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Close The Loop

Recently I was reading about the concept of completion.  That’s the term used in The Slight Edge, by Jeff Olson.  For years, I’ve thought of this concept in terms of close the loop or the circle.

How many things do we all start and not complete?  Perhaps a task we need to do on the job or a project we started.  Something happens to divert our attention and distracts us from finishing it. Or what about taking care of some little nuisance chore you need to take care of that’s been bothering you because it’s not finished.

How does this make you feel?  Does it seem to block your momentum, inhibit your ability to move forward and progress?  According to Jeff Olson, incomplete things keep calling you back to the past to take care of them.

Have you ever created so many unfinished, incomplete things that you can’t imagine ever getting caught up with it all?  In the chapter on completion, there is a story about a woman who had accumulated 17 years of stuff in her basement and was intending to move out of the house within the year.  Because of learning about the slight edge concept, she started with one box at a time.  Every time she went down to the basement to do the laundry, she packed up and got rid of a box or bag of stuff.  When time came to move, the basement was pretty much cleared out.  Wow!  Talk about completion.

What about you?  What do you need to complete?  What loop do you need to close?


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?

Younger Next Year

Younger Next Year, by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge, is of course the fantastic book that we should all be reading.  Early this year I bought copies for my husband and myself.  The women’s version is Younger Next Year For Women.

I have referred to many books in this blog, and this is one of the most important of all.  This book can give you the foundation to have a quality of life for the many years we probably have ahead.  So, recently I have picked it up and am starting to re-read it.  Not only the parts I highlighted or underlined, but the entire book.  This book is that important, at least in my opinion.  And according to the authors, it is not opinion at all, but medical fact.

Chris Crowley has a great way of expressing himself.  He is the non-medical of the two authors, while Henry Lodge is a medical doctor and gives the scientific foundation of it all.

According to what they write:

The real problem is outliving the quality of life not running out of quantity.  The fact is that the average American who hits 50 or 60 in reasonable health is likely to live well into his or her 80s.  One of the great risks of our age is living far longer than we can live well.

These concepts have no age limits, either up or down.  Everything gets slower and more difficult with age, but age alone never makes life bad.  At the younger end of the spectrum we start to age by the end of our 20’s, so at 30 our quality of life is up to us.  It can and should be great if you decide not to give up but to take charge.  Younger Next Year is the road map for taking charge.

To me this is a fascinating and exciting concept.  And, having read this book once already, I know that this is for our health what Jeff Olson’s book, The Slight Edge, is for the personal development aspects of our life.

This is what I would call a universal truth.  We need to do every day, the things that will lead to a better quality of life for ourselves.

What slight edge things are you doing to create a better physical life for yourself?


Certain events in our lives act as a catalyst for us to reflect over the years of our life.  Having spent time with family this past weekend and celebrating a major milestone with my sister and brother-in-law, was just that type of event.

For a number of years, I’ve understood the concept of ‘The Slight Edge‘, as written about in the book by the same name, by Jeff Olson.

Think back over your life or the lifespan of any family, and you will see the principle at work.  When I participated in the celebration of the 50 years they have been married, it was apparent to me that the little things that my sister and brother-in-law did over time, created a great family of three generations — so far.  Little things that they did to raise their three children; little things they’ve done to bond with their grandchildren, and little things they’ve done for the extended family as well, to create a wonderful network of family members.

Wow!  Now, that is something to reflect on.  All the years we go through our lives, do we think about so many years into the future?  Do we know what lies ahead for sure?  Of course not.  But, by doing the little things day in and day out, we give ourselves the best chance for success at a happy family, or good health or good finances, or a successful business.

When we are in the demographic that most of us reading this are in, basically, we have many years on which to reflect.  What are your results so far?  Are you pleased?

Well, on another note…  We’re not done!  We have a long way to go.  As I often hear on Sunday watching a PGA event, the announcers will say, ‘There’s a lot of golf left’.  Well, there’s a lot of life left!

That’s the good news.  We know about the slight edge now.  We can start to work with it, if we aren’t already doing so.

What slight edge things are you doing now?  What have you decided to do starting now?

Slight Edge On Video

The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson, is a book I’ve referenced before.  It’s an interesting book by an interesting author.

Numerous times in this website I’ve mentioned and written about Jeff Olson and The Slight Edge.  Here is a video clip at a live event with people who have read his book being interviewed about what the book and concepts have meant to them.

Hopefully you will watch this and benefit from learning about the concepts, if you don’t already know of them.

Let me know what you think.

Seth Godin–Interesting…

Seth Godin is an author and marketing guru, whose blog I receive through my email, daily,  although there have been some days that I haven’t read them.  I enjoy his writing style.  He’s frank, succinct and I usually get him.

Recently I was reading an email message about an offering he’s making for an upcoming event in NYC, and at the bottom it listed his recent blog posts.  This one caught my eye and I thought it was appropriate for today’s personal development post, here.

