I’m so happy that you are joining me for Day 2 of the Next Level Challenge! Today, we’re talking about something called oxygen based thinking.
I was first introduced to this concept by John Assaraf in his book Having It All. Oxygen based thinking is all about setting your mind in a way that leads you to do only those things that are absolutely necessary and required to the task or mission ahead. This type of thinking, Assaraf asserts, will provide you with the best possible results in the least amount of time.
Do you remember the story of the Apollo 13 mission? If you’ve read about it or have seen the movie, you know that in the end, as the astronauts were trying to make it back to Earth, they had one goal in mind – getting home safely. They were running out of oxygen and had no time to waste. They were focused and their minds were set only on those thoughts that would allow them to reach their intended destination.
No time for whining or complaining. No time for excuses or thinking about what could have or should have been. No time for pointing fingers or placing blame. They didn’t even have time to think of all the things that they didn’t have at their disposal. To think about any of those things would have depleted the energy they needed to accomplish their mission. Their “oxygen based thinking” saved their lives.
The same focused thinking the Apollo 13 astronauts used to successfully accomplish their mission is the same type of thinking you’ll need if you want to take your business to the next level.
How to you apply oxygen based thinking to your business? Philippians 4:8 provides a wonderful guide:
“Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” (New Living Translation)
This verse shows us exactly the way we should think to take our businesses and lives to the next level.
- Make time each day to fix your thoughts. Laser focus does not come by accident. You must be intentional about keeping your mind on track.
- Fill your mind with good thoughts. When you load your mind with thoughts of things that are true, honorable, right, pure, lovely, and admirable, there is no room for thoughts of “I can’t”, “What if”, or “I should have.”
- Focus on things that are excellent and worthy of praise.You get more of what you think about most. Instead of dwelling on all those things that you don’t have, concentrate on all the good things you do have. When you do, you’ll begin to attract even better things into your life.
Think About This….
How have you allowed distracting thoughts to hinder your business progress?
How can you apply oxygen based thinking to your business?
A Call To Acton
Start a gratitude ritual. Take a few moments each day to connect with the good things that are happening in your life.
Well, that’s it for today. Remember the Laser Coaching Moment is all about helping you to flourish-not only in your business but in every aspect of your life
Until the next time we meet, I’m wishing you lots of passion, purpose, and profits!
Business Success Coach and creator of The Next Level Master Class