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How Successful People Think

How Successful People Think

by John C. Maxwell

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JOHN C. MAXWELL

"Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, or pounds, or college degrees, or family background; they are measured by the size of their thinking."

HOW TO BECOME A BETTER THINKER

You have to follow these simple 6 steps - 

  1. Expose Yourself to Good Input: read books, listen to podcasts, etc.
  2. Expose Yourself to Good Thinker...

  1. Find a Place to Think Your Thoughts: If you go to your designated place to think expecting to generate good thoughts, then eventually you will come up with some.  
  2. Find a Place to Shape Your Thoughts: As you shape your thoughts, you find out whether ...

  1. Allows You to Lead: People who are constantly looking at the whole picture have the best chance of succeeding in any endeavor.
  2. Keeps You on Target
  3. Allows You to See What Others See: One of the most important skills you can de...

JOHN C. MAXWELL

"A person who knows how may always have a job, but the person who knows why will always be his boss."

  1. Don’t Strive for Certainty
  2. Learn from Every Experience
  3. Gain Insight from a Variety of People
  4. Give Yourself Permission to Expand Your World

Thinking Question #1

"Am I thinking beyond myself and my world so that I process ideas with a holistic perspective?"

ROBERT LYND

“knowledge is power only if a man knows what facts are not to bother about.”

  1. Remove Distractions
  2. Make Time for Focused Thinking
  3. Keep Items of Focus Before You
  4. Set Goals
  5. Question Your Progress: “Am I seeing a return for my investment of focused thin...

DAVID BELASCO

“If you can’t write your idea on the back of my business card, you don’t have a clear idea.”

Thinking Question #2

"Am I dedicated to removing distractions and mental clutter so that I can concentrate with clarity on the real issue?"

HOW TO DISCOVER THE JOY OF CREATIVE THINKING

  1. Remove Creativity Killers
  2. Think Creatively by Asking the Right Questions
  3. Develop a Creative Environment
  4. Spend Time with Other Creative People
  5. Get Out of Your Box

Thinking Question #3

"Am I working to break out of my “box” of limitations so that I explore ideas and options to experience creative breakthroughs?"

JOHN C. MAXWELL

"Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it."

Strategic thinking can - 

  1. Simplifies the Difficult
  2. Prompts You to Ask the Right Questions
  3. Prompts Customization
  4. Prepares You Today for an Uncertain Tomorrow
  5. Reduces the Margin of Error
  6. Gives You Influence with Others

  1. Break Down the Issue
  2.  Ask Why Before How
  3. Identify the Real Issues and Objectives
  4. Review Your Resources
  5. Develop Your Plan
  6. Put the Right People in the Right Place
  7. Keep Repeating the Process

"Strategic thinking is like showering, y...

Thinking Question #4

"Am I implementing strategic plans that give me direction for today and increase my potential for tomorrow?"

SAM EWING

“Nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.”

  1. Stop Focusing on the Impossibilities
  2. Stay Away from the “Experts”
  3. Look for Possibilities in Every Situation
  4. Dream One Size Bigger: Henry Curtis advises, “Make your plans as fantastic as you like, because twenty-five years from now, they will seem ...

HOW TO EMBRACE THE LESSONS OF REFLECTIVE THINKING

  1. Set Aside Time for Reflection
  2. Remove Yourself from Distractions
  3. Regularly Review Your Calendar or Journal
  4. Ask the Right Questions
  5. Cement Your Learning Through Action

Reflective thinking has three main values: it gives me perspective within ...

Thinking Question #5

"Am I regularly revisiting the past to gain a true perspective and think with understanding?"

JOHN C. MAXWELL

"Pain prompts us to face who we are and where we are. What we do with that experience defines who we become."

  1. Think Before You Follow
  2. Appreciate Thinking Different from Your Own
  3. Continually Question Your Own Thinking
  4. Try New Things in New Ways
  5. Get Used to Being Uncomfortable

"If you embrace unpopular thinking and make decisions based upon what works be...

Thinking Question #6

"Am I consciously rejecting the limitations of common thinking in order to accomplish uncommon results?"

  1. Identify the Real Bottom Line
  2. Make the Bottom Line the Point
  3. Create a Strategic Plan to Achieve the Bottom Line: The important thing is that when the bottom line of each activity is achieved, then THE bottom line is achieved. If the sum of the smaller goals d...

HENRI-LOUIS BERGSON

“Think like a man of action—act like a man of thought.”

Thinking Question #7

"Am I continually considering others and their journey in order to think with maximum collaboration?"

  1. Put Others First: Make a mental and emotional commitment to look out for the interests of others.
  2. Expose Yourself to Situations Where People Have Needs
  3. Give Quietly or Anonymously
  4.  Invest in People Intentionally
  5. Continually Check Your ...

Thinking Question #8

"Am I staying focused on the bottom line so that I can gain the maximum return and reap the full potential of my thinking?"

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