What’s amazing is that in this post Seth Godin disputes that the success of Mark Zuckerberg should be attributed to the fact that he is a genius.  You are probably familiar with Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of Facebook, supposed boy genius who dropped out of Harvard… Well, if you are reading this blog, chances are you know about his product/service/concept and about him.

Seth Godin states in his succinct style, that it was really about the ‘million small choices and not because he has some magical properties’.

Interesting that our friend Jeff Olson states this same concept in his book, The Slight Edge.  It’s about the simple daily disciplines that create what we get!


Joys Of Aging

Are there any joys of aging?  My feeling is that we all better decide that there are.  So much of how we age is our mindset and our decision about how we want to age.  I believe that trumps our genes!

We all know that time marches on and everyone gets older or is no longer alive… if you know what I mean.  We need to get a grip on idea of getting older, because I believe most of us are hoping to avoid the alternative as long as possible.

I was thinking recently of The Slight Edge by my friend Jeff Olson, and the concepts in it about the slight edge decisions we all make all through our life.  We make decisions to do the daily disciplines that will create a great life for a long time or we make errors in judgement that will create many challenges in our older years.

I’m thinking of things like food choices, choices of skin care regimens we practice, decisions about exercise.  These are all things that affect our physical condition and appearance.

You may or may not agree but I believe our mindset is the key to many of the decisions we make.  How do we want to live our life?  How do we want to look?  How do we want to feel?

What are your thoughts on these concepts?  Would love to hear from you about it?

The Present

The concepts in this post are from The Slight Edge (Revised Edition) by Jeff Olson.  However I’m reminded of the book by this name, The Present, by Spencer Johnson, since the concepts of living in the moment/in the present, are the same.

In referring to our life’s path and the choice of two curves on which to travel, success or failure, the concept of living in the present comes into play.  We are on a constant journey, and because of the Slight Edge Principle, we are either moving along in a positive or negative way.

Most people live with a lot of focus on their past.  Usually the negative parts of their past.  But even if it is the positive aspects, it doesn’t serve us well to dwell there.

And lots of time may be spent on thinking about being happy or successful in the future, but only if certain things occur.  We sometimes ignore the present!  Actually the present is where we are NOW and all we have RIGHT NOW!

Sure we want to review our past, to determine what we need to do now.  We need to take responsibility for our errors in judgement and determine how to do things differently now and in the future.

As far as the future, now in the present we need to plan a crystal clear picture of how we want that future to look.  It’s a plan to move us in the direction we want to go, and we are living every present moment we have ‘working’ that plan.  This is the Slight Edge at work to move us along on the success path.  When we have a clear picture of what we are moving toward, it helps a lot during those times of friction we encounter in our present along the way.

Last thought:  We can’t change our past.  We can create our future the way we want it.  Ahhh!!!  Better we should be influenced by something we can change than something we can’t.

By the way, if you are interested in joining the Slight Edge Community, click here and view the website.

Blame and Responsibility

These concepts are taken from The Slight Edge (Revised Edition), by Jeff Olson.  You are probably aware that I have referenced this book in previous posts, and if you would like you can search on the upper right button of the site for those.

The Slight Edge concept is all about doing small, simple disciplines each day to create our life.  We are either on a success curve or a failure curve.  So, how do we determine which curve we are on?  Each curve, whether it be the success or the failure curve, has one predominant state of mind displayed by the people on that curve.

Blame is the predominant state of mind displayed by people on the failure curve.  People here will blame everything and everyone for what has happened to them.  People here are life’s victims.

Think about this… When we don’t take responsibility and we choose to blame others, we give away our power.

We all have negative and difficult things happen to us.  Most of the time, these things are completely beyond our control.  The key is in how we choose to react to what happens to us.  How do we view these circumstances and things that happen?  This is what makes the difference between success and failure… And this is completely within our control.

On the other curve, responsibility is the predominant state of mind displayed by those people on the success curve.  When we take responsibility for whatever comes our way, it’s empowering.  It shifts from happening to us, to just happening.

A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

John Burroughs

Who do you know who could use this information.  Feel free to pass it along.  It may help someone.  And what are your thoughts on this?

Experiencing The Funk?

We’ve all experienced a ‘funk‘ in our lives at some point.  You know, not depression and not even feeling neutral.  Kind of just not feeling the way you want to feel, right?

In Jeff Olson’s new edition of The Slight Edge, he addresses how to deal with those times.  This is something that happens to everyone, no matter who we are and what our circumstances are.

What is the secret to getting through these times?  Jeff’s advice is first of all to take inventory of all the wonderful things about our life.  Family, friends, relationships, our health, our financial soundness–assuming these things are acceptable.

If that still doesn’t snap us out immediately, know that this is normal.  No matter how successful a person may be, there are times when this will hit.  And here is the amazing concept to understand and embrace about all of this.  If we never feel hurt, how can we understand love?  If we never know bad, how can we understand good?  If we don’t experience the funk, how can we feel happy?

Wouldn’t you agree that life is an ebb and flow of all of this?  Looking back, we’ve all experienced it and how nice that we can think of the good times and relish in them and then not feel so bad about the bad times.

So, have you ever or are you experiencing the funk?