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Christianity and related material

Mental toughness - MTQ48 model


Life control

Emotional control

  • Social skills - Effectiveness at leading change, persuasiveness, expert in leading teams
  • Empathy - Service to others/clients, expertise in building and retaining talent, adept at cross-cultural situations





  • Risk vs. reward - Risk versus reward and 4 quadrants
  • Risk management cycle - Identify risk, risk assessment/analyze, plan of action, implement, measure/monitor

Growth mindset

Change management


Growth mindset

Growth mindset videos




Organizational skills

Time Management and Prioritization

Managing emails:

Time orientation:

Reading speed:

Helpful Time Management websites:

Entertainment vs. education/productivity:

Being more productive via developing greater concentration/focus

Self-discipline - staying focused on your vision, goals and tasks

Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII)

Videos: Mental Contrasting with Implementation Intentions (MCII)

Self-control article

Daily routines

The creative lives of massively productive people like John Milton, Charles Dickens, Ludwig Beethoven and Edison follow strict daily routines. (i.e., when they would get up, when they would start work, when they would exercise and when they would relax). Peak productivity’s not about luck. It’s about devotion.[1][2]

Increasing inhibition and executive control

Disciplined thinking


Willpower Articles

Future self

Defensive pessimism

Surfing the urge/mindfulness


Having a sense of urgency

Outworking the competition

Resiliency, tough experiences and overcoming obstacles


General articles:


Mental Toughness


The notion that human beings are fragile and permanently damaged by traumatic experiences.



Peter Clough and MTQ48:

Dr. Jim Loehr:

Adversity quotient:

  • Adversity advantage (harnessing adversity for motivation/character development instead of merely trying to cope with it)

Dealing with adversity:

Coming back after facing adversity:

Dealing with difficult people

Testing via adversity

Beyond mere resilience: Thriving in adversity and being antifragile

Maintaining a positive/constructive mindset

Maximum achievement

Maximum achievement podcasts:

Dan Pena

Mental training

Grit, passion, growth mindset and perseverance


Importance of Grit:

Grit factors:

Relationship between Grit and self-control:

Relationship between grit, self-control and engaging in limiting behaviors:

Developing Grit:

Growth mindset:

Books related to Grit:

Self-sacrifice, self-denial and love

Jesus on self-denial/self-sacrifice: "And He was saying to them all, "If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me." (Luke 9:23)

Developing good habits and breaking bad habits

Christian articles on habits

Habits - General articles

Creating new habits:

Breaking old habits:

Neuroscience, habit formation, tactics/strategies:

How long does it take to establish a new habit:

Habit related software:


Books on habits:


Taking direct action


Five keys to mastery:

1. Surrender to your passion

2, Practice, Practice, Practice

3. Find a good guide

4. Visualize the outcome

5. Play the edge[8]

Mastery - Book:

Mastery: The Keys to Success and Long-Term Fulfillment by George Leonard: Book Summary:

Mastery by Robert Greene - Book summary:

Peak performance training

Growth mindset


Books related to peak performance/Maximum achievement

Accelerated learning

Accelerated learning videos

Accelerated learning and foreign languages

Accelerated learning and coding

Accelerated learning course

Jim Kwik - memory coach and accelerated learning

Learning faster and retaining more (includes Kindle books)

Memory improvement

World memory champion statistics



  • The top participants of the annual World Memory Championships regularly demonstrate the ability to memorize hundreds of words, digits, or other abstract information units within minutes.
  • Of the 23 athletes, 17 participated in a word learning task under fMRI conditions where they demonstrated their superior memory abilities compared to controls (70.8 ± 0.6 versus 39.9 ± 3.6 of 72 words correctly recalled 20 min after encoding; median, 72 versus 41; Wilcoxon signed-rank test, p < 0.001, r = 0.62).
  • Brain changes: "Memory skills strongly differ across the general population; however, little is known about the brain characteristics supporting superior memory performance. Here we assess functional brain network organization of 23 of the world’s most successful memory athletes and matched controls with fMRI during both task-free resting state baseline and active memory encoding. We demonstrate that, in a group of naive controls, functional connectivity changes induced by 6 weeks of mnemonic training were correlated with the network organization that distinguishes athletes from controls."
  • True to their name, the memory champions missed only two words on average when recalling the list 20 minutes later, whereas their controls missed nearly half.

