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If you could think your way to success, why isn’t everyone a success?

by Ted Malley and Kim Levings

Being successful often does equate to being rich, granted, but as Zig Ziglar said, “Money isn’t everything, but it ranks up there with oxygen.” Most times the amount of wealth is correlated with the level of success. Reading this book indicates that you are likely in pursuit of that wealth and want to research every possible method of creating success in pursuit of you dream.

Self-starters, like you, prioritize personal development through absorbing information and learning from multiple sources and mediums. They are the people who know they own their results and are responsible for their own success. You have “ownership” of your life and your outcomes. These are all great starting points. Therein lies the question, though. As Mockridge said to Nygama, “If you’re so smart, why aren’t you rich?” in the 40th episode of Batman and Robin, in 1992.

If success, ownership, wealth, results, were all direct output of your inputs, then we would all have cracked the Rich Code. We would all know exactly what to do to get what we want. The reality is that we also have barriers to overcome and breakthrough. Our ability to breakthrough barriers is so important. Barriers can exist in various shapes and forms, and the strategy to break through them differs. What works in one area may not work in another. In this chapter we will explain the barriers of the mind, and how to re-frame them, to develop higher level performance thinking.

Understanding the power of thinking

According to the National Science Foundation, an average person has about 12,000 to 60,000 thoughts per day. Of those, approximately 80% of those thoughts are negative and 95% are repetitive thoughts we had the day before. How we think, positively or negatively, has a direct correlation to our attitudes, emotions, and behaviors. Conscious level thought (or “higher level reasoning”) is that part of your intellectual self which is responsible for encouraging good behavior that comes from good decisions and choices. This is where information and input of self-development is stored and processed. The next layer down is the sub-conscious layer where memory and emotions are stored and recalled. When you have good feedback and good results from various behaviors and choices, that memory is stored. It is a reward of sort – reinforcing “good” behavior and avoiding “bad” behavior.

About Ted Malley

Ted Malley is the Chairman of the Board at ThinkX with over 25 years of experience as a senior executive in the technology industry and over 20 of those years in the Human Capital Management software business. As the former Chief Customer Officer at Ceridian, Ted combined his personal passion for helping people and love for new technology to change the way Ceridian engages its customers using RelateAbility principles to build trusting relationships. 

Before joining Ceridian, Ted co-founded RelatedMatters, Inc. and developed the mobile app TeamRelate, which was acquired by Ceridian in March 2015. TeamRelate combines mobile technology, social networking, and behavioral science into a powerful communication team engagement tool for today’s workforce. 

His personal mission is to work with great teams of people who are driven by achievement, not money, and excellence over status and title. His desire is to change the world for the better, one relationship at a time.

Ted holds a degree in Computer Science from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, CA and loves spending time with his wife and 4 children in Arroyo Grande, CA.



About Kim Levings

Kim Levings is an immigrant from South Africa, arrived in the USA in 1993. After more than fifteen years’ experience in Human Resources and Manpower Development in South Africa with some of the country’s largest retail and manufacturing organizations, Kim founded her own consulting firm in west Los Angeles and provided training product development, facilitation, organizational design, and coaching for businesses and churches/ministries. Kim was instrumental in the development of the training and coaching materials for the original founder of the technology now used by ThinkX and has been an advocate and provider of the solutions for more than 25 years.

Kim is a master trainer and coach with expertise in strategic human capital development, performance systems, performance coaching, behavioral skills training, and career/life skills coaching. Her personal mission is to help people excel at their desired goals and careers. Kim assumed several key executive roles with privately owned companies (clients), alongside her own consulting and coaching business in California and Colorado. Kim is passionate about helping leaders build high performing companies that results in healthy employees and work culture.

Kim has studied in the fields of psychology and organizational development, and pursued a Bachelor of Commerce degree, part time, majoring in industrial psychology. She currently resides in Colorado Springs and when not traveling to beautiful places around the world, she enjoys having time with her family and wonderful network of friends.