“The simple little disciplines done again and again over time would move the highest and mightiest mountains” This is what is known as the as the Slight Edge Philosophy by Jeff Olson. Being in MLM/Network Marketing, for me personally, I need to use this approach. I always thought by doing a little bit everyday was doing the slight edge approach and philosophy. What I didn’t do is discipline myself the right way. I got overwhelmed, tired and to the point of being in the arena of almost quitting MLM/Network Marketing.
I have had some work trying to get back on track, not only with organization, not only with my mindset but with my exercise. Today was my first difficult hike this summer. The trail was called rock circuit trail. Which means it was a difficult hike with a lot of rock climbing and basically alot of rocks. While I was hiking, I had to look in front of my feet, constantly. As I was hiking, I got to thinking about Jeff Olson and the Slight Edge approach. I remember writing an article last year, when we had two massive snow storms in a row and it was my attitude that got me through it. I remember Jeff Olson Slight Edge Philosophy. Autosuggestion and prayer got me through today's hike and through this past winter.
When you do things for a reason or with meaning, things are easier, your attitude is better and you are more focused. It was and is important for me to focus what is right in front of me and not what was is ahead of me.The point I am trying to make is you have to be positive, disciplined and focus on what is right in front of you by taking baby steps. Take baby steps and it when you do take baby steps, you learn how to master the slight edge philosophy. “Learning how to learn”.
Because I took some time off from marketing, I had to take along hard look and step back at what I had been doing for the past two years. Is network marketing my passion? My passion is learning, teaching, networking and people. These last two years have not been wasted but I know I could have been more focused, committed, and understood things, followed through more efficiently by taking the slight edge approach more seriously, and disciplined myself better, things would and probably be different today.
It’s not just about doing a little bit every day. It’s about DISCIPLINING YOURSELF to commit, focus and do something with meaning. Learning “how to learn” as Jeff Olson states in his book. It doesn’t have to be huge; it just has to be meaningful. When I read Jeff Olson’s book called the Slight Edge, my understanding is that when I do something every day with meaning and continue to do it, you begin to discipline yourself and understand what you are doing, and it keeps me moving forward.
I can say today, that my passion is to teach, network and learn; my passion has and will always be to help others.
If there is a part of Jeff Olson and his book that I want you to takeaway, it is to remember when you were in the process of learning how to walk, you crawled, you stood, you walked, you fell and in the process of all of this you learned how to walk, how miraculous.
What is different today is people want to run; they don’t want to take baby steps with any goal. When did you lose the ability to make a goal, go for it, and get it?
Somewhere along the way in your/our lives, we were conditioned. You and I became unwilling to take baby steps. You and I lost faith in the universal truth that the simple little disciplines done over and over, again and again over time would move mountains and be profound.
The Slight Edge philosophy is based on doing things that are easy-little disciplines (baby steps), in which, over time done consistently, add up to the biggest achievements. The problem is that all those things that are easy to do are just as easy not to do. Why is something easy not to do? If you don't do it; it won't kill you TODAY. But, that insignificant error in judgment, compounded over time, will d destroy you, kill your dreams and desires and ruin any chance for you to have success, you can count on it.
Therese Catanzano and Excepts from Jeff Olson