25 tips on how you can be successful just by changing how you think

Another week has started and with each new day, I vow to myself to be the best person that I can be regardless of the challenges of that day. Oftentimes I succeed and oftentimes I don’t, and that’s quite alright because I’m not perfect I’m a human being.
To better myself I often disconnect from the world around me {not from being mommy, of course, b/c that’s truly my happy + inspirational place. And I couldn’t even if I wanted to}; instead I turn to books to find support and encouragement, and to learn something new.
A few weeks ago, I picked up the book, How Successful People Think, by #1 New York Times Bestselling author, John C. Maxwell. In it he writes about how to change your thinking and change your life. I have learned so much in the first few chapters that I wanted to share some of his key practices to changing your thinking in order to change your life.

“It’s hard to overstate the value of changing your thinking. Good thinking can do many things for you: generate revenue, solve problems, and create opportunities.  It can take you to a whole new level–personally and professionally. It can change your life.”

According to Maxwell, below are some things to know about changing your thinking.

1. Changed thinking is not automatic
2. Changed thinking is difficult
3. Changed thinking is worth the investment

How to become a better thinker:

1. Expose yourself to good input
2. Expose yourself to good thinkers
3. Choose to think good thoughts
4. Act on your good thoughts
5. Allow your emotions to create another good thought
6. Repeat the process

Putting yourself in the right place to think:

1. Find a place to think your thoughts
2. Find a place to shape your thoughts
3. Find a place to stretch your thoughts
4. Find a place to land your thoughts
5. Find a place to fly your thoughts

--Formula to help you stretch your thoughts--

The Right Thought plus the Right People in the Right Environment at the Right Time for the Right Reason=the Right Result

In summary, good thinking is similar [to a visionary company].  You need all the thinking “pieces” to become the kind of person who can achieve great things. Those pieces include the following eleven skills:

1. Seeing the wisdom of big-picture thinking
2. Unleashing the potential of focused thinking
3. Discovering the joy of creative thinking
4. Recognizing the importance of realistic thinking
5. Releasing the power of strategic thinking
6. Feeling the energy of possibility thinking
7. Embracing the lessons of reflective thinking
8. Questioning the acceptance of popular thinking
9. Encouraging the participation of shared thinking
10. Experiencing the satisfaction of unselfish thinking
11. Enjoying the return of bottom-line thinking

Now all of these mighy not apply to you, but it’s always nice to know and be equipped with life-changing knowledge because you never know when you might need. Please feel free to share with someone who might need this information.
Did you find any of these tips useful? What are some of the things you do to help you be successful? Would love your thoughts in the comment box below.

Glory Barbaris, Founder + Creative Director


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