I think the notion of a book tour is interesting because ideally, I would like to tour BEFORE the book comes out because the people I meet give me so many great ideas and help me refine my thinking. That said, it's having the book done that helps me get into speak to groups, companies, and associations.
Chicken and the egg.....
About 2/3 of the way through the tour I started thinking about and using the term the 5/95 rule. And I really like it because it stresses the importance of those little actions that catalyze BIG things. The 5/95 rule goes something like this:
You have heard about the 80/20 rule right? It's the notion that there is generally 20% (of effort, sales, customers, you name it) that produces 80% of the results. The top 20% of your actions produce 80% of your results. I think we are too busy for the 80/20 rule and it does not have the power to generate BANG! moments.
The 5/95 rule holds that most of the new momentum you experience toward your goals will come from a few small actions completed each day. Not counting sleep, we are awake for about 16 hours per day. 5% of that time is 48 minutes. If you are focused and in action for 48 minutes or less each day, these actions will account for the vast majority of your progress.
For all you numbers people out there, this is not scientific (and yes, I know that if I were talking apples and apples I would say the 95/5 rule, but I like 5/95 better - I like 80/20 better too, but I did not name that rule). I have seen (and experienced) that it's the small actions done each day that make the big differences. The 5/95 rule is a nice way to create a vision or story for how we can generate breakthroughs.
Eat 40 grams of fiber a day AND
Do the 5% that will generate 95% of the momentum you need to generate breakthroughs.