About Brink Thinking

ABOUT BRINK THINKING®

 

There will be moments in your life that seem like an interruption. At the time you may not fully realize how important these moments are, but the choices you make at that very moment will decide the path forward. One simple yes or no answer can set you on an entirely new path.

When it seems impossible, how do you push forward against such odds? How is it that some people intuitively understand the gravity of the decision they’re about to make? What separates those at the top of their game from the rest of the pack?

First there is the passion. Many people have passion, but these same people often lack the attention to detail required. Next there is the desire. Having the fortitude to bring the event to a successful conclusion, even when it is against all odds. The Brink of Greatness can only happen when you are willing to push beyond the boundaries and limitations that are holding you back. Knowing when to break through the boundaries of average to question the unquestionable is the sign of greatness. 

It can be the brink of societal change. The brink of courage or bravery. The brink of helping others live a more purposeful life. The brink of lessons learned and now valued. The brink of peace in the world. The brink of death just before life. The brink of undying determination under great obstacles. The brink of victim turned victor. The brink of possibilities and not despair. The brink of saving lives. The brink of invention. The brink of positive attitudes that give hope. The brink of never stopping until the realization of your goal.

Brink Thinkers are people like you and I who have learned to nurture, persist and expand our thoughts to create unparalleled results. Many of your everyday ideas have the potential for greatness. The secret is to take that thought, that concept, that idea, all the way to the BRINK.

The journey to get to the BRINK can be unpredictable, but knowing you’re at the BRINK – pure genius my friends.

Malcolm Out Loud, Brink Thinker & Optimist for an Enlightened World

Six Stages To Get To The Brink:

 

1 – Beyond Impossible

2 – QES – Question Everything Stage

3 – Live Outside the Box

4 – POI – The Point of Impact

5 – Those Absurd Moments

6 – The Brink of Greatness

The Seven Golden Rules to arrive at the Brink of Greatness:

 

1 – Your boundaries are 100% self-imposed by you. Be in charge of your own thoughts.

2 – Never settle for an average idea. Be exceptional and bold in your thinking and desires.

3 – Don’t follow, LEAD. Find alternative methods to break through the clutter.

4 – Question everything, the obvious and the not-so-obvious. What if? How come? Maybe, just maybe?

5 – Uniqueness is the golden rule. If everyone else is doing it, then don’t.

6 – Don’t panic when the idea seems absurd. Absurdity is oxygen for high flyers.

7 – Persistency. Take your idea to next-level thinking–all the way to the Brink of Greatness.

Five Pivotal Life Lessons on YOUR RISE TO GREATNESS:

 

1 Remember to RECHARGE your soul along the way

Our spirit become battered over time, abused and often confused. Are you just existing or are you reaching for a higher purpose in your life? You can’t turn off the world of reality while you imitate a deer in the headlights. Important to breathe and check in with your soul with an honest reality check about who you really are, and what do you want from this lifetime you’ve been gifted. All too often our minds become entrenched with the negative energy around us – you can change this.

Take a closeup look at your surroundings and begin the small steps to changing the things that you know deep inside must be changed. Remove the negative forces around you that are stifling you. You must cleanse your mind of all the negativity that occupies your soul. Start anew. Wake up to a different morning routine. Turn the technology off. Step outside and breathe. Attach yourself to the idea that you are starting anew on your terms. This is your life and your opportunity to rise. Be honest. Be authentic. Be at peace. Be thankful for your life. Let your gratitude and praise soak in your thoughts and radiate in your soul.

2 REFOCUS your Priorities from time to time

Does your daily regimen support your yearly plan and does your yearly plan feed into your life plan? We get lost with all the distractions and urgent matters in our lives. All too often our ‘true’ priorities are at the bottom of the list. The key is to get those priorities back to the top of your list. Step back from all the clutter and think it through, write it down and create your yearly plan and the daily action steps – the milestones that will take you there.

Take a lesson or two from the great basketball superstar Michael Jordan: “I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

If the RISK outweighs the reward, then reconsider the journey – find another way or abandon the idea. If the REWARD exceeds the risk involved, then don’t let anything stop you from exploring the unknown. You can do it.

3 It may be time to REEVALUATE your relationships

Negative thoughts create inferior results. It’s like everything else in your life – your mind takes the shape of whatever you feed it. Those relationships that are constantly in your ears with gossip and bad news… you need to drop them like a hot rock. Positive people hang with positive people and get superior results. It’s said that we are a makeup of the five people we hang with. It is time to take inventory of who those five people are.

Keep it positive, don’t allow the negative energy to consume you. Read a motivational book, subscribe to some positive blogs, listen to some uplifting music. Positive intentions translate into positive results. Seek out positive reinforcements for your lifestyle. They can be people you don’t necessarily always agree with – but who you can have an honest disagreement with – with no repercussions. If you can capitalize on strengths and weaknesses that complement the ones you possess – the relationship will have more potential.

“We can improve our relationships with others by leaps and bounds if we become encouragers instead of critics,” says Joyce Meyer.

It’s easy to be critical of others in the decisions they make – but we rarely ever know all the circumstances surrounding a decision. Be sure that you have all the facts and then offer alternatives while being respectful of the decision. Before you criticize someone, walk a mile in their shoes.

4 Stuck in neutral? It happens. REENERGIZE your mission

The same daily regimen will produce the same daily results. We are mostly creatures of habit. Face it, you probably order the same food, drive the same roads and call the same people day in and day out. Your routine may be holding you back. When your days become too predictable – your creativity and desire to improve will almost certainly become stagnant.

Turn your schedule upside down if you’re seriously looking for a different outcome. Refresh your mindset by breaking out of your routine. Start with the simple things – food choices, travel choices, people choices – before you consider career and life changes. A different structure to your daily routine will result in a new and improved structure to your overall life. The question to ask yourself is ‘how can I advance my dreams forward?’ A good idea will remain only a good idea unless you can advance it to a great idea! Moving your agenda of dreams forward is a sign of greatness. Question everything around you, both good and bad. Look at the alternatives, this is not the time to play follow the leader, it’s the time when leaders step up to the challenge at-hand.

5 Never compromise who you are. It is YOUR rise to GREATNESS

Do what you love in life and life will love you back! Greatness is habit forming and if you work at it day in and day out… your moments of greatness will multiply. Never be afraid to reinvent yourself. Where do you want to be five years from now? Give this some serious thought [and write it down]. What steps will it take to get you there? Break those steps down into micro-steps that are manageable. Find the passion in your life by engaging in the areas that excite you. Most importantly don’t change for change sake – do it because you truly desire a new and improved life.

It’s impossible to get excited about your life and your work without passion. Passion can only come from within, it’s an intense emotion consisting of feeling, enthusiasm, or desire for something better. Without passion, details suffer, the quality is hindered and the overall outcome diminished. Passion is that feeling of unusual excitement or just having a positive affinity towards life. When we are passionate about our life`, it almost always results in a greater satisfaction. Doing what you truly love in life is a gift. The history of human experience is full of tales of success and failure and amazing stories of perseverance. What separates the average person from the exceptional?

“The world is in need of a new generation of leaders. Leaders who have the courage to break through the boundaries and question everything around them. Society is yearning for bold and enthusiastic women and men to provide the necessary leadership that will be required for the next leap forward.” This is even truer now than when I wrote it in 2007. The world needs people of passion, intellect and the ability to communicate. The fresh air of those three elements helps both our contributors and our followers rise with us.