Reading comprehension improvement

Reading comprehension strategies


Strategic reading:

General books/DVDs:

Reading comprehension assessment and strategies

Metacognition strategies

Speeding up reading

Responsibility and accountability

Locus of Control:

Grow model:

Related essays:

Wiki articles

“As the windmill can do nothing without the wind, so man can do nothing without God” - Windmill Ministries

Systems to support goals/vision

Managing personal energy vs. managing time

Key time management/priority principles

Cutting down on time wasters

Excess internet usage

Excess news watching

Excess news watching: Average American spends 70 minutes a day paying attention to the news. See: Why not to watch the news: WikiHow - Stopping watching the news too much and Psychology Today - Effects of news and Psychological effects of news

“Studies have shown that 60-75% of what is shown on the news is negative and further perpetuates the notion of you not being able to do anything about it.” - Logic of Success, Antonio , page 110

Task/project/time management system using Trello

Personal and organizational vision


Personal vision:

Passion/Commitment/Persistence (GRIT) to personal vision and growth:

Organizational vision:

Passion/zeal success at endeavors


Quantum thinking by creativity, innovation and motivational speaker James Mapes:

Flexibility: Changing purpose/identity and goals:

Resistance to change:

Resistance to change = Fear; Loss of face/control - pride; Challenge - Self-control (Overcoming cost and delayed gratification vs. laziness and comfort); Pack mentality

Change management


Goal Setting

"How blessed is the man who finds wisdom, And the man who gains understanding. For her profit is better than the profit of silver, And her gain better than fine gold. She is more precious than jewels; And nothing you desire compares with her. Long life is in her right hand; In her left hand are riches and honor. Her ways are pleasant ways, And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, And happy are all who hold her fast." - Solomon, (Proverbs 3:13-18 NASB)

Studies related to long term goals:

Goals vs. purpose:

Effective goal setting steps/tactics:

Goals and character:

Goal setting forms:

Goal setting - general:

Success magazine - goal setting articles:

Yearly goal setting

Taking action

Interpersonal skills

Interpersonal skills videos:

Verbal Communication skills:

Non-verbal communication:

Listening skills:

Negotiation skills:

Dealing with anger:

Conflict resolution:



Mind maps

Peak Performance general principles

And He said to them, 'Because of the littleness of your faith; for truly I say to you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible to you." - Jesus, (Matthew 17:20 NASB)

Peak performance - Dr. Harold Harung

Reasoning training

Reason training: Brain products/programs

"Zientz teaches patients three simple strategies: integration is breaking down and summarizing information, innovation is coming up with solutions to problems and strategic attention means blocking out useless details.

"So you can save your cognitive capital for thinking about things that really matter," said Zientz.

Sina Aslan, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Center for Brain Health, studied the brains of people who completed the Smart Training program and noticed more blood flow for those participants.

One person improved blood flow by over 12 percent.

Most of the patients also increased the speed of communications across brain networks by 30 percent.

"Thirty percent faster speed is probably regaining 20 years of brain function," said Dr. Chapman

Researchers can actually see brain changes after just twelve hours of training, but it isn't a permanent fix."[10]

Prayer and the brain

"It has been found that 12 minutes of daily focused prayer over an 8 week period can change the brain to such an extent that it can be measured on a brain scan (How God Changes Your Brain: Breakthrough Findings from a Leading Neuroscientist– March 23, 2010 by Andrew Newberg M.D, Mark Robert Waldman. P26,27.). This type of prayer seems to increase activity in brain areas associated with social interaction compassion and sensitivity to others. It also increases frontal lobe activity as focus and intentionality increase.

