Most people take thinking for granted, assuming they can’t do anything about it. Or perhaps, we don’t think about thinking at all. But this book not only explains the importance of thought, it also focuses on how improving upon, and taking better control of, our thoughts can actually help us achieve our most treasured goals.
The Thinking Game is sprinkled with inspirational quotes by, among others, Gandhi, Confucius, Buddha, General George Patton, and perhaps the most appropriate of all is the first quote referenced (often attributed to author Harper Lee) which reads, “The book to read is not the one that thinks for you, but the one that makes you think.” This is a perfect description of what author Kara Lane sets out to do in her book.
The idea of turning the thought process into a “game” of sorts is related to the concept of playing any game where we use skill, knowledge and luck. There may be few rules, but there can be any number of winning strategies and results.
The discussion of the conscious mind vs. the unconscious mind, and how each plays a role in our lives is eye-opening. “If you want different results, start with different thoughts,” Lane advises, and the focus of the book is to analyze our way of approaching our goals in terms of decisions made and problem-solving abilities used. It turns out that what we think about ourselves and others matters – a great deal. Emotions, curiosity, confidence, biases, persistence, and honesty – these are but a few areas covered in The Thinking Game. It’s very much an interactive reading experience, with challenges, steps to follow, and critical questions to ask oneself. It’s an easy read, giving metaphors and examples to fully clarify important points.
The unconscious and conscious mind thought processes are complex, but the material here is presented in a way that’s simple and understandable. It’s very reader-friendly. In addition to the more technical concepts, favorite areas of exploration for me included slightly less traditional but highly creative methods such as visualization, affirmations, meditation, mind mapping and brain-mining. If some of these are unfamiliar terms, they’re quickly and easily explained.
There are many “Aha!” moments when suddenly a point illustrates how we’ve sabotaged our progress toward success, or held ourselves back merely by the techniques we’ve used or the attitudes we’ve held.
Is it really possible that by changing the way we think we can improve our lives? This book motivates readers with the information needed to make this concept not only possible, but an exciting reality.