An asset that allows a leader to excel and always have influence is taking time to engage in thinking. Great leaders know the value and benefits of thinking. However, as Henry Ford said “Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reasons why so few engage in it.” Below are 3 essential thinking principles you should know and implement:
1. The principle of priority thinking
The first aspect of this principle is making thinking a priority in your life. This starts when a leader understands The Value of Thinking. Taking time to think can be a challenge for most active leaders but the benefits that come from thinking are worth the investment of your time.
Priority thinking also is about taking time to think about a specific area or topic. It’s important to know areas of top priority and then engage in thinking about those areas. Some top priority’s all leaders should think on include: strengths zones, decision making, problem solving, areas of responsibilities, and how to move your team or organization forward. When a leader thinks about these areas they will start to see an increase of results and productivity within those areas.
2. The principle of strategic thinking
I received some wise advice from a pastor when I was in my early teens. I remember he had taken me out to eat and I was sharing with him my aspirations and dreams. He gave me a great analogy I have held onto. He said something to this extent: think about an airstrip, small plans need a small runway while big plans need a big runaway. Your plans about the future require an appropriate amount of runaway if you intend to achieve your plans, goals, and dreams.
Strategic thinking allows you to think about and plan appropriately for the future. Leaders should engage in strategic thinking so they will clearly have an idea of the runway they need in order to accomplish their desired goals and vision. Taking time to strategically think and plan for your future will set you up for success. Olan Hendrix said, “Strategic thinking is like showering, you have to keep doing it.”
3. The principle of future thinking
Leaders who have a vision and the drive to accomplish great achievements would benefit from thinking about the future. Taking time to think about the future allows a leader to clarify and properly plan for the future. It provides you with a well thought out plan with goals that will move you toward a successful future. An important aspect to remember is that a leader should be future focused while still living in the present. Don’t allow your future thinking to stop your progress today. Remember the words of Bruce Lee, “If you spend too much time thinking about a thing, you’ll never get it done.”
Questions: Which of these three thinking principles should you implement this week? Can you add any thinking principles to the list?