If you died today, what would people say about you at your funeral? What would you like them to say?
If you only had 6 months left to live, what would you do with it?
In 1888, Alfred Nobel, a chemist, engineer, and inventor, was shocked to read his own obituary, proclaiming - “The merchant of death is dead”, in a French newspaper. Alfred Nobel invented dynamite and, had he died in 1888, that is how he would be remembered. It was Alfred's brother Ludvig who had died - the obituary was eight years premature. The article was the initial seed of the now famous Nobel Peace Prize, as it inspired Alfred to change his will leaving his fortune to recognise future initiatives of peace.
Deciding now how we want to be known and remembered requires stopping and thinking. It's easy to become caught up in the whirlwind of ‘busyness’; to fill our mind with despairing news of the world, even to flitter away our time in the idiosyncrasies of social media. Conversely, it gets increasingly difficult stop and think and to watch our wandering thoughts.
Napoleon Hill observed that we become what we think about most of the time. The famous quote runs
‘Our thoughts become our words, which become our actions, our habits and our character. This becomes our destiny’.
Who do you want to become? Be that person now and that is who you will become. This will improve your life and the lives of those you interact with.
I am often asked to work in-house for companies in the area of corporate culture. Over the years, I have discovered that tackling culture inevitably requires addressing individual thinking. Many people need to learn to make their mind their friend and to stop ‘stinking thinking’. You cannot become great if you constantly run yourself down, set yourself up on a path and then self-sabotage to affirm your own self-appointed inadequacies. Living to your full potential requires making choices and being disciplined.
Aristotle made the observation - “Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”
In order to improve our thinking we have to feed our mind better material – what are you currently reading/listening to/watching outside work? Have you ever taken the time to observe your thinking throughout a day, to give it a health-check? Our free PDF offers a guide to help begin to get your thinking on the right track. If you would like more information or to know how we can help create a Success Mindset in your organisation please do get in touch.
“Success is nothing more than a few simple disciplines, practised every day.” – Jim Rohn