A Girl and her Mustang

What I love about the Mustang GT is that I bought a car with an awesome engine and the options to upgrade it and customize it as I want. Yes, stock the Mustang has some downfalls (soft suspension, body roll, stamped steel parts….) but it means that over time I am customizing my car to suit my needs and my driving requirements.

Although a Mustang without an independent rear suspension will never cling to the road the way many of the Japanese makes it, I also get to drive a muscle car with 420hp! The best part is being part of this process as I upgrade my car and understanding how a sway bar affects the drive and testing said sway bar at different stiffness settings. It’s a learning process that teaches me more about my car and also about driving. (I’ll get to this in another post, but suffice to say that I learned a lot about my car in AutoX this past weekend.)

Productivity – High Performance Academy Style

Productivity is one element of high performers who engage in activities that are effective and efficient. Read my post on Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy

High performers generate heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.

Clarity – Your vision. Define it and then generate it.
Energy – Don’t let it dwindle. You must generate your own energy.
Courage – Be bold and make decisions. Don’t take too long to make decisions as you could miss out on opportunities.
Productivity – Get stuff done, but make sure it is the right things that you are getting done.
Influence – High performers have a different level of influence on the people they interact with. They influence people, society and the world.

In the High Performance Model, productivity is about focusing your energies on meaningful endeavors – getting the right things done for your own agenda. To ensure you are engaging in the right activities, first you need to plan out your end goals. What do you want to achieve in life? From a final end goal, you then work backwards writing down the tasks and steps to be completed to achieve this goal.

High Performance in Daily Life

Staying productive and on task each day can be a challenge when you are constantly putting out fires and managing urgent (but not important) tasks. You need to design your own schedule each day rather than letting other people’s agendas interrupt your day. To help with the challenge of staying productive on a daily, weekly, monthly and yearly basis,  I have taken what I learned from Brendon Burchard’s seminar and tied it in with the brain science trainings from Cahaya Mind, to create a productivity guide for each morning. It includes three big picture goals I am targeting and the steps involved to complete those goals.

Either the evening before, or first thing in the morning, fill out this daily planner to keep your schedule on track for your greater agenda. Inboxes are a huge distraction, so unless you are in customer service, plan out who you need to contact before you start going through your emails. Make a list of people you need to contact and who you are waiting to hear from and approach these tasks first thing in the morning (they should be related to your big picture goals or revenue producing tasks). Instead of reading all your emails, just search for messages from the particular people that you are waiting to hear from. Don’t let your inbox, and other people’s agendas , control your day. Check email only during certain time periods.

Next, plan out your monthly, weekly and daily tasks that are all focused on achieving the big picture goals mentioned earlier in this article. This is the hardest part but also the best way to stay on task. First you create your monthly tasks and determine what needs to be achieved to move forward, then you choose weekly tasks that are working to fulfill your monthly goals. Finally, create daily tasks based on the people you need to contact and the weekly goals that you need to complete. By breaking these long-term goals into smaller, more manageable tasks, and tracking yourself and your activities, you can work to increase your productivity.

Our brain can only process 4 complete tasks a day and ideally you should only fill out 4 tasks for the month, week and year, however, I have added an extra line for more space and in case anything turns up.

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Brendon Burchard on Productivity

Hear directly from Brendon Burchard about high performers and productivity.


Generate Your Own Success (High Performance Academy Day 1 Review)

“A power plant does not have energy, it generates it.”

Brendon Burchard

This concept is central to Brendon Burchard’s High Performance Academy. A few months back, I went to his 3-day event on the topic of high performance. Through intensive research into high performers, Brendon has defined the traits that are in high performers; he has found that the high performers are those who go and ‘just do it’. It’s not about being tired or energetic or motivated. For those who achieve things, they made them happen; they generate their own success, like a power plant.

_____ is something that you must generate. Enthusiasm, peace, happiness, success are all things that you must generate yourself. If you wait for opportunity to knock you could be waiting a very long time.

High Performance requires Desire & Discipline as well as Mindset & Methodology.

“Desire without Discipline is just Hope.”

Brendon Burchard

High Performance

“High Performance is heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.”

Brendon Burchard

Or you can reword this to say, High performers generate heightened and sustained levels of clarity, energy, courage, productivity and influence.

