“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy cause”
‘Progressive’ means success is a process, not a destination.
It’s something that you experience gradually, over time.
Failure is so subtle, you can’t even see it or recognize it during the process.’
When I read these very words from The Slight Edge, a massive shift in my mind took place.
Further more I believe that Jeff Olson’s description of how success is built is the most impactful of it’s kind:
‘And here’s how real success is built:
By the time you get the feedback, the real work’s already done.
When you get the the point where everyone else can see your results, tell you what good choices you’ve made, notice your good fortune, slap you on the back and tell you how lucky you are, the critical slight edge choices you made are ancient history.
And chances are, at the time you actually made those choices, nobody noticed but you.
And even you wouldn’t have noticed unless you understood the power of the Slight Edge.
Simple daily disciplines, little productive actions, repeated consistently over time, add up to the difference between failure and success.’
- Easy to do and easy not to do
- You don’t see any results at first
- They seem insignificant like they don’t matter. But they do.
The above three bullet points are so powerful yet so obvious.
I believe the most critical point here is: easy to do and easy not to do
This is the pinnacle of why we succeed or why we stay where we are.
The fact that your daily decisions are implemented so easy it is also so easy not to do them which is what the majority will always choose.
A simple example: Majority would rather sit on the couch and watch TV instead of getting up and doing the workout we know we should be doing to get the result that we want over time.
Which brings me to the second bullet point: You don’t see any results at first.
Some will get started and because they don’t see the end results within minutes, hours or a few days they will quit and say that thing didn’t work.
The third bullet point: They seem insignificant like they don’t matter. But they do.
This is extremely important because it’s that one decision to be lazy and cut out the daily workout that we think doesn’t matter, it does!
It’s a downward spiral from there and small decisions of inaction that compound over time will keep us where we are.
Show up consistently.
Show up consistently with a positive outlook.
Be prepared for and committed to the long haul.
Cultivate a burning desire backed by faith.
Be willing to pay the price.
And do the things your committed to doing, even when no one else is watching.’
The Slight Edge formula above are the basic principles towards the life that you truly desire.
What’s uncomfortable early becomes comfortable later:
We must step outside our comfort zone in order to grow and challenge ourselves, over time these things will become comfortable.
What’s comfortable early becomes uncomfortable later:
When we step out of our comfort zone growing stronger, gaining knowledge and wisdom, those things that were comfortable will be uncomfortable if you were to step into those old bad habits again.
Our view about the world
A way of thinking and feeling
Implementing what you have learned
What has happened as a result of your actions
Your finances, health, business, personal development and relationships
I urge you to grab your copy of The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson today HERE, as this is just a small review and snippet of in my opinion one of the most impactful books I have ever read that has literally changed my life.
Do in the dark as you would do in the light and rid yourself of those bad habits.
If you’ve read The Slight Edge, let me know in the comments below how it has impacted your life.
What was your Slight Edge moment?