Outline of Thinking For A Change by John Maxwell Ch.

1 – Understand the value of Good Thinking 95% of achieving anything is knowing what you want and paying the price to get it. When your boss asks a question, do not only answer the question…Go above and beyond with your answer…to add value to the train of thought your boss was on…Exceed expectations… Why you should embrace the value for Good Thinking 1. Good thinking creates the foundation for Good results 2. “ “ increases your potential 3. “ “ produces more good thinking IF…you make it a habit Ch. 2 – Realize the impact of Change Thinking Illus: “She made it her goal to learn how to lead leaders.” Steps to changing thinking; 1. Changing your thinking changes your beliefs – People will never attain what they cannot see themselves doing 2. Changes your beliefs changes your expectations – “The only thing that stands between a man and what he wants from life is often merely the will to try it and the faith to believe it is possible.” Belief is an idea that possesses you.

32 My particular challenge is that I have been thinking like a church starting catalyst when Jeff has asked me to think like a senior catalyst. Find a place to stretch your thoughts – The right thought plus the right people in the right environment at the right time for the right reason = the right result 4. Find a place to land your thoughts – Do I believe it? Do I believe others should live it? Do our catalysts own our process? They have mostly been handed changes in the ways of doing things 5. Side note in my notes – What does the word “Laborer” mean in the Lord of the Harvest passage? 3. 3 Master the Process of Intentional Thinking 1. Find a place to fly your thoughts How to become a good thinker: 1.“My performance depended on a change in behavior.” Pgs. I must think like that…I need to make the success of our team my goal. Ch. Find a place to think your thoughts 2. Pg. Expose yourself to good input . be impressed with goal getting” Reaching new goals and moving to a higher level of performance ALWAYS requires change and change feels awkward. Find a place to shape your thoughts a. 31-32… “Don’t ever be too impressed with goal setting.

2. take into account any variables. Act on your good thoughts – WWI flying ace Eddie Rickenbacker – I can give you a six word formula for success – “Think things through-then follow through” 5. Size up situations. Allows you to lead a. Look extensively – Who you are determines what you see and how you think 4. define reality c. 2-3 thinking days every year 4. Expose yourself to good thinkers – As iron sharpens iron 3. Allow your emotions to create another good thought 6. Repeat the process Keeping myself on a growth plan Part Two: Eleven Thinking Skills Every Successful Person Needs SKILL 1 – Acquire the wisdom of big picture thinking Big Picture Tinkers: 1. Live completely? Why Big Picture? 1. Sketch a picture of where the team is going – help leaders accomplish this dream . 1 day every month. Learn continually 2. Listen Intentionally 3. See the vision before others b. Choose to think good thoughts – Dan Kathy of Chick-fil-A – His thinking schedule one half day every two weeks.

Seize the moment when the time is right 2. ?What will it take to see every catalyst able to see 5. What must I eliminate? 6. Keeps you from being caught up in the mundane a. what I learned during that day. “what must I know? What must I do? What must I see. not what can be.they want what was. 7. at the end of everyday. Give yourself permission to expand your world – “Most people are married to the status quo…. Helps me chart uncharted territory How to acquire Big Picture Thinking 1. To get things done you need focus 3. Allows you to see what others see 4. I pick out my “main event” for the day…I ask.(illus: Path at Camp – His Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path) d. Keeps you on target a. They seek safety and simple answers Big Idea: Capture everyday. Juggle many contradictory thoughts/Importance of “and” 2. Be VERY teachable – Learn from every experience 3. 10 new works a year from their area? SKILL 2 – Unleash the potential of Focused Thinking . Promotes teamwork 5. Get counsel – good counsel – from a variety of people 4.

your team.“Ask their customers about their needs and then develop products to meet those needs. Where should you focus your thinking? Identify your priorities – yourself. It gives ideas time to develop 3. the more focused you can be and need to be… How can you stay focused? . the more focused thinking time is necessary to solve it. develop your dream – The further and higher you go. It brings clarity to the target 4. The immature mind hops from one thing to another. It harnesses energy toward a desired goal a. It will take you to the next level a.” Crayola has chosen to flourish in its limitations… Why you should unleash the potential of focused thinking 1. your company. What are your strengths? What brings highest return and reward? What do I enjoy most and best? I need to consider how to give 80% of my effort to the top 20% (most important activities) Give your attention to the areas that bear fruit – You will bear most fruit in the areas of your strengths Discover your gifts. the mature mind seeks to follow through. 2. The greater the difficulty of a problem or issue.

