This chapter really changes the books focus from being about organizing papers to being about the inner struggle that organization itself is. I must admit, I did find some of the chapters before this a bit boring, however, this chapter was great!
The main reason why I enjoyed this chapter so much is because it tells us how important a person’s own thinking is to achieving their own goals. First, how you emotionally feel influences the way you think. A great point that the author made in this chapter is that if you suffer from anxiety or depression, that organization will be a problem that you will create, and will not want to deal with.
If a person is feeling well, they will at least make the effort to achieve their goals. Just like that one quote in the chapter (I paraphrasing here), but it is better do do something like crap, than not doing it at all. If you fail, its not a mistake, but a learning experience. At least you tried. People who aren’t thinking well spend time worrying, and not doing anything to achieve their goals.
So a question that I then ask you then is how do you get to the point of “thinking well?” Well, thinking well is when a person is feeling well. Your emotions are a powerful signal that tells you the state of mind that you’re in. They also guide the “approach” that you have towards everything you do.
As long as you have a positive, and realistic approach (mindset is a good word too), you can really do anything that you can believe in (no matter how big or small that goal is). Circumstances don’t stop people from doing great things, its the people themselves that do.
The main message that I got from this chapter is a very important one. It is that to solve most of the problem in our life, we must look at ourselves to fix them.