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Habits 2 Goals Podcast

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If you’ve ever struggled to achieve your goals you are not alone. Goal achievement strategies have always been nebulous at best. That is, until Martin Grunburg exposed a timeless truth in his international, #1 bestseller, The Habit Factor. The Habit Factor’s ground-breaking philosophy combined with its proven step-by-step, process quickly turns anyone’s frustration and wheel-spinning into real-life, game-changing productivity, focus and momentum. In this podcast Martin delves into the important mindsets, strategies and tactics that make The Habit Factor work and why it’s so powerful. There’s a reason top coaches, trainers and PhD’s around the world have adopted The Habit Factor and Habit Alignment Technology and you’ll learn exactly how YOU can apply it toward your goals and desires. Subscribe today and get a new episode every Monday.


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S3-33: MBM - Talk, Talk, Talk


Mon, Apr 24, 2017


"Silence is the source of great strength."

Talk, Talk, Talk.

Speaking for the most part is easy. Particularly about things we are GOING to do. However, doing them and the work they entail is hard.

Which do you choose?

While today’s topic has been touched upon… from various angles in prior seasons: In Season I it was SILENCE and CONCENTRATION and how silence is the source of GREAT strength and wisdom! Then, in season II’s FAF, MG addresses the question, “Should we announce our goals?

Today’s episode though is really inspired by Ryan Holiday’s latest book, “Ego is the Enemy”. A fantastic book where he’s devotes an entire chapter entitled, Talk, Talk, Talk to this idea that so many of us succubm to the easy— the idle, valueless, chatter.

How easy is it to post on twitter, “I’ve just signed up for my first marathon!” Versus, the challenge to actually sign-up and NOT post anything. Instead, to get busy training and save the big announcement for when the work is done and the goal is accomplished.

There is power in silence! And, here is some of the science that proves you should NOT talk about your goal (video below).

How easy it is to jump into the latest conversation on Facebook and express our opinions and share HOW this should be or that should or could be different or better! How hard it is to get busy working on and producing those solutions, creating value.

Which do you choose? Which creates VALUE and opportunity? Which one do you think supports goal achievement?

 

 

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The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-32: FAF - Synchronicity


Fri, Apr 21, 2017


"The universe conspires to help the peaceful soul."

Synchronicity and serendipity are seemingly magical events that appear at the most opportune time to aid a person. In fact, the definition of serendipity is:  a "fortunate happenstance" or "pleasant surprise".

Synchronicity is a concept, first explained by analytical psychologist Carl Jung, which holds that certain events are "meaningful coincidences" if they occur with no causal relationship yet seem to be meaningfully related.

MG and Henry tackle this super-fun topic and discuss what they believe may be the key elements that help to contribute to such fortunate happenstances in one’s life.

Henry begins with the cornerstone, essential trait that enables these pleasant, magical surprises, optimism!

Martin echoes Henry’s comments and suggest that the spark in many ways is knowing exactly what your intention is; that is what you want, what your target/goal is and where you want to go!

The universe it seems can only offer up these “pleasant surprises” when you know what it is your are going after!
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MG and Henry talk about a few other things that seem to accelerate these instances of serendipity and even comments that certain activities seem to enhance their likelihood, including; journaling, tracking  and writing down your goals for the day.?

Martin even brings up the RAS again and how a powerful element of The Habit Factor book came to be, due largely to pure Synchronicity!

TWITTER is a great environment for such events! Connect!

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The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-31: Adam Dailey: Keep Moving Fast!


Wed, Apr 19, 2017


“I think I can somehow pay for us to live in Greece for a year... that was kinda how it all started.” ~Adam Dailey

Adam Dailey knows a thing or two about moving FAST. As a five-time All-American sprinter, Dailey ran for the University of Arkansas whose track teams racked up 9 NCAA titles while he was there

A bit later in life, Adam and his wife (also a former track star) did what seemed incomprehensible, if not impossible, traveling around the world on a twelve month sabbatical, with their (at the time) four children!

That journey is at the heart of this episode and interview and it's what inspired Adam to write his #1 Amazon bestseller, "How to Run Away From Home: And Take Your Family With You.

Adam recounts much of his early struggles in an entrepreneurial venture that stemmed largely from some overly-aggressive growth goals and shares how he was able to overcome what amounted to, at one point, losing about a million dollars in just one month!

Adam shares his best tips and insights about travel and warns the listener not to fall into the trap where travel seems to either be about the past or the future. He insists that NOW is almost always the very best time to travel. So listen up and get packing!

You can find Adam's bestseller here!

How to Run Away From Home: And Bring Your Family With You

 His website:

KeepMovingFast.com

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Resources mentioned in the show:

Outliers

Multipliers

Airbnb

Slack

Uber

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S3-30: MBM - DEATH.


Mon, Apr 17, 2017


"Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life." ~Steve Jobs

Martin and Henry attempt to tackle this MASSIVE MBM, "Mind Bullet Monday" topic— the unlikely value that is inherent in death. 

While death is a tragic— the IDEA of death especially to the living ; ) provides immense value when it is used as a tool to inspire immediacy and action and add more life to the present!

Martin says, "I had no idea we were going to go here but, Steve Jobs commencement speech at Stanford immediately comes to mind." "Consider" he says, how Jobs' acute awareness to his limited amount of time might've factored as a catalyst to Apple's growth in his final years."

Martin even reads a few sentences from Jobs' Stanford 2005 commencement speech:

"... It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true."

Henry praises his wife and her sense for immediacy and action and doing things that are important recognizing there really are no guarantees.

MG insists that just the word and idea of death forces one to think immediately about life and even how they are living and of course, what they want to accomplish BEFORE they die! If you heard the John Lingham episode #S3-025 know this to be true! Then both MG and HE review a few short and powerful exercises that YOU CAN DO around the idea of death to inspire action and more LIFE TO YOUR LIFE!

Check it out and enjoy the show! ; )

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(FREE! The Habit Factor's Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-29: FAF -What's the #1 Trait for Success?


Fri, Apr 14, 2017


SUCCESS! Seems everyone wants it and today's question is (if there is one) what is the #1 trait that determines one's success.

Both MG and Henry recognize this could easily result in multiple-days worth of discussions and certainly there are hundreds if not thousands of books written on the matter. Having said that, they both manage to narrow their answer down to a few, very select traits.

The best part (as you know) is any of these traits is create-able via the magical force of HABIT!

Tune in and then let MG and Henry know what YOU think the #1 trait is!

Enjoy! Be sure to subscribe!

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Mentioned in this episode:

GRIT!

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-28: Evan Saxon: Still "Right Between The Acts"


Wed, Apr 12, 2017


“I presented this idea to the executives at Capitol Records and they kinda just laughed me out of the building...” ~Evan Saxon

After a funny and bizarre episode open... where Martin says, “I’m not even going to edit that!” the two settle in and get to the business at hand.

Evan shares his bumpy early academic career bouncing between junior colleges and SDSU / Northridge Universities. Ultimately, Evan drops out, as he puts it, "the pursuit of a career got in the way of my pursuit of a degree."?

Consumed by his passion for music and the music industry, Evan got his lucky break starting out as an intern at IRS Records. Then he moved into the marketing division of Capitol Records where he was offered a paid position. "I loved it! I didn't care what time I had to get up or how late I had to work. I was having a great time!"??

Years later, a bit disillusioned by what he saw in multiple executive meetings — fighting the status quo “losing control vs. taking control” as Evan puts it, he realized it was time to move on.

One night at a Aerosmith  / Skid Row concert a wild idea occurred to him. A totally innovative concept (at the time) that proved to be ground-breaking. He realized that he could promote new bands and music in between the opening bands and the headliners. Evan then negotiated deals with music retailers for shelf space, “Right Between the Acts” was born.

Continuing to adapt to the ever-changing music and technology environments, Evan’s company today, Evan Saxon Productions (ESP), helps to promote and distribute content via a worldwide network of theaters.

Check out his website and some of his latest promotions.  EvanSaxonProductions.com

***Abramorama.com

Documentaries:

AS I AM: Life And Times of DJ AM

It’s So Easy and Other Lies

Independent Films:

Made in Venice

Hunting Elephants featuring Sir Patrick Stewart

Music

Green Day – Heart Like A Hand Grenade

The Black Crowes: Freak ‘N’ Roll… Into the Fog

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The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-27: MBM - Abundance!


Mon, Apr 10, 2017


"Anything other than a win/win is, ultimately, a lose/lose." ~Dr. Stephen Covey

Quick question: Are you really a "big-pie" person or are you concerned that if someone takes a piece of the pie there won't be anything left for you?

Which are you? BIG PIE or SMALL PIE?

MG and HE get right to business and discuss this massive mental shift. Martin confesses that growing up with a very competitive mindset his early entrepreneurial struggles were exacerbated by thinking to win someone else had to lose.

"One of the key lessons for me", Martin shares, "Is this idea of big pie vs small pie mentality and how there could, and should be multiple winners." The idea Covey shared changed how I negotiated and treated everyone; employees, vendors and customers etc.

Henry comments that in the movie "Wall Street" Gecko's claim that "It's a zero-sum game: somebody wins, somebody loses." is just plan wrong!

They talk about all the examples of businesses and owners who've given away ownership and stock within their companies to form tens and hundreds of millionaires; Google, Microsoft, SAIC, etc. Abundance, after all is a win/win, BIG Pie mindset and not just some new age, phoo phoo feel good language.

Check it out and enjoy the show! ; )

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The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-26: FAF - Rapport!


Fri, Apr 07, 2017


Rapport! The value of rapport is truly incalculable. Relationships (excuse the cliche) are everything! And, some people seem to have much more success establishing it than others. 

Martin shares a story as he witnessed his mentor and business partner establish instant rapport with a new client prospect and then MG challenges Henry to offer up the goods because, like his partner, Henry is a master of this.

Henry shares his best tips including the essence of rapport in many ways is to be MORE INTERESTED in others and put less effort and focus in yourself, trying to be interesting.

Check it out and learn some other great tips on building rapport!

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Mentioned in this episode:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

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The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

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S3-25: John Lingham: A Recipe for Success (and Pancakes)


Wed, Apr 05, 2017


“Lying in that hospital bed... I did a lot of soul searching...if I'm dying, am I the man I wanted to be?” ~John Lingham

Few people truly represent the American dream like John Lingham: Paying his own way through college while working as a busboy, and then ultimately becoming the owner of not one, but two restaurants. Today John Lingham has approximately 100 employees and is recognized throughout his community for his charitable giving.

The lessons John shares are many and the road hasn't been easy, but John continued to seek and learn, adapt and overcome, despite the many difficulties.

John then takes us inside a recent health scare/medical emergency he experienced as a side effect of medication for a skin rash. The experience left him helpless, with a white blood cell count of zero. He would spend 10 days tied to an IV that was keeping him alive. While the experience nearly killed him, he also shares how it provided many amazing insights about himself and the life he wants to live going forward.

