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Written by: Vickie Bevenour
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Coach Vickie Bevenour
February 2005 The Next Step in the Slight Edge
Last month I talked about “the slight edge”. That is, using the opportunity of making small decisions to make the “right” decision every time. How did you do? Did you find some small decisions that were easy to make and follow through on? Were there others that you found were much more difficult? If this was the case for you, you are not alone. The question is, where do you go from here?
The answer? You guessed it, the next step in “the slight edge”.
Please read and think about the four part plan presented below:
- Congratulate yourself on those decisions that you were able to make that moved you forward towards your ultimate goal.
- Identify the decisions that were not successful – where were you unable to follow “the slight edge”? What got in the way?
- What happens to your energy when you think about these decisions? If they are energy draining - why is that? Is this something that is important to you? Be honest, whose values are you really living?
- Is it time to refine your plan and clarify your goals? Pick the top three or four activities that would truly make a difference in your life and handle each of these using “the slight edge” approach.
My client Tom was in career transition and doing everything right. He had a great resume, he was using his extensive network, and he was getting interviews, but not receiving any job offers. After an intensive coaching session Tom discovered that he had been using all of his energy completing the steps leading up to the interviews. Once in front of the prospective employer, his energy was down; he seemed disinterested and certainly did not take the extra effort to help the interviewer understand why he was the best person for the job. He was over-prepared and underwhelming as a potential employee.
To get back his slight edge, Tom agreed to do something fun before each and every interview. If the interview was in the morning, he played basketball with his buddies the night before. If the interview was at 4 pm, he went to see his favorite currently playing movie at noon. He also discovered that his energy was much better in the morning; therefore whenever possible he scheduled his interviews for the morning.
The result was that after two weeks, Tom had two very successful interviews and two job offers. This was all because he listened to his body’s energy. Take a tip from Tom – use your “slight edge” to meet your goal and begin deriving results from within.
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