In The Magic of Thinking Big, every chapter of the book you will find dozens of hardheaded, practical ideas, techniques, and principles that will enable you to harness the power of thinking big.
So as to gain success, happiness, and satisfaction for yourself, every technique is dramatically illustrated by a real-life case history.
You’ll discover not only what to do, but you’ll also learn how to apply each principle to actual situations and problems.
- Launch Yourself to Success with the Power of Belief
- Make Your Mind Produce Positive Thoughts
- Discover Why Your Thinking Power Is More Important Than Mere Intelligence
- Increase Self-confidence by Satisfying Your Own Conscience
- Add Value to Things, to People, and to Yourself
- Prevent Small People from Holding You Back
- Discover That Defeat Is Nothing More Than a State of Mind
If you haven’t read a good book that challenges the way you think about situations, life, and believing in yourself, read this book.
Chapter 1: Believe You Can Succeed and You Will!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. Everybody wants the best life has to offer, because nobody enjoys crawling, or living a mediocre lifestyle.
However, the most practical success building wisdom is found in biblical quotations such as “faith can move a mountain.”
The problem is “believing you can move a mountain.”
Not many people believe they can move a mountain; so as a result, not many people do.
How do you develop the power of belief?
- Think success, don’t think failure
- Remind yourself regularly that you are better than you think you are
- Believe big. Your success is determined by the size of your dreams
Remember, nothing–absolutely nothing–in this life gives you more satisfaction than knowing you’re on the road to success and achievement.
Chapter 2: Cure Yourself of Excusitis, The Failure Disease!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. What you will discover is that excusitis explains the difference between the person who is going places, and the fellow who is barely holding his own.
You learn that successful individuals are less inclined to make excuses.
But like any disease, excusitis gets worse if it isn’t treated properly.
And once a victim of this failure disease has selected a “good” excuse, he sticks with it. Then he relies on the excuse to explain to himself and others why he is not going forward.
But the war isn’t lost. Anyone can vaccinate himself/herself against excusitis, and cure themselves of this disease.
The four most common types of excusitis
- But My Health Isn’t Good
- You’ve Got To Have Brains To Succeed
- It’s To Late. I’m To Old (or To Young).
- But My Case Is Different. I Attract Back Luck
And each of these excuses can be vaccinated.
Chapter 3: Build Confidence and Destroy Fear!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. Most fear today is psychological. Worry, tension, embarrassment, panic, negative imagination.
But simple knowing the breeding ground doesn’t cure fear.
True, fear is a powerful psychological infection. But like any other infection, we can cure this mental infection the same way we cure a body infection–with specific, proved treatments.
Action cures fear!
When we face tough problems, we stay mired in the mud until we take action. Here are two specific things to do to build confidence.
- Deposit only positive thoughts in your memory bank.
- Withdraw only positive thoughts from your memory bank.
It’s really easy to forget the unpleasant if we simple refuse to recall it.
Chapter 4: How Big Thinking Determines Our Accomplishments!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. Have you ever asked yourself, “What is my greatest weakness?”
And probably the greatest weakness of mankind is self-depreciation, which is, selling oneself short.
Because most self-evaluations consist of a long mental list of one’s faults, shortcomings, and inadequacies.
Big thinkers train themselves to see not just what is, but what can be.
So what can be…Now just was is!
Look at things not as they are, but as they can be.
Visualization adds value to everything.
A big thinker always visualizes what can be done in the future. He isn’t stuck with the present.
- What does it take to make a good speech?
- What causes quarrels?
- Don’t get fizzled out.
- Mere detail attention to important qualities.
Grow big by thinking big.
Chapter 5: How to Think and Dream Creatively!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. Most people associate creative thinking with things like the discovery of electricity or polio vaccine, or the writing of a novel or the development of color television.
Actually, creative thinking is simply finding new, improved ways to do anything.
When you believe something is impossible, your mind goes to work for you to prove why.
But when you believe, really believe, something can be done, your mind goes to work for you and helps you find the ways to do it.
Believe it can be done!
Here are a couple of suggestions to help you develop creative power through belief.
