Einstein was a genius, an individual with exceptional intelligence, who was willing to see things from a different perspective. In the process, he helped the world think bigger and reach higher. In order to think bigger and solve problems, he recognized that we have to change our thinking. ”
“We cannot solve our problems with the same level of thinking that created them.”
Thorpe notes in his book, “How to Think like Einstein” (2000), that, “Einstein was a great problem solver because he was a superb rule breaker. . . If you can’t solve a problem, it is because you are stuck in a rule rut. We all have rules – ingrained patterns of thinking that we mistake for truth. . . Rules are not always bad things. They are like railroad tracks. If you want to go where the track goes, they are perfect. But like destinations without a rail line, some solutions cannot be reached with our rules. The only way to get there is to leave the tracks.” (p. 4).
To sense and seize the best opportunities today, we must think differently than we did before. I’m not just talking 40 years ago but 4 years ago. We must break free from the railroad tracks, the habitual mindset from which we see most situations.
Where do we Begin?
Let’s start by defining our mindset?
Dictionary.com offers a simple definition, “an attitude, disposition, or mood; an intention or inclination.”
I particularly like the Collin’s English Dictionary as it furthers our thinking by defining mindset as “the ideas and attitudes with which a person approaches a situation, especially when these are seen as being difficult to alter.”
The American Heritage Dictionary takes a slightly different perspective, “A fixed mental attitude or disposition that predetermines a person’s responses to and interpretations of situations. An inclination or a habit.”
From these definitions, we can see that our mindset is the attitude, disposition or mood from which we see the world and approach the future. It is the habit of our thinking that dictates how we interpret situations and ultimately why we find great opportunities.
- What is your attitude about change?
- How does that attitude shape how you see change?
- What opportunities have you missed because you stayed within your habit of thinking?
We often cling to our old habits because they are comfortable and account for much of our success. However, the world of rapid and radical change demand that we leave the train tracks of our old thinking and forge a new path. We cannot solve day’s biggest problems with yesterday’s mindset.
(c) 2018 Loren Murfield
THINK BIGGER – REACH HIGHER!
Loren Murfield, Ph.D. I work with clients to think bigger and reach higher. Frequently, clients tell me, “Wow, I hadn’t thought about it like that before.” I love seeing them raise their standards and step up their performance, and do what they previously considered “impossible.” At that point, I help them write their legacy book. Contact me today to begin creating your legacy and then leaving it for generations to come.
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