Thinking for a change Part 1

Thinking for a change Part 1

11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work
By John C. Maxwell

There are 2 parts to this book.
Part 1 : Change your thinking and change your life
Part 2: Eleven Thinking Skills Every Successful Person Needs

Part 1 : Change your thinking and change your life

Every person has the potential to become a good thinker. Unsuccessful people focus their thinking on survival. Average people focus their thinking on maintenance. Successful people focus their thinking on progress. A change of thinking can help you move from survival or maintenance to real progress.

When your boss asks you a question, that question should become the jumping off point for several more ideas and thoughts. If you want to elevate yourself, you must sink your thoughts and time into not only answering the question, but going above and beyond it to add value to the train of thought your boss was on.

Step 1 : Changing your thinking changes your beliefs
When Mary Kay decides to improve herself by learning to be a better thinker, her beliefs changed. She observed, “A belief in my personal abilities is what changed first.” Once she gained thinking skills, it made it possible for her to lead more effectively, she regained her confidence. And she began to look at others differently, seeing their potential and making it her goal to teach them to think.

Step 2  : Changing your beliefs changes your expectations

A belief holds great power, because it changes an individual’s expectations.  A belief is not just an idea that you possess; it is an idea that possesses you.

Step 3 : Changing your expectations changes your attitude

Positive expectations bring a positive attitude. They produce excitement, conviction, desire, confidence, commitment and energy – all characteristics that help a person to achieve success.

Step 4: Changing your attitude changes your behaviour

Your behaviour follows your attitude. These 2 cannot be separated. As author LeRoy Eim says, ” How can you know what is in your heart? Look at your behaviour.”

Step 5: Changing your behaviour changes your performance

Don’t ever be too impressed with goal setting; be impressed with goal getting. Reaching new goals and moving to a new level of performance always requires change, and change feels awkward. But, take comfort in the knowledge that if a change doesn’t feel uncomfortable, then it’s probably not really a change.

Step 6 : Changing your performance changes your life

How to become a good thinker
1. Expose yourself to good input
Good thinkers always prime the pump of ideas. Read books, review trade magazines, listen to tapes, and spend time with good thinkers. And when something intrigues you, keep it in front of you.

2. Expose yourself to good thinkers
Spend time with the right people.  Sharp people sharpen one another, just as iron sharpens iron. If you want to be a sharp thinker, be around sharp people.

3. Choose to think good thoughts
To become a good thinker, you must become intentional about the thinking process. Regularly put yourself in the right place to think, shape, stretch and land your thoughts. Make it a priority. Remember, thinking is a discipline.

4. Act on your good thoughts
Ideas have a short shelf life. Think things through – then follow through.

5. Allow your emotions to create another good thought
Past hurts of current worries prevent them from spending productive time thinking. To start the thinking process, you cannot rely on your feelings. If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it. The same is true for thinking.

 You cannot wait until you feel like thinking to  do it. However, I’ve found that once you engage in the process of good thinking, you can use your emotions to feed the process and create mental momentum.

6 : Repeat the process
People make a lot of little decisions in life. Most of the time, you make them, forget them, and move on. You hope that they will make an impact, but you often don’t examine how they shape your life. What a wonderful gift to be reminded that a decision to grow and think more than 20 years ago is making a difference in my life today!

One good thought does not make a good life. The people who have one good thought and try to ride it for an entire career often end up unhappy or destitute. Success comes to those who have an entire mountain of gold that they continually mine, not those who find one nugget and try to live on it. To become someone who can mine a lot of gold, you need to keep repeating the process of good thinking.


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