How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change

How Successful People Think: Change Your Thinking, Change There was nothing really new about this book Maxwell tends to use flowery language in order to cover his redundancies Truth is, the content of this book would be better suited to the length of a blog post rather than a book There was nothing really new about this book Maxwell tends to use flowery language in order to cover his redundancies Truth is, the content of this book would be better suited to the length of a blog post rather than a book Even better the second time around I always feel recharged and re focused after listening to Mr Maxwell. Chapter 1 Understanding the Value of Good thinkingChapter 2 Realize the Impact of Changed ThinkingChapter 3 Master the Process of Intentional ThinkingPART II Eleven thinking skills every successful person needsSkill 1 Acquire the Wisdom of Big Picture ThinkingSkill 2 Unleash the Potential of Focused ThinkingSkill 3 Discover the Joy of Creative ThinkingSkill 4 Recognize the importance of realistic thinkingSkill 5 Release the power of strategic thinkingSkill 6 Feel the energy of p Chapter 1 Understanding the Value of Good thinkingChapter 2 Realize the Impact of Changed ThinkingChapter 3 Master the Process of Intentional ThinkingPART II Eleven thinking skills every successful person needsSkill 1 Acquire the Wisdom of Big Picture ThinkingSkill 2 Unleash the Potential of Focused ThinkingSkill 3 Discover the Joy of Creative ThinkingSkill 4 Recognize the importance of realistic thinkingSkill 5 Release the power of strategic thinkingSkill 6 Feel the energy of possibility thinkingSkill 7 Embrace the lessons of reflective thinkingSkill 8 Question the acceptance of popular thinkingSkill 9 Encourage the participation of shared thinkingSkill 10 Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish ThinkingSkill 11 Enjoy the Return of Bottom Line Thinking A change of thinking can help you move from survival or maintenance to real progress Ninety five percent of achieving anything is knowing what you want and paying the price to get it page 14 One person cannot change another person For too many years as a motivational teacher, I tried to change people, and it didn t work I had good intentions, but I finally realized something I was responsible to people but not for them As a leader, I needed to teach the value of changed thinking and how to make those necessary changes but the people themselves were responsible to make the changes page 27 Before teaching any lesson, I ask myself three questions Do I believe it Do I live it Do I believe others should live it If I can t answer yes to all three questions, then I haven t landed it page 46 Give your plans the right amount of thinking time, and you ll will find that the implementation time decreases and the results get better page 48 To start the thinking process, you cannot rely on your feelings In Failing Forward, I wrote that you can act your way into feeling long before you can feel your way into action If you wait until you feel like doing something, you will likely never accomplish it page 51 When you meet with people, it s good to have an agenda so that you can learn page 64 French essayist Michel Eyquem de Montaigne wrote, The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them a man may live long yet live very little page 65 Only by putting your daily activities in the context of the big picture will you be able to stay on target As Alvin Toffler says, You ve got to think about big things while you re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction page 67 One of the most important skills you can develop in human relations is the ability to see things from the other person s point of view page 68 In preparation for the day, I focus on that main event and ask myself, In order to make the main event a good event, what must I know, what must I do, what must I see, and what must I eliminate page 69 Big picture thinkers are comfortable with ambiguity page 70 Management consultant Patrick M Lencioni touched on this idea in The Five Temptations of a CEO He warned that CEOs should not try to pursue harmony Instead, they should embrace healthy, productive conflict page 70 Varied experiences both positive and negative help you see the big picture The greater the variety of experienced and success, thepotential to learn you have If you desire to be a big picture thinker, then get out there and try a lot of things, take a lot of chances, and take time to learn after every victory or defeat page 71 Talk to people who know and care about you, who know their field, and who bring experience deeper and broader than your own page 72 There are many ways to determine priorities If you know yourself well, begin by focusing ton your strength, the things that make best use of your skills and God given talents You might also focus on what brings the highest return and reward Do what you enjoy most and do best You could use the 80 20 rule Give 80 percent of your effort to the top 20 percentimportant activities Another way is to focus on exceptional opportunities that promise a huge return It comes down to this give your attention to the areas that bear fruit In an article called Good to Great, author Jim Collins remarked, The real path to greatness, it turns out, requires simplicity and diligence It requires clarity, not instant illumination It demands each of us to focus on what is vital and to eliminate all of the extraneous distractions page 86 Don t do easy things first or hard things first or urgent things first Do first things first the activities that give you the highest return In that way, you keep the distractions to a minimum page 87 My advice to you is to place value on and give attention to both think and being accessible to people If you naturally withdraw, then make sure to get out among peopleoften If you re always on the go and rarely withdraw for thinking time, then remove yourself periodically so that you can unleash the potential of focused thinking And wherever you are be there page 87 Switching form task to task multitasking can cost you up to 40 percent efficiency According to researchers, If you re trying to accomplish many things at the same time, you ll getdone by focusing on one task at a time, not by