You can act you 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.
We are always thinking whether we realize it or not. We think about what we are going to eat, what we are currently doing, what we are going to do tomorrow. We analyze people’s reactions, wonder about insignificant things, and wonder about our future.
But what is the difference between just thinking and thinking with a purpose? What thoughts do we create that take us from one path to the other and how do we make sure that, that is the right path that we want.
Thinking for a Change: 11 Ways Highly Successful People Approach Life and Work By John C. Maxwell
In this book Maxwell explorers the different ways in which we can create intentional thought. He opens with an introduction as to how we think, change the way we think, and make our thinking intentional. He then moves on to the 11 different ways to do this from big picture thinking to bottom line thinking.
Two of these stood out the most for me:
1. Focused Thinking
Focus thinking deals with zoning in on the details of things. Taking your dream and clarifying it down in to the details. It is also realizing the distractions around you and removing them. Know that you can’t do everything, know everything, and be everything and that is okay.
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.
2. Question the Acceptance of Popular Thinking
Popular thinking is the general consensus of things. At one time popular thinking thought the Earth was the center of the Universe. It was those who thought differently who changed that. Question the popular thinking always. Question especially when it is about you and the negative things people think about you. Just because a lot of people say it, doesn’t make it true.
It doesn’t matter how sound your thinking is if it’s based on faulty data or assumptions. You can’t think well in the absence of facts (or the presence of poor information).
Overall this is an informative book whose purpose isn’t necessarily to centered on business and strategy but instead on getting you to think on your own and figure things out for yourself. This book also doubles as a worksheet with questions to fill out and exercises to do.
Side note: I had actually read this before and written in the workbook part. It was interesting to see what I had written at that time and notice just how different my thinking and my goals are now.