MG and John then talk about his years of philanthropy and experience contributing to BAM (Build a Miracle) and Big Brothers Big Sisters. BAM provides homes for qualified residents south of the border. These brand-new homes include plumbing and electricity and prove to be complete game-changers for the entire family, providing not only a roof, but the dignity and self-respect to shoot for new and bigger goals!

Check out this fun and powerful episode and let John's journey (and many lessons) inspire you!

Talk about getting out of your comfort zone!!!

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Resources and Links from Episode

Orison Swett Marden - The Miracle of Right Thought

As a Man Thinketh: KINDLE or FREE PDF!

Slack

Audible.com - JOHN's number one resource and app.. As a perpetual and great student of personal development, we can ALL learn from his appetite for learning and books.

Note: Now YOU can get The Habit Factor or The Pressure Paradox FREE or ANY other book with a new, Audible Trial account, check it out here. AudibleTrial.com

BAM - Build a Miracle! Check it out and see how you can get involved!

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America - quality one-to-one mentoring for over 100 years! Nobody does it better or is more respected when it comes to mentoring!
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S3-24: MBM - On Your Toes!


Mon, Apr 03, 2017


"If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster." ~Clint Eastwood

Martin kicks off this episode with his GTR, (good things report) what he believes might just be a great trick to help him remember names. Henry's GTR is about his recent trip to the desert with the family to see the amazing desert bloom. The spring flowers are flourishing as a result of the recent and heavy rainfall in California.

Jumping into today's topic; "Staying on your toes" they both share how easy it is to fall back into "comfort" and "security". To become complacent and then before one realizes it they are "playing" defense" and have fallen back into "protection mode" rather than pushing forward and continuing to learn and challenge themselves.

It's easy to fall back on your heels, become tentative, hesitant and insecure. And, Henry and MG use the old sports analogy that is almost cliche these days. That of the football team with a big lead who will go into a "Prevent Defense". If you saw the most recent Superbowl many contend that is precisely what happened to the Atlanta Falcons. The strategy (to preserve the lead) seems to almost always backfire and prevent the team with the lead from winning.

Why does that happen so often? Well, one team is focused upon what they DO NOT want to happen while the other team is focused upon what they DO want to happen. The interesting thing is both teams are focused upon the same thing.

What are you focused upon? What you want to happen or what you do NOT want to happen?

The question the hosts offer the listener is this: WHO KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?

If the reason people become hesitant and insecure, and stop taking action is because they are afraid and think they might fail, then the question is, "WHO KNOWS FOR SURE?"

The answer of course is NOBODY knows for sure and even with "failure" there are so many benefits that come of it. So the ONLY mindset that really makes sense is the "BE ON YOUR TOES" — an aggressive, confident and optimistic view about what you DO WANT To HAPPEN!

So, go for it! Enjoy the show! ; )

Here's a recent post on the same topic from thehabitfactor.com's blog. Enjoy!

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S3-23: FAF - How Can I Be More Proactive?


Fri, Mar 31, 2017


"How can I be more proactive?"

MG and HE tackle this powerful and common question from a number of vantage points, starting with the late, great Dr. Stephen Covey and his all-important "Effectiveness Quadrant".

Martin shares that by drawing out this diagram yourself it can provide a very basic and visual framework for anyone to organize those things in their life that are IMPORTANT but NOT urgent. And, addressing those consistently is the KEY to effectiveness.

The challenge for most of us is that we spend so much time in the "URGENT" and "IMPORTANT" quadrant, which is Quadrant #1. And ultimately, we begin to confuse "busyness" for effectiveness and then, unfortunately the really import work we need to be addressing is neglected.

Henry uses the example of personal goals and how it is that we must be able to add a sense of urgency to those projects that are most important to us but lack a sense of urgency. Then both MG and HE get into various techniques, strategies and tools to use to help anyone be more proactive and to knock off those Quadrant II items!!! (some tools in links below!)

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Mentioned in this episode:

7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Trello! (Boards, lists, and cards enable you to organize and prioritize your projects in a fun, flexible and rewarding way.)

Stickk - Be held accountable!

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The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

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S3-22: Fia Fasbinder: Public Speaking Insights From A Professional


Wed, Mar 29, 2017


“It begins with making sure your audience knows WHY they should care in the first place.” ~Fia Fasbinder

It appears as though Fia's entire career was leading her towards her current vocation, a professional speaking coach.

After years in New York working as a trained actor she began working with the 52nd street playhouse which taught arts, dance and theater to inner-city youth in Harlem. Then, with her masters she began teaching at UCSD and was asked to help develop their public speaking curriculum.

Today, Fia is a regular columnist for Inc. magazine online and she runs her company, The Moxie Institute which is a powerful resource for businesses and executives looking to become better speakers.

In this episode Fia recounts her natural progression to her current career and covers all those natural challenges most speakers share, including how evolution has us wired to naturally fear public speaking. Then of course, Fia shares some great tips about how we can address and overcome those fears.

Check out this fun and powerful episode!

Talk about getting out of your comfort zone!!!

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Links from Episode

Fia's Column in Inc.

The MOXiE Institute

 


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S3-21: MBM - The Fruits of Pain


Mon, Mar 27, 2017


"Habit; A shackle for the free." ~Ambrose Bierce

Martin shares how his latest experiment, abstaining from alcohol for just one month (unable to have a beer or two a night) then evolved into another behavior experiment, a modified low carb/diet. Both of these he explains were fairly painful yet, the fruits— the rewards of each have been fantastic!

"It's kinda like the frogs that are boiled to death in the pot as they are slowly cooked. The temperature rises slowly, one degree at a time and they never notice or try to escape until it's too late. The frogs are just too comfortable until, of course, they are dead."

"There are two great pains in life," Jim Rohn is famous for saying. "The pain of discipline or the pain of regret." "Discipline" he assures us "weighs ounces but regret weighs tons."

The bad news is there is no escaping the pain. The good news is we have a choice. And, the best news is; you should know that there is tremendous FRUIT on the other side of that pain and challenge you put yourself under!

Ideally, we don't want to arrive at the end of our lives thinking "I SHOULD HAVE" tried this, learned that, only to realize we have wasted too much time and most of it in a perpetual mission to stay "comfortable".

Keep experimenting— keep leaning into the pain and discomort the great challenges that will make you better. You're far stronger and more resilient than you know and you won't ever know if you don't try!

Go for it! Enjoy the show! ; )

P.S.: ANYTIME YOU CHANGE / MODIFY YOUR DIET FIRST seek the advice of a medical professional. This is not an endorsement of any particular diet product or plan.

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S3-20: FAF - Right Goals?


Fri, Mar 24, 2017


Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

What are the right goals for a person to set?

The essence of great goal setting begins with "starting with your own house"

There happen to be four essential quadrants that truly reflect and indicate whether your own well being is in order: Mind, Body, Spiritual and Social. In fact, MG recalls, this is precisely the way The Habit Factor® app has been setup with specific "habit” categories. Remember, “Health is the first wealth” as Ralph Waldo Emerson has famously said.

Recalling the wellness / oneness circle: It's an important exercise to divide your well being into these 4 Quadrants and then identify which of them needs immediate attention. Set your goal there first.

There's another fantastic byproduct of goal setting!

"30% of the time you are going to set the wrong goal… and that is actually GOLD! Think about it; had you not set the goal, you wouldn’t have known it was the wrong one!"

"You're wasting time NOT by setting the wrong goal. You are wasting time by not setting any goal and therefore, not getting the feedback/information you absolutely need.”

Thank YOU for checking out this episode and we're always grateful when you SHARE our stuff w/ your friends and help us by writing a review ; )

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S3-19: Reis Paluso: Comfort Kills!


Wed, Mar 22, 2017


“I can now generate heat and then move it throughout my body.” ~Reis Paluso

Brian Tracy has famously said, "Comfort is the great enemy of success." So, the question is, "HOW COMFORTABLE ARE YOU?"

Reis Paluso is an amazing young man. Martin knows this well as Reis was one of his first "campers" way, way back in 1994-5 at Kreative Kids Computer Camp (Poway/San Diego).

Martin recounts Reis' amazing computer skills as a young lad and reflects on the joy and challenge of his first "real" entrepreneurial venture with his amazing partners (partners MG still has to this day).

Reis shares in the Kreative Kids memory; learning HTML, multi-media skills (in the early days of the internet) and of course how he became a 46 wpm typist, at age 12!

However, the MEAT of the this episode is all about Reis' and his recent voyage into the icy mountains of POLAND (bordering on Czech Republic). He ventured there in a quest to learn and experience the Wim Hof Method at an advanced level retreat. And, Reis confirms, this experience really elevated (so to speak) his Wim Hof practice to a whole, new level. (See links below for more about Hof himself).

After many days in an entirely foreign environment, RP shares how he had an emotional "release" really a massive personal breakthrough that he'd never anticipated and it was a direct result of this endeavor which culminates with him hiking up  Mount Snezka (in -15C or, 5?F) shirtless, with just shoes and shorts on!!

Check out this fun and powerful episode!

Talk about getting out of your comfort zone!!!

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Links from Episode

Reis Paluso Social Media Website
Mandanaturals.com
http://www.instagram.com/rpaluso

Reis' Engagement Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LHMRXhJC9Q

Wim Hof Website

MORE ON WIM:
Wim Hof Documentary "I think of the cold as a noble force...I love the cold" "Feeling is understanding." ~Wim Hof

KASPER VAN DER MEULEN

MORE BOOKS MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE!

http://mindlift.com/en/

MindLift Mental Fitness Modern Mind

SHANTARAM by GREGORY DAVID ROBERTS

WHAT DOESN’T KILL US by SCOTT CARNEY



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S3-18: MBM - Learning Mastery!


Mon, Mar 20, 2017


"We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection." ~Plato

It seems we address certain types of learning differently than say preparing to perform. In other words, to prepare for a performance we will practice, practice, and practice some more. But, when it comes to learning something we expect to see or hear it once and completely know it and be able to recall it.

Crazier still, we tend to think we're not too smart if we need to relearn the same lesson over and over again.

MG and HE challenge this idea. MG recalls how some of the audio lessons on his playlist he’s heard "hundreds" of times! The EXACT SAME lesson. And, he says, here's the “crazy” thing— each time he seems to pickup and learn something new.

Why is that? How can you or I hear the same message three times, for instance, and learn or pickup something different each time?

They cover the various reasons behind this phenomena and then, ultimately, propose this is precisely what higher education is about— for instance what PhD students do! They study the SAME SUBJECT over and over and then again, some more. They GO DEEP vs wide (breadth) and cover the same topic from different angles and perspectives. And, because of this, they notice details, nuances and connections most people will never see.

This, learning the same things over and over and then some more, is really what we call expertise. This is what mastery really is!

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S3-17: FAF - What is the Quickest Way to Happiness?


Fri, Mar 17, 2017


Today's topic involves the age-old quest for humans to BE HAPPY! That's it! "How can I be more happy?" Or as the title of the show suggests, "What's the quickest way to happiness?"

As you might guess MG and HE have a few thoughts on the matter. Henry starts with a great recount of friend who "wasn't particularly happy" and gives him an exercise to perform.

