One of Clark Broome’s favorite books is The Slight Edge by Jeff Olsen.  Having read it, I can understand why it’s on his top 10 list. What a powerful tool the concept of the slight edge can be… if you apply it.

What’s so fascinating about the book is that we have all experienced exactly what the book is talking about. It isn’t some new idea reaching out to you and trying to get you to radically change your thinking. Instead, it shares that each day we are doing a bunch of little things. In and of themselves, they don’t make a difference. But the compound effect of the slight edge is clear.

Clarke often says “Easy to Do, Easy Not to Do”.  That is one of the phrases that Jeff Olsen says in his book. The idea is that slight edge changes are just that…. nearly as easy to do them as it is to not do them. Why? Because of the focus on the small changes.

If you want to lose weight, it’s easy to do and it’s easy not to do. Choose to take smaller portions every day or choose to eat like a pig. It won’t make a difference that day, but compounded over time, wow, what a difference.

We can incrementally add to that. Choose to eat more fruits and veggies and less meat. A small change, easy to do. But just as easy not to do.

It is perhaps the ability to incrementally add just a little bit more… that provides the apparent compounding effect that the slight edge has.

What’s difficult about the slight edge, if there is something difficult… is doing that daily little change, daily. I think one speaker said “The problem with doing something Daily, is that it is so…. Daily!” We really are stuck on the idea of a pill that provides a one time fix that lasts forever. But what’s so easy about the slight edge is that it is only one little change done daily. In fact, if you’ll do it daily for long enough, it becomes a habit you no longer think about.

I remember grousing about having to put on my seatbelt when it became the law. What a pain? I don’t want to do it? It’s un-American to be told what to do! Yet today, I hardly even think about it as I sit down in my car and grab and pull the seatbelt into place without thinking. If we can get all of our positive slight edge changes to become a habit, making changes for the better becomes so much easier.

The most common example of compounding is the idea of compound interest. It absolutely amazed me to discover how much difference it makes to start early. Olsen provides an example of two 24 year olds deciding to invest $2,000 a year into their investment program. The first guy put in $2,000 a year right away until he turns 30 and then he stops. The second guy didn’t start until he turned 30 and started putting in $2,000 a year all the way until age 65.  Both accumulated a little over a millon dollars but the first guy only put in $12,000 total and the second guy put in $70,000 total. Wow, that’s huge.

Clarke Broome and Team INA share that the same principles apply to building a network marketing business. Instead of putting in capital, you are putting in people. And with people, the growth is significantly more dramatic because each newly added individual has the potential to grow himself and his business significantly more and faster than the interest rate set in the example.

You already know about the slight edge because you experience it daily. The key now is to learn enough to recognize when those principles are acting in your life and then to take action to implement the small and daily changes that will make the slight course adjustment towards your dreams and goals instead of away from them.

Whatever your goal is, start taking a small action steps each day to give you that slight edge in accomplishing that goal. There’s a lot of power in daily discipline. Such a simple concept, but so much power.  Use it.

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