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Think Outside the Box


 
This is the classic test of your ability to THINK CREATIVELY. (It’s also a great way to think
about ‘RULES.’)
 

The Strangest Secret


 

“You BECOME What You THINK About.”
– Earl Nightingale

 

This is one of the most profound ‘THOUGHTS’ (pun intended) ever recorded.

Earl Nightingale is the father of personal development. Written in 1956, his book, The Strangest Secret, was the seed from which the personal development industry grew.

When Earl was 35 years old, he recorded this short message for a small group of salesmen one Saturday morning. The message had such a positive IMPACT that everyone wanted copies to share with their friends and family. Earl arranged with Columbia Records to duplicate this record and ultimately received a Gold Record for sale of a million copies. (This is in the 1950’s!)

Here is the Strangest Secret:

 

“YOU BECOME WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT.”

 

This book/message is only 19 small pages and takes less than 30 minutes to read or to listen to the audio. Just order your own copy.

SPECIAL NOTE: Earl also says IMPACT = INCOME!! He calls it the ‘Law of Mutual Exchange’

As a FOR IMPACT Leader and Social Entrepreneur…

WHAT IF… All you THINK about is

  • Survival?
  • Woe Is Us?
  • Meetings To Set Up The Next Meeting?
  • Cuts in Staffing?
  • Can’t Make Payroll?
  • People Won’t Pay For The Staff’s Salaries?
  • A 5% Increase In The Budget? (Which, of course, will have absolutely NO impact
    on your IMPACT!)

WHAT IF… You ACTUALLY THINK About

  • Your VISION
  • Your MISSION
  • Your MESSAGE
  • Your MEANING

Any difference?

Same way with LIFE. If all we think about is the ‘bad stuff’… there’s no room left to focus on the ‘good stuff.

Quotes to Help You Change the Way You Think


 

CHANGE your THOUGHTS
and you can CHANGE the world.”

– Norman Vincent Peale

 

“The world we have created
is a product of our THINKING.”

– Albert Einstein

“When you CHANGE your THINKING,
you CHANGE your BELIEFS.
When you CHANGE your BELIEFS,
you CHANGE your EXPECTATIONS.

When you CHANGE your EXPECTATIONS,
you CHANGE your ATTITUDE.

When you CHANGE your ATTITUDE,
you CHANGE your BEHAVIOR.

When you CHANGE your BEHAVIOR,
you CHANGE your PERFORMANCE.

When you CHANGE your PERFORMANCE,
YOU CHANGE YOUR LIFE.

– John Maxwell

 

“Through his thoughts, man holds the key to every situation.”
– James Allen, As A Man Thinketh

 

“Great men are those who see
that THOUGHTS rule the world.”

– Emerson

 

“There is nothing either good or bad
except that THINKING makes it so.”

– Shakespeare

 

“I THINK… Therefore I am.” (Cogito Ergo Sum.)
– René Descartes

 

“Well, I come down in the morning
and I take up a pencil and I try to THINK.

– Hans Bethe

 

THINKING is hard work. It’s why so few people do it.”
– Henry Ford

 

“As one thinketh in his heart, so is he.”
– The Prophet David

 

“All the resources we need are in the MIND.”
– Theodore Roosevelt

 

“Men simply don’t THINK.
– Albert Schweitzer

 

“First with the HEAD… then with the HEART.
– Hoppie to Peekay, The Power of One

 

Stories


 
Some stories ON CHANGE to get you going …

GREAT BARRIER REEF

Have you ever visited the Great Barrier Reef in Australia?

On the inner (leeward) side of the reef, there are NO waves, NO turbulence, NO ‘CHANGE’ … and NO LIFE!

All of the colorful fish, the beautiful coral and the amazing plants are on the ocean (windward) side of the reef… where they are hammered every day with crashing waves, intense turbulence and ‘CHANGE.’

“IL SOLE NO MUOVE”

Forty years before Copernicus revolutionized the world view, Leonardo da Vinci said, “THE SUN DOES NOT MOVE.” Both these dudes were born on a flat, unmoving planet in the center of the universe, around which the ‘SUN CIRCLED’.

A century after their deaths, that same planet was a rotating sphere orbiting around the sun somewhere in a universe too vast to even have a center! The church tried to suppress this as heresy. The best ‘THINKERS’ of the times thought this concept absurd.

The planet/solar system did not ‘CHANGE’ but, the paradigm for understanding it had been turned inside out.

BABIES BORN IN CHAOS

Steven Pressfield states that the creative act is primitive.

“Babies are born in blood and chaos; stars and gravity come into being amid the release of massive primordial cataclysms.

The hospital room may be spotless and sterile, but the birth itself will always take place amid CHAOS, PAIN and BLOOD.”

ITALY & SWITZERLAND

In the 15th Century, Italy was immersed in chaos, war, bloodshed, terror… and ‘CHANGE.’

It produced da Vinci, Michelangelo, Brunelleschi… and the RENAISSANCE.

Around the same time, SWITZERLAND experienced hundreds of years of peace, consistency, sustainability and no, none, nada, nil ‘CHANGE.’

It produced the CUCKOO CLOCK.

MONKEY NUTS and BERRIES

My good friend, Jim Mahoney (Battelle for Kids), tells this wonderful story:

It’s pretty easy to catch monkeys in the jungle. You just carve out the inside of a coconut with a small hole in the top, fill the coconut with NUTS and BERRIES, and attach the coconut to a stake or a tree.

The monkey comes along, sticks its hand inside the coconut, and grabs a handful of nuts and berries. The monkey will be there when you get back. Guaranteed. WHY? Because it will NOT let go of the NUTS and BERRIES … and can’t get its’ FIST out of the coconut.

SACRED COWS

Here’s my own short final story on change:

I won a trip around the world (long story, long trip). While visiting India, I actually saw those famous ‘sacred cows,’ and learned that once they got too old or useless, they were shipped across a neighboring border and turned into HAMBURGER!

Introduction


As every parent or grandparent knows, the only person who really, really likes ‘CHANGE’ is a wet baby.

Here are three quotes to help you begin the PROCESS.

 

BE the CHANGE you want to see in the world.”
– Gandhi

 

Gandhi’s ubiquitous quote is on everything from T-shirts to coffee mugs to bumper stickers.

CHANGE is up to us.

Some people can actively CHANGE ‘THE’ WORLD. All of us can CHANGE ‘OUR’ WORLD (our impact, our income, our health, our relationships, our lives).

 

“Social Entrepreneurs CHANGE the PERFORMANCE CAPACITY of SOCIETY.”
– Peter Drucker

 

Mr. Drucker was THE management guru and acknowledged thought leader in the field of leadership and organizational development.

Here’s a perfect example of his clear and challenging thinking. Don’t just ‘CHANGE’ something, CHANGE something BIG!!! (e.g. “The PERFORMANCE CAPACITY of SOCIETY!!!”)

 

“Stop BEGGING for change. Start begging for CHANGE.
– Robert Egger

 

Bob Egger’s wonderful book title and even more wonderful content provides a catchy, pithy way to talk about radical transformation, creative destruction and Quantum Leap innovation.

Not quite there yet?

Read on.