MG recounts a semi-related parallel story shared by the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer.

Then they go off. The list of tips gets long enough for Henry to exclaim, "I think there's a formula here!"

Give this FAF a listen and let us know if you don't (or, do) come a way a little happier! ; )

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S3-16: Klyn Elsbury: The Change-Maker


Wed, Mar 15, 2017


“Even in the most difficult times you are the one who gives your situation power by attaching a story to it”. ~Klyn Elsbury

Klyn Elsbury is one of the real change-makers of her generation! She's written a bestselling book, taught a Zumba class, runs a recruiting firm and perhaps most incredibly has done ALL of these things while battling Cystic Fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs.

In fact, Klyn made her battle with Cystic Fibrosis public in 2015 in an effort to combat big pharma and make a critical drug affordable. "I was already taking about 20 other different medications daily, there was no way I could afford that $259,000 price tag so I wrote a heartfelt blog post and that ended up going viral."

Klyn touches on all of this and shares with Martin a handful of key mindsets that allow her to stay strong and push through the tough days.

Klyn also shares how her company has uniquely positioned itself in the recruiting space, her take on "success", her best habits, favorite app, and a great book she's recently enjoyed (links below) all on this episode of Habits 2 Goals.

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Links from Episode

NBC NEWS Story- about Klyn and the fight for affordable medicine.

Duo Lingo (app)

Abundance by Peter H. Diamandis

Klyn's Website: iamseriespro.com

Landmark Makers


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S3-15: MBM - The Pyramid of Success


Mon, Mar 13, 2017


"Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming." ~Coach John Wooden

What is success? How do you define it? Henry and Martin get DEEP into the subject of SUCCESS. What is it really? And, crazier still, how do YOU define it!?

Don't think it's important? This about this: It's a given that 100% of people want to become a “success”. Yet, the large majority of people haven’t even taken the time to define what success means.

Do you have your own definition of success? Have you refined it and studied it?

Remember, it's very difficult to hit a target that you can’t see!

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Other definitions of success are explored: Earl Nightingale's "Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal."

And, Thoreau's "If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life they imagine, they will meet with a success in common hours."

It took Coach Wooden many years to find his correct formula. In 1934 he decided on the cornerstones, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, the two most important building blocks of the pyramid. Completing the foundation of the Pyramid are Friendship, Loyalty and Cooperation.

As the years went by, Coach Wooden built his Pyramid upon 14 building blocks of essential virtues (habits), leading to the apex, the final, 15th building block - Competitive Greatness.

On both sides of the Pyramid, in essence holding it together, are 10 words, including Ambition, Honesty and Integrity, once again all leading to the top, where Faith and Patience watch over Competitive Greatness.

Coach Wooden completed his 'Pyramid of Success' in the spring of 1948, and the original Pyramid drawing was on his office wall after he accepted the men's basketball head coaching position at UCLA that same spring.

Some classic Wooden quotes:
"The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself."

"Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting."

"As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others."

"Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets the credit."

Great books by and about the legend!

My personal Best

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success

Coach Wooden's Pyramid of Success Playbook

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S3-14: FAF - Opportunity Rising


Fri, Mar 10, 2017


The subject of this FAF (Frequently Asked Friday) rolls right out of MG's GTR, "Good Things Report" which involves his recent visit to Dallas for Russell Brunson's Funnelhacking live event.

If you're not familiar, Clickfunnels is a powerful marketing/selling software solution developed to provide business owners (really anyone who sells anything online) an easy to build, and in many cases, a pre-built sales "funnel" — a tool that drives prospects through a friendly sales process.

However, the question comes up, "What was the BIG takeaway from the 3 day event?" Martin's response has almost nothing to do with the Clickfunnels software itself! 

It's an inspiring takeaway though and it should fire-up anyone who's interested in promoting and selling their service/solution and/or products online.

Martin shares that a couple of the speakers at the event who used RB's Clickfunnels software had sold upwards of $100,000 before they were 15.

One of the key messages from the kids who presented was "Adults just over-think things!". So, if you're an entrepreneur or really just about anyone, selling anything online ClickFunnels just might be the perfect fit for you.

This link provides a FREE 14 Day Trial to check it out!

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Dotcom Secrets by Russell Brunson

Emily Shai - Five Steps to the Perfect Sleepover

Caleb Maddix Keys to Success for Kids

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S3-13: Henry J. Evans (Part Deux)


Wed, Mar 08, 2017


“You can change your destiny if you really understand marketing”.” ~Henry Evans

A reintroduction of our favorite co-host is in order since there have been many new subscribers and listeners between seasons. While Henry was interviewed in depth in Season II, we take some time in this short interview to chat with Henry about his expertise (marketing) and background as well as book and some thoughts on business and money!

Henry bounced around quite a bit as a kid, as his family moved about he ended up going to three different high schools! He attributes that experience to his outgoing personality. As a professional marketer, Henry recounts many of the key lessons learned (and those he wrote about in his book, "The Hour a Day Entrepreneur") and how he was able to make the leap from the corporate world to full-time entrepreneur.

Henry drops a nugget at the end of the show, something Martin hadn't heard before!

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MOVIE Mentioned (Trailer)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)


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S3-12: MBM - Getting Unstuck and into the Flow


Mon, Mar 06, 2017


“Before fear becomes fear it is pressure.” ~Grunburg

Martin and Henry have a blast (so to speak) with this topic! How do you get unstuck? What should you do when you feel like your life is in a "rut"?

How does ANYONE get unstuck? Well, the answer is a bit counter-intuitive.

Martin recounts a little plumbing episode over the holidays. After fighting with a clogged drain for hours (blogpost here) he finally resorts to another tactic / tool offered by his neighbor to remove the clog.

The plumbing episode leaves him shaking his head as he realizes that the same physics required to unclog the drain (getting it unstuck) ought to be used when someone whats to get their lives "unstuck"!

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S3-11: FAF - Habit vs. Skill


Fri, Mar 03, 2017


“Habit lies at the intersection of knowledge, skill and desire." ~Dr. Stephen Covey

Martin and Henry discuss a topic that has many of even the top behavioral psychologists in the world have a difficult time addressing, that is, how habit and skill differ.

Think about it, is tying your shoes a skill or a habit? Or, is it both?

Martin argues that rather that trying to explain their differences we ought to put more emphasis on why they are almost the same, fraternal twins so to speak.

This matters because when we do that we can quickly dispel so many of the silly myths around habit development. For instance, that you need a reward to develop a habit or you have to perform the behavior every day or the classic myth, it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Just insert the word "skill" for habit and you can see how silly that becomes. Do you need a "reward" to develop a skill? Or, we know we can learn any skill without practicing/learning it daily. Or, imagine telling anyone you'll have that skill in 21 days.

So, rather than fully accepting Covey's theory and statement above, where "Skill" is a requirement for habit development. Martin tweaks it just a little so that skill is not a requirement but rather part of what is developed/created in a similar way as habit.

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S3-10: Overcoming Overwhelm


Wed, Mar 01, 2017


“I was facing some rejection from a lot of areas in my life... everything kinda caved in all at the same time.”

Meet Cathey F! An amazing woman and a long-time THF reader, app user and podcast listener. MG begged her to share her story about her semi-recent struggles and how she was able to breakthrough.

Cathey was in "total overwhelm"... trying to start a new business in the midst of a potential health crises, changes in her community, social circle and other difficulties made even tracking a few habits just too much.

Then, she signed up for a "Focus & Discipline" webinar hosted by MG and shares how some of that content combined with tracking certain key habits proved to help feed her ongoing breakthrough.

Every reader/listener is going through a challenge or will be! Her willingness to share her experience is likely to help others and bring great value to the audience!

Brilliant job — thank you again Cathey!

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S3-9: MBM - Master the Inner Game!


Mon, Feb 27, 2017


“All knowledge is based upon perceptual experience” ~Aristotle

Empiricism is a theory that states that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience.

Here’s a couple questions to ponder deeply… 

"How real are certain “truths”? "How accurate is your knowledge particularly as it relates to the stories you tell yourself about your desires, goals and intentions?"

For instance, the US Supreme Court has nine justices? Why not just one? The reason is all nine people can and often see the same data, same experience and same "truth" differently. It turns out that their unique perception reveals to each a different story.

So, the question becomes, what story are you crafting about yourself? Which ones impose limits on you? How “real” are they? Are you certain that you can’t change the story to better support your ideals and goals. 

Knowledge is rarely static. Rather, we find that knowledge shifts around often throughout history. For instance, we know today that the world is round. There was a time that knowledge told all humans the world was flat. In middle school, we were taught that there are nine planets in our solar system. Today, knowledge tells us that there are just eight! Science told us for years that cholesterol was bad. Today there is good and bad cholesterol.

So, if your story (knowledge) isn’t serving you or your goals, CHANGE IT!

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S3-8: FAF - Why Are Goals So Important


Fri, Feb 24, 2017


“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things." ~Einstein

Why is it that we (humans) have this innate capacity to set goals for ourselves?

If success can be defined as "creating your ideal future" then how anyone can go about achieving "success" is via GOALS. Goals provide people a sense of control and self-efficacy as well as purpose. The challenge is, most people don't know how to effectively go about goal achievement so unfortunately they give up or think it's futile.

Henry and Martin review a few definitions and theories about "success" and realize that if we're trying to simply become better people, it is goals that help provides us the vehicle! And, any progress along the road is "success".

It turns out though that success is NOT really an event or a destination but should rather be this idea of constant improvement — the journey.

Check out this episode and set a big goal today!

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S3-7: Jack Daly, Lifestyle By Design


Wed, Feb 22, 2017


“My goals are posted on my website for the world to see, JackDaly.net”

At 59, Jack Daly did his first Ironman Triathlon! Today's he's closing in on 100 marathons and has the goal to complete one on every continent! When Martin catches up with him in this H2G interview he's preparing to go compete at the USA Triathlon "nationals".

Jack wasn't always an athlete and that's at least one of the many lessons in this entertaining and educational episode. Jack Daly has an extensive list of "Bucket List experiences" an MBA and his sales expertise makes him a sought after speaker and consultant.

Although Jack's real specialty (as far as Martin is concerned) is his philosophy of "lifestyle by design" and throughout the episode you will learn the important lessons and mindsets, tools and tactics that helped him craft his unique and inspiring life. Yes, YOU GUESSED IT, it comes down to his HABITS and GOALS! ; )

 

Jack's Bestselling Books!

Hyper Sales Growth!

The Sales Playbook

Paper Napkin Wisdom

 

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S3-6: FAF - How Long Does it Take to Lose a Habit?


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


"Habit is a cobweb at first and a cable at last." ~Chinese Proverb

Let's say you have a habit of doing push-ups every morning. At what point does a habit cease to become a habit?

Well, it turns out that psychologist, Clark C. Hull introduced something he labeled "habit strength" many years ago. As Martin puts it, his "formula" was a little eccentric, perhaps too complicated and Martin set out to reintroduce HabitStrength™ but make it much easier to apply and understand.

