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Change your thinking and change your l ife

  1. 1. Change Your Thinking and Change Your Life<br />Lesson 1<br />
  2. 2. Understanding the Value of Good Thinking<br />If you are willing to change your thinking , you can change your feelings. If you change your feelings, you can change your actions. And changing your actions – based on good thinking – can change your life. (Dr. John Maxwell)<br />
  3. 3. Reasons why good thinking is so valuable:<br />Good thinking creates the foundation for good results.<br />Good thinking increases your potential.<br />Good thinking produces more good thinking if you make it a habit.<br />
  4. 4. “An invasion of armies can be resisted , but not an invasion of ideas”<br />
  5. 5. Discussion<br />Who are two or three of the best thinkers you know? What separates them from the rest of the crowd?<br />
  6. 6. Realize the impact of changed thinking<br />Good thinking can do many things for you to solve problems , create opportunities and lift you above the crowd.<br />It can take you to a whole new level – personally and professionally.<br />Many people have talked about changing the world, but very few think about changing themselves.<br />
  7. 7. Some things you need to know about changing your thinking:<br />Changed thinking is not automatic . It’s a choice , a process.<br />Changed thinking is difficult. It requires humility.<br />Changed thinking is worth the investment.<br />Changed thinking is the best gift you can give yourself and others.<br />
  8. 8. A human mind with the ability to think well is like a diamond mine that never runs out. It’s priceless. <br />More gold has been minded from the thoughts of men than has ever been taken from the earth. ( Napoleon Hill)<br />
  9. 9. When you make the right changes of your thinking, you will experience the ripple effect.<br />Right thinking changes your feelings, which changes your actions, which ultimately has the potential to change your life.<br />
  10. 10. Progression of Thinking<br />Changing your thinking changes your beliefs.<br />Changing your beliefs changes your expectations.<br />Changing your expectations changes your attitude.<br />Changing your attitude changes your behavior .<br />Changing your behavior changes your performance.<br />Changing your performance changes your life.<br />
  11. 11. Reflections:<br />Do you want to succeed where you have failed before?<br />Do you want to go to a level of effectiveness you never dreamed possible?<br />Do you want to become the person you always hoped you could be?<br />If you answered “ yes” to these questions, don’t start by trying to change your actions. Start by deciding to change your mind. Nothing else you do will have a great an impact.<br />
  12. 12. Discussion<br />How do you need to change your thinking in order to break through to the next level?<br />
  13. 13. Master the Process of Intentional Thinking<br />Becoming a good thinker isn’t necessarily complicated, but it does require discipline. Like most disciplines, it can be cultivated and refined.<br />
  14. 14. Process for discovering and developing good thoughts:<br />Find a place to think your thoughts.<br />Find a place to evaluate your thoughts.<br />Find a place to stretch your thoughts by sharing them with other good thinkers.<br />Find a place to put your thoughts into action.<br />
  15. 15. Discussion <br />Do you have a special thinking place?<br />Do you spend regular time there?<br />If not, where could your thinking place be?<br />
  16. 16. Acquire the wisdom of Big Picture Thinking<br />Big picture thinkers are never satisfied with what they already know.<br />They look for opportunities to learn.<br />They are asking questions and listening to the answers.<br />They are good listeners<br />They make an effort to see beyond their own world.<br />
  17. 17. Why should you become a big-picture thinker?<br />Big-picture thinking allows you to lead.<br />Big-picture thinking keeps you on target.<br />Big-picture thinking promoted teamwork.<br />Big-picture thinking allows you to see what others see.<br />Big-picture thinking keeps you from being caught up in the mundane.<br />Big-picture thinking helps you navigate uncharted territory.<br />
  18. 18. Discussion:<br />Are you learning from life’s experiences?<br />Are you gaining insight from other leaders?<br />What are other ways you can become a big-picture thinker?<br />
  19. 19. Abraham Sees the Big Picture ( Genesis 12)<br />
  20. 20. Criteria for Abraham<br />It came from God and was based on His priorities.<br />It connected with the leader’s personal identity and desires.<br />It would give the leader influence in the lives of others.<br />It would be bigger than the leader ever dreamed possible.<br />It would have impact beyond his or her lifetime.<br />It would have eternal value.<br />
  21. 21. Discussion<br />Do you agree with the following statement? “ When God blesses you, He has more than you in mind”! Why or why not?<br />
  22. 22. Biblical Case Study: Esau Fails to see the Big Picture ( Genesis 25)<br />Esau is a powerful picture of a leader without vision.<br />He loved great outdoors<br />He was so engaged with the present , depending solely on his own strength and resources, he completely failed to see the future.<br />
  23. 23. Some observations about Esau and his nearsightedness:<br />He lived for the moment.<br />He gave up the ultimate in order to gain the immediate.<br />He was easily deceived.<br />Self-gratification controlled him.<br />
  24. 24. Biblical Case Study: David and the Temple ( I Chronicles 22:1-19)<br />David was a big picture thinker.<br />His vision extended beyond his lifetime.<br />Although he knew Solomon would build the temple , he made preparation for its construction.<br />
  25. 25. Big-Picture Leaders see<br />Pass their own future to generations that follow.<br />What needs to happen before others see it, and they are ready for action.<br />God’s provision for a God-sized vision.<br />
  26. 26. Biblical Case Study: Haggai<br />Haggai had a big-picture perspective.<br />He listened to the complaints of his countrymen who did not believe they were capable of restoring the temple.<br />These unskilled laborers had just returned from exile and found their native land in ruins. The temple was only a pile of rubble.<br />Haggai spoke for God and gave the big-picture view of the situations.<br />
  27. 27. The People’s Complaints <br />The job is too big.<br />The resources are too small.<br />What we build will be inferior <br />God’s Response<br />The job is mine; let’s work together.<br />I am your source; I own everything .<br />What I fill with My glory is wonderful.<br />

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