Clarity – Your vision. Define it and then generate it.
Energy – Don’t let it dwindle. You must generate your own energy.
Courage – Be bold and make decisions. Don’t take too long to make decisions as you could miss out on opportunities.
Productivity – Get stuff done, but make sure it is the right things that you are getting done.
Influence – High performers have a different level of influence on the people they interact with. They influence people, society and the world.

Some interesting take-aways from the first day of his 3-day event include:

  • You don’t know what you need, or else you would already have it/be there. (Remember, you generate what you want so you must know what you want first to be able to get it.)
  • Nothing will change unless you change it.
  • If your efforts are not working then you just need more training.
  • If you want it, create it. For example, If you want more meaningful moments with loved ones, create them.

Generating Change

One other factor to keep in mind is that internal motivation is often not enough. You need to have something to fight for, a greater cause for those you care about.

Steps to Become A High Performer

To raise your levels of performance you need to be tracking yourself and studying your metrics. Brendon recommends taking a daily measure of your score and a weekly review of your high performance scores.

Each day, you should stop and take account of your current energy on each of these areas. Then ask why or how you can change them.

Each week, record these scores on a scale of 1-10 and also track the reason why.

Clarity (1-10)
Energy (1-10)
Courage (1-10)
Productivity (1-10)
Influence (1-10)

Why these numbers? Why not higher? What can I do to improve my score?

A fellow High Performance Academy attendee created an easy to use Weekly Evaluation Spreadsheet. Visit his website to download the file.

This is just part one of a several part series on this High Performance Academy. Next post: Productivity.

Getting More Done with Less Stress – Increasing Your Willpower in Business and in Life

Guest blog by Sunil Bhaskaran, Chief Innovative Strategist, www.CahayaMind.com

Willpower – a Problem and an Opportunity for You

One of the top things that people report as a personal weakness is their lack of self control i.e. their ability to withstand distractions or impulses.  This has become ever more critical today with the vast and almost endless series of distractions.  One study [1] showed people (men and women) spending a quarter of their waking hours resisting desires.  The most commonly resisted desires included the urge for leisure and playing instead of doing a piece of work.  The urge for sex was interestingly found to be just a little ahead of other distractions like checking email, social networking sites, website checking, watching TV etc!   When people tried to resist a desire, they succeeded only 50 percent of the time.

You can begin to imagine the impacts of lost time, productivity, money.. hopes, goals and dreams due to a lack of self control.

But there is hope!

If there is a problem or challenge, there is usually a corresponding opportunity – the opportunity may be for you to increase willpower for both yourself and for your business teams and hence elevate your competitive edge in business.

Solution Part One

The solution begins with awareness and understanding.

The research of Dr. Roy Baumeister (one of the world’s most cited psychologists/researchers) has shown that willpower is biologically limited and has to do with glucose in your bloodstream. The food that you eat gets converted into glucose that is carried around the body via your bloodstream.

Here are two things to understand about glucose and the brain:

  1. Glucose in your blood stream gets used up every-time you make a decision or switch from one task to another i.e. the level of glucose in your blood stream drops every time you decide something or switch from one task (e.g. checking an email) to another (e.g. getting your sales presentation complete for this afternoon).
    1. Glucose is used by your entire body: your brain uses up about 20 percent of the caloric input of food.
    2. The brain monitors the level of glucose in your blood stream. If it drops too fast, it shuts down parts of the brain that are used for decision making, control of impulsive actions, task switching, memorizing, recalling memories and understanding.
  2. NOTE: it is not the lack of glucose that shuts these parts or functions down – rather the brain detects a lowering of the glucose level. So restoring glucose levels by eating more can only help to a certain extent and of course is subject to other risks: overeating, diabetes etc.  The solution is thus certainly not merely to eat more to restore brain function.

A couple of conclusions here:

  1. If you spend a lot of time, moving from one menial or unimportant task or project to another – making decisions, switching tasks furiously, recalling and storing memories, trying to understand the issues: then you are burning up precious available resources for projects that are unimportant – resources that could be diverted to more important and critical projects.
  2. One of the important functions of the brain that gets reduced when the brain detects a lowering of glucose levels is the function of resisting impulses (e.g. distractions to work).
  3. So if you are spending a lot of time resisting doing something or switching from one menial task to another, you are burning up precious resources that can be diverted to more important tasks and projects: tasks and projects that can put even more money.. and satisfaction back into your pocket.. but also you are reducing your ability and function to resist impulses or distractions.

