In How Successful People Think, John C. Maxwell discusses the thought processes used by successful individuals and describes how these techniques can be learned.
The real question for most of us is how to get started with better thinking.
First you need to find a good source of input to start the thinking process. This may be books, lectures, trade magazines, if you want to improve your thinking you have to improve the material to feed your thought process.
Another way toward better thinking is to spend time with thinkers. If you adopt the mastermind group concept you will encourage thinking. Not only within yourself, but you’ll be able to expand it through other people’s thoughts.
The next step in the thinking process is to think good thoughts. Bad thoughts can only lead to bad outcomes.
If you start with good thoughts then you need to act on those thoughts. This is where some people quit. Following through with action is time consuming and unless you make it a priority, will it ever get done?
Then repeat the process to continue a good thinking habit.
In the book John outlines 11 types of thinking and the important skills attributed to each. Here’s a list;
- Cultivate Big Picture Thinking
- Engage in Focused Thinking
- Harness Creative Thinking
- Employee Realistic Thinking
- Utilize Strategic Thinking
- Explore Possibility Thinking
- Learn From Reflective Thinking
- Question Popular Thinking
- Benefit From Shared Thinking
- Practice Unselfish Thinking
- Rely On Bottom Line Thinking
Everyone needs a great location to think great thoughts. I like to sit on my hammock swing in my backyard.
Where do you like to think? The first person to register on the Exploring Leadership Soulutions blog and share where their favorite thinking spot is will get a copy of this book.