5 Self help Tips

20/20 Hindsight — “I knew it all along” phenomenon. 

The “I knew it all along” phenomenon is also called the “hindsight bias.”  It’s when you assume you knew the answer all along, when somebody gives you the answer or the information.

It happens when you see something and it seems like common sense, or that you knew it would happen.  The problem is when you build false-confidence, or don’t really know the information as well as you thought you did.  See What is the “I Knew It All Along Phenomenon.”

30 Day Trials — Try something new for 30 days.

If you want to grow your capabilities, learn something new, change a habit or adopt a new one, try it for 30 days.

Whether you do it as a 30 Day Challenge, or a 30 Day Trial, or a 30 Day Improvement Sprint, there is power when you get time on your side, and take a small action each day.   See 30 Days to Success, by Steve Pavlina,  watch a video by Matt Cuts on Try Something New for 30 Days, or read my post on 30 Day Improvement Sprints.

80/20 Rule – 80 percent of your results come from 20 percent of your efforts.

You can use this rule of thumb to spend more energy on the vital few things that count.  Amplify what counts, and you amplify your impact.

This is the key to exponential results.  The 80/20  Rule is also known as the Pareto Principle, and the idea is popularized in The 80/20 Individual, by Richard Koch, and The Four Hour Work Week, by Tim Ferris.  See the Pareto Principle.

“A Sense of Urgency” — The key to change. 

Early success can lead to complacency.  Change can be hard.  People can resist change for all sorts of reasons.   Because change can be hard, and to get over the humps, the key is to create a sense of urgency.

You can do this with stories, and appealing to emotions, in ways that compel people to action.  John Kotter teaches us that the key to change is creating a compelling sense of urgency in the book, A Sense of Urgency.

“Absence makes the heart grow stronger,” or “Out of sight, out of mind”?

In the short term, “absence makes the heart grow fonder”, until you move on and “out of sight, out of mind” takes over.  In the long term, absence can make the heart grow fonder, in that we tend to remember the good things, and forget the bad.  In this way, if you reunite with somebody that was “out of site, out of mind”, you might be fonder.

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