Summary of the magic of thinking big author says Success means personal prosperity: a fine home, vacations, travel, new things, financial security, giving your children maximum advantages. Success means winning admiration, leadership, being looked up to by people in your business and social life.
The Magic of Thinking Big By David Schwartz
The Magic of Thinking Big By David Schwartz Summary
Every human being wants success. Everybody wants the best this life can deliver. Nobody enjoys crawling, living in mediocrity. No one likes feeling second-class and feeling forced to go that way. Success means freedom: freedom from worries, fears, frustrations, and failure.
Believe, really believe, you can move a mountain, an~ you can. Not many people believe that they can move mountains. So, as a result, not many people do. Your training is self-administered. There will be no one standing over your shoulder telling you what to do and how to do it.
Believe You Can Succeed
Think success, don’t think failure. At work, in your home, substitute success thinking for failure thinking. When you face a difficult situation, think, ”I’ll win. When opportunity appears, think “1 can do it,” never “1 can’t.” Let the master thought “1 will succeed” dominate your thinking process. Thinking success conditions your mind to create plans that produce success. Thinking failure does the exact opposite. Failure thinking conditions the mind to think other thoughts that produce failure.
Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are. Successful people are not supermen. Success does not require a super intellect. Nor is there anything mystical about success.
Cure Yourself of Excusitis
Go deep into your study of people, and you’ll discover unsuccessful people suffer a mind-deadening thought disease. We call this disease excusitis. Every failure has this disease in its advanced form. And most “average” persons have at least a mild case of it. You will discover that excusitis explains the difference between the person who is going places and the fellow who is barely holding his own. You will find that the more successful the individual, the less inclined he is to make excuses.
Remind yourself often, “It’s better to wear out than rust out.” Life is yours to enjoy. Don’t waste it. Don’t pass up living by thinking yourself into a hospital bed. Remember, the thinking that guides your intelligence is much more important than how much intelligence you have. Not even a Ph.D. degree can override this basic success principle.
Be Confident and Destroy Fear
The old “it’s-only-in-your-mind” treatment presumes fear doesn’t really exist. But it does. Fear is real. Fear is success enemy number one. Fear stops people from capitalizing on opportunity; fear wears down physical vitality; fear actually makes people sick.
Fear is a powerful force. In one way or another fear prevents people from getting what they want from life. Fear of all kinds and sizes is a form of psychological infection. We can cure a mental infection the same way we cure a body infection-with specific, proved treatments.
Make a supreme effort to put only positive thoughts in your memory bank. Don’t let negative, self deprecatory thoughts grow into mental monsters. Simply refuse to recall unpleasant events or situations.
The Magic of Thinking Big Summary
The important measure of a person’s vocabulary is not the size or the number of words he uses. Rather, the thing that counts, the only thing that counts about one’s vocabulary; is the effect his words and phrases have on his own and others’ thinking. Big thinkers are specialists in creating positive, forward looking, optimistic pictures in their own minds and in the minds of others.
To think big, we must use words and phrases that produce big, positive mental images. Use bright, cheerful, favorable words and phrases to describe other people. Make it a rule to have a big, positive word for all your .friends and associates.
How to Think And Dream
Creative thinking is simply finding new, improved ways to do anything. The rewards of all types of success-success in the home, at work, in the community-hinge on finding ways to do things better. Believing something can be done paves the way for creative solutions. Believing something can’t be done is destructive thinking. This point applies to all situations, little and big.
Big success calls for persons who continually set higher standards for themselves and others, persons who are searching for ways to increase efficiency, to get more output at lower cost, do more with less effort. Top success is reserved for the I can do it better kind of person.
Practice asking and listening. Ask and listen, and you’ll obtain raw material for reaching sound decisions. Remember: Big people monopolize the listening; small people monopolize the talking.
Your are What You Think
Like other phases of your personal program for success, winning respect is fundamentally simple. To gain the respect of others, you must first think you deserve respect. And the more respect you have for yourself, the more respect others will have for you. The key to winning what you want lies in thinking positively toward yourself. The only real basis other people have for judging your abilities is your actions. And your actions are controlled by your thoughts.
Think your work is important. Think this way; and you will receive mental signals on how to do your job better. Think your work is important, and your subordinates will think their work is important too.
Manage Your Environment
The body is what the body is fed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed. Mind food, of course, doesn’t come in packages, and you can’t buy it at the store. Mind food is your environment-all the countless things that influence your conscious and subconscious thought.
Be extra, extra cautious about this dont let negative-thinking people-“negators” –destroy your plan to think yourself to success. Negators are everywhere, and they seem to delight in. sabotaging the positive progress of others.