Session V

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Welcome To Session V of “Thinking for a Change” Presentations of Skill 6: Feel the Energy of Possibility Thinking Skill 10: Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish thinking

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Skill 6: Feel the Energy of Possibility Thinking

Why? : 

Why? Increases your possibilities If you open yourself up to possibility thinking, you open yourself up to many other possibilities 2. Draws opportunities and people to you People who think big attract big people to them & if you want to achieve big things, you need to become a possibility thinker

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3. Increases others’ possibilities Allows you to dream big-broaden your horizons “Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive forward-looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others” - David J. Schwartz

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Makes it possible to rise above average Gives you energy because you believe in what you are doing You invest yourself in what you believe can succeed Keeps you from giving up “The winners in life think constantly in terms of “I can, I will and I am” –Denis Waitley

HOW TO FEEL THE ENERGY OF POSSIBILITY THINKING : 

HOW TO FEEL THE ENERGY OF POSSIBILITY THINKING If you are a naturally positive person who already embraces possibility thinking, then Maxwell says “you’re already tracking with him”. Negative or cynical people have a “it can’t be done” mindset. They think possibility thinkers are Naive and foolish. How many highly successful people do you know? Are they negative? You have two choices:

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You can expect the worst and continually experience it (negativity). Or, you can change your thinking and others. Maxwell says George Lucas is a great example. Lucas said he wasn’t a positive thinker, “I’m very cynical, and as a result, I think the defense I have against it to be optimistic”. In other words, he choose to think positively , “as corny as it sounds, the power of positive thinking combined with talent combined with knowing your craft…that may sound like a naïve point of view, but at the same time it’s worked for him, and all his friends -- so I have come to believe it!”

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If you want possibility thinking, then begin with these suggestions:

1. Start Focusing on Impossibilities : 

1. Start Focusing on Impossibilities Stop yourself from searching for and dwelling on what’s wrong with any situation. Sports psychologist Bob Rotella recounts: “I tell people, if you don’t want to get into positive thinking, that’s OK. Just eliminate all the negative thoughts from your mind, and whatever’s left will be fine.”

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If you are new to positive thinking, you have to give yourself a lot of coaching to eliminate some of the negative self-talk you may hear in your mind. Don’t list the things that go wrong, stop yourself and Don’t go there”. Turn it around, “What’s right about this! You can enlist friends and family and collogues to help you from looking at things pessimistically.

2. Stay away from the “Experts”. : 

2. Stay away from the “Experts”. So called experts do more to shoot down people’s dreams. In the book FUTURE EDGE Joel Barker recounts a few statements made by experts that seem comical now. The phonograph is of no commercial Value (1880 Edison) I think there is a world market for about five computers (Thomas Watson, Chairman IBM ‘43) Imagine automobiles will take over railways

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And don’t forget special affects experts who told George Lucas, Stars couldn’t be done. Napoleon stated “The word impossible is not in my dictionary”

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John Andrew Holmes who asserted “Never tell a young person that something cannot be done. God may have been waiting centuries for somebody ignorant enough of the impossible to do that thing”. Give yourself permission to believe it is possible no matter what experts say.

3. Look for Possibilities in Every Situation! : 

3. Look for Possibilities in Every Situation! Becoming a possibility thinker is more than just refusing to let yourself be negative, just refusing to let yourself be negative. Its looking for positive possibilities despite the circumstances. It doesn’t take a genius IQ or twenty years of experience to find the possibility in every situation. All it takes is the right attitude.

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Maxwell’s example of Sam Walton going into a horrible store with Don Soderquist in Hunstville, AL They both had a different thinking or mindset when they compared notes. Getting the manufacturer’s name from a great pantyhose display, or the larger market of ethnic cosmetics. This is positive thinking. Look for the good in any situation or circumstance

4. Dream one size Bigger! : 

4. Dream one size Bigger! Most people dream small. To cultivate a possibility mind-set, is to prompt yourself to dream one size bigger. Henry Curtis said “Make your plans as fantastic as you like, because 25 years from now they will seem mediocre. Make your plans 10 times as great as you first planned, and 25 years from now you will wonder why you did not make them 50 times as great.”

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People need BHAG’s - big hairy audacious goals! As the authors of BUILT TO LAST maintain, push yourself to dream more expensively, imagine one size bigger, make your goals at least a step beyond what makes you comfortable, then you will be forced to grow. Believe in greater possibilities.

