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Why can't the glass be both half-full and half-empty?

by Rick Baker
On Jun 14, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Is your glass at least half-full and half-empty?

Rather than limit people to 2 ways of thinking and claiming one is optimistic and the other pessimistic, we ought to encourage people to view Situations and People's actions from multiple perspectives...by, for example, encouraging people to use tools like Edward de Bono's 'Six Thinking Hats'.

In some Situations, it is appropriate to consider what has been added while in others it is appropriate to consider what has been subtracted. Sometimes we need to consider possibilities. Other times we need to identify the need for urgent action. 

This goes beyond optimism, pessimism, and realism. While that 'mindset' differentiation may be important, with people or with situations, it also may not be important.

Situations & People deserve a lot more thinking than optimism/pessimism tests.

PS: That glass-half-full-glass-half-empty saying has always annoyed me. It is too cliché and it puts people into a 2-dimensional box when all of us know we live in at least a 3-dimensional world.

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Don’t blame ‘lack of time’ when the real culprit is personal disorganization and self-imposed mayhem.

by Rick Baker
On May 19, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

If you free up a few moments, step back, ask yourself "How much time do it have?", spend some quality time thinking before answering you just might find:

  1. You have only the present time, just like everyone else on the planet.
  2. Just like every other person on the planet, you really have no clue about how much time you have beyond the present moment.
If you think you don't have time you are right....at least from 2 perspectives:
  1. Like Henry Ford, paraphrased, "If you think you do or don't have time you're right."
  2. As any good philosopher or physicist will tell you - Time is an abstract concept...offering nothing tangible for you to possess

Negative thinking cannot be band-aided into insignificance: it is a thick, multi-layered, multi-textured problem.

by Rick Baker
On Apr 21, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

When you witness negativity, what do you think?

  • Do you have the ability to understand the negative person's position/situation/perspective?

When you witness negativity, what do you do?

  • Do you deliver the help that is required, to the extent you have the ability to help?

What if that negativity you witness is your own?

 

"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow. The important thing is not to stop questioning." Einstein

by Rick Baker
On Apr 19, 2020

The Thinking Behind the Sales Tweet

Good Questions are a, perhaps even the, key to excellence.

Good Questions [to oneself] can maximize Self-knowledge.

Good Questions can lead to excellent communication…and life-long relationships.

Good Questions can lead to excellent Sales Performance.

Do you commit to being useful every day from here to eternity? Has making yourself useful become one of your good habits?

by Rick Baker
On Apr 10, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

We all have good days and bad days; our internal drive-energy ebbs and flows.

Regardless, we can commit to thinking and doing useful things...every day...for the rest of our lives.

[Why wouldn't we commit to thinking and doing useful things?]

[What reason could we possibly have for not committing to that?]

The power behind our reactions is far too important to be left to chance.

by Rick Baker
On Mar 29, 2020

The Thinking Behind The Tweet

Knee-jerk reactions catch our attention and we hold them in disfavour. Yet – what are we doing to make sure they don’t happen?

What are you doing to anticipate situations/circumstances and pre-plan the release of the power of your reactions?

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