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Optimal Thinking: How to Be Your Best Self 1st Edition

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"Optimal Thinking has a little bit for everyone and will help people be the best self they can be." —Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.,author of The One Minute Manager

"This powerful, practical, most inspiring book gives you the ideas and tools you need to become an optimally productive and powerful person in every area of your life." —Brian Tracy, author of Focal Point

"To fast create an optimal life, lifestyle, and future, read, digest, and use Optimal Thinking." —Mark Victor Hanson, co-creator, New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Optimal Thinking beautifully convinces and illustrates why 'the enemy of the best is the good.' Insightfully, it blends and synthesizes idealistic and realistic thinking, left- and right-brain cognition, analysis and creative intuition, acceptance and optimism. A superb treatment of the idea of Personal Best." —Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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"Optimal Thinking has a little bit for everyone and will help people be the best self they can be." —Ken Blanchard, Ph.D.,author of The One Minute Manager

"This powerful, practical, most inspiring book gives you the ideas and tools you need to become an optimally productive and powerful person in every area of your life." —Brian Tracy, author of Focal Point

"To fast create an optimal life, lifestyle, and future, read, digest, and use Optimal Thinking." —Mark Victor Hanson, co-creator, New York Times bestselling series Chicken Soup for the Soul

"Optimal Thinking beautifully convinces and illustrates why 'the enemy of the best is the good.' Insightfully, it blends and synthesizes idealistic and realistic thinking, left- and right-brain cognition, analysis and creative intuition, acceptance and optimism. A superb treatment of the idea of Personal Best." —Dr. Stephen R. Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (March 29, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471414646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471414643
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #388,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have been an avid reader of self-improvement books for the past twenty years but I always felt that something was missing until I read Optimal Thinking. This book is revolutionary. It takes you above the flawed "think positive" mindset into a simple, realistic style of thinking that provides you with the best chance of achieving everything you need and want. I was fascinated by the examples of how people make the most of everyday situations with Optimal Thinking.
The book is divided into three sections. The first section, "Help Yourself to Optimal Thinking" begins with a quiz to rate how much of your thinking is in your best interest. You then learn about the advantages and disadvantages of negative and positive thinking. The author explains five shortcomings of positive thinking, and shows you how to overcome them. She then describes Optimal Thinking, provides examples of Optimal Thinkers who have shaped the world throughout history, and offers simple roadmaps to make the best choice in simple and complex situations. You then learn how to use Optimal Thinking consistently to design and live your best life. I was excited by this section. I really resonated with the information on the core beliefs which sabotage our best interests and motivate us to settle for second best, especially "I don't deserve the best in life". I made it my business to do the exercise to overcome this culprit.
The second section, "Optimize Yourself" begins with a quiz to examine whether your self-esteem, purpose and goals support your best interests. You learn to recognize and embrace your suboptimal inner voices and optimize them. This is what loving yourself is all about.
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I discovered Optimal Thinking in 1992 when I heard Dr. Glickman address an audience of more than 1000 people at The International Conference on Thinking as the plenary speaker. I was deeply impacted by her presentation and invited her to present an Optimal Thinking seminar to a cross section of employees at my company four months later.
Optimal Thinking is a universal resource that embraces all forms of thinking, all people and all situations. On a daily basis, I have seen what it has done for my secretary, Sandy, whose husband passed away due to a brain tumor. Sandy used Optimal Thinking through their worst days together, always doing her best, no matter how hard it got. She uses Optimal Thinking in the office to guide her decisions, and I can rely on her to make the most of whatever crosses her desk.
As for me, although I am analytical by nature, I used to make irrational, costly decisions when I became emotional. I have learned to stop and use Optimal Thinking to find the best solution rather than dig myself into a hole.
Pre-optimization in our company, our sales force consisted of senior sales people and newcomers, some jaded, some fresh and realistic, others who were generally optimistic. When I introduced Optimal Thinking into the sales force, we saw an 18% increase in gross sales within six months, which is unprecedented in our industry. Our sales force is now a bonded Optimal Thinking team. They collaborate to define and achieve optimal results, and they are realistic in their appraisals of resources and opportunities.
When this book became available, we purchased copies for all our employees.
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My wife brought this book home after participating in an Optimal Thinking seminar at her company. Although I was somewhat skeptical, I tried to approach the book with an open mind. I admit that I was interested in finding out how much of my thinking was in my best interest so I responded to that quiz. When I read the part about the strengths and weaknesses of positive and negative thinking, I got hooked and pulled out my highlighter pen. Up until then, like most people, I had been confused about when to be positive, negative or neutral.
During the following week, I tested the templates for simple and complex decision-making and they worked. I made the right choices integrating my heart and my mind for the first time. All that said, this book won me over. Optimal Thinking is a must read if you want to make the most of your personal life and career. Making the most of life means something different to each of us. Optimal Thinking is the vehicle that takes you from a bad, neutral, mediocre or an extraordinarily positive moment to your best moment. From one best moment, Optimal Thinking takes you to the next best moment, and to a life of increasingly more best moments. I am a doer and can feel guilty when I am not productive. I laughed and heaved a sigh of relief when the author said, "If your response to `What's in my best interest?' is `Take a nap,' then do it. You can choose to snooze knowing that it is in your best interest."

This book is easy to read. You will find roadmaps for making the most of a range of situations, instances where people like yourself use Optimal Thinking in day-to-day situations, as well as examples of famous Optimal Thinkers who sculpt their lives with Optimal Thinking as their motivating philosophy, and inspire it in others. Buy it and get copies for the people you care about.
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