If getting to our goals, is simply a matter of doing the little things, why aren’t all of us rich, thin and working in our ideal job? Because, says Olson, author of “The Slight Edge”, these little things are easy to do, and easy to NOT do! How easy is to wake up, see how dark and cold it is, and jump back under the covers instead of going to the gym? How easy is it to stop by a fast food place instead of taking the time to pack a healthy lunch? All too easy!
There are three reasons that people don’t consistently do the simple things:
1. while they’re easy to do, they are also easy not to do
2. you don’t see any results at first;
3. they seem insignificant, like they don’t matter. But they do.
So the little, mundane decisions that we make every day lead us down one path or the other; success or failure. “Time”, says Olson, “is the force that magnifies those simple daily disciplines into massive success”. He argues that there are plenty of books out there on how to be successful. But once we read those books, we need to carry out the suggested actions.
How much difference would it make in your life if you read ten pages a day from books like “The Power of Focus” by Jack Canfield, or “Think and Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, instead of reading the latest romance novel, or watching a sitcom on television? How much MORE of a difference would it make if you applied the principles in those books?
We have become an instant gratification world, where we expect to get everything we want instantaneously. Well, we might be able to find out how to make pickles within minutes by searching the Internet, but we still can’t make pumpkins grow overnight. We still have to plant the seeds at the proper time of year, in the proper conditions, nurture and feed them, and with any luck, we’ll have a nice big pumpkin by Halloween.
We still have get to know people over time, both in business and personal relationships. As we experience life together and see how each person reacts to certain situations, we make a decision about whether or not we want to be part of that person’s life.
When we take on a new job in a company where we hope to move up the ladder, if we do the little things daily that we know will get us there, eventually, we will reach our goal. But it will probably take months, or even years.
Determine to do the little things that will bring you the success you have always wanted, and be patient. Time is on your side.
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