Effective Principles and Mindsets for Positive Life Outcomes

  • Input-Process-OutputEverything in life can be framed as input-process-output. What variables are you dealing with? How are you manipulating or processing these variables? What is the outcome?
  • Risk vs. Reward: Is it worth the risk? Is the opportunity for reward great enough?
  • Trade-offs: Everything is a trade-off. Which problem would you rather have? What options are you saying "No" to? How would you rather spend your time?
  • 20/80 Rule: Determine the 20% of your effort that produces 80% of your desired outcome. Now focus on those areas.
  • Minimum Viable Product: Determine the minimum components to create a successful product or easiest approach to satisfy a requirement.
  • 1% Rule: Determine the 1% of your current process that is holding you back and eliminate it. This could be a person, environment, mindset, habit, etc.
  • Find Value in Everything that You Do: Whatever you have to offer, someone out there does value it; you just need to find them.
  • Provide Opportunity: Provide opportunity to help a person reach their goal. If you can align yourself with these like-minded people, you can use the power of intrinsic motivation reach "unrealistic" goals.
  • 5 Second Rule: If you have a thought or idea, act within 5 seconds or move past it.
  • Radically Open to Experience: Gain exposure to diverse areas. There is always something new and valuable to learn; you just need to discover it.
  • Promote your authentic self: The sooner you voice your authentic desires, the more opportunity you give for people to respond to you, find acceptance, and align with like-minded people.
  • Never make assumptions: We never have all of the information to fully understand a situation. Assumptions can not be easily validated, and therefore, produce blind spots.
  • Structure-Function: The structure or organization of everything impacts its ability to function. Think of both physical objects and abstract systems.
  • Landscape and Navigation: Our mental maps are not accurate representations of the actual territory. Stay alert and react.
  • Blind spots: You are not aware of what you do not know. Always seek the truth and be both curious and suspicious.
  • Lead by Example: Also known as the Golden Rule, treat others as you would want to be treated. If you want others to follow, you must show them first through your actions.
  • Desires vs. Decisions: Define your goals or self-agenda and what decisions and actions are necessary to get you there.
  • Thoughts vs. Feelings: Is your decision rational or based on feelings? Is your intuition supported?
  • Positive Frame: Choose a thinking framework that presents an outcome or situation in a positive way. Focus on what you gained or learned from an experience.
  • Trends and Projections: Take note of common themes, trends, or patterns to inform putative outcomes (but be cautious, this can be problematic if you make too many assumptions). History repeats, and if you observe the cues, you can react early and position yourself for a favorable outcome.
  • Deconstruction: Break a process or concept into its core components. How can you reconstruct something in a different way? How can you apply the core components differently?