DCL 4.3 Instruction | Recognise the Importance of Realistic Thinking (Part 1)

Video Presentation: Todd Mullins, Lead Pastor and Shaun Blakeney, Student Ministry Pastor, Christ Fellowship, Florida

Many people seem to think that realistic thinking is negative thinking, especially men and women who are naturally optimistic. It is not unusual for those who avoid realistic thinking to make decisions based on “idealistic thinking” without adequate consideration of the realities they face. Such decisions often result in disappointment. Here are some examples of idealistic and realistic thinking:

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The Value of Realistic Thinking

Realistic thinking will not undermine your belief in people, nor will it lessen your ability to see and seize opportunities. It will add value to you in many ways:

1.  Realistic thinking minimises the negative consequences of a decision.

2.  Realistic thinking provides the basis for good strategy.

3.  Realistic thinking is a catalyst for change.

4.  Realistic thinking provides security.

5.  Realistic thinking gives you credibility.

6.  Realistic thinking provides a foundation to build upon.


Improve Your Realistic Thinking

Here are five strategies you can implement to improve your realistic thinking:

1.  Develop an appreciation for the truth.

2.  Do your homework.

3.  Think through the positives and negatives.

4.  Picture the worst-case scenario.

5.  Align your thinking with your resources.



  • Before you make a key decision, how can you build a solid foundation on facts so you can think with certainty?



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