Series A – Sharpen Your Thinking
Underlined thoughts diminish you – Thoughts with dots empower you
A-1 Get the most out of your ability to think:
I already have so many demands on my time I don’t really have time to learn about thinking and couldn’t concentrate if I tried.
- Thinking saves time by reducing mistakes.
- A little thinking can save a lot of work.
- Becoming the best I can be requires my best thinking.
- Becoming better at thinking starts with my decision to do so.
A-2 Making Better Explanations:
Making important decisions makes me anxious.
- I will make better decisions if I think more about getting them right and less about what will happen if I don’t.
- If I am still anxious after becoming adequately prepared I will exercise or get away from the subject for a while to shed my tension.
- If I’m not recovering from bad decisions I’ve already made I will have more time to make good ones.
- My life is worth the extra time it takes to make good decisions.
- I will resist the pressure to make decisions before I have my thoughts right.
- By think more before I react, I will say fewer things that don’t reflect my best thinking or that I can’t take back.
- I will do more research before I choose what I will think or do.
- Putting decisions off can make them harder to make in the future.
It is easier for me to just react to life than to analyze my thoughts moment by moment.
- Life is a pinball matching until I take charge.
- Long term thinking channels my efforts and consolidates my gains.
- Until I give the direction of my life more thought it will be built on guessed and unexamined assumptions.
- By knowing what I want for my life I can side-step more of the activities that produce no lasting benefits.
- I will not allow my emotions be the boss of my thoughts.
- I respect myself when I allow the time it takes to make good decisions.
- Making better explanations is the only way to improve my life.
A-3 End the Pressure of Guesswork:
I hate looking things up.
- Accurate information is only important for important things; how important is my life?
- If my information isn’t accurate why would anyone be interested in what I have to say?
- To progress beyond where I am I have to know more and it has to be right.
A-4 Explaining Our Future:
When people are watching me, especially those I don’t know, I can’t function.
- If I have more patience with myself, others will seem to have more patience with me.
- Exposure to more people would help. Where can I get a job dealing with the public?
A-5 Take Charge of Your Thought Habits:
That’s just the way I am.
- I’ll try your idea, can you show me how.
- Who would be the best teacher on that subject?
- Being just the way I am hasn’t got me very far; I am ready for something more, where is the best place to start.
It will be too hard.
- The benefits of succeeding at this will help me for the rest of my life.
- If the goal is not hard it’s probably not very important.
I wish I could.
- How can I make this happen?
- Where can I go to see this being done?
- What can I read or who can help me advance?
A-6 Choose Thoughts That Will Lead You:
Happiness for me is just reacting to life; not over-analyzing it.
- Being spontaneous is what I’ll do for fun, but my long-term future is worthy of my very best effort and concentration.
- My life has been on auto-pilot. Instead of just letting it happen, I am going to set high goals and make them happen.
A-7 Shed Anxiety and Boost Creativity in Your Fort:
I couldn’t get into the Fort thing; I’d feel odd in a place that was dark and silent.
- Counting my blessings and allowing my brain to relax will help me think better, be more productive and feel better about my life even if I don’t get a single breakthrough idea.
- One really good idea could be more valuable than all the physical work.
- Becoming more creative will build my self-esteem.
I’ve never been a creative person!
- Being a feeder fish requires no creativity; getting the most out of my life will.
- I don’t know if I can be clever because I’ve never attempted to be clever.
- Cleverness like muscles need to be used to grow
- The sooner I act as if I am clever the sooner I’ll be clever
- Once I’ve been clever for a while I’ll be able to rely on my creativity.
- Ideas are free and I can have as many of them as I want.
- Using my creativity in everything I do will lead me toward what I can do best.