success.

How do you get success?  Would you agree that it’s a process that is a step at a time?  What is your comment on this?

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