#reverb10 – The Slight Edge

reverb10 for December 17 – Lesson Learned

What was the best thing you learned about yourself this past year? And how will you apply that lesson going forward?

(Author: Tara Weaver)

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I thought about this question for a long time.  What did I learn this year?  I don’t think I learned anything particularly exciting or really anything that changed my life.  I guess I learned more about things that I already knew.  So, in a sense, I updated my knowledge a bit, but nothing really threw me for a loop.

But if you had to force me to answer this question, I think what I learned about myself is that if I set my mind to do something, I can accomplish it… and it is probably going to take a lot of work.

It is the last part of that sentence that never really sunk in before.  Not that I don’t work hard, but it is a different kind of hard work.  It borders on passion.  The ability to do something consistently.  I’ve always been good with working really hard for a bit and then letting off.  I’ve trained for a half marathon, but then stopped running as much once I finished.  If a project comes up that I need to get done, it gets done.  But for most of my life, I haven’t really had an ongoing issue to take care of.

Yesterday, I talked about a book about how our food comes to our plate, but today it is “The Slight Edge“.  The point of that book is that in being great at something doesn’t usually come from some big stroke of luck or some dramatic moment.  Being great comes from making a lot of really small choices, but making the right choice when those choices come up.

You make these choices every moment of every day.  Maybe it is deciding to exercise rather than watch the show you’ve been meaning to watch.  Or maybe it’s brushing your teeth twice a day every day so that you don’t get cavities.  This is something that I struggle with because I feel that I make a lot of “bad” decisions that eat up a lot of my time, time that could be used to do something more productive.

Moving forward, I think I’d like to keep acknowledging that it is the little things that make a difference.  But this is going to have to involve me setting up systems to not allow me to make bad choices.  YouTube is always there to fall back on, and it always will be there in times of weakness or procrastination.  So until I get my temptations under control, I’ll continue spinning my wheels and not getting to where I want to be.

What do you know?  I guess I DID learn something that profoundly changed the way that I thought about things.

I really enjoyed thinking about this reverb.  When I first saw the question, I almost just totally dismissed it.  But then I put some thought into it and hopefully will continue to keep this in the back of my mind

3 thoughts on “#reverb10 – The Slight Edge

  1. Jess says:

    The ability to do something consistently is SO hard, unless it’s something super fun that you’re passionate about. But you’re right…by choosing to make consistent little choices and keeping with the follow through, big things can really follow!

    Here’s to a cavity free 2011!;-)

  2. Jon says:

    Enjoyed reading your post. Time and temptation are friends in that they both can eat away at doing the important things in life. My lesson learned could be in the same ballpark as yours in that doing three things you love to do can be done; you just don’t have to select one.

    Filling time with things you love to do keeps time-wasting activities out of the way.

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