How Successful People Think is John Maxwell’s overview on how the most effective people think.
Maxwell starts by saying that changing your thinking won’t be neither automatic nor easy. But it will be worth it.
6 Basic Rules
Here are 6 ways to change your thinking for the positive:
- Expose yourself to good input
- Be around good thinkers
- Only spend mental cycles on positive thoughts
- Act on those positive thoughts
- Schedule out time for thinking
- Repeat the process
1. Focused Thinking
Successful people have very clear targets. A very clear target allows you to get highly relevant feedback in a short period of time which, in turn, will allow you to take strides towards your goal.
2. Possibility Thinking
Winners have a can do attitude. They believe in possibilities and believe there’s a way to achieve anything.
3. Creative Thinking
Creative thinking is the ability to make connections and association in a way that the final product is different than the sum of all the inputs. I especially liked the concept that creative thinking has a relation with “screwball thinking”. It means that to think creatively, you need to tolerate some craziness.
4. Realistic Thinking
Leaders must be grounded in reality and take into account best case scenarios, worst case scenarios and likelihoods.
5. Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking requires that you put your ideas and solutions on a bigger plan. Basically, thinking contingencies and how to actually make it happen.
6. Reflective Thinking
Reflective thinking takes time to ponder things. Block out time and only dedicate it to thinking over your ideas.
7. Question Popular Thinking
Popular thinking are widely held view that most share. But sometimes you need to escape and distance yourself from widely held view if you want to disrupt and come up with something groundbreaking.
8. Unselfish Thinking
Givers are the happiest people in the world. If you want to improve yourself and the world, adopt unselfish thinking and learn to be a giver.
9. Bottom Line Thinking
Bottom line doesn’t necessarily mean thinking in dollar terms. But it means knowing what you’re after, so that you can filter out your decision based on what you really want.
10. Big Picture Thinking
Successful people look don’t get lost at the tree level but look at the whole forest.
If you’re into self development you probably won’t many “wow” moments as a lot of the material will not be new for you.
Which is not to say that the message is any less valid of course, but I did prefer some other work from Maxwell such as 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership.