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Cultivating Your Community to Achieve Your Goals

Stefan Wissenbach

If a goal is worth having, it’s worth sharing. That being said, you’ll have the best results when you share your goal with the right person or group of people. Anyone who has achieved anything of note acknowledges that they’ve done so with the help of others, which is why “Community” is the “C” that concludes my MAGIC Formula for a happy, fulfilled life. When you gather the right community around you, they will not only help you achieve your goals, but expand your potential…

When Your Goals Align, Engagement Is Inevitable

Stefan Wissenbach

This month, we’ve been working on a series of Corporate Guides for using Magic Future in the workplace. One of my favorite guides is on Goal Sharing, and how we use it at Magic Future to increase employee engagement. Engagement is a huge buzzword for companies today, and for good reason. Studies show that engagement increases profit potential and lays the foundation for sustainable growth. For us, it means aligning individual goals with corporate goals so that everyone benefits. Let’s say you’re an employee…

How would your life improve if you achieved 77% of your goals?

Stefan Wissenbach

You can’t procrastinate very well at work, can you? That’s because you have an entire office prepared to hold you accountable for meeting deadlines, producing reports, and doing what you’re supposed to do. If you had a team like that backing your personal goals, just imagine what you could accomplish. Anyone who has achieved anything of note acknowledges that they’ve done so with the help of others. Yet so many of us try to keep our goals private, as if…

How to Engage The Most Difficult Employee On the Planet

Stefan Wissenbach

The promise of engagement encompasses higher productivity, more profitability, better customer ratings, less turnover and absenteeism, fewer safety incidents, and a much more enjoyable work environment. Engagement has also been shown to significantly affect ROI, company culture, and growth potential. Of course, you want your employees to work harder, focus better, and be more productive, but the trick top companies are trying to learn is how to motivate the employees to want that themselves. Well, let’s start with the most disinterested employee on the planet:…

No Plan Survives Contact with the Enemy

Stefan Wissenbach

The army’s famous phrase, “No plan survives contact with the enemy” is a fact, even for a committed planner like myself. It’s often an act of futility to set actions beyond a 90 day time frame because you can’t control what fate and circumstance will throw your way. Anything you want to have happen beyond 90 days should be a vision that excites you – but nothing so specific as a plan. Remember: Your ears will hear and your eyes will see what your…

If At First You Don’t Succeed – How to Make Changes That Last

Stefan Wissenbach

One of my mentors once told me that the phrase “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again” should really be “If at first you don’t succeed, try again, and then change your strategy.” They say the definition of insanity is doing the same thing again and again, in the same way, and expecting a different result. So why do we do this in pursuit of our goals? The obvious one that comes to mind is the goal to lose weight. Thousands of…

Building a Magic Future in Mali with buildOn

Stefan Wissenbach

Mali is the 5th poorest country in the world, according to the United Nation’s Human Development Index, and has a 31.1 percent literacy rate – among the lowest of any nation worldwide. With buildOn, the Magic Future Foundation has built two primary schools with adult education programs in two of the most rural regions of Mali. Think of the impact literacy and education can make. Words are the pathways we use to extend beyond our physical locations and engage with the larger world. When you…

The Best Ways To Set Goals For Surefire Success

Stefan Wissenbach

At Magic Future, we’re always refining our methodology according to what our users say works for them. So far, we’ve made two very important discoveries about setting and achieving goals: 1. Setting up to 3 goals gives you the best chance of actually achieving them. If you set more goals all at once, you’ll lose focus, feel overwhelmed, and have a statistically lower chance of achieving what you want. 2. Goals have a 77 percent higher chance of success when they are shared.…

The Power of an Idea, Pursued with Passion, with the Right People

Stefan Wissenbach

Setting, and sharing, a goal can positively and powerfully affect not just you, not just those around you, but generations of people you may never meet. What often happens when pursuing a goal is the snowball effect. When you introduce your goal to the right people, the goal often gathers speed and substance, evolving into a goal so grand you never could have imagined it. This is how the Magic Future Foundation came to build four schools, two in the poorest towns of Mali,…

Warm Water Syndrome

Stefan Wissenbach

How do you boil a frog? Let’s leave for a moment the follow-up question of why you would want to boil a frog. The point is, if you drop a frog into boiling hot water, it will jump out. It doesn’t like it, so it runs away and moves on with its little froggy life. But, if you put that frog in a pot of cold water and slowly heat it, the water grows warm, the frog grows sleepy, and eventually the water…

The Dream Achiever Competition

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The Magic Future Foundation

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