Just like a muscle, habit is strengthened with consistency over time. By following the P.A.R.R. methodology anyone is able to increase their HabitStrength™

Plan. Act. Record. Reassess. P.A.R.R. is The Habit Factor's proprietary methodology to help anyone develop habits and increase their HabitStrength™. After each successive 28 day period (4 weeks) the participant, if they've registered 85% or better against their targets can "raise the bar."

The fact is HABIT DEVELOPMENT demands three core elements/ ingredients... Knowledge, Skill (capacity to do the work), DESIRE.

Here's a blog post to add some depth to the idea: Skill vs Habit

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S3-5: FAF - HELP! I am STRESSED!


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


“Muddied waters left to stand become clear.” Lao Tzu

What is STRESS really?  Martin and Henry explore stress diving deep into the topic at hand. The idea is simple; the better we can understand the subject the better we can address it.

Henry starts the discussion recounting an entrepreneur group meeting led by Martin discussing the same topic and how his comments and that quote above have stuck with him ever since.

Henry and Martin review discuss and analyze stress from various vantage points and review different mindsets and techniques to help manage stress.

Later, Martin shares a F R E E Gift (unplanned) but realizes it's a great way for listeners to help manage stress. Please see resource link below - As a Man Thinketh. Since you can only hold one thought in your mind at a time, this beautiful, short and powerful little book helps you to guide your mind and “think right” in times of great challenge.

Check it out and learn other great tips and find out how to get your free gift!

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S3-4: FAF - How can I FOCUS better?!


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


"The successful person is just the average person focused.”

This episode is chock-full of tips, tools and techniques to help you master your focus and to be more productive! Martin and Henry discuss focus in an age of high technology and perpetual distraction.

Martin shares that the very reason The Habit Factor even exists is because of his inability to focus and how THF was the answer that helped him to write two books.
Henry covers a few great tips like time blocking (hours at a time) and changing up his environment, sometimes even crashing nice hotels!

A few KEYS covered include: deep breathing, knowing you energy patterns, setting minimum focus time and changing your environment!

"A five watt light bulb can barely light up a closet but when focused can cut through steel."

Resources mentioned:

WriteRoom (app iOS)
Headspace (app)
Brain.FM
Pomodoro technique

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S3-3: MBM - Procrastination!


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


“Before fear becomes fear, it’s pressure.” Martin and Henry dive deep into WHY we all seem to procrastinate more than we’d like. Spoiler alert: The biggest reason is resisting the possibility of future PAIN, FEAR and/or uncertainty.

Then they delve into the various mindsets and strategies they use to address and overcome procrastination. Talk of "The Pressure Paradox™" comes up as it must!

How do you “refract” PRESSURE? Just like light refracts through a prism Martin proposes that each of us refract pressure and procrastination is just a negative form of refraction based again upon fear, uncertainty and the concern for future pain. Check this one out!

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The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-2: MBM - Accountability!


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


After Martin and Henry bust out their GTRs (Good Things Report) they tackle the power of accountability. Henry calls out MG on his confession about tracking just 50% with his accountability group. Then, Martin shares the significance of TRACKING + ACCOUNTABILITY and the mindset that helped him to stay motivated!

Questions to ponder: What are you comparing yourself against? How much better are you doing just by the act of tracking in the first place?

Martin shares that The Habit Factor's Facebook Accountability Page has been critical to help him push through stagnation and how fun it is to see others progress and how everyone encourages each other!

They even review the fundamental components of habit development (the absolute requirements PLUS the best method for habit development; P.A.R.R. ) and examples of working with others who’ve realized a great ancillary benefits even if and when they were tracking the wrong habit and chasing the wrong goal!
 

The Habit Factor Facebook Accountability Group (application is here)

Here's a video explaining P.A.R.R. and HabitStrength™ >> Meet BILL

Thanks for checking out, sharing and subscribing to this podcast!

More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor's Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


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S3-1: MBM - Theme Days!


Mon, Feb 20, 2017


In this, the first episode of the new season Martin welcomes Henry Evans of "Hour a Day Entrepreneur" fame and "Get Clear Marketing" as the season’s new co-host and they get right into the topic du jour, “Theme Days”.

When you think about the most successful organizations they do one thing well: they are consistent! Consistency of behavior is achieved via a rhythmic, habit-pattern sort of scheduling that takes advantage of the natural rhythms in nature. Hence, we have a calendar and a clock. So, for instance, management teams will meet on Mondays. Or your gardener always shows up on a Tuesday and Church is always on Sunday. etc.

Consider how you can employ the same idea to your productivity! The key question becomes, how are YOU going to establish a rhythm of behavior (habits) that support your or your organizations goals. Rhythmic behavior is a great way to SOLVE problems ensuring that problem areas get routine, systematic attention and treatment.

For more on the topic you can read Martin's post

Here's a video explaining P.A.R.R. and HabitStrength™ >> Meet BILL

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More Resources

(FREE! The Habit Factor's Tracking Template)

The Habit Factor® (website: BLOG, tips, tools and other resources)

The Habit Factor® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Pressure Paradox® Book (Amazon Kindle)

The Habit Factor app (iOS, Android)

The Habit Factor's Facebook (Private) Accountability Group


>>>>CONNECT WITH HENRY EVANS<<<<

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The Bridge Episode! BONUS: A FREE Gift for Helping to launch Season III of Habits 2 Goals!


Thu, Feb 16, 2017


BONUS: Just for checking in on this episode, Martin is giving away one of his most powerful and now, just for YOU (F R E E) tools—the Personal Evaluation Toolkit! (P.E.T.) A gift just for listening, subscribing, reviewing and helping to ensure an EPIC launch for Season III. All you have to do is listen to this show and follow the simple guidelines below...

This is “The Bridge” episode! Titled such because it bridges Season II and the all new, exciting, upcoming release Season III. Season III is set to premiere 2/21 with a new Co-host and Cover Art!
Just listen to the show, subscribe and write a quick review when Season III debuts (between Feb 20 - 28) and you will be sent the powerful P.E.T.! Personal Evaluation Toolkit! A fantastic way to ensure that YOUR 2017 is off to the best start possible. It’s that simple. Thanks!



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How to Make 2017 a Breakthrough Year, Essential Questions and Exercises


Tue, Dec 27, 2016


"Wisdom is equal measure experience plus reflection." ~Aristotle

With 2016 almost entirely in the rear view mirror, now is the time to REFLECT and add some growth and wisdom to our lives as we look toward 2017!

Martin reviews a few essential questions and exercises that have helped him immeasurably and covers some bigger concepts like wellness, happiness and the essence of habit and goal achievement.

This episode is designed to help us identify where we are and where we want to go in 2017 and of course, how to get there.

At the end of this show Martin shares a similarly themed blog post (yr end post) that links to a much more in-depth document— a P.E.T. (a Personal Evaluation Toolkit) approx 40 pages... which is totally FREE.

Just visit: http://thehabitfactor.com/2016

Thanks for listening and be sure to use all these great ideas and tools to make 2017 your best year ever. Also, be sure to subscribe and share the Habits 2 Goals podcast and blog with your friends!

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Episode 100!!! Happy Thanksgiving: Thinking Right & Your Flashlight


Thu, Nov 24, 2016


Happy Thanksgiving!!! Episode 100 is short, sweet and powerful. Yes! There is even a GIFT! A Free eBook, As a Man Thinketh! This very quick, powerful read is one of Martin's favorite books and he shares exactly WHY (plus, the link to get your special edition).

 “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~Martin Luther King

This episode is the perfect reminder on this Thanksgiving Day! While most people will tell you to be grateful for the fact that you are alive, have clean air and water and live (hopefully) in a FREE country. Martin changes the discussion pointing to an essential gift that is often overlooked.

What we ought to be thankful for is our UNIQUE capacity to choose our thoughts! To direct our attention, intention and focus.

If we "feel whatever we focus upon" then the question to ask is, "WHO is holding your flashlight?"

One more time: "WHO is holding your flashlight?" Who decides what you will focus upon at any moment?

This Thanksgiving we get to recognize that our FIRST debt of gratitude ought to be the fact that we hold a most unique gift— the ability to direct our awareness.

In fact, it's this capacity that allows US TO BE GRATEFUL this Thanksgiving.

So, should you be thinking that you have NOTHING to be grateful for, think again— and then use your gift of awareness as it was intended! ; )

Thanks for sharing THF with your family and friends!

 

BTW: If you're a NEW LISTENER please download the last episode as it will direct you to a great list of "best of" and "Starter" episodes to chew on until SEASON THREE kicks off in the not too distant future!
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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 22: New Listener, RECAP-isode


Mon, Nov 07, 2016


A short episode designed for new listeners. MG recaps some of the most popular episodes — helps any new listener/subscriber get up to speed before season III begins.

Download this episodes —

Mindsets & Philosophies:
- MBM02 - Responsibility
- The Physics of Personal Productivity
- Making the Time to Relax
- 7 Reasons Self Help Does Not Suck
- Silence and Concentration
- Success in Common Hours
- MBM 21- "Be Like Water"
- The Eighth Wind

Habits
- What does Ben Franklin and a Hindu Priest have in common
- 3 Habit Busting Tips
- What makes  a good habit?
- The Habit of Asking Questions
- How Long Does it Really Take to Develop a Habit
- What is the law of cosmic habit force!

Goals
- Why SMART goals aren’t so smart
- Vision: Everything is Created Twice
- Got Leverage
- Persistence is more valuable than
- Super-conscious connectivity
- MBM 18: “Getting to”
- The Eight That Separate

A few Interviews to start with:
- Jon Carder -  Super Entrepreneur
- Eric Kaufmann  (Virtues of Leadership)
- Henry Evans - The Hour A Day Entrepreneur

 If you're new to the show these will give you plenty to chew on until season three kicks off in the not too distant future! ; )



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 21: Is My ADD Ruining Me?


Fri, Jul 22, 2016


It's no accident that so many of the clinically and even non-clinically diagnosed "sufferers" of ADD / ADHD symptoms seek out and recommend The Habit Factor.

In this episode Martin shares how and why you ought to regard your ADD/ADHD as a terrific asset and not focus so much on the liability aspect in the Season II finale episode.

As it turns out, The Habit Factor was birthed as a solution to Martin's own productivity and goal achievement challenges as chronicled in the bestseller, The Habit Factor (amazon)

Choosing to focus on the positive symptoms of ADD, we see how for instance, "seeing connections others may miss" can be a powerful asset. In fact, this is a great illustration of how The Habit Factor originally identified and published the powerful habit alignment for goal-achievement or "Habits 2 Goals" methodology. And, at the same time exposed best practices like "SMART Goals" for leaving out habit entirely.

Finally, Martin shares that it's time for him to dive head first into some big projects and moves and wrap-up Season II. All new listeners are encouraged to revisit some of the older episodes!

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Resources

 

Plan, Act, Record and Reassess: Dedicate yourself to tracking (for a period of 28 days) please check out the P.A.R.R. methodology for habit development that underscores the importance and the best way to track.

