Well my summer hiatus is over and I am excited to be back in the saddle again. As the summer ends and a new school year began, I asked my grandsons if they were excited to return to school? Well as you can imagine their responses were lukewarm at best. To quote my middle grandson “do I have to go back to school?” Of course my answer to him was yes, but it was his response to my follow up questions which peaked my interest.
Yes he told me, summer was too short as well as several typical responses, however when I probed a little deeper the root of his concern was about moving to the next grade level. Would he be successful, make friends, and like his teacher? After all, the fourth grade is really difficult according to his older brother. So I listened to his concerns and then we discussed his past success and how he achieved them. We developed a simple plan for the first day to calm his nerves. When we ended our conversation, he was excited about going back to school.
As adults, many times we have the same concerns as my grandson. In fact, we ask ourselves the same questions whenever we are starting something new – will I be successful, will I get along with my co-workers and boss, and is this really what I want to do? Like my grandson, we have a choice. We can either move beyond the fear of the unknown and seize the opportunity or we can allow fear to hold us hostage and trapped. As leaders we must paint the picture for those who look to us for leadership, therefore we must train our mind’s to be good thinkers.
Why is it important to be good thinkers? To quote James Allen, “A man is literally what he thinks, his character being the sum of all his thoughts.” When we learn to control or thoughts, then we control our actions which shape our results. So why the change in my grandson’s attitude? Well, his thinking changed.
So, do you need to change your thinking? Over the next several weeks, we will explore the topic of “how successful people think”. I hope you will join me on this journey. I promise it will be interesting and thought provoking.
Dr. Kim Moore
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