Are You A Leader Or A Leader?
The world’s most successful people have one thing in common: they think differently from everyone else. Thinking is a discipline. If you want to be better at it, you’ve got to work at it. Smart thinkers expose themselves to different ideas and types of people. They’re also selective about spending most of their time with people who challenge them.
Remember the last time you had a brilliant idea at 2 a.m., but it sounded sort of ridiculous when you woke up the next morning?
Thoughts need to be “shaped until they have substance” and need to stand the test of “clarity and questioning“. Spend time with like minded individuals. Thinking with others yields higher returns. It’s like giving yourself a shortcut. That’s why brainstorming sessions are so effective.
Too many people act, hoping that others have thought things through first. To reject popular thinking you must be OK with feeling uncomfortable. Also remember that right now, there are a bunch of other people out there deciding to think for themselves – and they’re the ones who are successful.
When you’re strategic, you reduce your margin of error. Simply having vague ideas of where you are and what you want to accomplish will get you no where. Henry Ford once said, “Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into smaller parts.”
You can’t think you’re always right. Give other concepts a chance.
Too many people only plan for the day. Smart thinkers take time to plan out their weeks, months, and long-term goals — and then they follow through. They also don’t walk into meetings, parties and coffee dates blind. They decide what they want to learn from people before walking through the door.
Reflective thinking gives you perspective and confidence in your decision-making skills. If you’re not reflecting, it’s holding you back more than you think. As Socrates said, “An unexamined life is not worth living.”
Smart people don’t see limitations. They see possibilities. Former baseball star Sam Ewing once said that “nothing is so embarrassing as watching someone do something that you said could not be done.”
Creative people are dedicated to ideas. They embrace ambiguity, don’t fear failure, and hang out with other creative people.
A realistic perspective allows you to get close enough to a problem in order to tackle it. Facing potential consequences also helps you be more efficient, and it gives you credibility.
To become a more realistic thinker, you must:
1. appreciate the truth,
2. do your homework and get the facts,
3. think through the pros and cons,
4. consider the worst-case scenario, and
5. align your thinking with your resources.
At the end of the day, it’s important to remember we can all change the way we think
Learning how to master the process of thinking well leads you to productive thinking. If you can develop the discipline of good thinking and turn it into a lifetime habit, then you will be successful and productive all of your life.
Posted on September 5, 2013, in The Human Mind and tagged Critical thinking, focus, happiness, Henry Ford, Mental health, Mind, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Philosophy, positive, self-help, Smart People, Thought. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.