I've studied successful people for over forty years and
I've found they are all alike in one way: the way they think.
- John C. Maxwell
That quote is from his book How Successful People Think and right out of the gate, in the introduction, John addresses WHY CHANGE YOUR THINKING?
No doubt John at least pondered the unsuccessful and knew he needed to address this issue quickly; why one would want to change their thinking?
It's simple, really - if you don't like something in your life, anything; work, home, family, play. If you don't like it, if you want to improve, you must change your thinking. Your thinking controls your actions and 90% of your thoughts are repetitive. Literally. 90% of what you think about today is the same as yesterday and if you want to change, you have to break deep into that 90%. Or else. Or else those habitual thoughts will drive you to........well, they'll drive you to not change.
It's hard to overcome a problem, overcome a situation, overcome where you are right now. You are where you are, I am where I am, WE are were we are because of the journey we've been on, the paths we've taken, the decisions we've made, the happenings that have happened. We could not be where we are without ALL OF THAT.
And when we start applying action to the changed thinking, things start happening to keep us in the old reality. So we have to stay in the change, we have to keep thinking and acting into the changed thinking.
We can't get to a new place with the same thinking that got us HERE.
Back to John's quote, he said "the WAY we think." The WAY we think, and the Way we change our thinking is also the same.