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The 3 Laws of Performance

It’s an amazing thing. Drastically scary, yet amazingly true. We live according to the future that we have planned out for ourselves. Think for a second. What do you expect will happen to you in the future? One year from now? Chances are, you are living based on what you are expecting. No one should know this more than economists. If you’re expecting to have money, you’ll still be buying stuff. If you’re expecting to be poor, then you’ll start saving cash. Roughly what’s happening in the recession now.

“So what’s wrong with that?”, you ask. The problem is that, when you expect something to go wrong, you spend your energy trying to fix it so that it doesn’t go wrong. And so you start planning to “avoid failure” instead of planning to “succeed”. Two VERY different things.

I read a book today called “the three laws of performance”. Very insightful. And yes, when I said today, I meant today. I covered most of the book in the space of an hour. The uses of speedreading.

It explains very well why you can “Think & Grow Rich”. That book by Napoleon was always a bunch of nonsense to me. Same goes for “The Science of Getting Rich”. Both books basically tell you to imagine a jedi-type “Force” that  can be manipulated by your will if you believe hard enough. Then when you believe that you are getting rich, opportunities will come by themselves.

I don’t know if this actually works or not but some people swear by it. I just can’t accept it because it doesnt sound the least bit logical. And I think that i’m one of the bigger believers of the power of perception & the human mind. I used to attribute the effectiveness of the theory to the “red car effect”.

But in light of this new book, it all makes sense now. Those books only work if you fundamentally believe in a different possible future. By believing in a different future, you then work towards it. And when I say “work towards”, i don’t necessarily mean consciously. Imagine, if you thought that you were losing your job, you’d probably not care much about how you look and how your job performance was. After all, you’re doomed to fail anyway. And when the boss notices that you ARE that demotivated, you’ll be the first one he fires if he needs to lay off people.

But if you thought you were getting a promotion, you’d probably dress up just a little bit nicer and do your work cheerfully, not noticing that you’re doing your job better than normal. This might actually lead to a raise or a promotion later on! Talk about self-fulfilling prophecies!!!

This is an example of planning to “succeed”. You’re thinking already about succeeding, and so you unconsciously do things that are on th path of success. When you plan to “avoid failure”, your thoughts are on failure anyway, and so you start to exhibit the tiny tell-tale signs that you are failing, and that you’re just struggling to avoid it.

It’s an interesting book. If you read it, you might have some epiphanies too.

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