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Issue 35 | February 2017

The Mastery Journal

The Mastery Journal

Master Productivity, Discipline, and Focus in 100 Days

By John Lee Dumas

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What I really love about The Mastery Journal is that it’s extremely easy to follow along. Like all good journals out there, it’s not just a blank “here you go, you figure it out” type of thing. The first several pages are easy to read material that gets you primed for what this journal can do for you. Then it gives you specific sample journal entries for things like crushing your morning routine, the pomodoro routine, and staying focused on a task. I also like the charts that you can create with The Mastery Journal.

There’s also a scoring component to the journal. You can give yourself specific points for improvement, a thing I love because, for me, numbers and keeping track and improving on those is a huge part of my own drive for betterment.

Issue 34 | January 2017

Pivot by Jenny Blake

Pivot

The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One

By Jenny Blake

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It’s a new year, so it’s a pretty common time to think about the moves you’re making to start your year off right. For many people, including myself, when we start making those moves —creating goals, planning out your year, thinking of all the things you want to accomplish—we are sometimes faced with forks in the road. Which direction do we go? This decision can often make a huge difference in the ultimate outcome.

This is why I’m recommending Jenny Blake’s new book, Pivot. Jenny tackles a huge topic (career decision, life-changing decisions) and puts it into simple, easy-to-follow terms.

Issue 33 | December 2016

Strengths Finder 2.0 book cover

StrengthsFinder 2.0

By Tom Rath (Gallup)

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StrengthsFinder 2.0 has been recommended to me by several of my colleagues, but I never picked it up because I thought it was another one of those personality tests—the ones that are interesting but don’t really tell you much of anything or help you take advantage of your traits. I’ve taken several of those types of tests in the past, and they never did much for me. It wasn’t until Alissa Daire Nelson from the Maximize Your Strengths podcast gave me the push I needed to see that there was more to this book than just a small quiz.

The book starts off with detail about why it’s important to know your strengths, and the common misconceptions about what it means to work hard and achieve goals. For example, the mantra, “You can be anything you want to be, if you just try hard enough,” is actually something that can work against us. If we try to do something we are not meant to do, we’ll either just do it partially and get frustrated or not perform to our standards. It’s similar to how, when we get a bad grade in school, we focus too much on the grade rather than taking advantage of our strengths and excelling in what we are meant to do.

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