By Nomalanga Mhlauli-Moses
Some years ago, I read a book by Jeff Olson, “The Slight Edge” and it changed my life and how I perceive and pursue success. My take away from the book was simple and yet life changing; basically, what you do everyday may seem insignificant when looked at on it’s own but when looked at over time, it can make a world of difference.
Imagine, if you will, there were two women who, each day did more or less the same thing with the exception that one of them was a smart woman who understood the power of doing a little bit and each day she took about 30 to 60 minutes to sit down and write down her thoughts. The other woman could use her 30 to 60 minutes to take a nap.
After a year, if each woman has consistently done just that one different thing, the woman who took the naps will probably be a well rested woman-good for her! The woman who wrote everyday, however, will have written a full book and maybe even two books. The woman with the book has just used the POWER of a little bit to her advantage and can now call herself a writer or an author.
There are many more examples; imagine if both women wanted to lose weight and one took a nap for 30 or 45 minutes everyday and the other just took a brisk walk. Again, after a day or two, the women don’t seem that different and maybe even a month later, they still seem the same. A year later,however, the smart woman who was taking walks everyday will have lost a significant amount of weight and her walk may have even graduated to a jog or a run, while the other woman will probably still be wishing she could lose weight.
Today, think about the many little things that you can do everyday that, if you are consistent with, will make a world of difference in your life. Maybe you could put $10 or $100 away every week and be disciplined enough not to touch it. At the end of the year, you’ll have saved over $500 or over $5000. Maybe it could be committing to saying something sweet to your husband or partner everyday and then one day realizing that you have made a habit of being kinder and more loving.
What little bit will you start doing today?
Nomalanga is a Life Balance Expert. Her speaking and coaching programs help busy women who struggle to balance Marriage, Motherhood and Money-Making™. Nomalanga is an experienced instructor, author and avid blogger.