David Joseph Schwartz, best known for writing The Magic of Thinking Big in 1959, was an American motivational writer and coach. Schwartz will help you to handle difficult situations better, gain more cash, and find greater happiness and peace of mind.
In 13 separate chapters, Schwartz shows us The Magic of Thinking Big:
Chapter 1: Believe you can succeed and you will
The magnitude of your output is limited by the scale of your thought. It’s going to be harder for you if you don’t feel that you can do anything. You’re still going to look for reasons you can’t do it rather than ways you can find ways you can.
In order to have an increased capacity, we want to rebuild our mind so that we can think broader and it is within that expanded capacity, where we can find out how things work and the action steps.
Here’s a question you may want to ask yourself to assess the level of trust in yourself that you have. You think you’re going to have good relationships, alliances and friendships? If you don’t believe that, then you just aren’t. It’s just your system of belief. Every day, we don’t wake up thinking we want bad partnerships and negative prospects and partners for company.
Here are the three principles for the development and strengthening of belief power:
1) Think about success, not think about failure.
At work, substitute success thought for failure thinking in your home. Think, “I’ll win,” not “I’ll probably lose,” when you face a difficult situation. When you compete with someone else, think, “I’m equal to the best,” not “I’m outclassed.” When opportunity appears, think, “I can do it,” never “I can’t.” Let your thinking process be dominated by the master thought, “I will succeed.” Thinking of the mind’s circumstances of success to build strategies that yield success. Failure to consider does just the same. Failure to think causes the mind to think of other thoughts that cause failure.
2) Frequently remind yourself that you are better than you think you are.
Successful individuals are no supermen. Performance does not need an intelligence of supremacy. Nor is there something about performance magical. And success is not luck-based. Successful individuals are only average people who have built trust in themselves and what they do. Never sell yourself short.
3) Dream big.
The magnitude of your success is measured by the magnitude of your confidence.
You first have to believe it’s true if you want to dream of great ideas or ways of doing stuff. If you don’t believe you can achieve success in fitness or business, then you probably won’t care of all the ways you can accomplish it.
Think of small targets and expect little success. Dream about major targets and achieve great results. Also, note this! Big ideas and big plans are always simpler than small ideas and small plans, and definitely not more challenging.
Chapter 2: Cure Yourself of Excusitis, the Failure Disease
The more successful the person is the less excuses they produce! Highly successful individuals make less excuses because they are actively searching for ways to accomplish their objectives. They don’t care about their wellbeing or their lack of time.
Excusitis occurs in a wide range of ways, but health excusitis, intellect excusitis, age excusitis, and luck excusitis are the worst types of this disease.
“But it isn’t good for my health.”
Refuse to talk about the wellbeing of you. The more you talk about an ailment, the worse it appears to get even the common cold. Talking about poor health is like putting on weeds with fertiliser. Besides, it’s a bad thing to talk about your wellbeing. It bores individuals. Self-centered and old-maidish, it makes one look. One may get a little sympathy (and let me stress the word may but by being a persistent complainer one doesn’t get respect and loyalty.
Be sincerely thankful that it is as good as your wellbeing. An old saying is always worth repeating: “I felt sorry for myself because until I met a man who had no feet, I had ragged shoes.” Instead of moaning about not feeling good,” it is much easier to be grateful that you are as safe as you are.
Remind yourself sometimes, “Wearing out is better than rusting out.” Life is yours to enjoy. Don’t squander it. Don’t let yourself live by dreaming about yourself in a hospital bed.
“But to succeed, you have got to have brains.”
Never underestimate your own intellect, and never overestimate other people’s knowledge. Don’t sell short on yourself. Focus on your money. Discover the superior skills you have. Know, it’s not the amount of brains you have that matters. Instead what matters is how you use your brain. Instead of thinking about how much IQ you have, control your brain.
Remind yourself many times a day, “My attitudes are more important than my intelligence.” Positive attitudes at work and practise at home. See the reasons you should do it not the reasons you can’t do it. Build an attitude of ‘I’m winning’. Make imaginative, constructive use of your intellect. Use it to find ways of winning, not to prove that you are going to fail.
Bear in mind that the capacity to think is of much greater importance than the capacity to memorise information. To build and grow ideas, to find new and better ways of doing things, use your mind. Ask yourself, “Am I using my mental ability to make history, or am I only using it to record the history that others have made?”