Steps to resolve this and increase willpower:

  1. New Awareness

    Just like an Olympic athlete builds muscles and better performance with better awareness of their biology,  your awareness of the biological limitations of willpower over different time frames (hours, days, weeks months and years) will help frame an understanding of what it really takes to make a goal or dream come true for you and for your team.  Building a system of journaling and tracking what you do over a day for several days for 1 – 2 months builds up this awareness.  The awareness builds up the case in your mind for the adoption of new habits.  Building this awareness together with someone else e.g. a boss, a mentor, a coach, a team member – helps considerably towards building new and more effective habits.

  2. New Habits

    Based on observations done in the author’s consulting business, it is easier to create new habits than to change old existing ones.  The brain is extremely plastic (a neurological term meaning that the brain is very quick to learn new things and to make new connections pertaining to new ideas and concepts).  Some of the latest research indicates that it takes about 90 days or slightly more of consistent practice to learn a new habit and have strong new connections in the brain that represent this new habit.   These new habits include

    1. Prioritizing doing what are the most important projects i.e. the projects that put the most money and satisfaction back in your pocket and
    2. Putting the other projects and activities lower in priority

    This may involve scheduling higher priority activities at your peak brain performance times (typically but not always early morning or late evening).  The trick is to schedule these activities so that you are more likely to get these done rather than the distracting lower priority items and the other distracters like social media, watching emails, watching videos on the internet, etc.

  3. Upward Spiral 

    From our observations of our clients over the last 10 years, we have seen that when people have a long to do list (over four items), they typically (on an average) get none of these done.  But if they have less than four, they get about 50 to 75 percent done on their projects by 2 pm in the afternoon (assuming that they start their work at about 9 am).  The interesting thing is that this success gives a ‘shot in the arm’ and gets people motivated even more to get more done for the day; leading to what we call an upward spiral in energy, peace of mind and deep satisfaction.

    One important sub point in this is that the clarity of purpose by identifying clear, do-able, non-conflicting, win-able specific and finite outcomes, gives people an additional chance of success for the day; the identification of goals with a collaborator (e.g. your team or a coach) on a daily basis accelerates this process tremendously.

  4. Getting into the Flow 

    Dr. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, a world renowned researcher into performance and what is referred to as the flow state has indicated that the right combinations of challenge and skill lead to people operating at a high or flow state. Some people refer to this state as ‘The Zone’.  When you are in ‘the zone’, you are energized or centered and indirectly more able to resist distractions etc.Working with limiting your tasks and projects typically lowers the challenge level to a level matching your skills.  As you observe daily your challenge levels for your tasks and projects, you can begin to gauge where your skill and challenge meet just right; as you gradually over each day increase your skill and challenge just right, you are more likely to get to the flow state.  The practice is to debrief daily with your team or coach or manager on where your skill and challenge are for that day in each of your projects.  The analogy is like someone training to be an Olympic athlete – when you first start training, you must start at your current abilities and then gradually but surely increase the challenge and your skill periodically.

  5. Breakthrough as a Lifestyle

    In our observations of our clients, as we work with them daily, we observe that as they increase their skill and challenge over time, their willpower increases, their abilities to resist distractions goes up and there is greater satisfaction and greater results over time.  This is not an overnight phenomenon – it takes practice over time and patience with yourself.  This is indeed the biggest obstacle for most clients – their need to be perfect quickly – an impatience for quick success.  The biggest gift to yourself is patience – patience for your own success gives you the patience to train others – crucial for a sustainable and vibrant business.


Sunil Bhaskaran

Mentor, Coach, Author & Speaker

Having owned and run several businesses himself, Sunil speaks, trains and mentors from his own real-life experiences. Sunil began coaching and training people in 1989; and he has been in high demand as a mentor, private coach and keynote speaker for more than 20 years. His “Brain Performance Program” has made a profound difference in the bottom-line of thousands of business people worldwide. Additionally, Sunil has designed leadership, diversity, and accountability trainings for the corporate world at companies like Cisco, Comerica Bank, Compass Cares, to name a few.  For more information on his programs utilizing brain science, please go to www.CahayaMind.com

[1] Research by Dr. Roy Baumeister: German Beeper Study

Willpower is a Muscle: Ego Depletion and Decision Fatigue

I survive on willpower alone for many things; neither caffeine nor energy drinks affect me or keep me awake. Many all-nighters in college were done through sheer willpower alone and I’m proud of my ability to overcome obstacles based on my inner strength. However, as I get older, I notice that lack of sleep catches up on me more easily and late night decisions are harder to make. Many of my late nights are actual a vicious, self-perpetuating cycle because it is easier to stay awake then stop what I am doing, get up and get ready for bed.

