There are 100’s of self help books out there, and I love reading them. I think it’s absolutely worth while to read about how we can better ourselves in all aspects of our life. Someone recently suggested to me The Slight Edge: Turning Simple Disciplines into Massive Success and Happiness, and it sounded intriguing. I was wanting to quit my job, and this book was recommended.
The whole book is about turning simple disciplines into massive success and happiness, but it goes deeper than that. Most of the time, we all learn things in self help books or classes. We know what we should do, what we are supposed to do, but somehow we always struggle to actually follow through, or we have a bunch of success and then before we know it it gets drug out from underneath us. How often do you start a diet, only to fall back on previous habits? Diets are really supposed to be a “jump start” to changing your diet, but most people see it as a starting point and a finishing point. They hit the end of the diet, lost 10-20lbs and feel great for their vacation, only to indulge the entire time they are on vacation, come back and keep indulging.
Then there are those people who always seem to stay skinny. They eat healthy most of the time, but yet you see them eat pizza or ice cream, but the fact is, most of the time they are making the “right” choices. And over time, as they continue to make the “right” choices most of the time, they not only lose weight, but they keep it off. Or maybe they never gained any weight to begin with.
For me personally, I have always struggled to save money. Why? Because I want to live life, not just go through the motions. I am an adventurer, and I live in the moment. The truth is I’m now 31, and I have saved nothing. Absolutely nothing. Why am I sharing this? Because I think it’s something we can all learn from no matter what area of your life you think you’d like to work on.
I also often get overwhelmed by projects, and by breaking them down, and doing little bits at a time, has helped me with work, so why couldn’t I do the same with my finances. Maybe I had been told the little secret I’m about to tell you at some point, but not in the way this book lays it out…
If you make the “right” decisions (and this is dependent on each individual’s goals), and you make them day in and day out, eventually it adds up to awesomeness. The goal is to never stop, because when you finally do stop, and let yourself get comfortable that’s when the rug gets pulled out from underneath you, and we all start to wonder “how did this happen to me?” It happened, because we stopped doing what made us successful in the first place.
This book teaches you how to literally create your best life. The life of your dreams. The life you envision for yourself. I have never been more empowered to live the life of my dreams, until now. Not every day is easy, I have days where I don’t do the small things that add up, but I don’t let it last for long, I get right back on the band wagon, because doing more and making more of the “right” choices, will outweigh those few times we make the wrong ones, but we have to make sure we keep the pendulum on the upswing, or the “right” choices cup more full than the “wrong” choices cup.
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(I also had started Daring Greatly awhile back, this book helped me finish it – so I will be reviewing that one next.)
Next Up –> The Happiness Advantage.
Have you read The Slight Edge? What’s your biggest takeaway? What did you think?