A new look at the 80 / 20 rule

The 80-20 rule

This is one of those life lessons that could really make a difference.  Are you familiar with the 80/20 rule? In the business world, it’s were they say that eighty percent of your business comes from twenty percent of your clients. Or eighty percent of the work is done by twenty percent of the employees. Well, when it comes to thinking about your life, I believe that the 80/20 rule applies.

How much thinking time do grown-ups actually give to their future? I’m guessing about 20 percent or less. In other words most of our adult thought tend to be about the past or the present day to day stuff. That means that twenty percent or less of our thought powers goes into our dreams for the future.

Now if you were thinking like a four year old, the opposite would be true: eighty percent of the thoughts would be about the future and things to come. Part of that may be because kids have very little past history to think about, but to me, the whole idea is one of those eye opening moments. Imagination, dreams, and anticipation of the future, is what makes up the spirit of childhood. They are focused on the excitement of things yet to come.

So what are your precentages? Try to pay attention to your daily thoughts and begin to become aware of their subjet matter. Is the majority of your brainpower being used on thoughts about things that already happened? Do you get caught in that endless thought loop where you replay a conversation over and over in your head? Or maybe you think about your to do list and go over all the details of the day. Try to increase your thought about the future. Let your mind wander forward to a vision were anything is possible.

The goal is to increase the percentage so the majority of your thoughts are on the future instead of the past. This is very hard to do, but as soon as you catch yourself reliving an event of the past, simply refocus your thought and try to dream of the future. Again, it’s tough because memories of the past are very comforting. They are predictable. We always know the outcome. Adult brains like that. Nice and comfortable is the easy way to go. It’s harder to maintain thought of the future because we don’t know anything about it. It’s all in our heads. The future has not happened yet, so the outcome is unknown.

Dreams are important so try to unlearn old habits and re-educate your brain so it will get excited about the future. Slowly, every day, use your imagination and work on changing the percents of your thoughts to include dreams and visions of the future. Keep it up and soon amazing ideas will become part of your daily thoughts.

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About Susan Sherbert

You can’t be sad, or depressed, and smile at the same time. I hope my witty yet quirky humor makes you smile and that my creative content makes you think. If that happens then I have achieved success.
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