- Eliminate the word impossible from your thinking and speaking vocabularies
- Think of something special you’ve been wanting to do but felt you couldn’t do it.
Chapter 6: You Are What You Think You Are!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. You will discover that “others see in us what we see in ourselves.”
How you think determines how you act.
How you act in turn determines:
How others react to you.
Let’s focus our attention on some of the specific ways we can increase self-respect and thereby earn more respect from others.
Four specific things you can do!
Here are a couple of suggestions to help you develop creative power through belief.
- Look important–it helps you think important.
- Think your work is important.
- Give yourself a pep talk several times a day.
- Upgrade your thinking. Think as important people think.
Chapter 7: Manage Your Environment!
In The Magic of Thinking Big, you’ll learn that your mind works one way, it can carry you forward to outstanding success.
But the same mind operating in a different manner can produce a total failure.
Mind food is your environment plus all the countless things that influence your conscious and subconscious thought. And the kind of mind food we consume determines our habits.
Because just as the body is what the body is feed. By the same token, the mind is what the mind is fed.
Chapter 8: Make Your Attitude Your Allies!
In The Magic of Thinking Big. You realize that reading minds is easier than you think. You’ve probably never thought about, but you read the minds of other people, and they read your mind, every day. And you don’t need any language to do it.
We read attitudes through expressions, voice tones, and inflections. Here’s why.
For millions of years, people got by with little more than moans, groans, grunts, and growls. And we still communicate with our attitudes, and feelings today.
Enthusiasm can make things 1,100 percent better!
Here’s a three step procedure that will help you to develop the power of enthusiasm.
- Dig into it deeper: To get enthusiastic about something, learn more about the thing you’re not enthusiastic about.
- In everything you do, life it up: Enthusiasm , or lack of it, shows through in everything you do and say. Life up your handshake; life your smile; life up your thank yous; life up your talk
- Broadcast good news: Just because there are more broadcasters of bad news then good news, doesn’t mean you’ll win a friend, money, or accomplish anything broadcasting bad news.
Want to make money? Then get the put-service-first attitude!
People with a money-first attitude become so money-conscious that they forget money can’t be harvested unless they plant the seeds that grow the money.
- Put service first, and money takes care of itself-always.
- Remember, the put-service attitude pays off in all situations.
Chapter 9: Think Right Towards People
In The Magic of Thinking Big. A basic rule to remember is “Success depends on the support of other people!”
The only hurdle between you and what you want to be is the support of others.
Now it’s time to ask the $1,000,000 question.
- What must I do to get people to support me and accept my leadership?
Here are six ways to win friends by exercising just a little initiative!
- Introduce yourself to others at every possible opportunity-parties, meeting, on airplanes, at work, everywhere.
- Be sure the other person gets your name straight
- Be sure you can pronounce the other person’s name the way he pronounces it
- Write down the other person’s name, and be mighty sure you have it spelled correctly; people have a fetish about the correct spelling of their own names! if possible, get his address and phone number as well.
- Drop a personal note or make a phone call to the new friends you want to know better
- Say a pleasant thing to strangers. It warms you up and gets you ready for the task ahead.
Last but not least. Note this simple but key fact.
No person is all good, and no person is all bad. “The perfect person just doesn’t exist.”
In The Magic of Thinking Big. David J. Schwartz provides practical ideas and techniques that will help you harness the power of thinking big.
But we know that most practical success building wisdom is found in biblical quotation such as “faith to move a mountain.”
We also learned that excusitis explains the difference between a person who is going places, and the person who is barely holding his own.
But most fear today is psychological and can be cured by taking action, which builds confidence, which destroys fear.
On-the-other-hand, big thinking determines our accomplishments. Have you asked yourself, “What is my greatest weakness?”
Most people associate creative thinking with writing a book or developing a vaccine. When in reality, creative thinking is simple finding a new of doing something.
Keep in mind, you are what you think you are and always manage your environment. Just as the body is what we feed it. So is the mind what we feed it.
And always think right towards other people. The only hurdle be you and what you want is the support of other people.
Remember, no person is all good, and no person is all bad. “The perfect person just doesn’t exist.”
I hope you enjoyed what I’ve learned from reading The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz.
‘Til the next episode,