This book is a classic in the field of motivation and psychology of motivation. One of the great things about this book is just prompting us to think bigger because the truth of the matter is if you are someone who is thinking small compared to being someone who is thinking big. If you had two people, one was a small thinker, one was a big thinker, where would you bet your money? Where would you put your dollars? You would bet it on the guy who is thinking big, who is going to take action, he dreams big. That is what this book is about. In this post, we will tell you the summary of The Magic of Thinking Big by David Schwartz. This is a great self-help book such as Mindset, Essentialism and As A Man Thinketh.
Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication Date: October 06, 2015
Genre: Motivation & Self-Improvement
Best Sellers Rank: #337 in Audible Books & Originals
Thinking bigger, acting bigger, and making our lives bigger. So what are the strategies in order to do that? What are some ways in which we can live a bigger life? We can think bigger and act bigger, and live bigger lives. Here are some ideas that can help you to think bigger.
The first big idea is to make your environment make you successful. What that means is to design your environment such that it forces you to be successful. Make your environment such that no matter what, the default condition is that you will be successful. Now example is, let’s say you are hanging out with people, certain kinds of people but none of them are as successful as you are and not going in the same direction as you are going in life. What do you think will happen? More than likely you are not going to succeed. Your environment has not been designed to make you successful.
Now, what could you do instead? You could say I’m going to hang out; I’m going to create an environment such I spend time with people who are more successful than I am or who are at a higher level than I am because that will ensure that I am successful. I am designing my environment in order to make me a bigger person, to make me successful to make me walk with these giants. That is what you want to do.
A simple example of this is in the area of fitness and nutrition, if someone wants to lose weight or build a better body, one of the key things is you want to clean your house of all the junk food, all the temptations that are around there because if you do not have any temptations, you will not eat them. But if you have cookies, chips, sodas, and alcohol lying around the house, more than likely you will end up consuming it and find yourself in a situation where the environment is failing you. It is an amazing thing about us human beings that we can design our environment and our environment, in turn, design us. They make us. Design your environment that thinks big. That is what the magic of thinking big is, right?
The next big idea is action (the author calls it action). What that means is that in life there are so many times that we need to take action. We need to go after things that we want but somehow we find ourselves not taking the actions that we need to take. Also, we stop ourselves from taking the action we need to take. We somehow feel like we need to be more prepared and have all our dots lined up but that is not the case.
The truth is that the longer we wait, the more fearful we become. The biggest friend of fear is time. The more time you give yourself to think about the situation and how you want to handle it, the more your fear will grow stronger. Inaction and time basically feed fear. So action is the one that kills fear. The law of nature is that action precedes action. In order to move anything, you got to take action. Not just think but act. Attack the problem that is in front of you rather than just wait for some magic to happen to move the things for you.
A great example comes from the life of Napoleon Bonaparte, the great French warrior. At one time when they were on the battlefields, his general comes up to him and he says, “Sir the conditions of the war are just not right, right now so I recommend that we wait two days later” Napoleon got furious he said, “I don’t care about the circumstances, hell, I make circumstances. You got to attack right now. I’m not going to wait. I’m going to make these circumstances move according to me. So you got to attack.” And a great lesson that Napoleon is teaching us is that in any situation you have the option to go on and keep getting ready, just attack, and take action.
Another great idea about this book is that you are selling yourself. What that means is that sometimes in life we get stopped because we think that we are not good enough, that we are not worthy enough, and that we don’t have the qualities that we need.
So what David Schwartz is saying is to identify the challenge in front of you and then write down all your great qualities which will ensure that you will win at this challenge. And then write a commercial about yourself, write an advertisement about yourself. Sell yourself to yourself. Prove to yourself that you are amazing. Convince yourself that you are not to be deterred by this challenge. And do this in the morning, do this in the afternoon, do this at night time. Repeat this again and again to yourself and what you will find is that as you sell yourself to yourself, you will have found the confidence that feeling that yes I can do it because I have all these qualities.
And the last thing I want to talk about is the idea of your true size. Sometimes in life we stop ourselves from doing great things because we say well I don’t have these assets, I don’t have these qualities that these great people have, I don’t have the intelligence, I don’t have the willpower, I am not young enough, I am not technically smart enough, I am not good looking enough, I am not smart enough, I am not tall enough. Whatever it is you have all these ideas in your head and you make up all these excuses in your life because you assume yourself to be smarter than you really are.
So the exercise for you is to identify your 5 chief assets at what you are really outstanding, 5 things that you really believe in yourself, you are proud of those assets, and then under each of those assets, write the names of people who have succeeded who are not even as close to you on these assets.
So, identify people in your life who are way more successful than you are or not even in your life but in other areas in your life that you see who are way more successful, who don’t necessarily have the qualities that you have. So, that will give you an estimation of the true size of your true potential in this world and why you must not stop yourself from going after the big dreams in your life.