Peak Performance general tips

Tommy Newberry

Planning skills

Planning your day:

Planning your week:

Planning your month:

Quarterly planning:

Planning your year:

Project management skills

Project execution:

Free project management software:

Paid project management software tools:


Productivity and income:

Breaks and stretching at a workstation

  • Safe computer use (break every hour - recommends breaks every 20 - 30 minutes for a few minutes)
  • Work Breaks, Exercises and Stretches (Microbreaks of 30-60 seconds every 10 minutes for upper and lower extremities, back, neck, and eyes; 2 minutes every hour for repetitive tasks like typing) - Stanford University

Pomodoro technique




Working in 90 minutes increments:

Benefits of regular breaks and adequate sleep:

Kaizen Principle



Critical thinking and emotional intelligence:


Rudy Ruettiger story:

Attitude and mindset

Execution: Getting things done

Business relationships and networking

Better business relationships:

Business networking:

Mastermind groups and importance of mentors:

Asking for what you want and optimizing your chance of getting it through selling/negotiation

Research and investigative reporter skills

Research skills

Specific skills:

Online search tips:

List of search engines:

Google search tips:

Advanced Google search:


Critical Thinking skills


Cognitive bias mitigation:

Recognizing the tactics of those engaged in disinformation:

Questioning skills

Lines of questioning:

Strategic questioning:

Questions for business:

Teaching skills

How some levels of stress can be good for you

6 levels of thinking

General levels of thinking and increasing your level of thinking


Jim Rohn Books:

Problem Solving

"The first to plead his case seems right, Until another comes and examines him." - Solomon, (Proverbs 18:17 NASB)

Ray Dalios 5 steps to success (problem solving included):


Systems thinking:

George Polya's 4 steps to problem solving:


Problem solving Videos

General problem solving:

Mind mapping:

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Lateral thinking:

Creative problem solving:


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Multiple strategies

Creativity / Innovation

International Center for Studies in Creativity:

Now here:

CNN - Next, innovation:

Innovation articles:

Ray Dalio: Be radically open-minded:

Strategic thinking

Personal strategic plan

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Creating a personal strategic plan:

Personal balance assessment:

Personal strategic plan: workbooks, checklists, etc.:

Strategic and tactical thinking

Sun Tzu:

George Washington:

"Washington’s true genius as a military leader was his refusal to give up. He was also very much inclined as a leader to listen to the other military leaders around him. Invariably, he adopted the consensus of opinion reached by his military advisers in making his decisions. Unlike flashier generals, Washington was always able to maintain a steady demeanor and, most importantly, keep his army in being. A lesser general would have risked all for a spectacular but non-decisive victory against the British. As a leader who valued winning the war more than winning individual battles, Washington knew well that time was on his side given the realities of geography and the larger geopolitical situation." - Command and Control, Great Military Leaders from Washington to the 21st Century by Mark R. Polelle

"Discipline is the soul of an army. It makes small numbers formidable; procures success to the weak, and esteem to all." - George Washington

Sun Tzu and marketing:

Sun Tzu and business:

Communication, marketing and PR

Greater reading comprehension

Increasing ability to memorize

Other tips to improve mental performance:

Talent vs. hard work

Skill acquisition

Learning new skill:

Deryfus model of skill acquisition:

Foundational skills/aptitudes for learning or related to success:


  • "The amount of money or good you receive is going to be in direct ratio to: the need for what you do, your ability to do it and the difficulty there will be in replacing you." - Earl Nightengale

Talent vs. practice:

Talent matters a lot and Gladwell's deliberate practice claim overrated: Practice Does Not Make Perfect: We are not all created equal where our genes and abilities are concerned


Talent is overrated:

Deliberate practice:

The Talent Code:

Personality types/tests:





Talented geniuses

Forecasting and developing usable expertise

Avoiding common pitfalls of forecasting

Academic and highly educated/intelligent people, political elitism and pride/blindsidedness

"Yet the cognitive and behavioral science literature suggests that those who are highly educated, intelligent or rhetorically skilled tend to be significantly less likely than most to revise their beliefs or adjust their positions when confronted with evidence or arguments that contradict their priors. This is because, in virtue of knowing more about the world, or being better at arguing, they are better equipped to punch holes in data or arguments that contradict their prior views or to otherwise make excuses for “sticking to their guns” regardless. And so, they do...