switching constantly from one task to another page 87 Don t allow yourself to look at e mail until after 10 A.M Instead, focus your energies on your number one priority Put non productive time wasters on hold so that you can create thinking time for yourself page 88 First, I ve chosen a strong inner circle of people Second, I ask certain friends to catch me up on what s happening in the lives of other friends page 90 I ve not read on novel since I graduated from college Instead, I ve chosen to dedicate my reading time no non fiction because I believe those works spur the kind of growth I desire both personally and professionally page 91 For example, every week I hand off projects that I think would be fun to do myself I practice the 10 80 10 principle with the people to whom I m delegating a task page 91 Vision, parameters, resources, encouragement delegating 80 % Putting the cherry on the top 10 % Ninety nine percent of everything in life I don t need to know about Being willing to give up some of the things you love in order to focus on what has the greatest impact isn t an easy lesson to learn page 92 If I don t have the innate ability to come up with creative thought myself, I thought, then I ll mine the creative thoughts of others page 98 Charles Frankel asserts that anxiety is the essential condition of intellectual and artistic creation Creativity requires a willingness to look stupid page 105 Creative thinking is hard work but creative thinking compounds given enough time and focus page 106 Creativity is intelligence having fun page 107 Creativity is having options page 108, quote form Ernie Zelinski Or as Edward De Bono observed in New Think, You cannot dig a hole in a different place by digging the same hole deeper Don t just work harder at the same old thing Make a change page 111 Creativity comes from trust Trust your instincts And never hopethan you work Rita Mae Brown, page 113 The best way to make a living with your imagination is to develop innovative applications, not imagine completely new concepts Sam Weston, 114 Often I take an idea that someone else gives me and raise it to a higher level page 114 Reality is the difference between what we wish and what is page 122 Your goal isn t to be negative or expect the worst, just to be ready for it in case it happens That way, you give yourself the best chance for a positive result no matter what page 132 At the beginning of every month, I spend half a day working on my calendar for the next forty days page 141 The best way to create a road to the complex is to build on the fundamentals page 151 If you embrace possibility thinking, your dreams will go from molehill to mountain size, and because you believe in possibilities, you put yourself in position to achieve them.If your thinking runs towards pessimism, let me ask you a question how many highly successful people do you know who are continually negative page 164 One of the main differences between a good speech and a great one is customization page 180 Mark Twain said, We should be careful to get out of an experience all the wisdom that is in it not like the cat that sits down on a hot stove lid She will never sit down on a hot stove lid again and that is well but also she will never sit down on a cold one any Writing down the good thoughts that come out of your reflective thinking has value, but nothing helps you to grow like putting your thoughts into action To do that, you must be intentional pages 186 187 The greatest enemy to tomorrow s success is sometimes today s success page 201 Instead of trying to be great, be part of something greater than yourself page 230 This wasmotivational than actionable It s full of good reminders, but I didn t create any to dos as I usually do for actionable non fiction By the end of the book, I was asking myself, Am I living the life I ve been called to To be fair, I do a lot of reading and listening about mindset In addition, I was in a community leadership development program last year, went through a boot camp for web agency owners earlier this year, and am currently in a mastermind for web agency owners This wasmotivational than actionable It s full of good reminders, but I didn t create any to dos as I usually do for actionable non fiction By the end of the book, I was asking myself, Am I living the life I ve been called to To be fair, I do a lot of reading and listening about mindset In addition, I was in a community leadership development program last year, went through a boot camp for web agency owners earlier this year, and am currently in a mastermind for web agency owners All of them discussed the importance of mindset.This book shows how the right mindset is the key to success It tells how by changing your thinking, you can change your life, and the lives of others It ends with, May thinking become your greatest tool for creating the world you desire NotesFocused ThinkingStrike a balance between being accessible to those you lead, and withdrawing from them to think Walking slowly through the crowd allows me to connect with people and know their needs Withdrawing from the crowd allows me to think of ways to add value to them Practice the 10 80 10 principle with people to whom you delegate Help with the first 10% by casting vision, laying down parameters, providing resources, encouraging Once they do the middle 80%, help them take it the rest of the way last 10%.Creative Thinking It s easy to connect the dots if you know where you re going Likewise, it s easy to connect ideas when you have a plan Realistic Thinking Why not learn all that you can from good thinkers who have faced similar situations in the past Some of my best thinking has been done by others Possibility ThinkingChoose to think positively, especially when it doesn t come naturally George Lucas said, I m very cynical, and as a result, I think the defense I have against it is to be optimistic If you don t want to get into positive thinking, just eliminate all the negative thoughts When you start telling yourself how something won t work, stop yourself and ask, What s right about this Dream one size bigger set goals at least a step beyond what makes you comfortable.Question Popular ThinkingChallenge the process The greatest enemy of tomorrow s success is sometimes today s success Shared Thinking