The difference between the 99% and the 1% is what we are talking about in this article.
You may or may not be able to raise yourself to the level of the 1%, but you’ll move from wherever you are to a lot higher in income, life satisfaction, etc. depending on how well you employ this new thing… that at present you probably have never thought of.
You are smart… right? Well, no. Unless your life shows that, let’s consider that you may be smart, but your actions aren’t.
THE missing piece of the BIG puzzle… 1
One of the things that cause this discrepancy, this ever widening gap between what you could do (smart) and what you actually do (your results) is a missing piece of the puzzle.
What puzzle? you ask. The puzzle of life. The puzzle of producing results… big results, in reality.
The distinction is called system or system’s thinking. 2
I know you know the word, but knowing the word doesn’t mean you have the distinction, that you EVER look through that distinction.
Your actions tell me, not your words. Your results tell me, not your words.
So what is a system?
A system is interconnected elements. Each can be individually tweaked, each can be individually optimal or sub-optimal.
Your results are always the results of the system.
Let’s take a system: your body. Let’s measure the result: your health number. Anything from zero (dead) to 100%.
In my health consulting I pay attention, I measure
the obvious input:
nutrients (your 90 essential nutrients)
and the not so obvious
the eating style (this is the when to eat and how to eat)
One of my clients decided that he knows better, and changed every element of that list, how it applies to him, and dug himself in a hole where his health number is now 3%, he smells bad, and he is weak and tired.
I sent him to a medical doctor for examination: I don’t want to deal with undisciplined clients, and his symptoms sounded like he has an underlying illness.
His results are that his blood has too much iron, and his hemoglobin is low. Hemoglobin is what carries oxygen to every part of the body. If it is low: you are weak.
Blood is a system inside a system. Iron up, hemoglobin down… always playing the see-saw game.
The doctors are deciding if he has hemochromatosis, a genetic imbalance, where you have to donate a pint or two blood out every month or so, so your body can live.
But what they won’t consider, because they never consider nutrition, these Western Medicine doctors, what my client eats and what he doesn’t.
Because what he was doing is eating only animals, double portions, feeling always hungry.
Another system in your body is the digestive system. Each system has its own see-saw, protein metabolism needs acid to work. Above a certain age your acid becomes weak… or if you eat too much protein, the acid you have cannot digest it… so it will rot in your bowels undigested, poisoning you.
Indigestion masquerades as hunger, so he ate more worsening his condition. Even though his eating style says: eat only when you have a full-on appetite, the body’s signal that it is ready to digest new food.
Doctors are not taught to ask these questions, to look at the what, the how, the when, so they have no idea what causes the imbalance and the illness.
Unless you bring systems thinking to your health, you’ll have poor health.
When I measure people’s startup measurements, I measure their health number. I have found only one person who had higher than 10% measure. She had a 12% health numbers.
The health number only measures your maximum with your actual… so my 30% health number doesn’t compare with your 30%, if you are younger than me.
While I was sick, I made many mistakes myself… I am just now straightening out my behavior…
You and your doctors weren’t taught, don’t think to look, or cannot look at your health as a system… your digestion as a system within a system, your circulation as a system within a system.
It is not easy…
Here is another area where not thinking in systems is costly, maybe even deadly: business.
Whether you are the owner of your business, you are a freelancer, or you are an employee, a homemaker, you are always in business.
And every business is a system. Every business has at least 7 hinges, small hinges, that swing big doors… the business results: the business’s profitability, how much time you have left after fulfilling the business’s needs, how much fun you have doing it.
Your life is a system… with smaller systems within the system
Self-actualization is a system…
My methodology is to help you build a system that serves all your life, your wealth, your health, your relationships, and your fulfillment/growth on the highest possible level, given what you have going for you.
We sometimes call this “spinning many plates”…
It’s most obvious in that context, spinning plates, why the whole outcome, your wealth, your health, your relationships and your fulfillment suffer: you dropped some plates.
If you are inconsistent, prone to urges, prone to “i want to do what I want to do when I want to do it” childish behavior, you will never be able to operate your life as a system, and you won’t grow.
Your past performance in life is an indicator… sorry to break it to you.
Your starting point measurements, what your past performance has “bought” you tells the story.
I’ll know what is the lowest hanging fruit. The low hanging fruit is the easiest hinge/lever to handle and get big initial results.
But the most important handle is not part of the system, it is the context of the system: what gives you juice in life.
Life is a discovery, and adventure, says one of my students
Life is to be the one who lets the spirit fly
Life is bringing the divine to everything
Either everybody counts, or nobody counts, says Harry Bosch
All my heroes have a juice, and organizing principle, in their lives. Sometimes you need to do work to dig it out, but it’s there.
White Fang, Howard Roark, Socrates…
The juice, the organizing principle is what makes life worth living.
And the system that allows you to live life powerfully. All those plates I ask you to spin…
The biggest missing is that you may spin some plates in some area, but the moment you get to another area of life, you drop all those plates.
You live a fragmented life… a life that isn’t going to amount to much.
No organizing principle, no seamless life.
Plates crashing signals a life crashing. A sad sound.
- …I first started to sense that there is a puzzle piece there, when I borrowed billionaire Charlie Munger’s book list. And then I got a pdf from “Pete Williams, the Richard Branson of Australia”, the 7 levers of doubling your business in just seven weeks… and then Pete Willams book, Cadence.
…From that point on I saw everything through that filter… I watched Frank Kern’s short videos, some 20 of them so far. I listened to Robert Plank’s webinars with new ears. And started to teach differently, to look at what I am doing to help you be the best version of yourself…
- Systems can be found everywhere, in nature, in our bodies, in our political system, in economy, in money, in manufacturing, in writing a book… everywhere. Global warming NOT looked through a system results in actions that worsen it instead of slowing it down.
Most scientists, most politicians, most people don’t even consider that they are part of a system, and what they deal with are systems. Their linear approach, their lack of seeing the system is what makes humans likened to cancer… cancer behaves like it is independent of the system it invades… and it destroys it.
Each system can also be viewed as a collection of seesaw systems in relation to each element of the larger system… In my example of health, if you eat more of something, you tip the balance of nutrients, and you’ll be deficient in the other nutrient…
For example, I make several hot drinks for myself during the day. Why? I like hot drinks. My hot drinks system cycles through many of my allowed foods, peanut butter, butter, coffee, goat cheese. One drink of each, but butter and goat cheese… But the more hot drinks I consume, the less solid food my body needs… and ultimately I create another imbalance… Sigh… such is the nature of reality.
A client of mine is very fond of seeds and nuts. He eats them by the handful… and he finds his health number plummet. Shows a lack of knowledge of systems… We have discussed this since… But the discussion didn’t cause any change in behavior, or in change in his health number. Only actions cause change.