Indeed, research suggests that people with highly refined critical capacities often deploy them to scrutinize others. Hence, those with higher education levels and academic aptitude (college GPA) tend to be less attuned than most to ambiguity, complexity, uncertainty and limitations in their own knowledge -- and less prone to innovative or creative thinking.

That is perhaps because studies show that, compared to the general public, highly educated or intelligent people tend to be more ideological in their thinking, more ideologically rigid and more extreme in their ideological leanings. Highly educated and intelligent people are also more likely to grow obsessed with some moral or political cause. Research suggests that they are more likely to overreact to small shocks, challenges or slights. Other studies have found that, while they are less likely to be prejudiced against others on the basis of things like race, they tend to be more prejudiced than most against those who seem to think differently than they do -- and often look down on those with less education.

In short, many of the biases and distortions to which all people are susceptible seem to be even more pronounced among those who are highly educated or intelligent."[11]


Increasing cognitive performance

Profitable activity

Personal finance


Wealth inequality:

Savings and investment:

Sources of income for the wealthy:



Leadership and managing virtual teams

Decentralized organizations and decision making

Mentorship program

Risk taking



Avoiding complacency and moving out of your comfort zone

Negotiations and conflict resolution

Charles Garfield


  • Options and Choice for Conflict Resolution in the Workplace by Mary Rowe
  • The Emergence and Transformation of Disputes: Naming, Blaming, Claiming in Law and Society Review 15, no. 3-4, 1980-81, pp. 631-654, by Felstiner, William L. F., Richard L. Abel, and Austin Sarat.
  • Business Dispute Resolution: Best Practices in System Design and Case Management. South-Western College Pub, 1999 by Cavanagh, Thomas D.
  • Getting Past No: Negotiating with Difficult People by Ury
  • Moore, How Mediation Works (Chapter 2), pp. 41-77, and Designing a Plan for Mediation (Chapter 6) and Building Trust and Cooperation (Chapter 7), pp. 141-192
  • Halliburton Dispute Resolution Program

IQ/EQ/AQ/WQ/SQ/BQ/RQ and other forms of intelligence


  • IQ (Intelligence Quotient)
  • EQ (Emotional Intelligence Quotient)
  • HQ (Health Intelligence Quotient)
  • MQ (Moral Intelligence Quotient)
  • DQ (Daring Intelligence Quotient)
  • AQ (Adversity IntelligenceQuotient)
  • FQ (Financial Intelligence Quotient)
  • MQ (Mental Intelligence Quotient)
  • WQ (Will Intelligence Quotient)
  • SQ (Spiritual Intelligence Quotient)
  • PQ: Practical Intelligence Quotient (PSP)

Personal branding

Personal brand:

Dan Schawbel:

Sales, marketing and promotion




Principles of getting results plus business tips - various speakers and writers

Jim Rohn:

Earl Nightengale:

Brian Tracy:

Omar Periu:

Business tips

Marketing/public relations:

Unconventional business tips

Unconventional business tips

Speakers and Speeches

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Jim Rohn:

Various recommended books and resources

3 Books recommended by Inc.:

Excellent business/ performance related books:

Glenn Beck recommended books:

Human events interview and interesting book:

Seth Godin

Christian professional and personal development organizations

Other Professional development companies

Audiobook business book summaries

Learning a language for free

Learn a programming language for free

Business books and miscellaneous books

Business books and miscellaneous books

Pete Williams - best books - Noise reduction report

100 best business books of all time

Amazon best business books

2012 best business books

2011 best business books

Miscellaneous business people and books


Recommended books on writing

Recommended books - inspirational/motivational

  • Mastery by Robert Greene (Has some good material, but don't agree with all of the book)

Personal productivity tools

Calendar software



One note


Project management



Mindmapping (visual outline)

Collaborative mindmaps"

Thought office software - innovation software:



Free reports:

Personal productivity tips and apps

Spell checking and grammar checking software solutions and browser addons


Karate vs. Aikido

Close combat classes

Front Sight


Hollow-point bullets: Gold dots, Corbon and Rangers. Jacketed hollow-points from a major manufacturer. Fire 100 rounds to ensure it feeds 100%.