Look favourably at your current generation. “Practice looking forward to new horizons and gaining the enthusiasm and feeling of youth. Think, “I’m still young,” not I’m already old.
Calculate the amount of effective time you have left. Note, a person who is thirty still has 80% of his productive life ahead of him. And the fifty-year-old still has a big 40 percent, the best 40 percent, of his years of chance left. Currently, life is longer than most individuals believe!
Invest time in doing what you really want to do in the future. Only when you let your mind go negative and think it’s too late is it too late.
Chapter 3: Build Confidence and Destroy Fear
You have to make peace with your fear because you are afraid of things that are going to drive you further in your goals.
Simply take action and do something if you want the fear to go down. Are you afraid of the next exam? More to study! Are you concerned about people talking? Go to public places and boost your skills in communication. Are you anxious that you can’t protect yourself from a mugger? Go to a class for self-defense or start weightlifting. Know that fear cures behaviour. Isolate your anxiety and take positive action afterwards.
Make a supreme effort to bring in your memory bank just good thoughts. Don’t let negative thoughts that are self-deprecatory develop into mental monsters. Refuse to simply remember traumatic incidents or circumstances.
Put a proper perspective on people. Know, individuals are more similar than they are different, far more alike. Offer the other guy a balanced view. He’s such a different human being. And cultivate an attitude of understanding. A lot of people can bark, but the one that bites is a rare one.
It’s right to practise doing what your conscience tells you. This avoids the development of a toxic guilt complex. A very realistic law for success is doing what’s right.
Chapter 4: How to Think Big
We must develop a “big thinker’s vocabulary” to become a big thinker. Use big bright, cheerful words. Use words that promise victory, hope, happiness, pleasure; avoid words that build images of loss, defeat, sorrow that are negative.
Practice adding value to persons, stuff and yourself. In this planet, what we put out is always going to be returned. It’s probably because you’re not adding enough value if you don’t get back what you say.
Think about trivial things. Concentrate your focus on big targets. Ask yourself, before getting involved in a petty matter, “Is it really important?” ”
Via thinking big, grow big!
Chapter 5: How to Think and Dream Creatively
If you truly believe in yourself and believe that things are possible, you’re more inclined to think that things can be done. He tells us that if we believe that we are able to succeed, we will succeed.
When you think it’s possible to do something the mind can find ways to do it. Trust in a solution paves the way for a solution.
Tell yourself every day How can I do better?” “Self-improvement should not have a limit. When you say, “How can I do better?” “Sound responses may emerge. Just try and see.
Ask yourself, ‘How am I going to do more? Capacity is a mental condition. Asking yourself this question puts your mind at work in order to find smart shortcuts. The business performance balance is do what you do better (improve the quality of your production) and do more of what you do (increase the quantity of your output).
Asking and listening practise. Ask and listen, and to make sound choices, you will receive raw material. Remember: listening is monopolised by big people; talking is monopolised by small people.
Stretch the imagination. Only get stimulated. Associate with individuals who can assist you in dreaming about new ideas, new ways of doing stuff. Mix with individuals with various professional and social preferences.
Chapter 6: You Are What You Think You Are
Upgrading your thought enhances your attitudes, and this creates achievement. Here is a simple way to help you make more of yourself by thinking about how important individuals think. As a reference, use the form below.
It makes you think important; it helps you think important. Your presence is speaking for you. Be sure that it raises your spirits and strengthens your confidence. Your presence speaks to other people. “Make sure that it says, “An important person is here: knowledgeable, wealthy, and trustworthy.
It’s important to think about your career. Think this way, and mental signals about how to do your job better will be given to you. Say that your job is important, and your subordinates would probably think that their job is important.
In all circumstances in life, ask yourself, “Is this the way an important person thinks?” “Obey the answer then.
Chapter 7: Manage Your Environment: Go First Class
The people you surround yourself with the clothing you wear, the area you live in the food you consume, your mind is a consequence of your environment. The way you think affects your climate. To change how you think, enhance your climate.
Make your world, not against you, work for you. Don’t let suppressive forces make you think failure, the pessimistic, you-can’t-do-it individuals.
Don’t let you be held back by small-thinking people. Jealous people would like to see you stumbling. Don’t give any pleasure to them.
Manage mentors of yours. Get your advice from influential individuals and don’t take advice from someone you’re not going to swap places with.
Throw the poison of thinking out of the environment. Just stop gossip. Speak regarding individuals, but remain on the optimistic side.
In anything you do, go first-class. You can’t afford any other way to go.
