I’ve always been amazed as I look back on the monumental feats of man over the years. Whether it was an against-the-odds invention, a historic speech, or some heroic action, there is one thing they usually have in common. They were usually accomplished by individuals with an extraordinary way of thinking. These giants of our times have always been able to resist the urge to keep trying the same thing and expecting different results. Instead, they stepped out of society’s routine and looked for different solutions to the same old problems.
There are certain practices that many of the greatest “Thinkers” have in common. These traits are obtainable to all of us through the practice of daily habits. If you’re no longer content with settling for the status quo, try adhering to these “life-rules” for a while and see if they can’t get rid of your “Stinkin-Thinkin”.
Whether you think you can, or think you can’t… you’re right – Henry Ford
- They are Optimistic. Mental Champions recognize that it is our own choice as to how we will approach the day. From time to time we may be victims of circumstance but that doesn’t mean we have to wallow in it. We can choose whether we will focus our attention and energy on positive thoughts or on negative thoughts. Where we place our thoughts and energy is in essence where we live. Choose to spend your life in a positive place.
- They are Thankful. They realize that regardless of the size of the blessings in their lives, they ought to be thankful for them. It could always be worse and with the right attitude, it can always be better. This act of reflecting on the good things in life has a way of bringing the desire to create other good things to life.
- They respect Solitude. Most of the great things these Powerful Thinkers have accomplished throughout history have been for the good of others. Their good fruits are reaped amongst the masses but that is not where the seed is sown. Great thinkers must be alone to their thoughts. Their best ideas come while holding dialogue with the genius within. They are not scared to face their fears, insecurities, or shortcomings, for it’s within those weaknesses that they oftentimes find their strengths.
- They are Good Stewards. This one is debatable by many. Sure many of the ancient philosophers and inventors were not health nuts, but most of the theories of health-for-smart people has come about in modern times. Studies have now proven without a doubt that a healthy diet and workout regimine will most definitely boost your brain-power. The discoveries of the Power Thinkers of old are why this is an accepted practice today.
- They ride the Wave of Others. Brilliant people know better than to associate with life suckers who bring them down. It is very difficult to soar far above those we hang out with. It’s been proven more often than not that you become some version of the people you are with the most. If you want to change your way of thinking and accomplish more, than hang out with a positive and creative crowd.
- They follow a Growth Routine. Simply thinking creatively isn’t enough. You can’t continue to draw from an empty well. Great thinkers respect the need to keep fueling the machine. There are many ways to accomplish this. Whether you choose daily reading, podcast, or audiobooks, just make sure that you have a daily ritual of putting inspirational content into the story you are writing.
- They Focus on The Prize. Intellectual warriors stay focused on victory. They have an idea of where they want to be, and who they want to be. Everything else is simply trying to get there. By staying focused on the end goal, you are not spending so much time focusing on the every-day obstacles.
We could easily come up with a dozen more practices of positive thinkers but the above list is a great starting point and one that has made a difference in my life. The mind is a powerful thing and when we learn that we are responsible for its thoughts, the sky is no longer the limit.
“When we take responsibility for our own thoughts and actions…the sky is no longer our limit but instead our canvas”