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Monday, March 18, 2013

The Power of NEGATIVE Thinking

In his book "The Power of Positive Thinking”, Norman Vincent Peale popularized the idea of developing and maintaining a positive attitude to achieve success in life and business. In his book The Power of Negative Thinking: An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results, legendary basketball coach Bob Knight offers his perspective that “negative thinking” will produce more positive results.
Stress the negatives – even when things are going well. “I didn’t say, ‘Hey, boys, we’re doing all right,’” when Indiana led at halftime during the 1976 National Championships. “Everything I talked about was ifs and can’ts and don’ts.” Indiana won. page 38

Know your limitations. “All the willpower in the world won’t lift an average high jumper over the bar at seven feet,” Knight writes. “As a leader, you have to help people recognize and understand that – you are yourself first.” page 55

Always be hard to please. “Remember that the people you lead are going to be satisfied with the minimum of what you demand,” Knight writes. “A great leader is an intolerant one.” page 109

Pessimism should fuel your motivation. “Playing not to lose is the best way to play to win,” Knight writes. “If you genuinely eliminate all the ways you can lose, you’re a whole lot closer to winning.” page 220

Knight, who, with 902 victories, is the second-winningest coach in NCAA history, believes that:

1.       victory is often attained by the team that makes the fewest mistakes and describes his coaching philosophy

2.      a good coach instills discipline by “preparing to win” rather than “hoping to win”

3.      you should understand the downside

4.      a good coach drills his teams to prevent the things that could go wrong

Knight explains that when his teams did win, he would immediately focus on the challenges of the next game, not allowing his team to made dwell on their success, but rather looked immediately to the challenges of the next game.
If you would like to purchase a copy of
The Power of Negative Thinking:
An Unconventional Approach to Achieving Positive Results
Source: The Power of Negative Thinking – Bob Knight
(New harvest), Bloomberg Businessweek 3/4/13

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