Think For A Change

We are three weeks into the New Year already.  Hopefully your plans to realize your intentions for your goals are well under way.  As we head into week four, taking steps to stay inspired and keep your momentum becomes critical.  Depending on where you are located, right now the weather could potentially wreak havoc on your plans, movements and most of all your psyche.

The most important element to sustaining momentum and achieving our goals is the quality of our thinking.  The quality of our thinking is more than thinking positive thoughts. 

According to John Maxwell in his classic book, Thinking For A Change, there are at least 11 types of thinking that successful people engage in.  Depending on how you are wired combined with your skills, gifts and talents, some types of thinking come more naturally than others.  

 The eleven types of thinking that successful people employ are:  

  • Big picture
  • Focused
  • Creative
  • Realistic
  • Strategic
  • Possibility
  • Reflective
  • Popular
  • Shared
  • Unselfish
  • Bottom line

 In any case, the key, says John Maxwell, is understanding the value of good thinking. We must be open to thinking differently.  The thought process that brought us this far is not the thought process that can take us to the next level.  We must be open and willing to evolve our thinking. 

 Those who embrace good thinking as a lifestyle understand the relationship between their level of thinking and their level of progress, says Maxwell  “They also realize that to change their lives, they must change their thinking. 

How we think and what we think directly impacts every aspect of our lives.  Why is that, you might ask. Because our thinking, our thoughts, are like magnets. Thoughts are in fact energy, and they attract according to their nature. Its a law of physics:  Like attracts like. This law of physics applies to everything. Don’t take my word for it. There’s plenty of evidence in your life right now. If you’ve been keeping track of  synchronicities since setting your intentions and implementing your plans, hopefully you have powerful evidence.  

Maxwell asks, How skilled is your thinking? Does your thinking help you achieve?

In an honest self-assessment, which type of thinking do you engage in the most and will it help you achieve your goals?   

 Type of Thinking



Source: Thinking For A Change, John Maxwell ©2003

Next week, a look at the differences between these and the potential results.   Until then, remember,

Life is about choices.  What will you choose for you today?

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Coach D.Gray-Young, CPC, ELI-MP
Coach D. Gray-Young, CPC, ELI-MP
Certified Personal and Executive Coach


You 3.0 Question of the week:  What type of thinking will take you to the next level? Give it some thought and note your mental dialogue with yourself in your journal.


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