The Razor’s Edge

August 21, 2018 // by Paula Bohland

“Effort only fully releases its reward after a person refuses to quit”- Napoleon Hill

Winning. Success. On the top of your game.

How do you feel when you hear these words? Some of us feel anxiety and may get depressed, thinking we are not successful or making any progress. Others may be inspired to try a bit harder and find success. Others just give up because they feel so confused about what to do, how to do it and where to turn to find success.

On the whole, there does seem to be an “us/them” separation between people who are successful and the general public.

Guess what? There may not be that much of a separation.

Consider that the difference between a gold and silver medal winner at the Olympics is often in tenths of a second in performance. However, when the medalists are celebrated it is usually the gold medalists who get the media endorsements, marketing and most of the attention. Yet that tenth of a second difference is rarely mentioned. This means that both the gold and silver medalists are extremely talented. There was just something that made the little difference for the gold winner. Was it luck?

In a survey of daily practices of gold medal winners, it was found that most winners spent an incredible amount of time training for their sport, learning all they could about it. Additionally, they engaged in visualization, mentally running themselves through their process and actions until they could see the entire action taken at each moment. Finally, almost all of them put in extra effort, after the training cycle was done adding in just a few more minutes of running, practice or exercise.

This is good news. This mean that you can be the winner or create exceptional outcomes by putting in just a bit additional effort. This does not mean running ten miles and then running one more mile. On the contrary, what it means taking a little, extra action steps towards goals. Take for instance a goal of writing a book. Instead of not working on it because there is “not enough time”, we commit to write one page a day?

That one page is one more than most people will ever write. If you stick with the commitment, you will have more than 300 pages of a book written in a year’s time. The same runs true with most goals. A bit more extra effort, even 10 minutes of effort, applied every day will accumulate to substantial learning and success over time- the razor’s edge of applied effort which provides gold medal returns.

If you do not know which area of your life you can create this razor edge applied effort, look at your goals. Try putting in a bit of extra effort towards learning, working on and achieving that goal each day for a month and note the remarkable gains made.

Cheering for your joy!
Paula Bohland

Paula Bohland

Paula Bohland, MSW is an award winning motivational speaker, author, blogger, consultant, and coach who specializes in personal and business development.



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