Here's a quick/short video to illustrate!

Text "HABITS" to 33444 or visit the "Template" Link below!

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor Template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Mind Bullet Wed 21: Go Fast or Go Far?


Wed, Jul 20, 2016


"If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go with others." ~African Proverb

Touching on a theme from a prior episode in season one, Teamwork Makes the Dream Work, Martin shares a couple #MBM worthy quotes, to help underscore the importance of working together.

Citing how geese will fly up to 70% further when they fly as a group in their "V" formation, the analogy isn't to be lost when it comes to us, attempting to reach our own goals.

The geese will even share leadership and responsibility which allows the other geese (particularly those who've worked the hardest) the ability to go to the back, draft, and conserve energy and refresh.

The idea here is to reflect upon your life goals, identify the team you are building and working with and see if you can't learn from and model the success formula of the geese —teamwork!

And the geese in the back of the formation have an important role too, honking the loudest and cheering the lead geese on who are working the hardest!

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Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 21: Be Like Water


Mon, Jul 18, 2016


It's hard to argue that water is not the ultimate solution...

Particularly when you notice water's unique traits and how they can apply to our lives.

As a follow-up to the recent Adaptability Episode (Mind Bullet), Martin shares how water proves to be a fantastic model for us to learn from.

Not many elements change from gas to liquid and even become a solid with general ease.

Further, water provides a powerful model for two other important concepts; mastery & character.

Maybe it isn't a coincidence that our body as well as the earth itself, is comprised of approximately of 70% water?

When it comes to our character, water provides an example of many important traits we'd be wise to assume; strength, transparency, resilience, cohesiveness, patience, flexibility, formlessness, self-balancing/correcting, smooth, soft, etc.

These are the same traits any, would be, "master" must assume while, of course, refusing the "master" label.

The master never reaches for the great, thus she achieves greatness. when she runs into a difficulty she stops and gives herself to it. She doesn't cling to her own comfort. Thus problems are no problem for her.
~Lao Tzu

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Resources

Bruce Lee - Youtube Video, Be Like Water My Friend

Brainpickings Bruce Lee - Be Like Water

The Pressure Paradox™, Martin Grunburg
Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 20: Why Is Tracking Important?


Fri, Jul 15, 2016


"What gets measured gets done!"

A great question and now after about thirteen years of tracking important behaviors/habits Martin shares that it's almost impossible to imagine achieving any goal without tracking those behaviors/habits that align with his goals.

Martin sets the table be recounting how and where tracking first entered and influenced most of our lives; school! The teacher tracked our attendance and our grades. Why? So we would know (in real time) whether we were progressing or not. Then he touches on a quick anecdote about a great camp director on Catalina who used to warn that kids that the counselors were tracking their BMs (seriously).

Then Martin shares how tracking behaviors or habits is time-tested and proven process to achieve goals and once again cites and refers listeners to a prior, "Be Like Ben" Mind Bullet Monday episode #11!

So, if you haven't experienced and dedicated yourself to tracking (for a period of 28 days) please check out the P.A.R.R. methodology for habit development that underscores the importance and the best way to track.

Here's a quick/short video to illustrate!

To further illustrate the importance, consider watching a basketball game where there was no scoreboard. How would you feel about that? How would the players feel? How focused would the players be? How committed to winning would the players be? Could you tell who was winning or losing?

Absurd, right?

Yet, we dare go through our lives NOT tracking what is important to us? Do you know if you're winning or losing? How committed to the outcome can you really be? As though, a basketball, football or pick your sport is more important than your own goals and ambitions!

Martin further shares that nobody, ever, has emailed or commented to him to say that P.A.R.R. doesn't work. That is because the only way it doesn't work is if the person doesn't follow through.

Once they Plan, Act, Record and Reassess they begin to develop the essential habits that will lead them to their goal!

To wrap things up Martin shares that perhaps the greatest tracker and goal achiever he knows is a man named Jack Daly — a friend and mentor. (http://www.jackdaly.net) And, how Jack is a tremendous inspiration who shares his quarterly tracking stats that include things like; bicycle miles per month, wine drinking days, nights at home, nights on the road (for work), miles run, miles flown, etc.

This is a can't miss FAF episode if you've ever wondered about the significance of tracking your behaviors and to inspire you to start TODAY in order to help you reach your most important goals!

Don't forget to download and revisit some of the prior episodes if you're new here! ; )

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S02-Mind Bullet Wed 20: How Adaptable Are You?


Wed, Jul 13, 2016


"It's not the strongest or the smartest of species that survives, but the one most adaptable to change." ~Charles Darwin

In order to be "successful" you can bet you'll need to first survive— to be alive. Seems obvious enough and when considered in that context, one really cannot over-emphasis the importance of adaptability as it relates to not just survival but the attainment of success.

In her bestseller Mindset (Amazon), Dr. Carol Dweck points to grit as a key predictor of success. Angela Duckworth (correction) is the author of GRIT (Amazon).

Martin then shares his take on what a GRIT pyramid might look like and the visual (link here to related post) really underscores how both resilience and adaptability are essential. No adaptability— no grit.

It seems we all know people who experience the same poor results and yet continue with the same behaviors. The inference is that if they could take the time to first reflect on the outcome they desire and then adapt their behaviors and habits they will improve their results.

"It's hard to have adaptability without that reflection component..."

The next dimension of adaptability falls under interpersonal relationships. Once we can acknowledge that everyone sees the world a little differently, it's imperative then to be flexible and willing to adapt our own viewpoints to meet others.

Finally, we're cautioned not to fixate on models and strategies even if they have worked in the past. The fact is, times change, people change, technologies change, etc. For instance; the Taxi cab was a terrific business model and it has been greatly disrupted by new technologies and companies like Lyft and Uber have capitalized. Adaptability played a key role for those new companies to take shape and shift an entire industry.

The idea is to reflect upon your own life and any current challenges and ask if these may present opportunities for you to be more adaptable and flexible, more open to other alternatives and solutions?

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GRIT by Angela Duckworth

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Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 20: Choose Growth!


Mon, Jul 11, 2016


"In times of change the learners inherit the earth while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists." Eric Hoffer

It seems we all know a few people who decided that learning should cease when with their schooling. Unfortunately, these people tend to be same ones who are unhappy and discontent with themselves and their lives.

It's important to ask ourselves, "Is growth and learning a habit that I've incorporated into my life?"

That is, do you routinely set aside time to learn new subjects and skills; to broaden your mind, to read and explore new and different environments daily.

Better yet, do you track your learning process— the development of any new skill or habit. If not, you ought to consider it since greats like Benjamin Franklin did this regularly (see Be Like Ben episode)

So, whether it’s tracking your attempt to become better in your vocation, learning a new skill or reading spiritual texts, the key idea is making your continued growth intentional and a habit.

Reminder: Using The Habit Factor's P.A.R.R. methodology, it's simple to Plan, Act, Record and Reassess your effort. Or, you can use the free tracking template or app.

This helps to ensure your growth is also focused upon the core, four areas; mind, body, spirit and social.

Sidenote: Martin references a Youtube video he saw recently (Rabbi video) where a Rabbi shares that the impetus (as he learns it) for the lobster to grow is discomfort. The lobster then discards its old shell and this is what allows the lobster to grow.

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Rabbi & Lobster Growth Video

Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

Napoleon Hill The Science of Personal Achievement

Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 19: When Should I Quit?


Fri, Jul 01, 2016


Quitting is one of the easiest things to do. Hence, most people quit when the going gets tough. It's the rare person that forges ahead on not much more than faith and adapts and persists and then adapts some more. Hence, "success" seems rare.

Unfortunately, it seems to be popular lately to encourage quitting, as though it was a virtue.

In this episode Martin takes a different tact and recommends forging on... almost always, despite setbacks and using them to become more resourceful and adaptive.

Having said all that, there are indeed times to quit. But here's a key distinction; it's typically when you've had various successes already and you know what a real failure looks like because you've experienced it.

Recall that it's good judgement that comes from experience and experience that comes from bad judgement. So, there's great benefit to the continued pursuit of one's ideal outcome; character is forged, creativity is enhanced and resourcefulness grows despite the odds.

Often the data that we're observing may not be entirely accurate or, it may be skewed— magnified by our poor self talk.

Those who succeed seem to press through the desire to quit; to carefully manipulate the information they pay attention to and magnify even the smallest victories.

So, when should you quit? There's a short checklist here...

Check out this slightly extended FAF episode... (Plus, notice of brief hiatus. No new episodes the first week of July. Please download and revisit some of the oldies! ; )

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S02-Mind Bullet Wed 19: Getting to "Maybe"


Wed, Jun 29, 2016


In this episode Martin recounts the classic parable about a Chinese Farmer.

As you listen to the story it becomes easy to see how we, like the neighbors in the story, are intent on labeling events either "good" or "bad", "fortunate" or "unfortunate".

The parable though teaches us to withhold immediate judgement and cautions us at the same time to allow events to play out further.

Martin recalls a similar story when an entrepreneur within a group he was coaching/mentoring was ecstatic about finally making the perfect hire after months of frustration and struggle including dozens of interviews.

Finally, the entrepreneur updated Martin with a text saying that he had made what he believed was the perfect hire!

A month later though as the group reconvened, the entrepreneur shared that the new hire had only lasted a couple days and then quit.

The question for us is, what events are transpiring in your life, at the moment, that appear unfavorable?

And, like the wise Chinese farmer can you ask yourself if perhaps the event rather deserves a "maybe" response. As in, maybe it's unfortunate and maybe it's fortunate.

The idea is to get our minds to this place of "maybe" particularly when things don't go our way. Could it in fact be a "maybe"? Can you look for the seeds of opportunity in each perceived setback?

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Chinese Farmer as told by Alan Watts [Youtube]

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The Habit Factor app

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 19: How Life Expands!


Mon, Jun 27, 2016


"Life shrinks or expands according to one's courage." Anais Nin

If we're not growing we're probably slowly dying. Sounds like a painful cliche but there is ample truth to the statement. The root or foundation of growth in personal all development can be traced to what Aristotle deemed the "mother" of all virtues—courage. 

We have reviewed courage many times on this podcast. And, it's important to remember that any virtue is simply a habit long sustained. Nobody is born virtuous and therefore we know that courage habit can be cultivated like any other habit and ultimately become a virtue.

But how and where can we apply Anais' quote to our lives?

Martin poses questions like this:

If you learned a new skill would that make life expand or contract? Would that take courage?

If you volunteered for a leadership position at work or at a local non-profit would that make life expand or shrink? Would that take courage?

If you set and went after your big, improbably goal? Do you think life would expand? Would that take courage?

So, the question for you to ponder is, "Where (what aspect of your life) can you be more courageous?"

"Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others." ~Aristotle

Check it out — listen to today's episode and see how changing your dialogue with yourself changes your attitude and your output!

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Brian Tracy  The Psychology of Achievement.

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Napoleon Hill, Think & Grow Rich

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 18: What's a Paradigm Shift?


