The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz
Have you ever wondered why some people grow big while others just stop growing? If yes, then “ The Magic of Thinking Big ” book is for you.
The author David J. Schwartz, is known as a motivational writer and a leadership development coach who published his first bestseller “The Magic of Thinking Big” in 1959. He simply and clearly explained in this book step by step the recipe for success and it all comes down to our way of thinking.
There are 13 chapters in David J. Schwartz book – “The Magic of Thinking Big”, each chapter gives you practical information and HOW-TO’s. By the end of this book you would come to realize that the man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can’t, both are actually right. Your future life is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
POWER OF THOUGHTS/ THE MAGIC OF THINKING BIG
Believe You Can Succeed and You Will.
The line above is, in fact, the title of the first chapter and in this chapter you will find out exactly how you can develop the power of believe. You have to think big and believe in your ability to succeed in order to live big in happiness, big in accomplishment, big in income, big in friends, big in respect.
“Without firm, unwavering belief that man can travel in space, our scientists would not have the courage, interest, and enthusiasm to proceed.”
Cure Yourself of Excusitis, The Failure Disease.
Excusitis is a disease born from covertness or wrong choices. At first, you may know that you are just lying to yourself. But a lie repeated over and over becomes an inner truth. In the end you are one with your own lie and strongly believe that this defines you. Finally you may conclude that the success is just a fairy tale written for somebody else.
And, the sad part is that the human brain seems to be built to create excuses. And the common forms of excuses are:
- My health isn’t good : “Looking, and looking, and looking for an illness often actually produce illness”
- I lack brains: “What really matters is not how much intelligence you have but how you use what do you have”
- Not the right time for me: “Really it’s surprising how few-people feel they are ”just –right” age wise”
- I attract bad luck: “If luck determined who does what and who goes where, every business in the nation will fall apart”
Build Confidence and Destroy Fear.
However, to achieve big dreams, thinking big is just not enough you have to cure yourself of excusitis, the failure disease. The second and the third chapter will help you to identify and get rid of all the excuses that hold you back and prevent you from executing on your big ideas.
Our desire to be successful will be fulfilled only if we think big, express ourselves fearlessly, find a meaningful work in which we can win admiration, inspire and get inspired, contribute to our community and being looked up to by people in business and social life.
“Success means self-respect, continually finding more real happiness and satisfaction from life, being able to do more for those who depend on you.”
How to Think Big
When you are a big thinker and a strong believer; you will never sell yourself short, you would use words and speak in such a way that positively influence people. They would place their utmost confidence in you, opportunities will come to you because they believe in you and your ability to accomplish big things and get the desired results.
“The only thing that counts about one’s vocabulary, is the effect his words and phrases have on his own and others’ thinking.”
How to Think and Dream Creatively
In this chapter, you would learn how to strengthen your creativity, how to develop your ideas and how the ideas of others help to spark your own ideas so your mind is more creative.
David J. Schwartz believes that capacity is a state of mind, how much you can do depends on how much you think you can do. Find creative ways to do more and add more because that is how you progress.
“Belief releases creative powers. Disbelief puts the brakes on. Believe, and you’ll start thinking—constructively.”
You Are What You Think You Are
How you think determines how you act and how you act in turn determines how others react to you. You receive the kind of treatment that you think you deserve. People who demand the most respect also are the most successful.
“The more respect you have for yourself, the more respect others will have for you.”
Manage Your Environment: Go First
Our environment has strong effect on us, that’s why it’s important to surround ourselves with like-minded people; people who encourage and support us on our journey to success. “Select friends who are interested in positive things, friends who really do want to see you succeed. Find friends who breathe encouragement into your plans and ideals. If you don’t, if you select petty thinkers as your close friends, you’ll gradually develop into a petty thinker yourself.”
“The kind of mind food we consume determines our habits, attitudes, personality.”
On your journey to create the life you want, learn from big thinkers and associate yourself with the dreamers. “When you face a difficult situation, think, “I’ll win,” not “I’ll probably lose.” 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 the master thought “I will succeed” dominate your thinking process. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success. Thinking failure does the exact opposite. Failure thinking conditions the mind to think other thoughts that produce failure.”
Grab the book. Flip through the pages to discover the remaining chapters then do what needs to be done to start your dream journey. “Knowledge is power only when you put to use—and then only when the use made of it is constructive.”
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