Inflection Point: A Practical Guide to Growth


May 24, 2017, Posted in Inflection Point by Chris Sparks

Introducing my book, Inflection Point, which summarizes my personal approach to teaching productivity and self-improvement.

It’s incredible how much I’ve learned since I started teaching productivity. When I started one year ago, I was on a quest to discover the core principles behind what makes a person prolific: capable of outlier-levels of output and rapid progression. I believe I have managed to distill several core principles and techniques which have been successfully tested in the wild.

“Inflection Point” began as an initiative to standardize my advice to clients. I imagined starting our work together with a common vocabulary to reference — concentrating our time on problem-solving rather than explanation. I decided to create my own “instruction guide”, a compilation of my current mental models, tools, and best practices.

Despite the numbering system, do not expect another beginner’s series. This guide is meant for those who have limited time and want to level up quickly.

In addition to my own systems and practices, I have compressed and synthesized nearly one hundred books, studies, and articles across disciplines. I will use liberal hyperlinking and referencing for those who want to go deeper on a topic, and would encourage you to use this guide as a jumping off point for your own study. Feel free to ask questions in the comments as well.

In “Inflection Point”, I will give you the mental scaffolding upon which all of your future efforts can build, helping you develop the experimental mindset integral for continuous self-upgrade. You will achieve a higher level of self-awareness, rewriting your source code to replace the cached beliefs and patterns of behavior you previously took for granted.

When your blind spots have been revealed and you have internalized the techniques within, all your future actions will become obvious.

Glad to have you aboard, fellow voyager.

Table of Contents

Below you can find all the chapters published so far with a quick summary of each, as well as a preview of the chapters to come.

101: There Is No Growth Without Goals

A simple breakdown of why goals are critical to success.

102: Choosing Goals (How to Figure Out What You Want)

Prompts to help you choose which goal to pursue.

103: Framing Your Goals to Inspire Action

How to write what you want (so that you actually get it!)

104: Systems Thinking — The Essential Mental Models Needed for Growth

Understanding Bottlenecks, Leverage, and Feedback Loops.

105: Why Habits Are More Important Than We Can Imagine

The only way to become effective is to fully internalize how much your habits drive what you do.

106: Triggers — The Key to Building and Breaking Habits

A Guide to Programming in the Human Biocomputer

107: Behaviors — How to Make Your Habits Easier

Eliminating Excuses Through Design

108: Don’t Forget to Treat Yo’ Self

Rewards — How to Reinforce Your Habits so They Stick

109: Maintaining Habits with Tracking and Accountability

110: Selecting Your Habits and Avoiding Common Traps

111: Case Study — My Keystone Habits and How I Built Them

112: The Four Daily Routines Critical to Success

113: Best Practices for Building a Daily Routine

114: The Mistake Most People Make with Managing Their Time

115: Focus Is Created by Building Constraints

116: Taking Control of Your Energy Levels

117: My Approach to Learning

118: My Algorithm for Overcoming Procrastination

119: Troubleshooting: A Guide to Getting Unstuck

How to get back on the horse… and prevent yourself from falling off in the first place!