Fri, Jun 24, 2016


"We don't see the world as it is, we see it as we are." ~Anais Nin

When people talk about shifting their paradigm it might sound corny, or perhaps trendy, or both.

The importance of shifting one's paradigm particularly when it comes to self-imposed limitations or limiting beliefs can not be overstated. In fact, Einstein once said you can't solve a problem using the same level of thinking that created the problem and that is precisely the value of a paradigm shift.

Martin provides the example of how The Habit Factor, itself, by exploring the subject of HABIT very deeply helped to shift people's paradigms about habit. And in particular, how habit  helps to drive goal achievement.

He even shares the example of Apple's "Think Different" campaign which was their way to underscore Apple's belief that a computer isn't a computer (as we know it) but rather an extension of our personality, how we work and even in many ways could be viewed as art.

Martin also recounts a great story, originally shared by the late Dr. Stephen Covey, that provides a dramatic example of a powerful a paradigm shift can be!

The key is to understand that paradigms are forged by our values, past experiences and our habitual thinking and knowing that, we have the capacity to shift them if we're willing.

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S02-Mind Bullet: Success in Common Hours


Wed, Jun 22, 2016


"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours." Henry David Thoreau

In this episode Martin revisits this quote by the famous essayist — a quote that sent him on a journey of personal discovery and analysis about the enigma that is "success".

In this famous quote Henry David Thoreau points out with great assurance that, "he WILL meet with a success in common hours". Notice that HDT doesn't say he "might" or that he "could" but that he "WILL"!

After years of analysis and reaffirming this statement, Martin has settled on much the same truth. That success is not a destination but a realization along the journey and is experienced as one pursues their ideal future confidently.

It seems that it is only when one advances confidently toward their dreams and works hard realize the life that they have imaged that the improbable happens — that they are met with the feeling of success in "common" hours.

HDT's formula is crystal clear:

1) have an ideal vision, a dream to pursue

2) work hard to achieve it

3) move confidently every day toward it

When you can check off those three boxes each and every day you will meet with a success in common hours.

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 18: "Getting To!"


Mon, Jun 20, 2016


"As long as you are above ground, these are ALL things you 'Get to do!'"

How we talk to ourselves determines a vast majority of what we do and do not do.

The language that we use often creates resistance. So, then what happens? Well, we know what we need to do but still don't do it.

What are the chances that some of that resistance is simply tied to the language that we use?

In this episode Martin begins by asking you to imagine you both work at the same company and he get to "tell you what you have to do". Doesn't sound too pleasant does it?

Yet, many of use will go through each day saying that exact statement to ourselves, things like; "I have to pay my bills". "I have to go to the gym." "I have to get the car washed." "I have to go to school" etc.

A subtle and significant shift takes place when we revisit our language and change the way we talk to ourselves. Simply saying, "I get to pay my bills." "I get to go to the gym" etc. will reduced our reluctance to do them!

What are you telling yourself "you have to do" and how easily can you make that shift?

Check it out — listen to today's episode and see how changing your dialogue with yourself changes your attitude and your output!

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 17: Subconscious vs the Superconscious


Fri, Jun 17, 2016


"There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why.” ~Albert Einstein

What is the difference between the superconscious and the subconscious?

When a problem is well defined it seems that when we are relaxed, and in a subconscious, habitual state that we make that "leap in consciousness" that Einstein talks about.

Einstein calls it a "leap" in consciousness and many theorize that is exactly what it is. But the "how" and the "why" may in fact be related to the subconscious and in particular HABIT.

Many personal development greats like Brian Tracy and Napoleon Hill (video link below) have also termed this the "God-Mind" and "Infinite Intelligence". Whatever you call it, it's a powerful aspect to one's creativity and it appears to be most often fostered when we are performing habitual activities such as; brushing our teeth, showering, shaving, driving, etc.

In this episode Martin uses the "three-layer cake" analogy and shares his experience and insights regarding the matter.

There is a power above and behind us and we are the channels (conduit) of its communication." ~Emerson

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S02-Mind Bullet: Acres of Diamonds


Wed, Jun 15, 2016


A diamond in the rough doesn't look like a diamond and that's an important point to remember.

In this episode Martin revisits a timeless classic from the personal development archives, "Acres of Diamonds" by Russell Conwell.

Russell Conwell shares the story of an African farmer who becomes excited about the prospect of finding a fortune of diamonds elsewhere. He hurriedly sells his farmland and heads out to seek his treasure.

After years of searching, dejected, despondent and alone, he ultimately kills drowns himself.

The moral to the story is timeless, that our real fortunes lie within. That we already have a fortune within our selves as long as we are willing to take the time to refine our skills and character.

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 17: The Power of Quadrant #2!


Mon, Jun 13, 2016


"The key is tricking yourself to move quadrant two items to quadrant one whenever possible."

This episode Martin revisits Stephen Covey's classic Effectiveness or Time Management Grid.

Many of us become great at "getting stuff done" (GTD) the only challenge is that often it's NOT the the important stuff that, in the long run, will make us feel content, accomplished and like we've lived a life that was worth living.

All too often that "stuff" resides in quadrant one as Dr. Covey points out yet, it's quadrant #2 as Covey defines it, where things the important but not urgent items are that have the most value to us.

What sort of things can be found in quadrant #2?

-Planning and strategy
-Setting a vision
-Exercising
-Reading to your children
-Vocation
-Prevention
-Long-Term Goals

Martin explores this idea that within his latest book, The Pressure Paradox™ one of the underlying themes was the importance to creating a sense of urgency (pressure) and how a key to being more effective is moving the those long-term goals into quadrant 1.

For instance, the book and even the app as well as goals like the Ironman and catalina classic were all quadrant #2 items. And, it was via the use of The Habit Factor that helped move those key behaviors (habits) into quadrant #1.

Check it out — listen to today's episode and see if you can't identify the important quadrant #2 items in your life and make sure you are tracking the important habits that will help you achieve your goals!

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 16: "Should I Worry?"


Fri, Jun 10, 2016


"Worrying is like paying interest on a loan that may never come due."

But, is there really no value in worrying?

It's a great question and one worth considering. What is the value of worry? Why have we been given this capacity to worry?  

It turns out that worry can be damaging and a great waste of time and energy. However, there are many instances where worry serves a tremendous purpose; to get us off our butts— to take action!

So how do you know which type of worrying is beneficial?

There are essentially two types of worry; things you can influence and control and things that you can not.

To worry about the weather next week is likely a waste of time and energy. However, when you worry about things that you can influence and it forces you to think and act resourcefully then the worry provides great value.

Examine your own worry patterns; when and where you place your time, energy and attention particularly when it comes to things beyond your sphere of influence.

The subject than reminds Martin about the old, “Serenity Prayer” that goes something like, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things i can not change. The courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.

There is a reason that is called the serenity prayer— knowing the difference helps one avoid worthless worry and at the same time can bring great peace and serenity.

After all, why pay interest on a loan that may never come due?

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S02-Mind Bullet: The Power of Conditioning


Wed, Jun 08, 2016


"Comfort is the great enemy of success." ~Brian Tracy

In this episode Martin explores the upside and the downside of becoming conditioned.

In any environment over time (humans) become conditioned but it isn't just the environment that we become conditioned to. We are conditioned to our diets, to the amount of money we earn, to our friendship, professional and social circle. In fact, we are conditioned to our thinking (habituated) about things like how much money we can make, how strong we are, what we are good and bad at (our self-concept), etc.

The relationship between being "conditioned" and habit is hard to avoid and in psychology it's directly tied to habit formation; think Pavlov's dog, stimulus and response. It's difficult to imagine any person who is habituated to a "thing" and not at the same time conditioned to it.

The key is knowing that conditioning (all forms) can serve us as much as harm us— to use the power of conditioning to get stronger— physically, mentally and even emotionally. Therefore it's essential to continually test new boundaries and trust what was once uncomfortable will become comfortable.

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 16: Permission Granted!


Mon, Jun 06, 2016


"Creativity takes courage." ~Henri Matisss

This episode may be the perfect follow-up to last Friday's Frequently Asked Friday (FAF), "What if I fail?"

With the thought of "failure" comes a lot of resistance that prevents many of us from ever getting started.

Similarly, when a person is considering taking on any creative endeavor, they often will unknowingly seek permission to begin— as though someone is going to grant them that ability.

What happens when you give yourself permission to:

-Take the first step
-Start that company
-Write that book
-Develop that app
-Start that blog
-Fail (at anything), etc.

Martin explores this idea that we (YOU) don't need permission from anyone to begin your creative project/endeavor NOW and recognizes that had he sought permission to write The Habit Factor® or The Pressure Paradox™ or develop his apps, he could have been waiting a lifetime.

The interesting thing is not only was nobody going to grant him permission but the impact that the book and app have had on thousands of people around the world would have never come to pass.

Check out today's episode and remove that last bit of resistance to get started today.

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 15: "What If I Fail?"


Fri, Jun 03, 2016


Martin begins this episode by talking about his 13 year old daughter and her recent run for student council president. His first thought... "Oh no! What if she loses!" And, then he silently figures he'd better prepare a consolation speech for her.

The encounter got him thinking though about a few things. First, how brave she was (only two other candidates -girls- were willing to run) and that somewhere in her mind (perhaps) she had to be accepting of the idea of failure— not winning the election.   

Considering the value of being willing to fail further, Martin mentions that in a prior episode he spoke about the idea, what would you do if you knew you could NOT fail.

However, now, thinking about this event, he recognizes that there may be even more power in accepting the possibility of failure and proceeding anyway. 

In fact, it's the acceptance of failure not the rejection that helps to remove the resistance and may actually facilitate getting on started on ANY journey— knowing that they might fail but doing whatever they can to prevent it from happening.

Taking a queue from top athletes the idea of releasing any expectations of the outcome; whether it's a swing of a tennis racquet, a shot going through the basketball hoop or a golf shot, accepting the possibility of failure allows one to improve and succeed!

After all, if failure is the pathway to success then perhaps it isn't about "not failing" as much as it is about being willing to fail!

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S02-Mind Bullet: The Value of Listening


Wed, Jun 01, 2016


"Being listened to feels so much like being loved people can hardly tell the difference." ~David Augsberg

"I never learned anything while I was talking."
~Larry King

The real value of listening may be beyond measure. Countless proverbs proclaim the value of this virtue but how many of us can say we are good listeners?

How many of us can say we've developed the listening habit?

Martin shares his struggles with the art of listening and how it was the "listening is like love" quote referenced above that led him on his journey to "revisit" the art and try to become a better listener.

Martin recalls an entrepreneur using The Habit Factor app as a as a way to strengthen his listening habit and recommends you give it a try if this episode resonates with you.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 15: The Law of Forced Efficiency


Mon, May 30, 2016


"There is never enough time to do everything and there is always enough time to do the most important things." ~Brian Tracy

The Law of Forced Efficiency tells us that we can NEVER use the excuse that we don't have enough time to achieve our goals.

Today's episode highlights a profound lesson and "law" shared by the great Brian Tracy in his Psychology of Achievement.

