Learn to Think and Everything Else will Follow
John Maxwell has a book called Thinking for a Change. The title makes many people smirk at first, since it seems to imply that people aren’t thinking anymore, and we need to change it up by actually thinking. That’s not really what is implied by the title. Instead, what is meant is that you inspire a change by deeply diving into thinking before taking action; you think to create the change.
In the book, Maxwell goes through 11 types of thinking that can, and will, change how you approach life, your job, and everything else. It’s something that has been inspiring to us here at Big Sky Collision to help us become the best auto body repair shop in Billings, and we want to relay some of that information to you.
Different Types of Thinking to Bring About Change
If you want to review all 11 types of thinking, they are listed on the John Maxwell blog with a short description about each one. But we highly recommend getting the book and diving into each one and seeing how they apply to your life. Here are a few that can stimulate your thinking.
Big-Picture Thinking – There are two types of people in this world: details people and big picture people. In order to really process what is going on in your life and career, you need to have a big picture. It’s the whole idea behind a vision. How will you know you have arrived if you don’t know where you are going?
Creative Thinking – Want to really shake things up? Then you have to think creatively. Tackle a problem from a new angle, invent a new way to fix something, and really explore outside of your usual box in order to find the solution that excellently solves the problem.
Popular Thinking – Popular thinking is almost the opposite of creative thinking. In popular thinking you are limited (see our post on Roger Bannister breaking the 4 minute mile). Popular thinking often says, “It can’t be done.” Your job as a thinker is to say, “Why not?” and then do it anyway. Popular thinking is easy; but it’s often wrong.
Unselfish Thinking – Take a look at your life throughout the years. When you acted unselfishly, weren’t those the best times? The times when you felt the best, were the happiest, and things seemed to be a bit easier? Ben Sweetland once said, “We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.”
What Change do you want to See?
We don’t have to look too far to see that much of the world is in chaos. We can see injustices around us, we can see problems that aren’t solved, and we can see people hurting. Naturally many of us want to see a change, but too often we simply shrug our shoulders and say, “The world is a terrible place.”
Let’s start thinking for a change. Let’s see what good we can accomplish when we put our collective minds to it. Let’s create the change that we want to see.
Here at Big Sky Collision Center, we strive to be the best collision repair shop in Billings, in Montana, and maybe the country. But our true passion is people. We build leaders here; we just happen to be good at fixing cars too.