For this reason, it was very interesting to discover that willpower is actually a finite resource that diminishes throughout the day – through each decision you make!

Self-Control and Willpower Can Be Depleted

A 1996 study by Roy Baumeister tested participants’ willpower by forcing them to eat radishes over chocolate chip cookies, after tantalizing them with the smell of the freshly baked treats. After the food experiment, participants were then given a second test using a persistence-testing puzzle. Those who were forced to choose the radishes over the cookies made fewer attempts and were far less interested in solving the puzzle versus a control group who did not make the food choice. Those who had to resist the cookies and eat an unappealing vegetable instead were too tired to engage in another difficult task. They were too tired because of the previous conscious control of willpower.

“…self-control is a general strength that’s used across different sorts of tasks  — and it [can] be depleted.”

This proved that self-regulation is not a skill to be mastered or a rote function that can be performed with little consequence. It’s like using a muscle: After exercising it, it loses its strength, gets fatigued, and becomes ineffectual, at least in the short-term.

The Chocolate and Radish Experiment that Birthed the Modern Conception of Willpower

Making Decisions Requires Energy

Studies have found that willpower is linked to our glucose levels and with each decision we make, these glucose levels decrease. Blood glucose is believed to be an important part of self-control.

Enforcing self-control causes glucose levels to decrease – each decision made throughout the day depletes glucose supplies and a lack of self-control is linked to low glucose levels, or glucose cannot be reached quickly by the brain (such as when insulin is low or insensitive).

Willpower, or the ability to show self-control, can be depleted by acts of self-control as well as making decisions and choices, executing plans, and exerting initiative.

Alcohol also reduces glucose throughout the body and is known to impair many forms of self-control. (The Physiology of Willpower)

Freud first posed the idea of “ego depletion” (Roy Baumeister’s term) with his hypothesis that the self (or ego) transfers energy to perform mental activities and that these stores of energy are finite.

A study by the University of Wurzburg tested willpower and found three things:

  1. People spend 3-4 hours a day struggling on whether or not to resist a particular desire
  2. Frequent episodes of denial made it increasingly likely an individual would give into temptation
  3. Glucose levels influence the ease with which an individual approaches each struggle of will

Glucose Levels Affect Willpower and Mental Focus

The discoveries about glucose help explain why dieting is a uniquely difficult test of self-control — and why even people with phenomenally strong willpower in the rest of their lives can have such a hard time losing weight. They start out the day with virtuous intentions, resisting croissants at breakfast and dessert at lunch, but each act of resistance further lowers their willpower. As their willpower weakens late in the day, they need to replenish it. But to resupply that energy, they need to give the body glucose. They’re trapped in a nutritional catch-22:

  1. In order not to eat, a dieter needs willpower.
  2. In order to have willpower, a dieter needs to eat.

How to Increase Depleted Willpower Glucose Levels

Get More Sleep – Studies show that those who are better rested have more willpower than tired people.
Eating – Eating helps restores glucose levels. An interesting point: Hungry people are more likely to give into the need to be cranky and impatient rather than use their willpower to resist such urges. For those who are dieting, rather than resist food, eat small meals throughout the day.
Positive Mood Experiences – Being put into a positive mood by pleasant experiences, socializing with friends, watching a movie, etc can all help improve depleted willpower levels.
Exercise It – Like a muscle, willpower can become depleted, but it can also be exercised to increase its strength.

Further Blog Articles on the Topic of Ego Depletion

Understanding the Dangers of Ego Depletion – by Tim Ferris
Willpower: How to Improve Your Personal Self Discipline


Focus on Gratitude For A Better Life & Greater Productivity

Balance in business and in life is very important. Therefore, while this is a business-focused blog, I intend to cover topics of all areas of life as they relate to business and being a business owner. Part of maintaining balance and happiness in your life is through gratitude.

This topic is important with many high performance coaches, life coaches and motivational speakers. Two of our bi-weekly networking group members recently went to a Tony Robbins event (where they walked on fire!) and came back with this powerful topic of Gratitude.