By separating and prioritizing your habit list versus your To-Do list you focus on the habits (recurring behaviors) that will help you achieve your goal.

Plan. Act. Record and Reassess. The P.A.R.R. methodology and The Habit Factor® are the perfect complement to The Law of Forced Efficiency.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 14: How to Get and Stay Motivated


Fri, May 27, 2016


Motivation is often fleeting and while it's important not to wait for motivation to strike there are a few mindsets that help getting and staying motivated easier.

In this episode, Martin reviews these strategies and shares his experience about what has helped when motivation was lacking.

A precept is understanding the critical importance of getting started. In order to give yourself a shot you must begin... sounds obvious but many never take that first step.

Next, making your vision as vivid and compelling as possible (prior episode) will help greatly!

Another key idea is self-efficacy which is the ability to create a desired result which creates momentum. This is best achieved when one follows The Habit Factor's PARR methodology; Planning, Acting, Recording and Reassessing.

It helps to regard achievement as a process rather than a single event. This facilitates the most essential ingredient and perhaps a surprise one to staying motivated, patience.

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S02-Mind Bullet : Vision: Everything Is Created Twice


Wed, May 25, 2016


Everything is created twice...

Where there is no vision the people perish. ~Proverbs

If success can be defined as "creating your ideal future" then it's essential to know what your ideal future looks like. Are you able to clearly articulate that vision. If you close your eyes now, can you envision what it might look like three or five years out?

"Your imagination is your preview to life's coming attractions." Albert Einstein

Unfortunately, out of one hundred people it's likely that less than ten will take the time to really think through and envision their ideal future. Fewer still will write it out!

Martin suggests that you identify all the major categories of your life: professional, health, family, relationships, mind, spiritual, adventure, recreation and where you will live and detail each as a vivid and descriptive paragraph.

A Chinese proverb says, "Vision without execution is a day dream and execution without vision is a nightmare."

Once a compelling vision is crafted you'll be "pulled" by it as Steve Jobs once explained and you can then identify what habit will help to make the vision a reality.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 14: The Company You Keep


Mon, May 23, 2016


"I'm an overnight success, it just took twenty years."

We tend to overestimate what we can accomplish in the short term and under estimate what we can achieve in the long run.

Today's episode is about how long it takes to really make any entrepreneurial endeavor "stick". That is, whether it's a book, an app, a podcast or any business endeavor, if it's something you want to succeed you'd better be willing to invest years of time, effort and personal energy.

To kick off the episode Martin first shares a quote by the late, great Steve Jobs regarding just how hard it is to create a successful company and ultimately why so many people quit.

It's hard. It's very, very hard and you have to be persistent.

Martin shares how he fully underestimated the amount of time it would take and now, 20+ years later, it is still an active company and partnership.

When you think about it, the most successful companies have been around dozens and some even over a hundred years. It seems the most successful companies are even generational.

So, it's important to know that when you start something you are planting a seed that will need consistent care and feeding for years to come.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 13: How Can I Get Unstuck?


Fri, May 20, 2016


Feeling stuck? The good news is everyone has felt this way before and it's not only common, it's a significant sign of pending growth.

In this episode, Martin tackles a few key mindsets around the idea of feeling "stuck" and how one can best grapple with the feeling.

A great starting point is releasing any resistance to the feeling and then enjoying and using the awareness to ask key questions like; "Where do I want to go? and, "What am I afraid of?"

Knowing that all behavior is primarily driven by the desire to avoid fear or gain pleasure that question is likely to provide light on what should be your next steps and WHY you may not be taking them.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Mind Bullet : Who's To Blame?


Wed, May 18, 2016


Who is to blame when things go wrong?

Yes... this is a Mind Bullet on a Wednesday. (you are not crazy). Martin starts this episode with a bit of a chuckle as the guest for this episode had to reschedule at the last minute leaving him with a Wednesday Mind Bullet (regular listeners know that Wednesdays are reserved for interviews). So this last minute shift in plans creates a learning moment.

In life people will often drop the ball - not follow through, etc. It's very easy to fall into the blame-game trap. To point fingers and absolve oneself of responsibility.

Martin shares a quick story about a Facebook post from an entrepreneur who was ranting about "people not doing the job right in the first place" and "wasting half my day fixing their mistakes."

The question is; Who is really responsible? Who is really to blame?

It turns out taking responsibility ends up providing a host of benefits including freedom and ultimately saves us from needlessly wasting energy.

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 13: Emotive Decision Making


Mon, May 16, 2016


What is the value of emotion?

How well do you listen to your emotions when it comes to all of your decisions— particularly when "logic" is saying one thing and your gut is saying another.

In today's episode Martin asks the listener to reflect upon some of their most positive growth experiences and ask if they were "logic-based" decisions or if they followed their gut.

Much of our decision making is done via habit and we'll even disguise our fear many times as "logic".

While logic is a powerful gift we should leverage, refine and be grateful for, it can keep us bound, unsure and even afraid at times from taking action.

"If I thought logically about that hike or the Catalina paddle there is no way either of them would've happened yet they were both priceless experiences!

Martin speculates that great leaps of personal growth are often tied to these emotive decisions where logic was doing its best to steer us in a different direction.

From this episode Martin wants to know...

1) Have you shared the same experience when you've gone against "Logic"?

2) What happens if you follow your gut and it's based upon  EGO instead?

3) Where does that heart-mind, intuitive thought and gut feeling come from?

4) What do you do to strengthen the the heart-mind and gut feeling for larger decisions

5) Can you take a life "inventory" of gut decisions (absent the ego) and see how it's steered you on a positive path of personal growth?

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 12: What Are The Three Key Daily Habits?


Fri, May 13, 2016


This week's question comes to us via Quora.com and Martin reads/shares his response to the question and adds a little color commentary along the way.

Consistent to theme, Martin shies away from the idea that there are just 3 Daily habits and redirects the quora.com user toward a better understanding of HABIT (singular).

This way, the user is empowered to craft intentionally the habits that will help them achieve their goals and desires rather than being constrained by 2 or 3 habits that another person might prescribe!

Knowing that the "answer" is about understanding the nature of HABIT is akin to "teaching a man to fish" vs. feeding him a fish.

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QUORA.com Question: https://www.quora.com/If-a-happy-and-successful-life-is-all-about-developing-three-good-daily-habits-what-would-those-three-habits-be/answer/Martin-Grunburg

Focus, Discipline and something called Willpower Math: http://www.thehabitfactor.com/2015/12/focus-discipline-and-something-called-willpower-math/

The Zy Movement Foundation: http://zmf-asia.org

 

 

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S02-INT12: Glenn R. Fox: How Gratitude is the Game-Changer


Wed, May 11, 2016


"The word is out... gratitude has incredible benefits." ~Glenn Fox

In this entertaining interview, Glenn covers his journey toward graduate school and beyond. Citing stories of getting his top-level mechanics degree and his love of cars and, how being a mechanic served much of his mindfulness development.

His eclectic background combined with an element of chance ultimately leads Glenn to find a great mentor who recommendeds that he study an emerging field, "affective neuroscience".

Glenn shares wonderful insights and studies related to neuroscience and gratitude and how for him he must "win the home field" — a great metaphor to help him remember it's really about having healthy, quality relationships —that foster success.

Glenn R. Fox earned his PhD from USC’s Neuroscience Graduate Program and his extensive research regarding gratitude is widely published.

Just some of what Martin and Glenn cover:

-How across nearly all religions and philosophies Glenn has noticed that gratitude is a fundamental theme
-How mindfulness and gratitude are practices
-How emotion can help us to narrow the range of options
-How the brain process emotion

-How emotion influences our decisions and behaviors
-How we might better understand the value of emotions to make better decisions
-His influences like Antonio Damasio and Pema Chodron
even,
-Why Glenn sees envy as a positive emotion
And much more...


The point is emotion narrows the decisions we can make so we're not just frozen... it's useful and helps us make decisions — it probably exists for a reason.

 

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Glenn's Book list:
-When Things Fall Apart: Heart Advice for Difficult Times (Shambhala Classics)
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values

Glenn's Blog: http://glennrfox.com/TheEmpiricistBlog/ .

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 12: Life Is Half Spent Before One Knows What It Is


Mon, May 09, 2016


What does that French proverb mean to you?

What is life that when it's half spent it becomes clear? Or, is it really just an observation that it takes us half our life to realize what is most important to us?

Martin kicks off this episode sharing an observation about this great proverb via the lens of The Habit Factor but later observes it could be a number of things including the ephemerality of it all!

WHAT DO YOU THINK IT MEANS?

Martin wraps up this quick mind bullet with that very question and asks you to chime in and share your thoughts on facebook.com/thehabitfactor or twitter @thehabitfactor.com

If you had to guess what would you say?

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 11: What is success if you don't know your main goal in life?


Fri, May 06, 2016


This question comes via Quora.com and Martin has a link at the bottom to the entire post/response (partially posted here).

In this episode Martin reads his response and adds a little color along the way shares his experience teaching "Success Skills" for C.L.A.S.S. Corporate Leaders Advocating Success Skills (volunteer instructor for Junior Achievement) at some of San Diego's more impoverished neighborhoods.

Martin changes the definition of "success" as provided by the curriculum and teaches a slightly different definition. Then he shares some thoughts about just what the OPPOSITE of success might be if it isn't failure.

MG's answer on quora.com:

I really like this question. From my experience I've found "success" to be a very enigmatic concept/subject which I'm sure explains why so many of us struggle with it.

The SHORT ANSWER to your question:
It is going to be difficult if not impossible, (as evidenced by your question) to find success without a desireable destination, target or goal.

So, do you have any feel for What your ideal future looks like?

Simply reverse engineer any great "success" and you will notice they know at the very least or, knew what their target was/what they were going after.

That doesn't mean they hit it, it just means they had a direction to aim for (fostering positive action and habits).

Prolonged aimlessness can be very problematic.

Try this: Ask 10 people if they want to be a "success". My guess is all 10 will say "YES".

Then, ask those same 10 people to DEFINE what "success" means to them...

Direct link to the rest of Martin's answer on Quora:

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S02-INT11: Henry Evans: The Hour A Day Entrepreneur


Wed, May 04, 2016


"At the end of the day, I'm in the business of helping as many entrepreneurs as I can. So, if I can reach more people outside of San Diego with the messaging that I have then it's a win/win all around." ~Henry Evans

As a VP of a software sales company, Henry Evans found himself,as he describes it, "caught up in the rat race". When excessive travel finally became too plus the day he realized he was going to miss his daughter's kindergarten recital it became too much.

Henry believed that if he could just dedicate an hour a day to his other passion pursuits / a new company a new career could evolve.

Since then Henry has gone on to build a successful career and helps (locally) hundreds of San Diego entrepreneurs who drive from near and far to attend his entrepreneur-marketing workshops. 

Recently, Henry started to "live-feed" these meeting to share the lessons to entrepreneurs anywhere in the world eager to learn!

