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Think, Speak, Act, Become

Hi everyone,

Some time ago, I had to challenge myself on how I was thinking about certain things and certain people and came up with this simple Think, Speak, Act, Become, model to help me change my thinking. I hope it helps you as much as it did me.


What would happen if we simply decided to FLIP our thinking? Because we actually have the ability to do so at any time.

What if you started to see the good in people and situations rather than immediately going to the negative.

What if you worked on a solution rather than always focusing on the problem.

The way we think about something, or someone will determine how we approach life and the next three stages of the model. We can FLIP our thinking at any time.


We become what we continually say. So, we need to change the way we speak about ourselves and others.

Start checking the words that come out of your mouth. Be proud of them.

Once it is said, the damage is done, so think first, then FLIP your words to be encouraging rather than destructive.

Start speaking about your ideas positively, because words are powerful and have a way of becoming self-fulfilling prophecy.


Once we have a picture and have communicated this to others, then it is time to act upon it.

Be brave – go do it, because if you are prepared to FLIP your thinking and change the way you speak, then the next step requires action.

This is the step that takes us into that wonderful ‘unknown’ world, where growth takes place. Once you go there you can never go back – how exciting!


Like creating any new habit, we have to continually do something until it becomes a part of our DNA and we actually BECOME what we are prepared to THINK, SPEAK and ACT.

It may at first feel uncomfortable or unnatural becoming something before it’s complete or perfect.

But, if we adopt this simple Model, we understand that we will never be perfect and therefore becoming something is just acting as if the picture has already been realised.

The great author Gary Hamel says this:

“The future’s going to get invented with you or without you. But if you want to build the new, you must first dismantle your existing belief system and burn for scrap anything that is not endlessly and universally true.”

- Gary Hamel – Leading the Revolution

Have a wonderful thought changing week!

Des Penny
Co-CEO & Founder

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