Two heads are better than one when they are thinking in the same direction It s like harnessing two horses to pull a wagon when they pull together, they can moveweight than the sum of what they can move individually Gather successful people from all walks of life what would they have in common The way they think Now you can think as they do and revolutionize your work and life A Wall Street Journal bestseller, How Successful People Think is the perfect, compact read for today s fast paced world America s leadership expert John C Maxwell will teach you how to be creative and when to question popular thinking You ll learn how to capture the big picture while focusing your thinking You ll find out how to tap into your creative potential, develop shared ideas, and derive lessons from the past to better understand the future With these eleven keys to effective thinking, you ll clearly see the path to personal successThekeys to successful thinking include Big Picture Thinking seeing the world beyond your own needs and how that leads to great ideasFocused Thinking removing mental clutter and distractions to realize your full potentialCreative Thinking thinking in unique ways and making breakthroughsShared Thinking working with others to compound resultsReflective Thinking looking at the past to gain a better understanding of the future I didn t love the book which I thought was really lacking in terms of my needs for a social justice framework and addressing systems of inequalityI also hated his idea that only unsuccessful people make decisions motivated by survival Obviously a high income straight white male would say that because he hasn t been forced to struggle in a system formed to oppress him Obviously survival wouldn t occur to those this society deifies Short and easy to read exceptional and practical book about the importance of thinking What a concept well, for me There is a chapter on each of various types of thinking big picture thinking, focused thinking, creative thinking, realistic thinking, strategic thinking, possibility thinking, reflective thinking, questioning popular thinking, benefiting from shared thinking, practicing unselfish thinking and relying on bottom line thinking My favorite quote from the book is the truth will se Short and easy to read exceptional and practical book about the importance of thinking What a concept well, for me There is a chapter on each of various types of thinking big picture thinking, focused thinking, creative thinking, realistic thinking, strategic thinking, possibility thinking, reflective thinking, questioning popular thinking, benefiting from shared thinking, practicing unselfish thinking and relying on bottom line thinking My favorite quote from the book is the truth will set you free, but at first it will make you mad Reminds me of a scripture in the Book of Mormon It reminds me that whenever someone tells me something I don t want to hear I should listen for and accept the truth in it and discard what isn t helpful , instead of becoming immediately defensive The other nugget of wisdom I got was about the importance of planning That successful people map out or plan their days, and evensuccessful people plan their weeks, months and years Of course we ve all heard this before, but this was a great reminder to me and I ve noticed that putting structure and planning in my days has been extremely helpful I think by the time one is 25 or so this book had better not have anything to teach or you r doin it rwong I m 40 So.However, this might be a good discussion guide for teaching an advanced high school student or someone in their first job. The first book in my quest of wading through an annoying genre for some good ideas In How Successful People Think, Maxwell talks about the different types of thinking successful people apply to their everyday lives The book provides steps on how to change your thinking to elevate your life, and put yourself on the path to whatever you re trying to achieve or succeed in Success is objective it will be different for everyone, but in this sense, it s about helping you see the bigger picture for your life.He defines 11 keys to successful thinking 1 Seeing the wisdom of big pic In How Successful People Think, Maxwell talks about the different types of thinking successful people apply to their everyday lives The book provides steps on how to change your thinking to elevate your life, and put yourself on the path to whatever you re trying to achieve or succeed in Success is objective it will be different for everyone, but in this sense, it s about helping you see the bigger picture for your life.He defines 11 keys to successful thinking 1 Seeing the wisdom of big picture thinking2 Unleashing the potential of focused thinking3 Discovering the joy of creative thinking4 Recognizing the importance of realistic thinking5 Releasing the power of strategic thinking6 Feel the energy of possibility thinking7 Embracing lessons of reflective thinking8 Questioning the acceptance of popular thinking9 Encouraging the participation of shared thinking10 Experiencing the satisfaction of unselfish thinking11 Enjoying the returns of bottom line thinkingUnselfish thinking stood out to me I feel a lot of people don t apply this type of thinking, or they do until a certain point or only when it benefits them So, is it really unselfish thinking It s so important to give and not be selfish when in a relationship or at a job.Good quotes to take note of on unselfish thinkingUnselfish thinking can often deliver a return greater than any other kind of thinking Take a look at some of its benefits 1 Unselfish thinking brings Personal Fulfillment Few things in life bring greater personal rewards than helping others Getters generally don t get happiness givers get it Helping people brings great satisfaction As you go into any relationship, think about how you can invest in the other person so that it becomes a win win situation The best relationships are win win Why don tpeople go into relationships with that attitude I ll tell you why Most people want to make sure that they win first Unselfish thinkers, on the other hand, go into a relationship and make sure that the other person wins first, and that makes all the difference

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