How to Achieve

3 Questions To Help You Think Fast

Think FastThe ability to manage a crisis through action is undeniably useful. Because not everyone is a quick “on-your-feet” thinker, you might need to cultivate your Resolute Thinking through practice.

If you find yourself in a high-stress situation, decide to take ownership of the problem. Once you’re in charge of the problem, you must first identify its source and then take the shortest route to addressing the problem – take action. This requires a reliance on your gut, but, more importantly, your experience.

Without experience, you may make rash decisions that only lead to more difficulty. Rational, experienced thinking while under pressure is the key to successful Resolute Thinking. You are able to act quickly because you’ve been there before. You know what to expect.

Do not hesitate to have and implement a back-up plan. Action is needed in order to avoid a crisis that could shut everything down. If several things go wrong, there is the potential for the Resolute Thinker to go into a state of alarm. A common weakness of the Resolute Thinker is to be over-reactive. Although success is still possible, things could run smoother by being alert to this weakness. Read the rest of this entry »

4 Questions to Ask Yourself to Think Intuitively

A successful thinker has the courage and know-how to rely on his intuition when necessary. The catch is – “when necessary.” While following your gut is a powerful tool, instinct is not foolproof. In particular, when selling an idea to a group of people, you may be ineffective if you do not present the facts to back it up.Intuitive Thinker

Unfortunately, there may be times when you can’t do a thorough investigation of a situation. Because you have a deadline that needs to be met, you will have to operate on instinct when deciding what to do. Far from being ideal, this situation can leave one in vulnerable position to a team that is ready to call you out on any sign of unfairness.

However, there is a job to do, and to do it well, you need to acknowledge your responsibility. When time is short, running on instincts is necessary. By making a quick decision, based on intuition, you can be an effective and firm leader, although it might not make you the most popular person. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Overcome Paralysis by Analysis

Magnifying GlassDue to their drive for perfection, analytical thinkers have a distinct advantage in life; they thrive on achievement, and, in turn, they often achieve. However, the tireless pusuit of reason does have its drawbacks, including the propensity to over-think, which is commonly referred to as “analysis paralysis.” As a thinker you’ll want to gain the obvious strengths of Analytical Thinking, while minimizing the possible weaknesses.

The analytical thinker is often a perfectionist who demands the absolute best of a solution. However, this can be a double-edged sword. By insisting on perfection, the end-solution may be steller. Or it may be non-existent if the drive for perfection leads to “analysis paralysis” – a common condition of analytical thinkers who over-analyze to the point that they cannot move forward.

But most valuable are the analytical thinker’s positive qualities – the ability to dig up facts, to find the optimal solution, and to overcome obstacles. Read the rest of this entry »

Optimize Your Thinking and Abilities

Strong TeamSocrates said about life: the unexamined mind is “an unnecessary waste.” Simple self-awareness can help you overcome habitual thought patterns that have stunted – or locked – your performance potential. Recognizing the 8 Ways of Thinking (Inventive, Analytical, Pessimistic, Assertive, Intuitive, Altruistic, Optimistic, and Resolute) in others will further your understanding of the people around you, leading to greater patience and greater influence.

Ultimately, your artful application of this knowledge will make you a uniquely effective leader. Not only can you position your performers where they will thrive, but you can also share the principles of “optimized” thinking to help them become well-rounded, multi-dimensional thinkers.

Optimize Your Thinking

Are you an “optimized” thinker? If so, you can effectively use all 8 Ways of Thinking – even those ways that don’t come naturally to you. Most essentially, you know how to determine the best way of thinking to use for any given situation. Read the rest of this entry »

Be Resolute in Time of Uncertainty

Resolute Thinking is imperative for project management or any job requiring quick, decisive action with tangible results. When time and resources are limited, you don’t have the luxury of analyzing options or taking risks. You need tried and true experience to guide you.

FirefightersWith easy authority, the resolute thinker can identify the source of the problem, rally a team, and lead them to a definitive solution. Resembling a firemen or drill sergeant, this thinker maps out a plan in an instant – and whoever doesn’t follow gets left behind.

Are you up for a challenge when a crisis occurs? Thinking in front of a computer drastically differs from thinking on your feet. The ability to act decisively and improvise when the pressure’s on to get results is usually cultivated through practice. If you do well in a high-stress job where the unexpected can happen on a daily basis, then you are most likely strong in this area. Read the rest of this entry »

Have an Attitude of Gratitude

Glass Half Empty or Half FullAn overwhelming desire for wealth and status now dominates the pursuit of happiness, but it’s a road laden with false expectations. At this very moment, you have the power to improve your mindset, whether you are struggling to make a living or enjoying the lifestyle of a celebrity. Your thoughts shape your everyday experience and determine how you respond to opportunity, and, most importantly, how you feel about yourself.

