Positive And Successful Thinking
In today’s competitive global marketplace, to win we must outwit, out maneuver and out think the competition. The world changes daily and new thinking is critical to success in both one’s personal and professional life. John C. Maxwells, in his book How Successful People Think, reminds us that thinking is hard work, that why so few people do it.
How Do Successful People Think?
1. Positive Thinking Is a Discipline
Thinking constructively and productively about your life takes lots of trial and error. If you want to get good at it, you’ve got to keep working at it, building and improving as you go.
2. Use The 80/20 Rule
Focus your thinking on whats important. Ask yourself what the most important issues in your life are and focus your thinking on that. Devote 80% of your energy to the most important 20% of your activities.
3. Broaden Your Perspectives
Becoming closed minded in your thinking is dangerous because you’ll miss new opportunities and better solutions to the problems you face. To solve this, surround yourself with people who challenge you and expose yourself to people with different ideas and ways of thinking.
4. Reject Popular Thinking
Popular thinking is not thinking at all. The majority of people people act, hoping that others have thought things through first. Be comfortable with feeling uncomfortable if you are doing something new on your way to your success.
5. Plan Ahead But Leave Room For Spontaneity
Smart thinkers plan the smartest course of action to get the results that they want, but they also realize that some of the best ideas come from spontaneous moments and action. Always allow some room for things to change because you don’t always know the best course of action before you start a task.
6. Do And Try Different Things
Put yourself in situations that you have not been in before. This will challenge you to adapt and learn new ways of dealing with your new environment. Meet new people, read books you might even consider boring and challenge yourself in work.
7. Make Long Term Goals And Follow Through With Them
Too many people only plan for the day. Smart thinkers take time to plan out their weeks, months, and long-term goals — and then they follow through. Most people spend more time planning a two week vacation than the rest of their lives. Take time to think about your long term goals, put strategies in place and follow through with them
8. Take Time To Reflect
To be able to look back on your decisions and the outcomes you got from them is an invaluable process that you must take advantage of. You can learn so much from your past failures and successes and use that knowledge to build on.
9. Say ‘I Can’ and ‘I Will’
Successful people fill their heads with confidence and positivity. Giving yourself positive affirmations throughout the day, if it is not something that you already do, is a skill that needs to be practiced over time to get good at. Every time you catch yourself being negative about yourself or something you’re about to do, correct it with a more positive and confident outcome. Give yourself a fair chance.
The books reinforces the notion that you are in charge of how you think to control the way you live your life, and this is a power that you have at any moment. Even though it may take time and lots of practice, you can change your thinking to get you more productive results and give you more fulfillment out of life.