Summary of Aligned Thinking

Make Every Moment Count

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Aligned Thinking book summary
Take the time to align each action with your deepest goals. That`s the secret to making every moment count.


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To determine what you really want and work toward it, use the tools of "aligned thinking" - including the "MIN" or "most important now" secret - to reframe your attitude about your work and personal life. Tying your work to your long-term goals will make you more motivated to do things you once thought of as chores. The secret of success, according to author Jim Steffen, is to make every moment part of your master plan. In other words, "be here now." You have heard that advice before, but this book describes how to apply it. This is a short book (and could have been shorter), but nonetheless, it imparts useful techniques for getting more out of your time and life. Steffen takes you through a basic prioritizing and time management process to help you clarify where you’re going in life, how to get there and how your daily tasks fit that goal. getAbstract recommends this book to you if you’ve really never sat down before to figure out your deepest desires and how to attain them.

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to align every aspect of your life with your deepest goals
  • The secret of what is "most important now" or "MIN," and how to apply it to set your priorities


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Are you overwhelmed with stress and long to-do lists? Are your successes not quite as satisfying as they used to be? For a cure, turn to "aligned thinking," a method for aligning every action you take every moment of the day with your deepest purpose. Think of...
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About the Author

Jim Steffen, Ph.D., is a motivational speaker and consultant with many Fortune 500 clients. He holds degrees in philosophy, theology and mathematics from the University of Notre Dame and a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, where he was the director of the Leadership Lab.

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