Recently I saw a painting of an eagle. He was launching himself from his perch, his eyes intently focused on something I could not see. Every thing about him was fierce. I thought of how rare that kind of intensity is in our culture today.
A recent article by David Burns in Psych Central identified the top ten types of “Stinkin Thinkin;” negative ways of thinking about ourselves that diminish the quality and potential of our lives. I was astounded to discover that I have occasionally entertained some of these destructive thoughts.
It was refreshing and helpful to see them identified. Out in the open, these patterns of thought can be recognized and more effectively dealt with. Here are four of the top ten types of “Stinkin Thinkin” and how I am resolving to eliminate them from my thought process. See if you recognize any of them.
Unfortunately the word and the attitude it communicates permeates our society, cripples initiative, and paralyzes personal growth. I challenge you to eliminate the word from your thinking and your vocabulary.
Predictions about the future are often way off base. In 1949 Popular Science magazine made this prediction: “Computers in the future may weigh no more than 1.5 tons.” If that prediction were true I would have been crushed by my first laptop.
In 1943 Thomas Watson, chairman of IBM said, “I think there is a world market for maybe five computers.” If that prediction were true it was evidently a very narrow market. My office now owns all five of them.