I am pretty sure I know where you are headed.
In fact, here is a diagram I want to share with you.
I am reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. At the end of the chapter Two Life Paths, he asks Where are you headed? And inserts the diagram pictured above.
Jeff asserts that as we move through our life we are always in motion. Not just forward motion but we are also on an upward path or a downward path. It may seem like we are on an even keel but not so.
“In a constantly and rapidly changing world like ours, you simply cannot remain the same as you were yesterday. You are in motion – you have no choice in that. But motion in which direction? You have total choice in that.” Jeff Olson, The Slight Edge
He demonstrates in the diagram that at first there doesn’t seem to be any great difference between the two paths. But as you continue on either path the differences increase.
It is Easy to Do and it Easy Not to Do.
In earlier chapters, he explains that The Slight Edge is doing easy, often mundane, actions that seem to be unimportant in the success of our life’s goals.
They are easy to do and therefore seem unimportant and therefore they are easy NOT to do.
And we find ourselves on the downward curve.
Assess Your Path with this List
Use this list to assess if you are on the Upward or Downward path.
|Your friendships and relationships|
|Your personal development|
|Your positive impact on the world|
From The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson
Your health – are you making choices with diet, exercise, sleep that are improving your health?
Your happiness – are you choosing to be happy or dissatisfied?
Your friendships and relationships – are you taking action to nurture relationships with others in your life?
Your personal development – are you reading books, watching videos that are growing you?
Your finances – are you living within your means, is your net worth growing?
Your career – are you growing in the skills of your work, are you making a bigger contribution in your personal effort?
Your positive impact on the world? Is the world a better place because of you and is your impact growing?
Use a Pencil (not a pen – remember, everything changes)
That is very good news.
This book, The Slight Edge, came out of Jeff Olson’s personal experiences. He took the slight downward path more than once.
And he recovered each time by taking the slight upward path.
It takes time. But change is inevitable.
So, make it the change on the upward path.
It will be easy to do.
And just as easy not to do.
I said at the beginning of this short article that I was pretty sure that I know where you are headed.
That is because you are reading this article. Not that this article will make or break your success. But it is one of the small, easy actions you can take to grow. After all, you could have chosen to play a computer game.
I am glad you came here.
I love to read your comments.
If you have found value in this article share it with the people that matter to you.
I’ll be in touch,