We become what we think. We are the products of our own thinking. Proper thinking is difficult, that’s why so few people do it. The right thinking leads to the right actions. Today we explore the first nugget of self-discipline; proper thinking. The following six will be explored in the next 6 days. We are 7 ways to improve our thinking.
1. Simplicity. Simplify your life to allow daily time for thinking. Start living by priorities, not obligations. We often have to take a step back before we can go forward. We often have to cut back on our busy lives to allow space to re-start again.
2. Silence. It’s only in silence we can hear our inner selves. Shut down the excess noises in your life. Start by taking a couple of hours to be in complete silence. Take the time to ponder where you have been, where you are, so you can get a sense of direction where you are going.
3. Solitude. Solitude is not a scary place where we fear to go. We can find that still voice in us; it is there, built inside all of us. The value of solitude lasts forever. Don’t be afraid of complete solitude. It is in solitude we often find ourselves, who we truly are. It is in solitude that we find our greatness.
4. Prayer. We become what we pray. Prayers give us faith. Prayers are powerful to clear our minds and start thinking properly. Craft your own daily prayer. Pray often and pray for better thinking.
5. Reflection. Reflect on your life, your experiences. Learn the lessons and move forward. If we don’t take the time to reflect we are not going to learn the daily lessons we need to tackle the challenges ahead. Great intuition comes from continuous reflection.
6. Perspective. The right perspective is the key to make good decisions. Snap decisions are usually the wrong decisions. Borrow the thinking of great thinkers. Start by reading the book “The Magic of Thinking Big” by David Schwartz. Ask the question, are my assumptions correct?
7. Writing. Writing crystalizes our thinking. Don’t just think it, ink it. Daily writing is a powerful demonstration of self-discipline. The words we write carry images and power with them. Write, re-write, and write again and again.
Will you join my cause to fight mediocrity in the world? Pass these nuggets on to others.
We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy