Are You Infected with Neglect?

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I found it easy to set the goals that could change my life. They found it easy not to. I found it easy to read the books that could affect my thinking and my ideas. They found that easy not to. I found it easy to attend the classes and the seminars, and to get around other successful people. They said it probably really wouldn't matter.

If I had to sum it up, I would say what I found to be easy to do, they found to be easy not to do. Six years later, I'm a millionaire and they are all still blaming the economy, the government and company policies, yet they neglected to do the basic, easy things.

In fact, the primary reason most people are not doing as well as they could and should, can be summed up in a single word: neglect.

It is not the lack of money - banks are full of money. It is not the lack of opportunity - America, and much of the free World, continues to offer the most unprecedented and abundant opportunities in the last six thousand years of recorded history.

It is not the lack of books – libraries are full of books - and they are free! It is not the schools - the classrooms are full of good teachers. We have plenty of ministers, leaders, counselors and advisors.

Everything we would ever need to become rich and powerful and sophisticated is within our reach. The major reason that so few take advantage of all that we have is simply, neglect.

Neglect is like an infection. Left unchecked it will spread throughout our entire system of disciplines and eventually lead to a complete breakdown of a potentially joy-filled and prosperous human life.

Not doing the things we know we should do causes us to feel guilty and guilt leads to an erosion of self-confidence. As our self-confidence diminishes, so does the level of our activity. And as our activity diminishes, our results inevitably decline. And as our results suffer, our attitude begins to weaken. And as our attitude begins the slow shift from positive to negative, our self-confidence diminishes even more ... and on and on it goes.

So my suggestion is that when giving the choice of "easy to" and "easy not to" that you do not neglect to do the simple, basic, "easy"; but potentially life-changing activities and disciplines.

Your friend for life,

~Susan Harjehausen~
512-636-1584 anytime

*Article by Jim Rohn

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Wow Susan What An Eye Opener !!!!

I never really heard the lack of financial freedom explained this way before, But Susan you went and hit this one out of the park with your article.
Wow What A Wake Up Call !!!!

Very Well Done Susan !

Thank You For Sharing Your Brilliance !

Your Friend For Life :-D

Steven Squillace

Steven Squillace — Mon, 06/21/2010 - 3:22am

I'm not a religious man,

but AMEN!

Can anyone make it any clearer?
I don't think so.

Great article, every person not making the money they set as there goal should read this.

Thanks Susan.


Rutger Diergaarde — Mon, 06/21/2010 - 3:52am

Neglect leads to regret.

And the sad part is that it just doesn't have to be. Hopefully your article will open the eyes of many. Great inspiration Susan, Keep up the good work. We appreciate your insight.


Les Taylor — Mon, 06/21/2010 - 7:23am

Thanks Susan

This is really good information Susan, thanks for sharing it from Jim Rohn. He will continue to teach us valuable lessons : )

StefanieSanspree (not verified) — Mon, 06/21/2010 - 7:32am

Sounds like the slight edge....

Profound information. Thanks for sharing, Susan. Seems like we really have no excuses, Huh? Apply the slight edge philosophy on a daily basis and in the long run it will pay great dividends.

lynnj (not verified) — Mon, 06/21/2010 - 5:51pm


Susan, I have to agree, it is definitely self-destruction to the mind and I don't understand, why people prefer to do things the difficult way rather than the right way. As Lynn says, you need to have a slight edge approach attitude. Do something everyday. Little steps lead us to big things on our journey. Brillant article. Thank you

Therese Catanzano — Mon, 06/21/2010 - 10:22pm

Yes, Lynn and Therese

It is definitely like the Slight Edge philosophy. "The Slight Edge" by Jeff Olson happens to be one of my favorite books. Thanks everyone for the nice comments.


Susan Harjehausen — Tue, 06/22/2010 - 1:32am

Article on Neglect

Thanks Susan. It's the disciplines that we use, that at the end of the day cause us to feel like we've done a good job. There is no greater satisfaction than knowing you've done your best.
Doris Hullett

Doris Hullett — Tue, 06/22/2010 - 2:33am

Thanks Susan!

Great article! I enjoyed reading this article and I know it will keep me thinking in the future if I am neglecting or doing the right easy thing to do. Thanks again.

Timothy Burns — Tue, 06/22/2010 - 7:20am

Anyone up for a challenge?

Here's a challenge for anyone who is ready to take it on. TAKE ACTION on the one thing that popped into your mind as you read Susan's article. Ready-Set-Go!

Margi Starr — Tue, 06/22/2010 - 7:25pm

Mirrors Don't Lie!!!

Hi Susan,

Great article. If we neglect long enough we all will begin to believe a lie and end up with nothing at all...

Keep writing it has inspired me to work in the now...

Have a Great and Blessed Day,

Danny & Laura

Danny & Laura J... — Wed, 06/23/2010 - 9:02pm

Well Said Susan...

Hi Susan,

"Neglect is like an infection. Left unchecked it will spread throughout our entire system of disciplines and eventually lead to a complete breakdown of a potentially joy-filled and prosperous human life." well said...

This really brings how significant the "present moment" is
to the frontal lobe!

We all have within ourselves the tools we need to reach our highest potential.

Thanks for a Great article!
Chris & Michelle

Chris Hooks — Thu, 06/24/2010 - 12:54pm

That Slight Edge Works With or Against Us!

You are so right Susan! If we don't use it, time ticks away, and our neglect causes huge deficiencies in our lives! The littlest things compounded make the biggest differences over time. Use that to your favor and you come out on top!

Thanks for a wonderful post!

Vicki Berry — Thu, 06/24/2010 - 4:48pm

Easy to do...

...and easy NOT to do. I enjoyed your article very much, Susan. Thanks for sharing these insights into the philosophies presented in one of my favorite books: "The Slight Edge"

One second at a time... one minute at a time... one day at a time. All of our lives, whether successful or not, are made up of the same increments of time. How we choose to use our "moments" determines our destination. Thank you, my friend, for sharing.

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