The Thinking Series – Part 3


This series is dedicated to sharing some of the nuggets I picked up during the “Think your way to the top LIVE workshop with John C. Maxwell” as well as thoughts from his book “How successful people think

The last 2 posts highlighted our need to be a focused thinker, to be an iceberg thinker & not an ice cube thinker. I also touched on the need to “think our thoughts” to have a special place to think, to know what triggers our innovation & creativity & to set a guard on our thoughts bringing it in line with what God wants us to think about.

Today I will be talking about another nugget which is “write the thought“. Yesterday, we highlighted the need to have a special place to think & the need to have a pen & writing pad. You need to capture these thoughts by writing it down, some might be good, others bad. But writing it down provides a visual component to your thought.

In Habakkuk 2:2 (KJV), The LORD answered Habakkuk, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. It’s very important to write down our thoughts, visions & dreams, we need to make it very clear ( plain) so that he that reads it (YOU) can run with & execute it.

I get to talk to a lot of people & they share their ideas for a business, a project, a social enterprise, etc but all they do is talk.

Very few people take it further to a level of showing what they have written down. It might be as simple as a few pages of Word document, a couple of PowerPoint slides, something to show that you have taken a step in the actualization of that dream, thought or vision.

People think thoughts, but its only the ones written down clearly that has a higher potential of becoming real.

During my teenage years I’ve always had a dream of the kind of home I wanted to have , so while reading books, learning from mentors & watching couples that had what I wanted, I started writing it down.

By the time I met my wife ( a friend at the time) & we started dating, I had a “Family Constitution” that we deliberated & agreed on as regards how we will run our home, the kind of friends we will have, the kind of jobs we will take,how we are raising our kids, how to deal with in-laws, how we will handle money, etc.

Writing it down made it easy to articulate & execute and down the years, we’ve had cause to review & amend it, but the core theme is still there.

As a project manager, I don’t take a project seriously until there is a Project Charter. This is a document that clearly explains the scope, objective,benefit,sponsor, stakeholders & resources required to successfully deliver the project.

Do you have a dream, an idea, a vision, something you want to achieve? Don’t just talk about it, take steps to write it down.

Don’t be a N.A.T.O (No Action Talk Only) member, move forward today.

This is my snippet, I AM SHALOMESQ!!!


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