Think To Win: The Power of Possibility Mindset

Several years ago, I read a startling and disturbing study on our daily thoughts. According to this study:

  • The average person has around 60,000 – 80,000 thoughts in a single day.
  • 40% were anxious thoughts regarding the future.
  • 30% were thoughts regarding the past– many having to do with regrets.
  • 12% were around self-doubt and insecurities.
  • 10% were needless worries around personal health.

Defining moment: Since I read that article, I made an intention to reframe my thoughts. A lot of reframing had a lot to do with replacing my thoughts with possibility thinking. 

I noticed over days, weeks, and months, it changed:

  • my outlook
  • my energy
  • my perspective
  • my options
  • my emotions
Here are several reasons why everyone– especially leaders, should become masters in the realm of possibility thinking:
  1. Possibility thinking opens you up to abundance.
    • Scarcity is the “death magnet” to success; open to abundance through possibility thinking.
  2. Possibility thinking draws winners into your network and business.
    • People who think big attract big people who are winners in life.
  3. Possibility thinking breaks patterns of mediocrity.
    • When you embrace possibility, your dreams go from ordinary to extraordinary– from molehills to mountaintops.
  4. Possibility thinking creates positive energy that is contagious.
    • When you embrace possibility thinking, you’ll notice a surge of endorphins and a release of dopamine (good feeling and good energy)– something we all need!
Exercise: Right now, think of a challenge you are facing. Create a “can do” list of possibilities and set new actions to gain momentum.
My challenge: ______________________________________________
My possibilities: ____________________________________________

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About the Author

Steve Gutzler is the President of Leadership Quest, a Seattle-based leadership development company. Steve is a dynamic, highly-sought-after speaker who has delivered more than 2,500 presentations to a list of clients including Microsoft, Starbucks, the Seattle Seahawks, Pandora Radio, Boeing, Cisco, Starwood Corporation, the Ritz Carlton group, and the U.S. Social Security Administration. He recently was voted #1 by the readership of Huffington Post as the Most Inspirational Leader on Social Media.

A published author on leadership and emotional intelligence, Steve resides near Seattle with his wife Julie where they enjoy time with their three adult children and six grandchildren.