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Why Am I Failing? How Do I Succeed? aka There's a 'Slight Edge' Difference Between Failure & Success

Updated: Nov 21, 2019

How did I get to this point? And how do I get out?

Life is a series of highs and lows, peaks and troughs, crossroads and forks in the road.


I'd reached a low. Not just me, but the whole family.


We were in debt, living someplace we hated and had no 'provable' (or reliable) source of income since we were starting our own business.


No provable income meant we had no way to move and improve our living situation.


I felt stuck. I was angry. It was depressing.


I was blaming others -- God, business partners, my spouse. I was complaining about our bad luck, bad choices, bad karma...


But after years of 'training' in personal development, my heart knew that continuing to blame and complain wouldn't help me get out of our situation.


So I started asking questions.

  • How did we get here?

  • What led us to these circumstances?

  • How can we get out?

As always, the answers came to me as I studied, researched, prayed, and pondered.


And the solutions came as I took action.



There's a Slight Edge Difference Between where You Are and Where You Want to Be


Failure -- any kind of failure (aka struggles, trials, tests, bad luck, bad karma, whatever YOU call it) is nothing more than daily errors in judgment repeated over time.


Success -- luck, prosperity, blessings from God, answers to prayers, good karma -- is nothing more than daily good decisions repeated over time.


If you don't like who you are and where your life is it's not because you lack information or resources or opportunity. It's not because the devil is after you or because God is trying you. It's not bad karma or bad luck, or the government's fault, or because someone 'did you wrong'.


You are where you are and who you are because of the slight edge. The slight edge is how God and the universe and truth work in our lives.


If you don't like what you have in your life it's because you've been making simple daily errors in judgment over time.


So stop blaming your circumstances. Stop blaming anything except yourself. This is your doing.


Pull away the veil that blinds your mind and look at the heart of the matter. Look beyond the circumstances and examine the actions that brought you here.


Then go behind the actions and find the attitudes (aka beliefs or philosophy).


Dig further to discover the thinking patterns that created the attitudes. And that is where you will find the root of all your failure or success. It starts with how YOU think and what YOU believe.


And if your thinking is off in any way, if your philosophy is wrong, you are your own worst enemy.


You're sabotaging your own success.


Is this difficult to swallow? Is it a heavy weight to bear?


Of course.


But the only time I've made positive improvements in my life has been when I accepted the full weight and responsibility for my errors in judgment and turned them to good daily disciplines.



You Already Have the Secret to Succeeding


Success -- in money, relationships, health, righteousness, leadership -- is not that difficult to achieve. It's not elusive.


You already have all the information you need -- or it is readily available, for free, online.


You don't need more information to transform your life. You don't need to read another book or buy another course or say another prayer (aka vain repetition).


You already have the answers. They are already there, ready and waiting for you.


What you need is to apply the answers. You need to live them.


How do you do that?


By changing the way you think. Because if you don't do that, it doesn't matter how much information or how many answers you have or how many prayers you say.


You could have all the 'how-to' steps to achieve everything you want in life.


But until you change your thinking (your philosophy) you'll never actually put them into action.


Of if you do, you won't stick with it. You'll stop doing them and you'll think, 'this doesn't work.' My life is too hard; my kids are too time-consuming; my boss is too mean; God/Satan has it out for me; I've got bad luck/bad karma; this is just the 'way things are'...


None of that is true, so stop believing it. Stop telling it to yourself. That's the beginning of changing your philosophy.


Daily disciplines work. But only if you stick with them. Day after day after day after day, for months, years, and decades.

Information about how to be successful has always been readily available, but if the person absorbing that information doesn't have the right philosophy to apply it the right way, success will elude their grasp. -- Jeff Olson

There is no magic bullet or bailout to 'success' (aka what you want or need in your life).


It won't come from winning the lottery, praying for it, thinking positive thoughts, doing righteous acts, or waiting for your ship to come in.


It won't come from blaming or complaining to God, or the devil, or the universe, or the government.


If you think you'll get rich by some one-time investment, or lose weight with a quick-fix diet, or pray to God to give you answers to your prayers -- then you will never take the real actions necessary to achieve those goals.


You won't work day after day after day on the small, simple steps that compound over time to produce results.


And the only way to succeed -- in any area of life -- is to practice simple daily disciplines in that area.


Once you understand this philosophy it will become a filter to every tiny or titanic decision you make, every to-do list you create -- every day of your life.


Because it is the things you do every single day -- things that don't seem like they make a difference one way or the other -- that actually make ALL the difference.


They are the things that DO matter. In fact, they are the things that not only make a difference, but they make all the difference. The only difference.


Have faith in the process of simple, positive actions repeated over time.


Trust the process.

The law of nature is, Do the thing, and you shall have the power: but they who do not the thing have not the power." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Every Day We Have a Choice


Every morning we have a choice.


We can choose to do things that are easy to do. Or we can choose to NOT do them because they're also easy not to do.

  • Do we choose to exercise or watch Netflix?

  • Do we choose to create value or just consume what others have created?

  • Do we choose to save 10% or spend it?

  • Do we choose to eat cookies or kale?

  • Do we choose to build relationships or tear them down?

  • Do we choose to wish and pray or work?

If we choose the cookies or the wishing or Netflix, will it ruin our life? Of course not. At least not the first or second or seventieth time.


But over a lifetime of choosing it? Yes, that is how lives are ruined. That is how we become broke and broken.


(And don't get me wrong, I'm all for praying and wishing. But only when you actually get to work afterward.)


You see, what we don't often understand is that every day, every hour we are offered the choice of abundant wealth or sinking poverty; vibrant health or debilitating disease; deepening relationships or alienating loneliness.


It's our choice. Every decision will lead to one or the other. It can't <