provide resources and give encouragement – Once they have done 80% I come alongside them again and help them 1. A strong inner circle 2. Set goals a. I can’t do everything a. Excellence in a few things rather than a good performance in many b. What are you giving up to go up? I can’t know everyone a. No emails before 10 am 3. Insulate yourself from distractions – make yourself un-available when necessary 2. Make time for focused thinking a. laying down perimeters. Practice your first priorities – Do the activities that bring the most return b. Keep items of focus before you 4. . Practice 10-80-10 – “I help with the first 10% by casting vision. Question your progress a. Clear enough to be kept in focus b. Is what I am doing getting me closer to my goals? Am I heading in a direction that helps me fulfill my commitments? Maintain my priorities? (pg. it turns out to require simplicity and diligence…It demands that each of us focus on what is vital… a. 90) 1. Helpful enough to change lives 5.Remove distractions – The real path to greatness. Close enough to be achieved c.

Harold Bullock – 1. It will be and is transformational. Questions from each chapter – For my own personal reflection and impact CH. Who are the best thinkers I know? Name them. 1 – Understand the value of good thinking Big Question: Do I believe that good thinking can change my life? Yes. 1. I can’t be well rounded – Focus on the 1% that gives me the highest return – 99% of everything in life I do not need to know about…Being willing to give up some of the things that you love in order to focus on what has the greatest impact isn’t as easy lesson to learn. His great wisdom and depth of understanding . 3. As a man thinks in his heart. What separates them from the rest of the crowd? a. so is he. I can’t go everywhere 4.do what it takes to get them the rest of the way. I am gaining in so much responsibility and influence that I must be thinking rightly about things and change any wrong thinking. a.

What personal or professional issues have created ongoing obstacles to your progress? Don’t try to solve them now. Great thinking time is also key! c. Simply describe them a. Choose one of those thinkers and try to arrange to spend some time with him or her. CH. talents. Past – I would not have seen the value in it then as I do now. how would you have defined good thinking? How would you describe it now? a. Now I can see how critical it is and how I have to push myself to be a good thinker 3. In the past. How have I handled obstacles in my path that have even caused me to almost quit? List several major disappointments I have faced in my career or personal life and how I responded. . Whom you associate with matters – I have so much of Harold’s knowledge in the notebooks I have from his seminars – If I can pick his brain in those first… 2.b. Also knowing who to listen to and to get advice from. and thinking b. Not many are out ahead of me. 2 BIG Question: Is my desire for success and to improve my life strong enough to prompt me to change my thinking? Measuring the impact of changed thinking 1. The need to focus my time.

Performance – 2 Based on your answers.5 c. Expectations .3 d.4 e. Financial shortfalls in Montreal e. Difficulties in DC When you have tried to improve your life in the past. rank where you ordinarily place the most emphasis by marking it with a “1. because my past successes have been in the areas of my responsibility for CP. Now I am a. Not getting National Church Planting leader c. No work visa allowed from Quebec b.” Mark the next with a “2” and rank up to six a. I am a doer and have been a doer…I like action! Thinking is only recently becoming something that really stimulates me…The funny thing is about the above list…It should almost be the exact opposite as a top level leader…to impact those I lead and to have the most impact… Success is OK so long as it’s seen as growth. Could your past successes be getting in the way of your future success? Yes. Thinking about things differently and even the emotions of those thoughts have not been at the forefront of what I have been about as a leader.2. not an end it itself.6 b. Maritimes difficulty with John d. Attitude . Beliefs . 3. . Thinking . Behavior – 1 f. how much will you have to change the way you naturally do things in order to change your thinking? Explain…It seems I have a ton of changing to do. where have you focused your energy? Using the list below.