Chapter 8: Make your Attitudes your Allies
Grow the attitude of “I’m activated”. In proportion to the enthusiasm expended, results arrive. To trigger yourself, three things to do are:
1) Dive deeper into it. Look in to read more about it when you find yourself uninterested in something. It sets off excitement.
Everything about you: your smile, your handshake, your chat, even your walk. Acting alive.
Strong News Broadcast. Nobody has ever done something good by saying bad news.
2) Develop the attitude of “You are important”. When you make them feel important, people do more for you. Know these things to do:
At any opportunity, express gratitude. Make it sound important to people.
By name, call people.
3) Grow the mentality of “Service first and watch money take care of itself. In anything you do, make it a rule: give individuals more than they expect to get.
Chapter 9: Think Right Toward People
Your success in every project depends on other people’s encouragement and acceptance; you won’t achieve your goals alone. You have to be likeable to obtain this assistance. Likeability in all aspects of your life, particularly your career, is a factor.
For lifting, make yourself lighter. Be sympathetic. Practice being the kind of person that people want. This gains their confidence and brings fuel into the programme for efficient construction.
In developing friendships, take the initiative. At any chance, introduce yourself to others. Make sure you get the name of the other person right and make sure he also gets your name straight. You want to get to know your new friends better by dropping a personal message.
Consider the distinctions and shortcomings of people. Don’t expect to be fine with someone. Know, there is a right for the other person to be different. And be a reformer, don’t be.
Practice the generosity of dialogue. Be like people who are good. Encourage others to converse. Let the other person speak to you about his thoughts, his beliefs, his achievements.
Dealing with others is simple when it’s all going well. The true test comes when stuff goes wrong. But how you feel when you lose has a strong influence on when you win again.
When you receive a loss, don’t blame anyone. Know, when you lose, the way you think determines how long it will be before you win.
Chapter 10: Get the Action Habit
Activationists are good individuals; they have developed the habit of taking action. Only be an activationist. Be someone who’s doing stuff.
Do not wait for conditions to be fine. They’ll never be. Expect and overcome future challenges and problems as they occur.
Know, thoughts alone are not going to bring results. Only when you act upon them do ideas have meaning.
To cure fear and build faith, use action. Do what you are afraid of and fear vanishes. Try it out and see.
Mechanically, start your mental engine. Don’t wait for you to pass the spirit. Take action, dig in and the spirit is moved.
Think in terms of the moment. Tomorrow, next week, later, and similar phrases are often associated with the term failure, never again. Be a sort of “I’m starting right now” guy.
Get down to enterprise-pronto. Don’t waste time planning to act. Start to act instead.
Seize the initiative. Only be a crusader. Take the ball and drive. Only be a volunteer. Show that you have the desire to do it and your determination.
Chapter 11: How to Turn Defeat into Victory
In one’s attitudes towards defeats, handicaps, disincentives, and other disappointing circumstances, the difference between success and failure is found.
Five guideposts to help you turn victory into defeat are:
1. Study failures to pave the path for achievement. Learn when you lose, then go on to win next time.
2. Have the courage to be a critical critic on your own. Seek out the shortcomings and flaws and then fix them. This transforms you into a professional.
3. Avoid luck blaming. Investigate each setback. Find out what’s gone wrong. Bear in mind, blaming luck never took anyone where he wanted to go.
4. Blend persistence with experimentation. Stay with your objective, but don’t bang your head against a wall of stone. Test new tactics. Hey. Experiment.
5. Know, in each case, there is a positive side. Just find it. See the side of the positive and whip discouragement.
Chapter 12: Use Goals to Help you Grow
The significance of having objectives is emphasised by Schwartz. Objectives allow you to see where you are headed and where you want to be in one,
Get a definite fix on where you want to go. Create an image 10 years from now of yourself.
Write out your plan for ten years. To be left to chance, your life is too important. In your job, your house, and your social departments, set down on paper what you want to achieve.
Only yield to your desires. To get more control, set goals. To get things done, set targets. Set targets and discover the true pleasure of living.
Let your automatic pilot be your main objective. You’ll find yourself making the right choices to achieve your target when you let your goal absorb you.
One step at a time, accomplish your objective. Regard each task you undertake as a step toward your target, regardless of how small it can seem.
Set targets for thirty days. The effort day-by-day pays off.
In stage, take detours. A detour simply denotes a different route. It should never imply surrendering the objective.
