HOW OUR THOUGHTS SHAPE OUR LIVES

Couple of months ago I read a book from one of my distant mentors, John Maxwell, an internationally recognized leadership expert, speaker, and author who has sold over 13 million books. The book is titled “Thinking for a Change”, 11 Ways Highly successful people approach life and work.
I couldn’t get enough of it so I had to read it again recently and decided I would share about this book with readers of this column.

Most of us would have actually heard statements like “ Our thoughts shape our lives” “You are what you think you are” and so on and so forth.

This book is a trailblazer on this issue of thinking. John Started by letting us knowthat  the difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is that “successful people think differently than unsuccessful people”.
He went further by asking; how skilled your thoughts are? Does your thinking help you achieve? Which type of thinking do you believe will increase your odds for success?

Small thinking or Big picture thinking?
Scattered thinking of Focused thinking?
Restrictive thinking or Creative thinking?
Fantasy thinking or Realistic thinking?
Random thinking or Strategic thinking?
Limited thinking or Possibility thinking?
Impulsive thinking or Reflective thinking?
Popular thinking or Innovative thinking?
Solo thinking or Shared thinking?
Selfish thinking or Unselfish thinking?
Wishful thinking or Bottom-line thinking?

“If you are currently not successful, or you are not successful as you would like to be, it may be because you are not thinking your way to the top”, John declares

John quoted great quotations on thinking from great men to buttress his points, amongst which are “ Life consists of what a man is thinking all day” by Ralpho Waldo Emerson.
“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts” by John Locke.
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you. You will be tomorrow where your thoughts take you”. By James Allen.

“ Nothing limits achievements like small thinking, nothing expands possibilities like unleashed thinking” by William Authur Ward. And Finally “ whatsoever are true, noble, just, pure, lovely and of good report, if there be any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy , think on these things” by Paul the Apostle.

You will agree with me that these are great quotes from great men both dead and living.
The book started off in Chapter one by teaching readers to understand the value of good thinking. According to John “Good thinking produces more good thinking if you make it a habit”.
Every person has the potential to become a good thinker.
A change of thinking can help you move from survival or maintenance to real progress for according to John; “Unsuccessful people focus their thinking survival, average people focus their thinking on maintenance, and successful people focus their thinking on progress.”

This book goes further to teach readers that we need all the thinking “pieces” to become the kind of person who can achieve great things. Those pieces include the following eleven skills:

Seeing the wisdom of Big-picture thinking
Unleashing the potential of Focused thinking
Discovering the joy of Creative thinking
Recognizing the importance of Realistic thinking
Releasing the power of Strategic thinking
Feeling the energy of Possibility thinking
Embracing the lessons of Reflection thinking
Questioning the acceptance of Popular thinking
Encouraging the participation of Shared thinking
Experiencing the satisfaction of Unselfish thinking
Enjoying the return of Bottom-line thinking

As you read the chapters dedicated to each kind of thinking, you will discover that thinking for a change does not try to tell you what to think, it attempts to teach you how to think.

John advises that as you strive to change your thinking, tell yourself these three things.

Change is Personal – I need to change
Change is possible – I’m able to change
Change is profitable – I’ll be rewarded by change

Remember, no matter how old you are or what your circumstances may be, you can change your thinking. And when you change your thinking you change your beliefs.
The fact that this book is a trailblazer on the issue of thinking cannot be overemphasised.
I have been following this thinking topic for a while now in my adult life and I have never read or seen any book that teaches you how to think like what Thinking for a Change does.

I will like readers to be aware that my intention here is not to market this book but to bring to the attention of readers a great book that has impacted my life positively on the topic of thinking.

If you are committed to changing your thinking, this book will sure do you a lot of good.
According to Jack Welch “ 99.9% of all employees remain in the pile because they don’t think”.
If you desire to climb up out of the pile, to rise beyond your circumstances, to move up to another level in your career and personal life, then you need to take the advice of Jack Welch. You need to become the best thinker you can be. It will revolutionize your life.

@jideolutuyi
Calgary, AB

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About Olajide Olutuyi

Entrepreneur Social Entrepreneur. Calgary Flames fan. Calgary Stampeders fan. Supports conscious capitalism.Progressive conservative( supports sin taxes, low taxes and laissez-faire economy). Former rap fan. Now listens to gospel and country. Believes in volunteering and community service as agents of developmental change. A lot of my time goes into community service, reading, encouraging people and most importantly God’s business. Loves culture , business start-ups and politics of both my home and adopted countries. This is my blog. The opinions and thoughts in my article are mine and I make no mistakes for having them. You may also find articles, news or opinions of others that I agree with or love to keep. More information about my professional background and interests available on my LinkedIn page.
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