I love the book, the Slight Edge. It helps remind me that success isn’t a single huge feat of daring do. Far more often it is the little, consistent things that add to over time. It is those things which are easy to do. And easy to NOT do.
For example, it is easy to eat a salad for lunch. It is easy to NOT to eat that salad but drive through for a Big Mac instead. But which of those two actions will put me on the success side of a healthy lifestyle?
Time Adds Up – To Success or Failure?
The trickiest thing about the slight edge principle is that these things which add up to success (or failure) are so easy not to do because not doing them once usually has no perceivable negative consequence. Whew! That sounds complicated.
What I mean is this. Eating one Big Mac will not give you a heart attack, right? Otherwise they wouldn’t sell a billion of ’em. But eating one Big Mac today. And another in a couple days. And another next week….times ten years. Twenty years. Presto! Heart attack!
The Slight Edge is SMALL
It’s the small choices. The hardest to make choices. To post or not to post. To comment or not to comment. To tweet or not to tweet. The next article. The next brainstorming session. Turning off that one TV show to write instead. Small. Small choices. They add up to stunning successes or quiet failures depending on which side of the razor’s edge you place yourself.
Slight Edge for Bloggers
So for bloggers, the application is easy. Posting one post to your blog today will not make you a blogging success. Just like me ignoring my blog today wouldn’t make you all hate me. But those actions, added up over time, either consistently move me towards the success I desire, or consistently move me away it. And the choice is completely and totally mine. Choosing just one “success edge” action step for your blog each day means that just within a single year you’ll have hundreds of posts or incoming links to your site – Wow!
How are you managing the slight edge principle? Are you waiting for a stunning, huge breakthrough event? Or are you placing yourself on the side of success with the every day, consistent actions you choose to take?
List three, small and doable actions that you will begin incorporating on a daily or weekly basis (think short-term here, remember?) to place yourself on the success side of the razor’s slight edge. If you’re having trouble thinking of three action steps, look back over your goals and specific PLANS and see how to break them up into actions.