(working)3MN: Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?

(working)3MN: Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?

Happy 3-Minute FRIDAY!

You are busy, so let's make this quick. No fluff, no filler, no spamming. Your breakthrough is 3 minutes away.

💬 In the next 3 minutes:

  1. Do you have a fixed or growth mindset?
  2. Why doing hard things is a lost art.
  3. My breakthrough on how to replace negative thoughts.

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🧠 Minute 1 - Perception dictates reality.

  • This morning I hit all green lights: it was a good morning.
  • Yesterday I hit all red lights: it was a bad morning.

I have a fixed mindset: when you perceive setbacks or obstacles as a forecast for the impending future.

I want a growth mindset: when you perceive setbacks or obstacles as opportunities and moments for thankfulness.

Sitting in traffic could become a period of thankfulness for having a car that can get from one location to another comfortably. Stormy days become opportunities thanking God for providing life to the world through water. The waiter bringing out the wrong order is a moment to be grateful for food when so many in the world will go hungry tonight.

Generating a growth mindset is a muscle that needs to be stretched and torn to grow stronger and more reliable. Read James 1:2-4. God's design for growth is much deeper than we think.

🛠️ Minute 2 - Why you should do hard things.

Developing a new perception is a daunting task, but hard things are worthy things. Here are some thoughts from entrepreneur and writer Nat Eliason on the importance of challenging yourself to do hard things:

"The ability to do hard things is perhaps the most useful ability you can foster in yourself or your children. And proof that you are someone who can do them is one of the most useful assets you can have on your life resume. Our self-image is composed of historical evidence of our abilities. The more hard things you push yourself to do, the more competent you will see yourself to be. If you can run marathons or throw double your body weight over your head, the sleep deprivation from a newborn is only a mild irritant. If you can excel at organic chemistry or econometrics, onboarding for a new finance job will be a breeze. But if we avoid hard things, anything mildly challenging will seem insurmountable. We’ll cry into TikTok over an errant period at the end of a text message. We’ll see ourselves as incapable of learning new skills, taking on new careers, and escaping bad situations. The proof you can do hard things is one of the most powerful gifts you can give yourself." Source: Twitter (X?)

🗣️ Minute 3 - Replace bad thoughts for better ones.

If change is going to happen, it must begin with the loudest voice in your life: yours! A breakthrough I recently had was the power in replacing bad thoughts for better ones.

So I say out loud the following truths every morning and evening. Test them out for yourself, or generate your own and try it for a week.

I am winning the war in my mind by choosing my thoughts.

  • I am made in God’s image, my value is determined by Him.
  • Being a good husband and a good father are my greatest responsibilities.
  • When it comes to how I live, I choose discipline despite difficulty
  • Today I am stronger and smarter than I was yesterday.
  • Every day, in my own way, I am becoming more successful.
  • My integrity is part of my success.
  • I am not perfect, but I am consistent.
  • Love is being present, being kind, and listening well.
  • Leaders find a way; victims find an excuse

Today is full of opportunities, so I let go of the things that sit achingly out of reach. Amen.

Remember: Small changes lead to lasting breakthroughs. Reply to this email and let me know how it went.


C I P J, M B A S, W Y F T O M K, B Y K T T T O Y F P P.

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. James 1:2-3

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Until next week,

Payton Minzenmayer


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