On The Path Of Winners
By Bayo Ogunmupe
The Benefit Of Good Thinking
GOOD thinking separates you from those who never seem to get anywhere. Those who embrace good thinking as a lifestyle understand the relationship between their level of thinking and their level of progress. They also realize that to change their lives, they must change their thinking.
Changing from negative to positive thinking is not always easy. For some, it is a life-long struggle. Do you know what people’s challenge is when it comes to personal changes? It is how to change their feelings. They don't know how to get past their emotions in the effort to change their feelings. But since your feelings come from your thoughts you can control your feelings by controlling your thoughts. If you change your thoughts, you change your feelings. And by changing your feelings, you change your actions – that changes your life.
Most people look for change through education. Many people believing that formal education holds the key to improving lives and reforming society. Unfortunately education often can not deliver on such promises, which is why many dropouts have become very successful like Bill Gates, Thomas Edison, Federico Fellini and Steve Jobs. But the problem with most educational institutions is that they teach people what to think rather than how to think. But knowledge alone is not power. Knowledge has value only in the hands of a man who can think well. People must learn how to think so as to achieve their dreams and accomplish their full human potential.
Where success is concerned, people are not measured in inches, pounds or university degrees. They are measured by the size of their thinking. Becoming a better thinker is worth your effort because the way you think impacts on your life. Good thinking will help you to become an achiever. It will make you a better executive.
One, good thinking creates the foundation for good results in your life. Good thoughts and actions produce successful results. Scientists believe that poor thinking produce poverty, average thinking leads to stagnation and great thinking produce great progress. However, a reason why people don't achieve their dreams is that they desire to change their lives without changing their thinking. If you don't like the crop you are reaping, you need to change the seed you are sowing. To make progress in your life, you must take action. But the success of your action depends entirely on forethought. Successful people have won through their thinking with their hands helping their brains.
Two, good thinking exposes your potentials. You can only be as great as your dominant aspiration. And to paraphrase it in the words of King Solomon, the wisest man of all time, “As people think in their hearts, so they are.” Thus, progress is just a good idea away. The level of your success tomorrow is determined by what you think today. The man who can think will always be the master of the man who can do. If you keep growing in your thinking, you will constantly outgrow others in what they are doing.
Three, good thinking produces more good thinking. Renowned mathematical genius – Albert Einstein observed – “The problems we face today cannot be solved on the same level of thinking we were at when we created them.” Which is why the world is getting more and more complicated. Make a habit of changing your habit. Habit is the enemy of success. Success comes from the habit of good thinking. Unsuccessful people focus their thinking on survival.
Mediocres focus their thinking on maintenance. But winners focus their thinking on progress. Knowing what you want and paying the price to get it is the cornerstone of success. So, how do you pay the price to become a winner? Indeed, winning consists of several thinking skills. Thus, becoming a winner means developing good thinking skills to the best of your ability. The battle for the control of the world has always been waged most effectively on the idea level. That is why you have to learn to think creatively.
Changing your thinking isn’t automatic, you have to work at it. Two, changed thinking is difficult. The only people who believe thinking is easy are those who don't think. Of course, there are people on this planet who are merely drifting. Albert Einstein asserted,” Thinking is hard work; that’s why so few do it.” Three, changed thinking is worth the investment. When you take the time to change your thinking, you are investing on yourself. Gold mines dry, stock markets crash; real estates go sour but a mind with the ability to think is like a diamond mine that never runs out. It is priceless.
Four, changed thinking is the greatest gift you can bequeath to others. Changed thinking effects your circumstances. Only when you think right do your circumstances change in unison. The only way to change a person is by changing the way he thinks. Five, changing your thinking changes your beliefs. You cannot attain what you cannot see yourself achieving. As you strive to change your thinking, tell yourself these three things: change is personal, so I need to change; change is possible, I am able to change and change is profitable, I will be rewarded by change. Indeed, no matter your circumstances you can change your thinking. When you change your thinking, you change your beliefs.
Six, changing your beliefs change your expectations. American billionaire entrepreneur Richard Devos says, “The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe that it is possible.” A belief is not just an idea that you possess. A belief is an idea that possesses you. A belief is powerful because it changes your expectations. Seven, changing your expectations changes your attitude. Our expectations have a tremendous impact on our attitudes. “Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall receive it,” quipped Benjamin Franklin, an American hero. Eight, changing your attitude changes your behaviour. Our emotions are the driving forces of our lives, excitement, conviction, desire, confidence and energy all of these propel you to greater abundance and success. That which holds your attention determines your action. Nine, changing your behaviour changes your performance. Don't ever be too impressed with your goal-setting, be more engrossed with goal-getting. Finally, changing your performance changes your life. If you keep improving your thinking, it will impact on your beliefs, change your expectations, alter your attitude, change your behaviour, improve your performance and thereby change your life. Progress always requires change. If you want to live on a new level, you have to think on a new level.
Our champion for today is Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, the British computer scientist and inventor of the World Wide Web. He was born in London in June 1955, one of four children born to Conway Berners-Lee and Mary Woods. Sir Timothy’s parents, computer gurus themselves, who worked on the first commercially built computer, the Ferranti Mark One. Sir Timothy made a proposal for an information management system in March 1989 and on 25 December 1990, with the help of Robert Caclliau, he implemented the first successful communication between a Hypertext Transfer protocol (HTTP) client and server via the Internet.
Burners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) which oversees the Web’s continued development. He is also the founder of the World Wide Web Foundation and is a senior researcher and holder of the Founders Chair at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a director of the Web Science Research Initiative (WSRI) and a member of the advisory board of the MIT Centre for Collective Intelligence.
In 2004, Berners-Lee was knighted by the British queen for his pioneering work of founding the World Wide Web. In 2009, he was elected a foreign associate of the United States National Academy of Sciences. He was honoured as the inventor of the World Wide Web during the 2012 Olympics in London, United Kingdom. In his early life, Sir Timothy was educated at Emmanuel School, London and Queen’s College, Oxford University (1973-76) where he received a first class degree in physics. After graduation he joined communication companies around Britain where he gained experience in computer networking. Thereafter he invented the World Wide Web. In November 2009, Sir Timothy launched the World Wide Web Foundation in order to advance the web to empower humanity by launching transformation programmes that build local capacity to leverage the Web as a medium for positive change. Now 57, he is waiting on the Nobel Committee to receive his prize for physics before the end of this decade.