5. Question the Status QUO! : 

5. Question the Status QUO! Question the status quo. People want to keep improving, yet they value peace and stability. People forget you can’t improve and still stay the same. Don’t settle for what you have now. When you become a possibility thinker, you will face many people who will want you to give up your dream. GROWTH MEANS CHANGE. As you meet people, take the advice of the poet who penned:

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Beware of those who stand aloof and greet each venture with reproof The would stop if things were run By men who say, “It can’t be done” . Achievers refuse to accept the status quo, Think other possibilities, challenge, keep exploring. Today we need possibility thinkers for humanity in medicine, peace keeping, energy alternatives, environmental implications. Don’t stay in the Status QUO.

6. Find Inspiration from Great Achievers! : 

6. Find Inspiration from Great Achievers! Learn a lot by studying great achievers. Find achievers you admire. Robert Kennedy quoted George Bernard Shaw: “Some men see things as they are and say WHY?” I dream of things that never were and say “WHY NOT?”

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Positive Thinking may not be fore everyone, but believe in yourself, have confidence in yourself, your ability, faith!

Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking “We cannot hold a torch to a light another’s path without brightening our own” Ben Sweetland SKILL 10 by JOYCE OUSLEY, FRP ELONA M. JOUBEN, FRP

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WORD TO THINK ABOUT….since thinking is the KEY! Selfish SELF-CENTERED CHARITY Perspective UNSELFISH VALUE change UNDE R S T A N D I N G TIME G E T T E R G I V E R PATIENCE OTHERS LIFE SATISFACTION

Webster’s defines “Selfish” as being concerned with one’s own welfare without regard for others. : 

Webster’s defines “Selfish” as being concerned with one’s own welfare without regard for others. “Unselfish” is defined as being generous. As humans, is being generous something we are taught or are some people just simple born that way! Do we have to actually “think” about being generous or are we just generous about certain things? It appears that some people are just naturally more unselfish than other.

People who were and are great “thinkers” – who were or are very unselfish individuals. : 

People who were and are great “thinkers” – who were or are very unselfish individuals. George Washington Carver Bill Gates Different generations – worlds apart in backgrounds It is not what a man has in material wealth that measures success but “simple service “ to others! George Washington Carver – his whole life was focused on unselfish thinking – to help others! Bill Gates – great thinker! Looked beyond what was and what could be – wealthy beyond belief – generous to a fault…. Both found satisfaction in their unselfish thinking and generous actions!

Why Strive for Satisfaction of “Unselfish” Thinking? : 

Why Strive for Satisfaction of “Unselfish” Thinking? Personal fulfillment Adds value to others ---- Think about others needs before your own “GETTERS” – no happiness “GIVERS” – get it!!! Charity Give time Work unselfishly RANDOM ACTS OF KINDNESS

Unselfish Thinking: : 

Encourages Other Virtues -- Be giver / not getter -- Develop other good traits Increases Quality of Life -- Appreciation -- Understanding -- Perspective Greater than self Unselfish Thinking: Instead of trying to be great – be part of something greater than yourself

CREATES A LEGACY : 

CREATES A LEGACY LEARN EARN RETURN THESE ARE THE THREE PHASES OF LIFE – Jack Balousek If it is true that we are here to help others, then what exactly are the OTHERS here for? Author unknown

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking Put Others First It’s not about you Focus on the needs of others Mental & Emotional commitment to look out for interests of others “People with humility don’t think less of themselves; they just think of themselves less.” ~Norman Vincent Peale

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking Expose yourself to others who have needs Volunteer! Food Bank Homeless Shelter Soup Kitchen Big Brothers/Big Sisters Habitat for Humanity “Act with impact; you’ve got to give to live!” ~Tod Barnhart

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking Give Anonymously Spiritual, Mental, & Emotional benefits Focus is on the recipient & his/her needs Anonymous donations Secret Santa “Those who give in order to receive a lot of fanfare, have already received any reward they will get.” ~John Maxwell

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking Invest in People Intentionally Consider the needs/wants/desires of the intended recipient Collaborate to help others achieve their goals The best relationships are win-win Adding value to others, adds value to yourself “If you will help others achieve what they want, they will help you achieve what you want.” ~Zig Zigler

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking Continually Check Your Motives What good am I going to do today? What good have I done today? Answer with honesty and integrity CYBWY: Check yourself, before you wreck yourself – 6th RTB Duke Airfield “What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.” ~Francois de la Rouchefoucauld

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking : 

How to Experience the Satisfaction of Unselfish Thinking Give While You Live Set unselfish goals for yourself Tune your intuitive radar to look for human needs Follow your inclination to give What do you have to invest in others? Skills someone would benefit from learning Life experiences that give wisdom to others Resources that ought to be shared “Be ashamed to die until you have achieved some victory for humanity.” ~ Horace Mann

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