Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life!
How often do you reflect on your life? When you do reflect on your life, how do you do it? Are you intentional about it? Most important, what do you think about? Do you think about the “how?” or the “why?”
According to Dr. John C. Maxwell, in his book, “Thinking for a Change”, most of us don’t know how to think. Most don’t take the time to think and reflect on our lives. We spend our days reacting and focusing on the wrong things, so much so, that we waste our prime years pursuing the wrong things. Simply put, we waste our lives.
Why don’t we think? Why don’t we reflect on our lives and make the necessary adjustments to achieve ultimate success? Maxwell believes it’s because we’ve never been taught to think. We think and we reflect, the problem is when we take time to think on our lives, we think and meditate on the wrong things. We ponder the “how?” when we should reflect on the “why?”
Dr. Maxwell opens his book with one simple premise, “Change your thinking and change your life.” Instead of constantly trying to figure out how you’re going to do something, step back and ask yourself, why? Too often, we get caught up in the whirlwind of life and spend way too much time trying to figure out how we’re going to get through a project, or overcome an obstacle, or solve a problem. We get so enamored with a project that we get distracted and off track, so much so, that we find ourselves mired in regret and become frustrated and disenfranchised with our lives. Figuring out “how?” is wildly overrated, yet we spend most of our waking hours focused on “how?”.
What if you changed your thinking and began each thought with “why?” Get in the habit of asking that critical question with every facet of your life, every project, every decision. This simple change in thinking will change everything in your life. When you get into the habit of asking “why?” you will constantly reset your thinking to ensure that you’re focused on the right things. You will find yourself shedding projects and saying “no” to the wrong things and saying “yes” to the right things and focusing on what truly matters and will have the greatest impact on your life.
Dr. Maxwell states, “A person who knows how, may always have a job, but the person who knows why, will always be the boss.” The bottom line, if you know your “why?” you will win at life, so start each day with discerning your “why?” and you will be well on your way to achieving significance. What areas of your life do you need to begin to ask, why?