What is Transformational Thinking?
Updated: Dec 21, 2021
Painted by Heather Eck @ https://heathereck.com
My talented friend, Heather, created this stunning painting, and I feel it captures the essence of transformational thinking in such a beautiful way. Transformational thinking is about transforming the way you think and encourages seeing the bigger picture. Instead of holding onto negative thoughts that lead to resistance and frustration, a transformational thinker sees those disruptive thoughts as they rise like a wave. She gets out from under them by changing them and releasing them and then moves into the flow. It's the equivalent of riding the wave instead of being crushed by it and leaves you feeling inspired and refreshed. It's simple, yet the effects are remarkable.
Executives and working professionals are quickly turning to this new way of thinking because the results are incredible. There are tons of books and courses that teach problem-solving, analytical and critical thinking, and many other professional development skills. However, the real foundation for being more innovative and creative is changing the way you think.
Thoughts either move you forward or limit you. When based in negativity or fear, as they so often are in the workplace, they work against you and sabotage success. However, when thoughts are positive and non-judgmental, they work for you and help you reach your goals. Thoughts spark feelings, and those feelings determine how you approach interactions and events, thereby impacting your experience. So if you're looking to feel different and make changes in your personal or work life, transforming the way you think is an important key to change.
Transformational thinking begins with awareness, which involves paying attention to what's happening now instead of being distracted because you regret the past, worry about the future, plan, fix, analyze, or organize. Noticing thoughts that pop up and deciding whether to pay attention to them or ignore them helps you declutter your mind and brings you clarity, patience, and focus.
Once you recognize sabotaging thoughts, you're in a position to explore them, change them, and then align new supportive thoughts with your goals. Changing thoughts changes thinking habits and creates new neural pathways, ultimately changing your mindset and how you feel. By becoming a transformational thinker, you have the benefit of discovering new ways to approach situations, interactions, and events with more ease. And it becomes easier to turn challenges into opportunities. Transforming thought life is the first step to navigate work life in a more effective way, including your ability to communicate with others from a heartfelt place.
I love seeing clients become transformational thinkers as they engage in thought coaching. It not only benefits them now but for years to come. It's more than learning a new skill; it's learning a new way of being and becoming the best version of yourself.