Get invested in yourself. Purchase those things that create productivity and mental strength. Invest in schooling. Invest in a beginner’s concept.
Chapter 13: How to Think Like a Leader
A representation of your internal state is your external environment. If you don’t show yourself in a confident manner, then the world won’t see you as a person of worth.
Trade minds with the individuals you want to impact. If you see it from their eyes, it’s easy to get people to do what you want them to do. Before you act, ask yourself this question: “What would I think of this if I were to exchange places with another person?” ”
In your relations with others, apply the Be-Human” rule. Ask, ‘What is the human way of dealing with this? “Show that you put other people first in everything you do. Only offer the kind of care you want to get to other individuals. You get paid.
Dream about change, believe in progress, promote progress. Dream of improving everything you do. Think of high norms in everything you do. Subordinates appear to become mirror copies of their supervisor over a period of time. Make sure it is worth duplicating the master copy. Make this a personal solution: “I am for it at home, at work, in community life, if it’s advanced.”
Take time to confer with yourself and tap into your ultimate force of thought. Solitude Handled pays off. To unleash your creative force, use it. Use it to find solutions to issues that are personal and company. So take some time on your own every day just to remember. Use the method of reasoning used by all great leaders: confer with yourself.
How to Use the book in Most Crucial Situations
Schwartz gives several recommendations about how to remain on track and how to stop being pressured to think small. Think high, even though they try to push you back, little ones.
Magic resides in thinking high. But forgetting it is so easy. There is a risk that your thoughts will shrink in size when you reach any rough spots. And you lose when it does.
Below are some quick guides when you’re tempted to use the tiny approach to remain tall. Perhaps, for an even more convenient reference, you’ll want to place these guides on small cards.
THINK BIG when little people want to drive you down,
There are some people, to be sure, who want you to fail, to suffer tragedy, to be reprimanded. But you can’t be hurt by these people if you recall three things:
When you fail to fight petty people, you win. Little people fighting reduces you to their scale. Just stay big.
Expect to be struck by a snip. It’s evidence that you’re rising.
Remind yourself that mentally ill snipers are. Just be big. Please feel sorry for them.
Think large enough to be exempt from petty person attacks.
When the sensation of “I-Haven’t-Got-What-It-Takes” creeps up on you, THINK BIG BIG
Remember: you are if you think you’re poor. You are if you think you’re insufficient. You are if you think you’re second-class.
Whip your normal inclination with these resources to sell yourself short:
Look important, look important! It makes you believe it’s necessary. How you look on the outside has a lot to do with how on the inside you feel.
Focus on your money. Create and use a sell-yourself-to-yourself ad. Learn to self-supercharge. Recognize the good self.
Placed other individuals in the right view. The other person is just another human being, so why are you afraid of him?
To see how strong you really are, think Big Enough!
THINK BIG when an argument or quarrel seems unavoidable.
Resisting the desire to argue and quarrel successfully by:
“Asking yourself, “Is this thing really important enough to argue about, honestly now? ”
You never get something from an argument, to remind yourself, but you do lose anything.
To see that quarrels, disputes, feuds, and fusses will never help you get where you want to go, think Big Enough.
THINK BIG when you feel defeated.
Without challenges and defeats, it is not possible to achieve big success. But the rest of your life can be lived without defeat. Big thinkers respond this way to setbacks:
As a lesson, accept the setback. Only benefit from it. Study that. To drive you forward, use it. Rescue something from each setback.
Persistence of Mix of experimentation. Back off with a new strategy and resume afresh.
Think Big Enough to see that loss is nothing more than a state of mind.
THINK BIG when Romance Begins to Slip
Negative, petty, “She’s (He’s) unfair to me so I’m going to get even” kind of romance thought slaughters, kills the love that can be yours. Do this when things in the love department aren’t going right:
Focus on the best qualities of the person you want to love. In the second position, bring little things where they belong.
Do something special for your partner, and frequently do it.
To discover the key to marital joys, think Big Enough.
THINK BIG BIG When you feel like your progress on the job is slowing down,
Higher rank, higher pay, no matter what you do and regardless of your profession, comes from one thing: increasing the quality and quantity of your production. Do this:-Do this:
Say, “I can do better.” Not unattainable is the best. There is space for something to be done better. Nothing is being done as well in this universe as it should be. And when you say, “I can do better,” there will appear ways to do better. Thinking about “I can do better” turns your creative power on.
Think Big Enough to see that money takes care of itself if you put service first.
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