The Magic of Thinking Big by David J. Schwartz

  • Chapter 1 - Believe you can succeed and you will

    • Your mind is a thought factory: Mr. Triumph vs. Mr. Defeat

    • Think success instead of failure

    • Remind yourself that you are better than you think you are

    • Believe big (you won’t accomplish less than you set out to)

  • Chapter 2 - Cure yourself of Excusitis

    • “My health isn’t good” ->



      • Refuse to talk about your health


      • Refuse to worry about your health


      • Be grateful that your health is as good as it is



    • “I’m not smart enough” ->



      • Don’t underestimate your intelligence and overestimate that of others


      • Remind yourself “my attitudes are more important than my intelligence”


      • Thinking is more valuable than memorizing facts



    • “I’m too old/young” ->



      • Look at your present age positively


      • Compute how much productive time you have left


      • Invest future time in doing what you really want to do



    • “I have bad luck” ->



      • Accept the law of cause and effect


      • Don’t be a wishful thinker



  • Chapter 3 - Build confidence and destroy fear

    • Action cures fear:



      • Isolate your fear and determine exactly what you are afraid of


      • Then take action against that exact reason for fear



    • Self-confidence: Deposit only positive thoughts into your memory bank, and withdraw only positive thoughts

    • Put others in perspective



      • Get a balanced view of others: they are important, but so are you


      • Develop an understanding attitude



    • Five confidence-building exercises:



      • Sit in the front row


      • Make eye contact


      • Walk 25% faster


      • Speak up


      • Smile big



  • Chapter 4 - How to think big

    • Don’t sell yourself short and don’t be self depreciating

    • Use big thinking vocabulary: big, bright, cheerful words

    • See what you can be, not just what you are

    • Get the big view of your job, which is the next step to your promotion

    • Think about important things rather than trivialities

  • Chapter 5 - How to think and dream creatively

    • Believe it can be done: believing a solution paves the way to a solution

    • Don’t let tradition paralyze your mind

    • Ask yourself “How can I do better?”

    • Ask yourself “How can I do more?”

    • Practice asking and listening, rather than talking

    • Stretch your mind, and associate people who help you to think new ideas

  • Chapter 6 - You are what you think you are

    • Look important to help you think important

    • Think your work is important

    • Give yourself a pep talk a few times a day

    • Ask yourself “Is this the way an important person thinks?

  • Chapter 7 - Manage your environment: go first class

    • Be mindful of your environment: the mind-diet makes your mind

    • Make your environment work for you, not against you

    • Don’t let small-thinking people hold you back

    • Get your advice from successful people

    • Get psychological sunshine: new groups, new stimulating things

    • Throw thought-poison out of your environment

    • Go first class in everything you do

  • Chapter 8 - Make your attitudes your allies

    • Results come with enthusiasm, so grow your “I’m activated” attitude:



      • If you’re not interested in something, learn more about it


      • Act alive


      • Broadcast good news



    • People do more for you when you make them feel important



      • Show appreciation at every opportunity


      • Call people by name



    • Grow a “service first” attitude and money will take care of itself

  • Chapter 9 - Think right toward people

    • Be likable

    • Take the initiative in building friendships; introduce yourself

    • Accept other people’s differences

    • Practice conversation generosity by encouraging others to talk

    • Be courteous

    • Don’t blame others when you experience a setback

  • Chapter 10 - Get the action habit

    • Be a doer, not a don'ter

    • Don’t wait until conditions are perfect

    • Ideas won’t bring success, they only have value when you act upon them

    • Think in terms of now

  • Chapter 11 - How to turn defeat into victory

    • Study setbacks to pave the way to success

    • Be your own constructive critic

    • Don’t blame luck

    • Blend persistence with experimentation

    • There is a good side to every situation - find it

  • Chapter 12 - Use goals to help you grow

    • Know where you want to be: create an image of yourself 10 years from now

    • Write out your 10-year plan

    • Surrender yourself to your desires; set goals

    • Let your major goal be your auto-pilot

    • Work toward your goal one step at a time

    • Build 30-day goals

    • Take detours in stride

    • Invest in yourself

  • Chapter 13 - How to think like a leader

    • Trade minds with the people you want to influence

    • In everything, put other people first

    • Think improvement in everything you do

    • Take time out with yourself and spend time thinking alone