you need to find one. attitude. expectations and beliefs until you reach the source: thinking. Jim ______________. 2. Who are the good thinkers in your life? List them here: Harold Bullock. behavior. 3 – Thinking Questions Am I willing to pay the price to cultivate the habit of giving birth to. I have to shift… Think about an area where you have succeeded in the past but have currently plateaued. etc. and developing great thoughts every day? 1. nurturing. Figure out what is lacking in your current performance and trace back through performance. 3. Dan Morgan. How must you change your thinking to break through to the next level? I believe I have to figure out how to make others successful…How do I work effectively through others? IT is thinking about the team…Focusing in on the team and its success… Ch. What are you currently working on that could benefit from some thinking time? You may want to address the issue you identified at the . Where will you choose to create your thoughts? My plan is that after outlining this book I will intentionally plan in thinking times into my days in my office and plan longer times like a prayer retreat.responsible for leaders and yet still working mostly in my area of responsibility. If you don’t already have a good thinking place.

with one being narrow and 10 being expansive. We need to tap into our Lord’s vast resources for harvesters – 4. Spend some time thinking about that issue. We need to see more churches planted or should I say. On a scale of 1 to 10. more leaders identified for church planting. just to challenge yourself as a thinker? List them here Reading and outlining this book. As clearly as you can. or tape services do you subscribe. listening to Harold’s messages and I will begin reviewing his notebooks from the wisdom seminars SKILL 1 – Acquire the wisdom of big picture thinking Am I thinking beyond myself and my world so that I process ideas with a holistic perspective? Putting big picture thinking into Action 1. To what good input are you regularly exposing yourself? Do you have a plan for growth? To what magazines. Then get together the good thinkers in your life to help you stretch and then land your thoughts. journals. write down the problem here. how do you rate yourself as a big picture thinker? Do you see the whole . A thought that keeps coming back… is the idea of the price that will be willing to be paid – These are the types of leaders that will see a movement – People who are not afraid to push themselves – people who have a radical nature to them! 5.end of chapter 1.

know their field. or are you more than likely to focus on one aspect? 8 . spend adequate time .2. Insight from others: Take that same issue. and bring broader and deeper experience that yours. or project to 3-5 people who can give you insight on it. Opposites: What is the obvious solution for success? Helping our catalysts become more catalytic. picture.I choose the idea of working more closely with our national catalysts to improve our performance – a. something that would resolve the issue but seems to contradict the first idea? Re-assigning responsibilities – to our catalysts ii. problem.How can I make these ideas work together? The challenge is that they are not opposing ideas…I need more time on this as it feels like there is a gold mine to be tapped into here but I do not know what it is… b. Be sure to pick good people using the criteria in the chapter: they must know and care about you. i. Now write an alternative solution. Before you spend time with them.I love seeing the big picture…It is when I strive to start doing details that make the big picture happen that I can get bogged down…I love looking at all of Canada  Pick a past problem or current project that you would like to improve through big-picture thinking. Then use the following exercises to expand your thinking: .

Capture those thoughts in writing and file them so that you can retrieve and use them in the future. That process will help you clarify issues. On a scale of 1 to 10.formulating the questions you want to ask. . Set aside a few minutes at the end of each day (Or first thing in the morning) to review what you learn each day. c. Get your calendar and figure out how to schedule thinking time. you should schedule some time daily. the more time you need to carve out for focused thinking… 2. how well do you focus think? Five – I am doing better and I have a long ways to go… The lower your number. Now I want to ask the same question related to focused thinking. Ideally. and be able to focus. Make learning from your experience a regular part of your routine. as well as a good block of time once per week. prevent unwanted interruptions. you must remove yourself from distractions. Remember that to be effective. Skill 2 Am I dedicated to removing distractions and mental clutter so that I can concentrate with clarity on the real issue? At the end of the last chapter. with one being scattered and 10 being focused. I asked how well you think about the big picture. Pick the best place and 1. and it will show your friends how much you respect their time.

Our lives are most effected. Then put it on your calendar and treat it as you would any important appointment. by just a few events and decisions.3. Determine which decisions currently on your plate are most important. your most productive time of day for your focused thinking time. For good or for bad. Dedicate this weeks large block of thinking time to considering and writing down your current goals. . If you don’t have goals—or your goals do not align with your dreams—then your focus time will get off track. and then dedicate some of your scheduled thinking time to address them. Focused thinking can provide the arena to significantly impact those decisions and events. 4.

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