I recently finished a book by Dr. David Schwartz,”The Magic of Thinking Big”. One of my favorite sections of this book talks about how to avoid average thinking. Dr. Schwartz defines average as “Being the worst of the best and the best of the worst” .
In most cases the margin between victory and defeat is relatively small. In the Indy 500 the margin of victory was 1.54 seconds. One extra degree causes water to reach its boiling point. Your victory or defeat is directly related to your thinking. Average thinking leads to average results.
There are a few strategies that Dr. Schwartz recommends.
- Believe it can be done.” When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.“
- Eliminate the word impossible. When you believe something is impossible your mind, words and attitudes are forming around that expectation. Be solution minded and find a way to make it happen.
- Embrace change-Albert Einstein describes insanity as doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Growth requires development. Development requires some type of stretching or resistance. Resistance and Stretching are uncomfortable but necessary to fully mature.
Ask yourself each day, what can I do to be a better person, do a better job, and live a better life than the day before? Take action; decide today that you will not be a victim of average thinking.