The idea of a changed mindset is exactly what The Magic of Thinking Big by Dr. David Schwartz explores. Through the power of belief, things can and will be done. This idea of flipping your mindset has inspired me both in my professional and personal life, and I share it with as many people as I can who I believe will truly benefit from it.
I didn’t exactly find this book. In a way, it fell into my lap. I was on Facebook looking at my son’s profile when I noticed a status he had posted. He was asking his friends for recommendations on books for self-help and motivation. The most liked comment on that post was one that mentioned The Magic of Thinking Big, hands down. Seeing everyone support it so much made me decide to read it.
After the first few pages, I quickly realized why it was so well liked. Not only was it full of information and credible sources, but it was written in a way that was easy to follow. This is especially important to me as I am always on the go, running from one place to another. There’s no need to re-read certain sections in order to comprehend its ideas, although I did enjoy re-reading sections based solely on their content.
I’ve always believed that the mind is a powerful thing, but reading just how it could affect not only your performance, but your results, was eye opening to say the least. Something that really stands out in my mind was when Schwartz said,
“Believe it can be done. When you believe something can be done, really believe, your mind will find the ways to do it. Believing a solution paves the way to solution.”
Ultimately, this is a book about having a positive approach to every aspect of your life and aiming above what you think you are capable of. The only way to do the things you never thought you could do is by trying new things you’ve never done before. In more elaborate words, Schwartz is telling people to not only be positive, but also to normalize ambition, for “Belief triggers the power to do”.
This is an important book because the theory it provides can be applied to any industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the medical industry like me, or if you are a busboy at a restaurant. Every player of your team creates a mindset for themselves, whether it’s positive or negative. When people think big, big things happen for them. Schwartz uses an example of a salesman who didn’t necessarily have any special skills or advantages over others. In fact, he did not have the same work ethic as others either. However, because he thought big and lived ambitiously, he was able to get big results. He was the top salesman because he simply expected to be. A lot of people can relate to the issues brought up in the book , which is ultimately that people feel they are living lives that fall short of their dreams. The solutions offered are free and realistic to execute, which is why people should read it- or at least consider it.
When you think small, you’ll perform small. When you perform small, you will get small results. The obvious solution here is to change thinking ‘small’ to ‘big’. When that changes, everything else that follows will also change. Yet why do so many people struggle to change their ways? Yes, maybe routine is comfortable and it’s easier to be average. However, easy is not always right. I recognize that it’s not easy to change your mind and how you view the world. But when you overcome that first week of doubt, you’ll find that you won’t want to go back to how you lived life before. Believe it can be done, and it will. When you do that, you’ll see just how much the world can change by saying, “Yes I can. Yes I will”.