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The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed. Mind food, of course, doesn’t come in packages and you can’t but it at the store. Mind food is your environment—all the countless things which influence your conscious and subconscious thought. The kind of mind food we consume determines our habits, attitudes, personality. Each of us inherited a certain capacity to develop. But how much of that capacity we have developed and the way we have developed that capacity depends on the kind of mind food we’ve been fed.

The mind reflects what its environment feeds it just as surely as the body reflects the food you feed it.

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)

Your mind is an amazing mechanism. When your mind works one way, it can carry you forward to outstanding success. But the same mind operating in a different manner can produce a total failure.

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)

Cement in your mind the question, “Is this the way an important person does it?” Use this question to make you a bigger person.

In a nutshell remember;

  1. Look important; it helps you think important. Your appearance talks to you. Be sure it lifts your spirits and builds your confidence. Your appearance talks to others. Make certain it says, “Here is an important person: intelligent, prosperous, and dependable.”
  2. Think your work is important. Think this way and you will receive mental signals on how to do your job better. Think your work is important and your subordinates will think their work is important too.
  3. Give yourself a pep talk several times daily, Build a “self-yourself-to-yourself” commercial. Remind yourself at every opportunity that you’re a first class person.
  4. In all of life’s situations, ask yourself, “Is this the way an important person thinks?” Then obey the answer.

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big (1959)

Use These Tools and Think Creatively.

  1. Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.
  2. Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind. Be receptive to new ideas. Be experimental. Try new approaches. Be progressive in everything you do.
  3. Ask yourself daily, “How can I do better?” There is no limit to self-improvement. When you ask yourself, “How can I do better?” sound answers will appear. Try it and see.
  4. Ask yourself, “How can I do more?” Capacity is a state of mind. Asking yourself this question puts your mind to work to find intelligent short-cuts.
  5. Practice asking and listening. Ask and listen and you’ll obtain raw material for reaching sound decisions.
  6. Stretch you mind. Get Stimulated. Associate with people who can help you to think of new ideas, new ways of doing things. Mix with people of different occupational and social interests.

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)

Your ears are your intake values. They feed your mind raw materials which can be converted into creative power. We learn nothing from telling. But there is no limit to what we can learn by asking and listening.

Try this three-stage program to strengthen your creativity through asking and listening;

  1. Encourage others to talk. In personal conversation or in group meetings draw out people with little urges such as, “Tell me about your experience . . .” or “What do you think should be done about . . .?” “What do you think is the key point?” Encourage others to talk and you win a double-barreled victory: your mind soaks up raw material which you can use to produce creative thought and you win friends. There is no surer way to get people to like you than to encourage them to talk to you.
  2. Test your own views in form of questions. Let other people help you smooth and polish your ideas. Use the what-do-you-think-of-this-suggestion approach. Don’t be dogmatic. Don’t announce a fresh idea as if it were handed down on a gold tablet. Do a little informal research first. See how your associates react to it. If you do, chances are you’ll end up with a better idea.
  3. Concentrate on what the other person says. Listening is more than just keeping your own mouth shut. Listening means letting what’s said penetrate your mind. So often people pretend to listen when they aren’t listening at all. They’re just waiting for the other person to pause so they can take over with the talking. Concentrate on what the other person says. Evaluate it. That’s how you collect mind food.

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)

Four Ways to Develop the Big Thinker’s Vocabulary

  1. Use big, positive cheerful words and phrases to describe how you feel. Become known as a person who always feels great. It wins friends.
  2. Use bright, cheerful, favorable words and phrases to describe other people. Make it a rule to have a big, positive word for all your friends and associates.
  3. Use positive language to encourage others. Compliment people personally at every opportunity. Everyone you know craves praise. Have a special good word for your wife or husband everyday. Notice and compliment the people who work with you.
  4. Use positive words to outline plans to others. Promise victory and watch eyes light up. Promise victory and win support. Build castles, don’t dig graves!

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)

Put These Five Procedures to Work for You;

  1. Action cures fear. Isolate your fear and then take constructive action. Inaction, doing nothing about a situation, strengthens fear and destroys confidence.
  2. Make a supreme effort to put only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Don’t let negative, self-deprecatory thoughts that grow into mental monsters. Simply refuse to recall unpleasant events or situations.
  3. Put people in proper perspective. Remember, people are more alike, than they are different. Get a balanced view of the other fellow. He is just another human being. And develop an understanding attitude. Many people will bark, but it’s rare one that bites.
  4. Practice doing what your conscience tells you is right. This prevents a poisonous guilt complex from developing. Doing what’s right is a very practical rule for success.
  5. Make everything about you say, “I’m confident, really confident.” Practice these little techniques in your day-to-day activities.
    1. Be a “front seater.”
    2. Make eye contact.
    3. Walk 25 percent faster.
    4. Speak up.
    5. Smile big.

~ David J. Schwartz, The Magic of Thinking Big, (1959)

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