The Magic of Thinking Big
Please tell me you have read it… In my opinion, it is on the ‘top five’ list of must-reads out there, ever.
David J. Schwartz, Ph. D., wrote this book in 1959, and it is still completely, compeletly relevant today.
Does anyone else find it incredible how much of America accepts less than their best? And I don’t just mean in day-to-day things, as I know I am not always performing my best, be it time management, a class, etc., but more in terms of accepting life. People yearn for the other’s side’s ‘grass’ so to say. Well, we can all take steps to make our own grass greener right here. Yes, limitations are all around us. Some things someone decides just are not worth the effort. However, opportunities also exist all around.
Here’s Schwartz’s Six Steps for developing and strengthening our creative thinking ability:
- Step 1: Believe it can be done.This is pretty self-explanatory. In order for us to do anything, we first must believe it can be done. Once we have that belief, it sets the mind in motion to find ways to accomplish it.
- Step 2: Don’t get paralyzed by tradition.Too many of us think that something cannot change because that’s the way it always has been and always will be. Instead, experiment. Be open to new ideas. Try out new ways of doing the same thing. Be progressive in all that you do.
- Step 3: Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?”Self-improvement in all areas of life come when we ask ourselves this question and take the time to listen to what our mind presents to us.
- Step 4: Ask yourself, “How can I do more?”Asking this type of question forces the mind to figure out ways to find intelligent short-cuts.
- Step 5: Practice asking and listening.Take advantage of leveraging others’ knowledge.
- Step 6: Associate and surround yourself with people who can help you to think of new ideas and new ways of doing things.
Awesome already, and this is just one excerpt. Here are some of his other quips (worth printing some and taping to your bathroom mirror, no?):
Cure Yourself of Exusitus, the Failure Disease
Build Confidence and Destroy Fear
- Isolate your fear.This is where you determine exactly what it is that your afraid of.
- Then take action. Every type of fear has some type of action which will counter-act it. When deciding what course of action to take, do not hesitate. Hesitation only magnifies the fear. Be decisive and act immediately.
“Being confident in yourself is another way of banishing your fear. Confidence is not something that people are born with, it is developed; And developing it requires a little effort on your part.
The best way to build confidence is the “fake it ’till you make it” approach. In other words, to think confidently, act confidently. Schwartz quotes the great psychologist, Dr. George W. Crane who said, “Remember, motions are the precursors of emotions. You can’t control the latter directly but only through your choice of motions or actions…Go through the proper motions each day and you’ll soon begin to feel the corresponding emotions!” This example can best be seen with smiling. It’s hard to feel sad if you try to smile as hard as you can. (Go ahead try it ) The same holds true with confidence. It’s hard to be shy and uneasy if you’re body is telling you you’re confident.”
You Are What You Think You Are
And some of the things I’ve highlighted in my book over the years:
“…success is determined not so much by the size of a person’s brain as by the size of his thinking.”
“Some of the most practical success-building wisdom is found in that Biblical quotation stating that faith can move mountains.”
“Believe you can succeed and you will.”
“And believing you can succeed makes others place confidence in you.”
“1. We underestimate our own brain power, and
2. We overstimate the other fellow’s brain power.”
“Be a ‘front seater’.”
“Most of them seem to define the word success as synonymous with security.”