Before I read The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen, most things I did in life were motivated by looking for the next opportunity that was going to move me fast forward. If it was going to take too long then I wasn’t interested. I lived like this for many years before I was introduced to the concept of “the slight edge“.
So what exactly is the “slight edge” and how can it help you?
The slight edge is nothing more than a simple yet powerful philosophy. It is a way to change the small and seemingly meaningless decisions you make every day in such a way that it affects your entire attitude towards life.
The philosophy behind the slight edge is to do all the tiny things that appear to be trivial but have a tremendous impact when done consistently over time. These actions usually don’t produce any immediate results (that’s why most people won’t do them), but with time, they become the seeds of your future. These small insignificant daily tasks are the key to living your life full of success, optimized health, and amazing relationships.
Here are here the 7 principles that can turn simple disciplines into a massive success.
1. Show Up.
No matter what show up every single day. You can beat out 50% of the competition just by showing up in your business or in the gym or eating healthy every single day. Easy to do… but also easy not to do.
2. Be Consistent.
Don’t worry about the numbers, just strive for consistency and the numbers will be there in the end. You don’t have to be better, smarter, genetically gifted just be consistent and you will yield great results.
“If you are consistent with the boring and monotonous you will have success. The fact is most people will not stick with the difficult and thus never succeed.“
3. Have a Good Attitude.
The best way to inoculate yourself from this is to have a mastermind group and plug into positively ON PURPOSE, you need to seek it out. When we are positive our brains actually function better, make us more alert, engaged, free to create and lead to better productivity.
I have done this by being a part of a group called Limitless Business. It’s an excellent accountability group and also a great group of people that are willing to help and give expert advice. If you want more information on how you can be part of the LB group let me know, I would be glad to help.
4. Be Committed For a Long Period Of Time.
People want instant results, but true success takes time, success takes the compound effect which kicks in after you repeat the same action over and over and over again. Success is more like a marathon than a sprint. You must be willing to do what most will not do with discipline and persistence.
5. Have Faith And A Burning Desire.
Everyone will be presented with problem and obstacles along their journey. When adversity hits this is what should keep us motivated to press forward. Successful people look at a problem and see opportunity.
“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” — Napoleon Hill
6. Be Willing To Pay The Price.
The price of neglect is far worse that the price of commitment. The slight edge is simply to be willing to get uncomfortable now or you will pay the ultimate price of neglect and be very uncomfortable later in life.
“It seems most people live with one foot in the past, saying ‘Only if things had been different, I would be successful.’ And the other foot in the future, saying, ‘When this or that happens I will be happy/successful.’ And they completely ignore the present, which is all we really have.”
7. Practice Slight Edge Integrity.
Slight Edge Integrity is all about what you do when no one is watching. It’s doing the thing you said you were going to do long after the mood you said it in has left you. This can be difficult, but it really is the crux of integrity.
“You can’t change where you are overnight, but you CAN change your direction to where you are headed overnight.” — Jim Rohn
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“A star wants to see himself rise to the top. A leader wants to see those around him rise to the top.” – Simon Sinek