Change Your Thinking
My wife Mimi teaches computer classes to seniors at a community college in Dallas. It's exciting for her to see enthusiastic students, some in their 80's and 90's eager to learn new skills. Some of her classes are more difficult than others dealing with Adobe's Photoshop software programs. But that doesn't stop them. They want to learn. They want to change their thinking. They want to embrace modern technology. They want to be able to communicate with their kids and grand kids via the Internet. They want to be connected instead of being disconnected.
How great is that! They are thinkers. They are doers. They embrace change instead of resisting it. Claude M. Bristol, author of The Magic of Believing, said, "Thought is the original source of all wealth, all success, all material gain, all great discoveries and inventions, and all achievement." Now that's a bold statement. What kind of value do you put on good thinking? Like Mimi's students, do you think you should learn new skills? Do you think you should change the way you are currently doing some things? What do you think about on a daily basis?
Try to improve your thinking every day
It's true that the more thinking you do, the better you become at it. But you can quickly improve your thinking if you do the following on a daily basis according to John Maxwell:
Focus on the Positive: Thinking alone won't guarantee success. You need to think about the right things. Negative thinking and worry actually hinder the thinking process rather than improve it. Philippians 4:8 reads..."Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things."
Gather Good Input: Read good books. Look for good ideas. When you read something that impresses you, write it down, file it away. Refer to it later. Seek knowledge. Every senior student that signs up for one of Mimi's classes is looking for good ideas and seeking knowledge. They are expanding their minds.
Spend Time with Good Thinkers: If you spend time with good thinkers, you will find that the exposure sharpens your thinking. Our brains like to be challenged.