They say reading is the best hobby one can possess. In reading, you get to learn many things that might be of much help to your career and life in general. Reading a self-help book at least for 30 minutes a day or a book in each month or two depending on your timetable, may help you grow, change your way of thinking and your perceptions towards life.
I personally love reading as much as I love writing. Reading can be much more alive than watching movies. When reading a book, with the writer’s descriptions of events, your brain produces its own moving pictures and scenes! You simply visualize what you read, your imaginations help you to understand and memorize the message as they say don’t underestimate the power of vision and imagination.
If you can imagine then you can be it!
The Magic of Thinking Big By David Schwartz was first published in 1959 in the US and sold over 4 million copies all over the world. I like this book because it is very simple to understand and follow its instructions.
It has a lot of lessons. Well, wouldn’t like to keep all the excessive lessons I learned from ‘the book of magic’ (as I call it) all to myself. Here are some:
1. You are what you think you are!
When I read this, I was like what? I had to go through it again and again. It had me thinking, “so all these days spent thinking that I can’t be someone I have always wanted to be, or I can’t be the best in school, at my work or at anything I do” I didn’t have any idea that I was committing internal suicide by thinking less of myself! But guess what? After I spent my time reading this book, I am very careful with what I think I am or I can become!
I am positive now than I once was, thanks to this book! He says in his book “Think you are weak, think you lack what it takes, think you will lose, think you are second class – think this way and you are doomed to mediocrity.”
Think you are important and you will be important, think your work is important and it will be. People treat us the way we treat ourselves! People don’t really care about how they appear, how they dress, tell you what? Appearance talks and be sure it says positive things for you.
Be sure you dress like a person you want to be. Dress right you can’t afford to, so stop underestimating your power to do wonders in everything you do, think positive and be positive!
2. Believe you can succeed and you will
We all have a different definition of success depending on our goals. Some consider being success equals to being happy, graduating from college, having a good payable job as I said it depends on what you really want!
Success is achieving your life goals, success means winning!
We all want to succeed in life; the problem with many of us is that we don’t believe that we deserve success! We think success is for some people and you are not one of them! “Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, they surely can’t.
Belief triggers the power to do,” reads the book. Of course, the mountain won’t move by simply telling them to move! Believe in your dreams, if you can visualize your dream why don’t you believe and make efforts to make them come true? Stop wishing and start believing and acting!
3. Action and confidence cure FEAR
Have you ever asked yourself why we postpone doing things no matter how important they might be? We tell ourselves, I will do this later, tomorrow or after some minutes until it is too late. It’s because we are scared of starting something news because we don’t believe it can be done!
We fear failure and embarrassment! Schwartz says, in his book, “truly, fear is a powerful force, in one way or another fear prevents people from getting what they want from life.”
If it wasn’t for fear people would be doing what they really want in life. But with confidence and action fear can be cured, have confidence on what you want to do, believe that you can do it no matter what and then act on by starting doing it without thinking of failure!
However, no one is saying that it will be easy to develop confidence but it is worth doing it; put your efforts and principles to it. If you fear to fail exams then its time you start studying hard for it and so it is true to other things. Don’t fight with what you can’t change!
4. Manage your environment
The environment that surrounds us has a great deal of influence on our lives either we agree to it or not! If you may recall, how many times did your parents tell you not be friends with someone? Have you ever questioned yourself why? Isn’t obvious?
Those people have the influence to your life. Isolate yourself from negative people around you; they bring nothing but negative thoughts.
People who like to talk about other people (gossip) have no place in your life.
“Gossip is a negative conversation about people and the victim of thought poison,” says the book.
Keep yourself away from these poisons. Make friends with positive people from other professionals to have a wide understanding of what is happening in other industries. Ask for help, you can’t know everything. Ask advice from people you know. Achieving success we all need help from other people. Ask and it shall be given. Here is how you can achieve success through giving.
5. Make your attitude your allies
Attitudes are mirrors of our mind, how we act reflects how we think. We can read many things through observing someone’s attitude towards something. Work, how he treats others, how he thinks of himself simply by looking to his attitude. How we speak tells how we feel, so you better be careful with the attitude you present to people around you.
Schwartz says, “Grow the attitude of I am active, I am important and be sure people see that in you.”
He continues, “To activate others, you must first activate yourself.” I remember in school, I would tell myself no matter what, I am going to pass this exam, and I would pass with high grades not because the exam was simple but I had passing and positive attitude activated and my confidence was on fire 🙂
Cover yourself with enthusiasm and a big smile on your face, give a compliment when due and be responsible for your failures don’t blame others.
There is a lot you can learn from this magic book, those are just a few that I thought I would share with you today and I hope they will be of help.
Make time to read this book and get to learn more about how to think right toward people and how to use your goals to grow. Develop the culture of reading; there are a lot of good things hidden in books!
“Belief releases creative powers, believe in yourself!”
– David Schwartz.
What book are you reading? I would appreciate some recommendation in the comments below. Happy reading 🙂
Until next time 🙂