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Hindsight, Foresight & Insight05. Feb, 2010 0 Comments  

There are three fundamental elements of personal development: hindsight, foresight and insight.

Most of us live from hindsight. While experience is certainly valuable, the problem of living primarily from hindsight is that we don't cultivate the wisdom to avoid problems before we're engulfed in them.

Foresight — the wisdom to extrapolate past experience and knowledge into the future to make decisions — is highly beneficial.

People with foresight make less mistakes, can capitalize on and profit from trends, and have greater capacity to persevere through difficult times.

But of these three "sights," insight is by far the most valuable and powerful.

Insight is a combination of hindsight, foresight and strokes of inspiration that come from sustained introspection.

Insight is cultivated and honed by consistently taking time to "sharpen the saw."

In the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey poses the following story:

"Suppose you were to come upon someone in the woods working feverishly to saw down a tree.

"'What are you doing?' you ask.

"'Can't you see?' comes the impatient reply. 'I'm sawing down this tree.'

"'You look exhausted!' you exclaim. 'How long have you been at it?'

"'Over five hours,' he returns, 'and I'm beat! This is hard work.'

"'Well, why don't you take a break for a few minutes and sharpen that saw?' you inquire. 'I'm sure it would go a lot faster.'

"'I don't have time to sharpen the saw,' the man says emphatically. 'I'm too busy sawing!'"

Those who never take time to "sharpen the saw" in their personal lives miss out on the most valuable insights that could propel them to higher levels of performance and achievement. Thus, they continue living from the limitations of hindsight.

Insight breaks you free from the limitations of linear living. It expands your ability to think beyond your personal experience. It allows you to integrate the knowledge, wisdom and experience of others. It also helps you tap into spiritual wisdom.

Always take time to pause, reflect, ponder, read and study. Consciously seek insight to dramatically increase your personal power and influence.

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