** Edited and revised on 2/15/2021
Back in October 2019, this post got a lot of attention, because of its practical advice, ease of implementation, and the results that you can get by using this framework. As we near the end of May 2019, I thought it would be helpful to revisit this subject as a reminder of what’s possible when we use best practices that can help us to lead better and happier lives.
Have you seen those top ten lists that are everywhere? Top Ten Books, Top Ten Productivity Hacks, Top Ten Foods that increase your energy and make you smart at the same time?
When you and I see “Top Ten…” what do we think?
When I see a list like that, I think: best practices – the fast and easy way. I know that someone has tried and tested the list, and because of that, I have a fairly good chance of it working.
So I try the food list that I mentioned above (of course I would try the food, first!) and I’m waiting for the smartness and the energy to kick in! I did what they suggested, but… no magic, no bump in the IQ, nada, nothing!
Well, that’s totally bogus! It doesn’t work! I got ripped off!
How about you? Do you buy in only to be disappointed with the result?
Well, for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been researching best practices that can be applied to any situation. The idea is that if we can get to the truth and apply the right formula, we’ll have less struggle, better results, and more quality experiences!
So I’ve made a list of the four best practices that I’ve discovered, thus far, that make the difference in our results when applied, consistently.
Before you skim down to get to the framework, read this next sentence:
What I’ve found, repeatedly, is that if we don’t have the ability to make the right connections, and then,take the right actions, then “best practices” are useless.
What I mean by ability is the O.E.I.
- Openness to be wrong
- Energy – vitality, vibrancy, and mental and physical stamina to interpret well
- Intention to discover the truth of what works
What would life be like for you if you weaponized yourself in this way? When you set yourself up to win, you are more likely to live that extraordinary life you’ve dreamed of.A Challenger said this
Below are the best practices that make the biggest difference in your results.
Confusion-Struggle+Clarity = Ability to act with conviction
BEST PRACTICES THAT WORK
- CHECK ASSUMPTIONS – Ask yourself how do you know something is true? How can you find out if it is absolutely true? Did you ass-u-me it? When we check these, we remove a lot of needless suffering and struggle.
- IDENTIFY CAUSE AND EFFECT – How do you know whether something was the actual cause? How can you find out? Don’t confuse causation with correlation.
- SEPARATE FACT FROM OPINION – How do you know? Is there data to back it up? Is that data subject to different interpretations? The more you can identify the facts, the better you can choose.
- EXPERIMENT – The most important practice of them all. Test whether it’s true. Test whether it works. Modify and test based on results. Test some more. When you raise your tolerance for failed experiments, that crazy, wacked idea could turn out to make your company millions of dollars. Don’t believe me? Ask Subaru’s marketing team.
Quick reminder. Best practices don’t work if you don’t have the energy, the vitality, and the intention to get to the truth of what works. In order to be successful, you need to have the rest required, the good nutrition required, and the physical vitality and stamina REQUIRED to accurately interpret data.
It’s not a question of whether you can operate with minimum sleep, with lousy nutrition, lack of exercise, and without an openness to being wrong – because you can. It’s whether you want to live an extraordinary quality of life, and if you do, good nutrition, rest, exercise, and openness are the basics to master.
What would life be like for you if you weaponized yourself in this way? When you set yourself up to win, you are more likely to live that extraordinary life you’ve dreamed of.
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You’ve got this.
Thank you so much for reading and until next time: Make the most out of the time you have!
With love and respect,