FIFO means first in, first out. It’s a term I learned way back in my accounting courses. Oldest inventory is sold first, according to the books (not necessarily reality). What does it have to do with motivation and positivity? Well, first of all, reading about GIGO on this post made me think of FIFO. Second of all, it has to do with how you start your day and the question of its impact. Can the first inputs into our day be the thing that guides our day and sets its tone?
How do I start off my morning? I generally cruise the internet, looking at forums or reddit or Google+. While this isn’t bad, what happens if I shift that to something more positive? Like reading or listening to something motivational or improving? Or what if I change that to setting goals and priorities for the day?
I’m going to experiment on this for a while and see what difference the first input of the day makes. Starting, well, tomorrow 🙂
Articles with in-text jump links:
- 9 Core Behaviors of People Who Positively Impact the World – Kathy Caprino at Forbes
- Killing The Negativity In Your Life And Proven Ways To Be Happy – Noam Lightstone at Light Way of Thinking
Blog Note: I just recently finished As a Man Thinketh by James Allen. As part of my program to use what I learn, I decided to write down some of my strongest reflections on this work, some of what I have been doing or getting out of it. I share that content as a blog post below, but I also have created a “prettified version,” a PDF, as well. If you prefer the PDF, you can find it here or on my Books Page on this Scholar for Life blog. I welcome any thoughts you have on Thinketh or my booklet.
J. Lynn Ralston
This is not the first time I read As a Man Thinketh, nor will it be the last. The first time I read it, years ago, I wasn’t ready for it. The second time I was laying the ground work without realizing it: I had already been changing myself and seeing and feeling the differences. This book helped me understand why my efforts were working and encouraged me to stay on the right track.
That is why I want to share with you what I learned. I hope this blog post (or booklet) will inspire you to read the original work (which can be found here on Project Gutenberg), and hearten you if you do not see immediate impact. Instead, keep working on yourself and return to Thinketh again, and like me, you may be surprised to see what wakes up inside you.
Let me know how it, and this booklet, works for you by commenting on this blog post!
Central Idea of Thinketh
So here is the main point of the book: Your conscious and unconscious thoughts shape your character, circumstances, and even physical health. By working on your thoughts, you can change yourself; you can become what you want to be and have what you want to have.
This is not an easy process. It involves controlling your thoughts and paying attention to their impact on your life and on the lives of others. After all, as the book points out, you get out of life what your efforts earn.
Here are few efforts, pulled from the book and reflected upon, to reap positive results from your life:
- Input positive things into your life.
- Think good, positive things, and your life will change because of them, for they influence your actions and your circumstances.
- Have visions for different areas of your life, and focus on them so they guide your life.
These three points will be explored in separate sections below.
Quote: “To take action, you have to begin somewhere, and setting goals is the best place to start.” (Julio Melara, It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got!)
Thought: Action begins with a goal. Set one and see where it takes you.
- *Psycho-Cybernetics: A New Technique for Using Your Subconscious Power by Maxwell Maltz (finished preface, on page 1)
- *Digital Marketing: Strategies for Online Success by Godfrey Parkin (On page 52)
- *Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden (On page 6)
- How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry by Dale Carnegie (random chapters; finished ch 21)
- Winning without Intimidation by Bob Burg (On page 17)
- As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (Random chapters, more work on Effect of Thoughts on Circumstances)
- If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland (To reread)
What I learned today (Nov. 4, 2015):
Page count: 50
*From Digital (Read 15-51)
This book so far, in the first 50 or so pages, is about moving from controlled-brand-centric marketing to consumer-centric marketing.
This guy is also obviously pro-small business and makes a lot of general sense on economy and other things, too.
*From Psycho-C (Read xv-xxv)
If your self-image doesn’t match your positive thinking, the positive thinking technique will not work. The self-image has to change first.
Quote: “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” (Theodore Roosevelt)
Thought: Belief is the first step that makes the rest easier. Take it.
A few days ago, I finished a great book, one that focuses on hard work to create success and motivates you to do just that. It Only Takes Everything You’ve Got!: Lessons for a Life of Success by Julio Melara.
Yes, there is a nice sense of completion from finishing a good book and learning from it.
But part of learning is doing, especially for me, as an ADD/ADHD person. Some things stick through reading–
More through taking notes, especially by hand–
Even more by sharing the information–
But most comes from using the knowledge gained.
This weekend, it’s time to review my notes and start making an action plan. After all, you can have a million ideas (my favorite part), but you need a few “dos” or your ideas won’t take you far.
- *How to Stop Worrying and Start Living: Time-Tested Methods for Conquering Worry by Dale Carnegie (random chapters; finished ch 21)
- *Winning without Intimidation by Bob Burg (On page 17)
- *As a Man Thinketh by James Allen (Random chapters, more work on Effect of Thoughts on Circumstances)
- *Psycho-Cybernetics: A New Technique for Using Your Subconscious Power by Maxwell Maltz (iii-xiv)
- *Digital Marketing: Strategies for Online Success by Godfrey Parkin (On 15; content actually started on page 7)
- Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden (On page 4)
- The Interpretation of Financial Statements: The Classic 1937 Edition by Benjamin Graham and Spencer B. Meredith (To start)
- If You Want to Write by Brenda Ueland (To reread)
What I learned today (Nov. 3, 2015):
Page count: 27 (Not sure on ebook)
*From Thinketh (ebook)
- Think good thoughts, and the world will help you and opportunities will come to you.
* From Winning (Read: 13-17)
- Before you react to a person in a negative fashion, first think about what may have lead them to have that attitude or behavior. That way, with understanding, you can respond, not react, to that person.
* From Worrying (Read: 217-221)
- Do the best you can and just let unjust criticism roll off your back. Anyway, no one else will remember it; they have their own concerns and thoughts occupying their time to worry about yours.
Quote: “Change your thoughts and you change your world.” (Norman Vincent Peale)
Thought: What you see is what you get. Face the world with a positive attitude, and you will find positive things in life, even in problems. Face it with a negative attitude, and the world will confirm your perspective.
Quote: “Success is how high you bounce when you hit bottom.” (George S. Patton)
Thought: You can never achieve success if you don’t get back up from a fall. So, bounce back from mistakes; don’t stay down.