This morning a friend reluctantly admitted, "I don't know if my Magna Goal is big enough." She felt like she should pursue it, but she wasn't excited about it. She wondered if she could use her Magna Planner to focus on building her garden instead. Of course! What matters is that it matters to you first. Then, you can get started.
I took a deep breath and told her a story: When I first started with my current voice teacher, he asked me, "Do you want to be a singer?" This man is 85-years-old, sharp as a tack, and has taught some of today's most successful opera singers. He hadn't even heard me sing yet and I was rightfully intimidated. With my tall frame slouched and a sheepish half-smile, I launched into "well, I think so...I paid for all this school, so I feel like I should, but I don't know because now I have a baby and it's hard, but I really want to improve...."
"Let me stop you there. I can't work with that."
This week we invite you to practice new mindsets and try some new, fun ways to #trainyourbrain. Here's what's included:
Piece of the Week: Willpower: Train Your Brain to Do the Things That Matter
I don't believe we can ever truly achieve "mastery" in any given area. Rather, mastery is the continual clarifying and deepening in a particular area of expertise. No one ever arrives; we spend our lives increasing our level of mastery. This juxtaposition of vision (what we want) and our current reality (where we are relative to where we want to be) generates what we call "creative tension."
Here's what's included:
Recommendation of the Week:The Fifth Discipline
Tip of the Week: Magna-fy your goals
Quote of the Week: Kelsey Ramsden, author of The Success Hangover
This first edition of "Magna Monday" highlights the idea of a "Growth Mindset," a concept pioneered and studied by Stanford University Professor Carol Dweck, Phd.
How do we develop a growth mindset? It starts with believing you are capable of learning, change, and growth. A growth mindset is not merely adopting a cavalier positive outlook. Rather, it must accept risk, failure, and humility.
Here's what's included:
Piece of the Week: Carol Dweck addresses common Growth Mindset misconceptions and cautions companies who call themselves innovative.
Tip of the Week: How to stop a fixed mindset in its tracks with one word
Quote of the Week: Reid Hoffman, Co-Founder of LinkedIn
Recommendation of the Week:Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck
I’m a learner. I love absorbing new information, collecting new ideas, and exploring how others before me have structured their lives and come to their conclusions. This can be a great strength, but it can also be a weakness of mine. For me, it is much easier and more natural to learn about something than to do something with what I’ve learned.
For a long time I knew I had more to give and share, but I wasn’t sure how to go about doing it. So, I did what I do best: I researched. And, through my research, I learned that many of the highly influential people from history and today had one thing in common: they took action. That word that excites me, but also terrifies me. I knew that in order to do what I desperately wanted to do, I was going to have to make a change. I had to make a plan and then actually do it.
But first, I had to figure out the best way to do that. That’s why I created the Magna Planner, and these are just a few of the books that inspired, shaped, and informed my system.
My morning routine journey has been a little different from Gilbert’s. I have never been a morning person and I definitely have no desire to get up at 5:30am every day. He’s also very good about claiming time for personal growth in the morning. I intend to work on adding that in too, but this is about where I’m at for now, ok?
After being a little more intentional with my mornings, I was surprised to learn that I didn’t really have to work any “harder” to start my day better. So in case you’re a little more like me, I wanted to share how some small changes can dramatically change the start to your day. I actually look forward to mornings now!
Since leaving my regimented Army lifestyle over 10 years ago, my morning routine has consisted of erratic sleep patterns, waking up at odd hours of the night, inconsistent workouts attempts, and lazy weekends.
I got tired of feeling like I was pushing myself through my day. With the addition of young children, finding time for personal growth became even more challenging. I knew that claiming the early mornings as “my time” would be key. For a long time, I believed that waking up at 4:30 am is what gives great achievers the edge on their day, so I had to try it.