Making the Right Choices

Last year, my brother asked me to buy a copy of The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson and read it with him. I agreed, and we soon had a mini book club formed.

I had never heard of The Slight Edge before, but my brother described it as “the self-help book that makes all the other self-help books work,” so I was intrigued.

And boy, was he right.

The Slight Edge is the knowledge that every choice you make can work for you- or against you- no matter how small it may seem at the time.

Example 1

Someone on a low-carb diet (like I should be) is faced with mouth-watering, homemade biscuits. Do they:

  • A. Eat one
  • B. Eat five
  • C. Choose something else (like fruit or dairy)

Choosing A or B wouldn’t hurt you at the time (save for a tummy ache from all the carbs), but if you kept picking A or B, then those choices will build up and work against you in the long run.

Example 2

Say you have a budget for spending money, but it’s almost gone with two weeks left in the month. Do you:

  • A: Take money out of a different budget to buy that thing you need
  • B: Keep your money where it belongs and wait until next month to go shopping

If you chose A, you run the risk of throwing off your entire budget- and, believe me, that’s not a fun mistake. However, if you choose B, not only will your budget be intact, but you’ll also increase your self-discipline.

It’s the same with every choice we make.

Will one wrong choice hurt you now? No, probably not.
Will several wrong choices hurt you? Yes.

Every choice has a consequence, good or bad, and that’s why we need the self-discipline to make the right choices, patience to see it through, and motivation to create the best versions of ourselves.

Then, we’d be unstoppable!

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