How can we become a big thinker?
Posted July 1, 2011on:
When success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, pounds or in term of their family background or wealth, people are measured in term of the size of their thinking. The bigger people think and act, more successful will they be.
The question is: How can we think Big?
In this blog post, I will share ideas from David Schwartz book, The Magic of Thinking Big!
A practical exercise
Here is a practical exercise which is used in certain motivational training workshops by David Schwartz which can be used by us too:
1. What are our five chief assets or qualities? We need to list them down.
We can take help of any our our friend or some one who can assess us. Those qualities may include our education or a particular skill or appearance or home life or any other item.
2. We need to write down names of three people who don’t have any of those assets but are still successful in life. (We need to look around and think hard on this but believe me, we will find some people who don’t have the qualities we have but those people are still successful)
David Schwartz says that once we complete the above exercise, we will realize that we outrank many people in life! We have certain qualities and certain assets which are not available with many successful people. If this is the case, we can be successful too.
Big thinkers are able to create a positive picture in minds of other people even when there is no good news to tell e.g. Instead of saying: We incurred a big expense, big thinkers say: We made a big investment!
Or, instead of saying that: We are afraid to report that we failed, big thinkers say: We need to make another attempt.
Let’s think of the situation when a person comes to us and say that we face a big problem.
This will create an image of despair and gloom. Instead this can be phrased as: We have a challenge to deal with.
In order to be a ‘big thinker’, we need to create positive mental pictures – all the time!
We need to look at things not as they are in the present but what could those things be in the future.
An architect visualizes a house which is not built yet. An entrepreneur visualizes a successful business when there is no business plan on paper. A painter constructs a master piece in mind first before putting it on paper.
Why can’t we visualize success when it is yet to come?
Let’s try this: Whenever we have an issue or challenge, let’s use the words which create a positive picture and not a negative one.