Think – But to a Purpose

I maintain an active database of quotations – 3,000 plus.  Each is categorized by topic.  I weave quotations into my presentations and my articles.  Sometimes, they serve as the inspiration for an article or a talk.  At other times, they are just inspiration – for me!  They help to get me moving or focused in the morning or whenever I need a lift.

Sometimes I just “pick a number” and find that numbered quote – just a random selection.  I did that this morning and I would like to share that particular quote with you:

“We can accomplish almost anything within our ability if we but think that we can!  Every great accomplishment in this world was first carefully thought out.  Think – but to a purpose.  Think constructively.  Think as you read.  Think as you listen.  Think as you travel and your eyes reveal new situations.  Think as you work daily at your desk, or in the field, or while strolling.  Think to rise and improve your place in life.  There can be no advancement or success without serious thought.”

– George Adams

The reason that this quote resonates so strongly with me today is simple.  I am preparing to approach a few prospective clients for some work that will be a bit of a stretch for me.  I have great confidence in my abilities – up to a point.  Then, like any human, I need to find that extra boost of confidence – and that comes from others – or from simply thinking – but to a purpose.

As I reflected on the quote from George Adams, another quote came quickly to mind.  This from William Safire:

“Never feel guilty about reading, it's what you do to do your job.”

When I am preparing for a speech or a new project I read voraciously.  I take in a lot of information.  But I also take a lot of time to think – to process and absorb that information.  I think while I am on a plane ride.  Or early in the morning while I am sipping my first cup of coffee.  And I start to think, “Yes, that makes sense.  Of course, that makes perfect sense.  I knew that – why didn't I think of that before.”

My confidence grows, my tactics and strategy start to take shape, I start to act on my thoughts.  Now, I have everything in place to make my proposal to the new client (I already have them booked – in my mind!)

Take time to think, every day – but to a purpose.  Even abstract thinking has a purpose – I think!



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