Easy to do and Easy not to do (The Slight Edge)

By | October 12, 2013

“Easy to do and Easy not to do.” (The Slight Edge)

Have you heard the saying, “Easy to do and Easy not to do”(The Slight Edge)?  The first time I read this it simply blew me away especially as I was  thinking about making changes for my health, my wellbeing, my fitness, my life.  All the changes that I have made were very easy to do and yet there were also very easy not to do.


Making changes like adding water  is  very easy to do and at the same time it’s easy not to do.  The thing whether we do this or don’t do it we will not see a difference right away.  Yet over time (the power of compounding) it becomes very obvious the result.  In the example of drinking water if we don’t do it we become dehydrated, reduce our thinking power, reduce our energy,  and bring on disease.  Yet we don’t see it happen right away.

Same is true with the attitude toward the food we eat.  It is very easy to eat REAL FOOD and also very easy not to eat REAL FOOD!  We can tell ourselves all kind of stories on why we don’t eat REAL FOOD like no time, don’t know how ect.  The health problems won’t show up for years and years so we aren’t realizing the impact of that choice.  And there is always an impact on the choice!

I could go through all 6 Pillars of Health and the same would hold true.

To really grab hold of the easy to do you must be able to create the small wins to create the habit!  For example, adding water to your day, eating REAL FOOD meals, adding exercise a number of times per week to name a few.  Just start with one thing that would be easy to do and take the action to do that.  Once you have that habit firmly in place take the next idea you want to add into your positive habit tool kit and do that, rinse and repeat.

  Are you allowing the the easy to do and easy not to do philosophy to control your health?  In what ways?    Leave your comments, Share and Like!

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12 thoughts on “Easy to do and Easy not to do (The Slight Edge)

  1. Susan Evans

    I’ve been trying to drink more water, eat healthier, and exercise more recently. It’s hard to do when we’re tired, but doing it will give us more energy!
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    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Good that you are trying. That is exactly the point of the Slight Edge. Doing those things that are easy to do and in the same time easy not to do. One moves us positivlely forward and the other choice moves us back! Super that you have more energy when you do it. Thanks for sharing

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Good that you are drinking some water. Diet drinks are neurotoxins and definitely something I would get out of your daily habit ASAP! Let me know how I can help.

  2. Avery Wilmer

    Hi Wendy! I found your blog through a link you left on the Article Writing Challenge. You’re right about the easy to do and easy not to do. I’ve recently started exercising again and I’m already impressed with the amount of energy I have during the day now. I’ve also given up sugary drinks. It really is awesome how much better I feel just by listening to what my body needs.

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Way to go Avery! Adding exercise is excellent and it is fantastic you are seeing the improved energy. Anytime sugary drinks can be eliminated from the diet is a tremendous health benefit. Congrats.

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Congratulations Ruth! Way to go. Thanks for sharing your easy to do and easy not to do success.

  3. Tamsin

    The theory of it’s simple but it’s not easy ………… it’s always a choice we have to make in each and every moment. People haven’t grasped the impact of our food choices over time – they think that because they have always eaten something and it had no ill effects back then, that it won’t be the problem now.

    Compounding works both positively and negatively!

    1. Wendy Bottrell Post author

      Yes that is true Tamsin! The Slight Edge is the concept that it is easy to do and easy not to do. It is those choices that bring us to our goals. It is the thing you day daily, not seeing immediate results, yet day after day achieving. Thanks for connecting.

  4. Wendy Bottrell Post author

    Sounds like you are doing very positive things for your wellbeing! Keep at it and you will see the benefits. I gave up all wheat, grains, gluten 19 months ago, and feel, think like a different person today! Congrats.


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