Morgan Holland

San Francisco, CA

The Magic of Thinking Big

160411 The Magic of Thinking Big (David Schwartz, 1959)

  1. Believe and you will succeed
    1. Habits of thinking
    2. Power of positive thinking
    3. Believe - that's The Secret
    4. Initiative - embrace Mr. Triumph in your head, not Mr Defeat
    5. 1. Think Success - not failure
    6. 2. Better than you think you are
    7. 3. Believe Big
    8. Follow a Plan for self development and growth - content, method, results
    9. Confidence & humility
  2. Cure Yourself of Excusitis, The Failure Disease
    1. No excuses
    2. It's a disease you start to believe your own excuses
    3. Hard work, execution, superior attitudes
    4. Believe - "Winners win"
  3. Build Confidence and Destroy Fear
    1. Fear is enemy #1
    2. Confidence is developed, not innate
    3. Action cures fear
      1. Isolate fear
      2. Take action
    4. Deposit and withdraw only positive thoughts
      1. Easy to forget negatives, your mind wants to forget the unpleasant
    5. Have a balanced view of others - we're all human
    6. Develop an understanding attitude
    7. Avoid guilt - golden rule
    8. 5 techniques: Sit in the front, make eye contact, 25% faster walking, speak up, big smile!
  4. How to Think Big
    1. Think big - avoid self-deprecation
    2. We're visual thinkers - use big, positive words to paint pictures - be the optimist
    3. Be positive on yourself and others - see the future
    4. Practice adding value to people, things, and yourself
    5. Conduct daily reflection to improve
    6. See the whole company, help everyone, be selfless
    7. Only focus on what's important - don't get upset and negative over trivialities
    8. Good public speakers have an intense desire to teach, to get their point across - be positive and enthusiastic
  5. How to Think and Dream Creatively
    1. Believe - constructive thinking, nothing is impossible
    2. Don't get frozen by tradition - always new ways
    3. Actively reflect, iterate, listen to customers
    4. Capacity is a state of mind - accept all new opportunities
    5. Listen, ask, request advice, solicit ideas, be the CEO-as-editor/curator (Jack Dorsey) - active listening
    6. 10 ideas a day - join meetups inside and outside your profession - Write Down Ideas!
  6. You are What you Think you Are
    1. You are what you think you are, and it impacts what others think
    2. Look professional - first impressions matter, impacts people's subconscious
    3. Think your work is important - visualize, believe
    4. Have job respect, think of the future, get feedback, make suggestions, get maximum exposure everywhere
    5. Impact others - show positive attitudes, be worthy of being imitated - be enthusiastic, eat your own dogfood
    6. Give yourself a verbal pep talk - self-charging, at first your boss may do this for you, but learn how to do it for yourself
    7. When you see a stressful situation coming up, just change your perspective and think "exciting", not stressed
  7. Managing Your Environment: Go First Class
    1. Pay attention to your environment - that's your mind food
    2. Don't rationalize - always try - reach, accomplish more
    3. Avoid negators! stay with positive people
    4. Seek advice from first class people - they love it
    5. Manage your home environment - eat well, do lots of new, different things with different people
    6. New groups, different views, important things
    7. Avoid gossip - it's thought poison - stay positive
    8. Go first class - food, clothes, mentors, everything
  8. Make your Attitudes Your Allies
    1. Be activated - Be enthusiastic, be interested, not bored! Be present, curious, vulnerable
      1. If not into something, learn more about it - dig in
      2. Live it up - big smile, handshake, thank yous
      3. Broadcast good news - Only spread good things, complement people
    2. Grow the "you are important" attitude - it's karma!
      1. Practice appreciation - personalized complements
      2. Call people by their name
      3. Don't hog glory, spread it around - praise is power
      4. Do things for your family often. Carve out time!
    3. Put service first
      1. Be passionate, money will follow
  9. Think Right Toward People
    1. Be likeable - remember names
    2. Get rid of your "scratchy" elements
    3. Congratulate people regularly and genuinely
    4. Let other people be important to you
    5. Aways find something to like in other people
    6. Say nice things to strangers
    7. Accept people's differences
    8. Stay on a Positive mental model - banish negativity, and switch topics quickly w/ negative people
    9. Treat everyone as a guest in your home
    10. Listen - don't be a conversation hog
    11. Don't blame others, no excuses!
  10. Get the Action Habit
    1. Plenty of room at the top - Act, Execute!
    2. Done is better than perfect
    3. The Obstacle is the Way
    4. Take action, it builds confidence
    5. Use the mechanical way - action precedes action - ie just start writing, and you'll keep writing
    6. Write everything down - can't multitask while writing - keeps out distractions
    7. Start right now - do or die - don't put it on a to-do list
    8. Get in the habit of speaking up - bias towards action
    9. Be a crusader for your ideas
    10. Volunteer - don't be afraid - listen to the groups that progress, not the groups that gossip and laugh but are secretly jealous
  11. How to Turn Victory into Defeat
    1. Attitude - embrace failure, learn, persist, how you respond is everything
    2. The Obstacle is the Way
    3. Do post-mortems and reflect - acknowledge weakenesses and fix
    4. Defeat is a state of mind - why did I fail, how to succeed next time
    5. No excuses - don't blame luck
    6. No shortcuts - Experiment - Power of Positive Thinking
    7. Embrace the Soak - let ideas percolate
  12. Use Goals to Help you Grow
    1. 10 year plan - get detailed so you can visualize!
      1. Work departments 10 years from now:
        1. What income level do I want to attain?
        2. What level of responsibility do I seek?
        3. How much authority do I want to command?
        4. What prestige do I expect to gain from my work?
      2. Home department: 10 years from now:
        1. What kind of standard of living do I want to provide for my family and myself?
        2. What kind of house do I want to live in?
        3. What kind of vacations do I want to take?
        4. What financial support do I want to give my children in their early adult years?
      3. Social Department: 10 years from now:
        1. What kinds of friends do I want to have?
        2. What social groups do I want to join?
        3. What community leadership positions would I like to hold?
        4. What worthwhile causes do I want to champion?
    2. 30 day plan
      1. Between now and _______, I will
      2. Break these habits:
        1. Busy work
        2. Multitasking
        3. TV
        4. Complaining
        5. Sugar
        6. Beer
      3. Acquire these habits:
        1. Morning routine (breathe, exercise, meditate, journal)
        2. Plan - top 5 things on an index card
        3. Smile
        4. Complement everyone genuinely, find the positive side of everyone and focus on that
        5. Stay present and mindful
        6. Speak up, take action
      4. Increase my value to my employer in these ways:
        1. SQL
        2. Coaching
        3. Present more
        4. Stay on top of my industry
        5. Work/life balance - enforces deadlines, 80/20
      5. Increase my value to my home in these ways:
        1. Appreciate the little things
        2. Be positive, never negative
        3. Don't complain
        4. Do something special once a week
      6. Sharpen my mind in these ways:
        1. Two hours a week of career reading
        2. Read positive books regularly
        3. Make new friends
        4. Spend 30 minutes a day in quiet, undisturbed thinking
      7. One step at a time - every decision made while thinking of your 10 year goal - focus on the minutes and the hours take care of themselves
  13. How to Think Like a Leader
    1. Empathy - trade minds with the people you want to influence
    2. Golden Rule - be human, put other people first
    3. No Status Quo - think progress, believe in progress, push for progress - people will copy you
    4. Be alone - Take time out to confer with yourself, leverage your own thinking power - managed solitude
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