The turtle is often associated with slow processes so it may seem to be the opposite of what you want for your self development. When you are ready to make changes in your life and become happier and more successful, you want to see fast results. You want to turn your life around now, not at some point in the very distant future.
In an audio book titled The Slight Edge, Jeff Olson shows that a turtle’s pace could be exactly what you need to make permanent changes in your life. You may want fast changes that you can feel right now, but it is typically better to focus on smaller changes that will permanently impact your life for the better.
Think of it in terms of an obese person who needs to lose a hundred pounds. They desperately want the pounds to just melt off instantaneously, but no amount of starving themselves or binge dieting will work permanently. They start yo-yoing with their weight in an unhealthy way and the weight loss goes nowhere in the end.
It is when the obese person starts taking smaller steps to live a healthier life overall that they really start to see the pounds melt away. They take these small steps in a consistent manner over time and before they know it they are a hundred pounds lighter living an active lifestyle they would have only dreamed of months before.
The process for self-development and life change is very similar. Jeff Olson shows why making some very small changes can lead to huge changes over time. This approach to change is less radical and may seem too easy, but it is a proven strategy for long-term change and personal success.
Olson also teaches you to put your habits under the microscope to decide if they are working for or against you. How else are you going to know what small changes need to be made?
Real change doesn’t occur in the dark. You have to open your eyes to the way you are living. Then you have to find real differences between your lifestyle today and what your lifestyle would need to be in order to live out your dreams. Once you become conscious of these things, it becomes much easier to take turtle paced steps toward a better life.
Anyone can overcome obstacles and go on to be highly successful. If you aren’t successful today, you can learn from the habits and lifestyle choices of people who have already become great successes.
In The Slight Edge, Olson identifies real habits shared by some of the most successful people in the world. He breaks them down so you see how you can use those habits in your own life to be successful in your own way.
You don’t have to do anything dramatic to become successful when you follow Olson’s philosophy. You just have to be very clear about what choices you are making today and what choices you would have to make to be successful. Then you can take those turtle steps that will lead you to a future of success.
Imagine yourself a year from now. You are highly successful. You contemplate back to this very day and realize how far you have come in such a short time. That vision of your future self can come true!