Essentially gratitude is about putting everything into proper perspective. Your day may have been bad, but things could have been worse. Gratitude is not about minimizing your pain, fear, loss or troubles but about understanding and accepting what you have, and then moving forward in spite of it; look at the silver lining.

Gratitude is about putting things in perspective so that you can move beyond obstacles to lead a more productive and fulfilling life.

Gratitude has many different forms or ways to view it, including:

  • Celebrating your achievements
  • Appreciating others, being appreciated and feeling like you matter
  • Being present when with others by giving them your full attention

Celebrate Your Achievements

Each day is a struggle for a bigger goal, but if you don’t stop to appreciate what you have achieved and accomplished you will just burn yourself out. If you always push forward without taking the time to stop and celebrate what you have done, you are not celebrating yourself or showing gratitude towards yourself.

Appreciate Others

This is a topic covered in-depth by Dale Carnegie, Steven Covey, Guy Kawasaki, Tony Schwartz and more.

Whatever else each of us derives from our work, there may be nothing more precious than the feeling that we truly matter — that we contribute unique value to the whole, and that we’re recognized for it.

The single highest driver of engagement, according to a worldwide study conducted by Towers Watson, is whether or not workers feel their managers are genuinely interested in their wellbeing. Less than 40 percent of workers felt so engaged.

Why Appreciation Matters So Much

Be Present

Brendon Burchard is a strong advocate for being present and in the moment to ensure that you have a full life that is shared completely with others.

The greatest gift is to be present.

I don’t mean being half-present, but fully focused on the other person with your whole body and mind as if there was nobody else in the whole world. I’m sure we are all guilty of being half – or even quarter-present.

How to Be Present For Others

Carrying on a conversation without being fully present leaves the other people feeling unappreciated, unimportant and upset. By engaging fully and taking the time to appreciate your time with this person, you will not only engage them on a deeper level but also feel better.

How Can You Show Gratitude?

To address this, we answered these questions in two stages.

  1. What is stressing you out? What are you grateful for about it? (What is the silver lining?)
  2. What do you do in your daily life to show gratitude?
How do you show gratitude in your daily life? Or what could you do to show gratitude daily?
  • Write in a gratitude journal – It helps put each day in perspective, even if the only things you can write are basic things, “I woke up”, “The sun is shining”, “It is a warm day”.
  • Show affection – Let others know that you care by taking the time to be with them.
  • Keep in mind the other point of view – Don’t make judgements about other people. They may be having a bad day and acting out of character when they cut you off in traffic or shove in front of you at line.
  • Spend time with others – Have a ‘no electronics night’ where you spend the evening just playing board games, talking and spending time in the company of others. It’s not what you do, it’s who you do it with. (This is my personal motto in life.)
  • Don’t assume – Other people have things going on as well and may be dealing with personal problems or trauma that you know nothing about. Don’t assume you know their perspective or current frame of mind.
  • Focus on the things you can control – You cannot control other people’s actions so don’t waste your energy or time trying. Focus on what you can control and have a more productive day.
  • You are what you do – What you think, what you do, what you say are all a reflection of who you are. You become what you focus your time on so be sure to focus on the positive and what you are grateful for.
  • Breathe, align, let go.
  • Don’t sweat the small stuff – Stop worrying about the little things when they are unimportant. Don’t wait for a traumatic life changing even to bring around this change either.

Sleep for High Performance and Overall Health

Sleep is a very important part of staying healthy and maintaining peak mental and physical health for business, as well as personal activities. It is not only crucial for your well being, sleep plays a major part in how you function and perform. In fact, Brendon Burchard stresses the importance of 8 hours of sleep and the necessity of sleep to be a high performer. (Notes to follow from that event in the next few weeks).

The problem is that as a business owner and entrepreneur, there is so much to do each day that sleep is one of the first things I will cut out of my schedule. While I love sleeping and feeling rested after a full 8 hours, it seems like such a passive activity where I am unable to accomplish my goals. In addition to the fact that I always have so much I want to do, I am also both a night owl and a morning person. My optimal work period starts at 10pm, yet I am now going to the gym and exercising by 6:30am. This often leaves me with only 4-5 hours of sleep a night.

While there are many benefits to getting enough sleep, the side effects of not getting enough can be even more alarming.

