Saturday, August 22, 2009

Becoming a Good Thinker through Change Masters

To become a change maker, Tony Buzan in his book Embracing Change cites having change masters as a must and is one of the 7 tools for transformation. Change masters are role models and mentors that acts as personal agents for change. Their insights and inspiration can help in managing personal change and achieve goals.

I use this blog to document lessons learned from authors and individuals that have one way or another influenced my thinking (hence you'll find in the sidebar "lessons learned from change masters). I never had the benefit of having a mentor. A lot of the survival skills I've learned to date were mostly gained from authors. Some of them are:
Although there are some that I haven't blogged to date as the skills learned when imparted may be misused and abused if the reader is not enlightened or matured enough.

In the book Thinking for a Change, John Maxwell explained the value of good thinking as it:
  • Creates the foundation for good results.
    "Good thoughts and actions can never produce bad results. Bad thoughts and actions can never produce good results." - James Allen

    "The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts." - John Locke
  • Increases your potential.
    If people can keep growing in their thinking, they will constantly outgrow what they're doing, and their potential will always be off the charts.
  • Produces more good thinking if one makes it a habit.
    "An invasion of armies can be resisted, but not an invasion of ideas." - Victor Hugo. The more you engage in good thinking, the more good thoughts you will continue to think. It's like creating an army of ideas capable of achieving almost anything.

This blog transformed into a reflective thinking blog back in 2005 was a result of the said book as well.

There are 11 thinking skills that John Maxwell emphasized in that book which I will tackle in the weeks to come.

Most of the authors I've read constantly emphasizes the need to change one's thinking in order to reach your change maker potential. I feel fortunate that there are a good number of them who have shared their knowledge through books that we get to read, discern, try it out, and learn further.