While no person is in a constant state of glee, Optimistic Thinking encourages a lightness of being that’s less stressful and more joyous. A perspective rooted in hope only elevates your mood, it expends your possibilities. In the truest sense, you are what you think. If you believe you are successful, you will be.

How to Be an Optimistic Thinker

Are you an optimistic thinker? If so, you enjoy life more than most – no matter your circumstances. This way of thinking, when mastered, can lead to a state of happiness that’s coveted by many. But it takes a strong will and dedication to the bright side to attain this buoyant mindset. Read the rest of this entry »

Are You Taking More Than You Give?

Giver or TakerMany scientists and philosophers agree that by giving of yourself, you can move beyond the trap of self-preoccupation into a life of fulfillment and meaning. When you step outside your world to consider the viewpoints and feelings of others, you become armed with an inherent knowledge of how people think. This not only improves your performance, but it makes you uniquely influential.

For instance, in times of discord, the altruistic thinker has a special gift for identifying people in turmoil – and calming them down. By ensuring others’ emotional needs are being met, they help to defuse tension to create a healthier work environment.

However, it’s important to make sure the altruistic thinker’s own emotional needs are addressed as well. Do you struggle with finding the time to give to those around you? Or do you put yourself last on the list? You can attain an “optimized” form of Altruistic Thinking that allows everyone to benefit.

Are You an Altruistic Thinker?

If you feel an overriding concern for others rather than yourself, then you can probably answer “yes.” Your strength in this area is admirable. However, as with any style of thinking, a strength can become a weakness if taken to an extreme. An altruistic thinker is not a martyr for others to abuse… instead, they are someone who offers support while taking care of themselves. Read the rest of this entry »

Differentiate Fear From Intuition

Whether or not you use it, you possess intuition. Some thinkers disregard the inner voice that says something’s right or wrong. Others refuse to act without considering it. From hiring a new employee to choosing which house to buy, your intuition can help you make the final decision. But where does it come from?Thinking Woman Can you tell the difference between fear and healthy hesitation? The first step to harnessing your intuition is to trace its source.

According to a survey conducted by the executive search firm Christian & Timbers, 45% of corporate executives now rely more on instinct than on facts and figures when running their businesses. This compelling statistic reveals the great influence this way of thinking can have on our lives. Your adeptness at Intuitive Thinking depends on your comfort level with this style of thought.

How to Be an Intuitive Thinker

The process of defining intuition can spark debate. Some people believe it’s a sixth sense that perceives what the naked eye cannot. Other’s think intuition is generated from experience. Some say that experienced decision makers see a different world than novices do… ultimately, intuition is all about perception.

Activity: Inner Listening

You can examine your ability to be an intuitive thinker by analyzing your perceptions. Which are experience-based? What’s the source of that gut feeling? When you are able to pinpoint the root of the feeling, you can be sure it’s telling you the right action to take. Read the rest of this entry »

Find the Balance Between Passive and Aggressive

The assertive thinker says what they think, follows their beliefs, and gets people moving with their infectious passion. When “optimized,” the assertive thinker knows how to state their rights as an individual without overriding the rights of others. This balance between passivity and aggressiveness is not easily achieved.Balance But when the assertive thinker operates with awareness and without fear, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Your ability to think and act assertively will not only position you as a leader in your organization, it could also impact your personal happiness. Passive or non-assertive thinkers often pay the price with depression, regret, and disappointment.

How to Be an Assertive Thinker

The honest expression of opinions, thoughts, and beliefs is the basis of Assertive Thinking. When you are able to share your ideas with passion and persuasion, you can garner the support you need to create a sense of urgency. Furthermore, the courage to try makes your path one of change rather than complacency, leading you to higher levels of success. Read the rest of this entry »

See Problems While Offering Solutions

Pessimistic Thinking can be a controversial style due to its negative implications. And deservingly so – studies show a continuously pessimistic state of mind can be hazardous to your health. However, the downside does exist in every situation, and your awareness of it will help you prevent the worst from happening. By identifying and avoiding potential pitfalls, you can achieve your best.Glass Half Empty or Half Full

The key to successful Pessimistic Thinking is knowing when and when not to use it. For example, do apply Pessimistic Thinking when you are planning for your next project – but don’t apply this style when trying to garner your team’s support.

Practice the uncommon ability to be pessimistic with positive effects. Your ability to see the downside gives you an advantage in the game of life, especially when you are able to see problems while offering solutions.

How to Be a Pessimistic Thinker

The irony of trying to be a pessimistic thinker is that you must avoid being too good at it – apply Pessimistic Thinking in small doses. Aim for the ability to use this trait without being ruled by it.

When the unexpected happens, do you assume the worst, overlook the threat, or evaluate and move on? Your reaction to a problem can either worsen or improve the situation. Depending on your style of thinking, you might panic at the threat of danger, which can exacerbate the situation, or you might downplay it – which can increase the danger as well. Read the rest of this entry »