Side Effects of Not Enough Sleep

  • Increased risk of suffering from a stroke or heart attack
  • Lack of focus
  • Loss of the ability to concentrate
  • Decrease in cognitive abilities (loss of the ability to think and be ‘smart’ – lack of sleeps dumbs you down)
  • Plays havoc on your emotions – you become more easily stressed, angry, sad, depressed, agitated, etc
  • Weight gain – lack of sleep makes you feel hungrier and it is harder to control your actions (your will power is weakened)
  • Sleep Loss Impairs Judgment, Especially About Sleep

Lack of sleep can affect our interpretation of events. This hurts our ability to make sound judgments because we may not assess situations accurately and act on them wisely.

Sleep-deprived people seem to be especially prone to poor judgment when it comes to assessing what lack of sleep is doing to them. In our increasingly fast-paced world, functioning on less sleep has become a kind of badge of honor. But sleep specialists say if you think you’re doing fine on less sleep, you’re probably wrong. And if you work in a profession where it’s important to be able to judge your level of functioning, this can be a big problem.

“Studies show that over time, people who are getting six hours of sleep, instead of seven or eight, begin to feel that they’ve adapted to that sleep deprivation — they’ve gotten used to it,” Gehrman says. “But if you look at how they actually do on tests of mental alertness and performance, they continue to go downhill. So there’s a point in sleep deprivation when we lose touch with how impaired we are.”

Web MD

The Benefits of Getting Enough Sleep

  • Increased energy throughout the day and higher energy levels
  • Higher performance
  • Reduced levels of stress
  • Reduced inflammation in your body
  • Increased creativity

There are several tips for getting more sleep and I am still working on these myself, but my favorite option is to take naps more frequently. Taking a nap for too long can be just as draining as not taking a nap when it leaves you groggy and unable to think. My ideal naptime is about 20 minutes; I can fall into a deep sleep and wake up on my own just before my alarm goes off. This maximizes my time and the depth of my sleep in a short window.

Here are some tips on different ways to nap:


  • Nap Time: Prime naptime is from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., when your energy level dips due to a rise in the hormone melatonin at that time of day.
  • Darkness: Use a facemask or eye pillow to provide daytime darkness, or close thee blinds and curtains to make your nap more effective.
  • Not Too Late: Napping within three hours of bedtime may interfere with nighttime sleep.
  • Quiet Place: Assure that you will not be disturbed for the duration of your nap.
  • 30-Minute Maximum: When taking a nap longer than 30 minutes, you run the risk of heading into deep sleep, which will leave you feeling tired and groggy. Naps as short as 1 to 2 minutes could be effective for some people.
  • Set an Alarm: You will eventually train yourself to nap for the amount of time you set aside. Until then, set an alarm or ask someone to wake you up.
  • The Caffeine Nap: Some people claim that drinking coffee and then taking an immediate nap works well. The caffeine kicks in somewhere between 10 and 20 minutes, waking them up. They feel extra energy from both the nap and the coffee. Researchers in Japan found that subjects using a caffeine nap rated highest in decreased sleepiness and increased productivity when compared to subjects taking a nap and washing their face, or taking a nap and being exposed to bright lights.

Getting enough sleep is a constant battle for many of us, but we place a higher priority on sleep than we currently do. The best way to phrase it is: getting enough sleep will allow you to get more done in less time, by being effective and efficient. Not getting enough sleep drags down productivity and draws out the time period that it takes to complete tasks and projects.

Changing Your Mindset = Success

I know this is often repeated phrase, but that’s because it is true. Mindset is the biggest part of success and enabling you to achieve success. I looked up mindset and found this great explanation:

Mindsets are beliefs—beliefs about yourself and your most basic qualities. Think about your intelligence, your talents, your personality. Are these qualities simply fixed traits, carved in stone and that’s that? Or are they things you can cultivate throughout your life?

People with a fixed mindset believe that their traits are just givens. They have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that. If they have a lot, they’re all set, but if they don’t… So people in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others.

People with a growth mindset, on the other hand, see their qualities as things that can be developed through their dedication and effort. Sure they’re happy if they’re brainy or talented, but that’s just the starting point. They understand that no one has ever accomplished great things—not Mozart, Darwin, or Michael Jordan—without years of passionate practice and learning.

This information came from Mindset Online.

So with that said I need to create a success mindset for myself as I try out these new strategies to help build a new area of my business. I can succeed at this and I will.