Martin and Henry discuss:
-the birth of Hour a Day Entrepreneur
-Henry's bestselling book on Amazon, The Hour A Day Entrepreneur: Escape the Rat Race and Achieve Entrepreneurial Freedom With Only One Focused Hour ADay (90% 5 Star reviews!)
- the wise use of time to pave the way to a new career and freedom.HINT: see the MBM prior episode "The Great Eight that Separate"
-Review PARR Methodology
-FREE copy of his Book - Visit: http://www.houradayentrepreneur.com/
- His last meeting focused on Video marketing - best steps to get most out of video for your business
-recommends a couple great examples videos: Poopourrie and dollar shave club
-A recent success story from Henry's entrepreneur group.The importance of marketing to a niche
-More marketing insights!
-Definition of success
-Some of his best habits
-importance of an accountability partner
-THE POWER OF ONE
-the importance of failure and a great story

"As long as you're on the journey that to me means you are already a success even if the money and stuff haven't caught up yet!"

 

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Henry's Book list:
The Trickto Money Is Having Some

Think & Grow Rich

The Bible

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PC Users: Active Words
Mac Users: TextExpander

REV - APP (for transcribing)

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 11: Be Like Ben


Mon, May 02, 2016


"I hope, therefore, that some of my descendants may
follow the example and reap the benefit." ~Benjamin Franklin

When it comes to personal development very few know that the great grandfather or the great, great grandfather of PD is Benjamin Franklin.

It's hard to find a more prolific American than Benjamin Franklin yet most people don't know that at a young age Ben believed himself to be abrasive, brash and argumentative and wrote about this in his autobiography.

He outlined thirteen virtues he hoped to assume as he matured. He was determined to start tracking each virtue, one per week, and would move to the next virtue rotating through all thirteen throughout the course of each year.
1. Temperance.
2. Silence.
3. Order.
4. Resolution.
5. Frugality.
6. INDUSTRY.
7. Sincerity.
8. Justice.
9. Moderation.
10. Cleanliness.
11. Tranquillity.
12. Chastity.
13. Humility.

YES! The path to virtue is via HABIT and this story got Martin thinking a lot about the similarity of tracking habits to achieve goals and Ben's process of tracking habits to develop and refine his virtues.

Aristotle shared that Virtue is long-standing habit.

Martin shares this story to prove to ANYONE (who is committed) that they have within them the capacity AND a proven process to improve themselves.

Martin ends the episode with some of his favorite Ben Franklin quotes:

"Your net worth to the world is what you get when you subtract your bad habits form your good ones"

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise"

"A penny saved is a penny earned."

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest."

"Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man."

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 10: Emotions & Habits


Fri, Apr 29, 2016


"How can emotions (positive or negative) help you develop habits to bring success in your endeavors?

This episode starts with Martin addressing the negative relationship first; illustrating how the emotion of ANGER often triggers all sorts of habitual behaviors.

In fact, a great Epictetus quote notes this: "Whenever you are angry, be assured that it is not only a present evil, but that you have increased a habit."

When you consider how you might react when you are really angry you may even be able to trace much of your behavior back to your parents and how they reacted when they were angry

When it comes to "success" and our goals the beauty is that the inverse is true as well. Channeled positively and intentionally our emotions can guide our behaviors and habits. Martin shares how for example, the REGRET emotion was the "birthplace" for The Habit Factor (book, app, podcast, etc— all produced via behaviors/habits guided by emotion.

By asking himself, "What would I most regret not achieving or experiencing if I died tomorrow?"

That question conjured all sorts of emotions that helped to produce clarity of purpose and direction which led to his first big goal, the Catalina Classic paddle board race— a 32 mile open ocean paddle from Catalina island to Manhattan pier.

A key is knowing that we actually have the power to select, guide and craft our emotions to serve and drive our most important goals.

In fact, we can even choose our emotions throughout the day to reinforce the important behaviors/habits we're trying to forge to improve our character!

Check out this short episode now...

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S02-INT10: Andrew Ferebee: The Evolution of Knowledge For Men


Wed, Apr 27, 2016


"I was just doing it for myself. I was coming out of a break up and I had just quit my job and I was in a place of pain... it was a broken-hearted pain and a lost pain... I didn't know what I was doing..."

If you know a young man ages 20- 45ish... Andrew Ferebee is the guy he should know and Knowledge For Men is the blog and podcast he should subscribe to!

That "pain" was the impetus that launched Knowledge For Men. Andrew Ferebee was grappling with extreme personal challenges and at the age of twenty-four began his blog as a way to help him sort out his issues, vent, pose some big life questions and at the same time share his journey.

Andrew became an avid personal development student, devouring hundreds of self help books, going to events and as he wrote about and shared what he learned his blog grew rapidly in popularity! Less than a year into his endeavor he had 700,000 views per month and recognized his struggle was resonating with thousands of young men around the world.

Today, his podcast, Knowledge For Men has over 2.4 Million downloads.

In this "in the studio", in-person interview Martin and Andrew's cover:

-The struggle, pain and confusion that launched the blog and podcast
-How he felt "lost" without purpose and direction
-How KFM was not about a business but about him sorting through his challenges
-His constant push and challenge to keep growing and push outside the comfort zone - example his weekend event that just wrapped up!
-What success is— how he defines it
- Why action is so important
- The perfect thing to say to the opposite sex and in even in public environments
- Three powerful and important habits he's developed
- Some of his favorite/transformational books (below)

"I buy books like candy... I go into Amazon and I'm like a kid in a candy store..."

"If I didn't hit my goal I would still count myself as a success because I still did it and the next time I do it I will be that much better."

"I can learn whatever I need to learn to get where ever I want to get... that is what dating taught me and that is what a lot of these personal development books taught me."
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Andrew's Books:

The Dating Playbook A proven 7 Step System to go from single to the woman of your dreams

The Breakup Manual For Men:  How to recover from a serious breakup, become stronger and get back into life

The Porn Pandemic - A simple guide to understanding and ending pornography addiction for men

Book's recommended by Andrew

Courage: The Joy Of Living Dangerously— OSHO

50th Law- Robert Greene and Fifty — Cent

Awaken The Giant Within — Tony Robbins


His favorite apps/tech tools

Asana.com + Dropbox.com

Upwork for short term projects


 

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 10: As A Man Thinketh


Mon, Apr 25, 2016


What thoughts are you choosing and encouraging?

"This little volume (the result of meditation and experience) is not intended as an exhaustive treatise on the much-written upon subject of the power of thought. It is suggestive rather than explanatory, its object being to stimulate men and women to the discovery and perception of the truth that -  
They themselves are makers of themselves
by virtue of the thoughts which they choose and encourage; that mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance, and that, as they may have hitherto woven in ignorance and pain they may now weave in enlightenment and happiness." As a Man Thinketh, ~James Allen

Martin kicks off this episode with a quick read of the above foreword by James Allen and then breaks down some of the main ideas, sharing his experience as it relates to Allen's opening insights.

"Mind is the master-weaver, both of the inner garment of character and the outer garment of circumstance..."

Our habits of thought and behavior direct and dictate our circumstance, our present condition and then, ultimately shape and define our character.

Our unique capacity to take mindful control of THOUGHT— to direct our thinking toward our goals and ambitions is omnipotent. Or, we can waste the capability and allow it to drift idle and aimless.

This episode ends with a bit of a challenge — to be mindful of our thoughts and our speech and ask, "What are your thoughts weaving today and what form will they assume tomorrow?"

We all have this unique gift... the powerful capacity to develop  new habits of thought. And, it can only begin with awareness and then the intention to apply it consciously.

You can get to do this any time you decide!

Enjoy the episode and be sure to share this Mind Bullet Monday with your friends!

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 09: Got Happiness? A Prelude to a Webinar


Fri, Apr 22, 2016


Your level of happiness will influence everything from your health to your income and seemingly everything else in between, including relationships and even career success, yet few take the time to learn and understand this important subject.

As a prelude to the Happiness Webinar Martin is hosting on 4/28/16 (6:30pm) PST, Martin discusses many of the influencing factors that contribute to one's level of happiness throughout their lifetime.

Register here for the Happiness Webinar!

It was Buddha who reportedly said, "There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." In a similar vein, Abe Lincoln once commented, "People are just about as happy as they make their minds up to be."

It's clear, though, that happiness can often be far more than just a choice — there may be at least a dozen other contributing factors from relationships to control, expectations, and even our ability to accept events and how much "hope" we have in our lives. All of these can influence how we might feel from one moment to the next.

The key is knowing what those factors are, and how to best manage and take control and responsibility over them to improve our own levels of happiness.

Check out this short episode now...

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S02-INT09: Eric Kaufmann: The Making of the Hero's Journey


Wed, Apr 20, 2016


"Really, what moved me to write this is, what does it take to exist within a well-lived life?"

Eric Kaufmann has coached and counseled executives since 1999. He has identified common themes and patterns that underlie what he's identified as "Leadership as a Hero's Journey." The essential four traits that he's written extensively about include:

1) FOCUS
2) COURAGE
3) GRIT
4) FAITH

"Focus is what am I creating... what I create is somewhat related to my focus and somewhat related to 'stuff'..."

In this engaging interview, Martin and Eric discuss the philosophy that underlies much of Eric's thinking and writing these days—particularly the four virtues as outlined in his book. The two kick things off as they exchange some fun anecdotes about family life with two daughters of the same ages (13 and 15).

Eric's book is being re-released by a new publisher under a slightly different name, "The Four Virtues of a Leader."

In this episode, Eric covers:

  • How he defines a HERO
  • The three things each hero is called to do
  • Who a hero really is and the essential traits
  • How he defines each of the FOUR essential virtues
  • Where to put your attention and focus
  • What co-creation really is
  • The essence of responsibility
  • Why leaving the comfort zone is essential
  • The 3 things, according to EK, that everyone fears
  • The highest form of maturity and why a leader is always one who relies on allies
  • The essence of GRIT and what constitutes GRIT
  • The fundamental impermanence of life
  • The significance of shedding past traits, habits and identities to make room for new roles and identities
  • How he defines "success" (Here's a hint, see Earl Nightengale)
  • His most important habits
  • How he coaches and cultivates his personal mindset during "tough days"
  • The great Hebrew saying, "When you change your spot you change your perspective"
  • Why ephemerality could be the theme of the episode
  • The ability to shed old habits, skills and identities and why it's critical for growth
  • And so much more!

“If I am buying into my boss is a jerk, then I am now participating in that narrative."

“Real leaders work with and through others."

Eric’s diverse and varied life is a commitment to understanding and teaching wisdom. The crucible of Eric’s journey contains 13 years of leadership consulting, management at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, a quarter century of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, and working as a certified hypnotherapist. Connect with Eric Kaufmann on LinkedIn.

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Sagatica, Helping Leaders Lead Brilliantly. Eric's company

Great Video Resources from Eric

 

 

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 09: The Great Eight That Separate!


Mon, Apr 18, 2016


Nobody has more than twenty-four hours, yet some people get far ahead of others.

"If everyone requires eight hours of sleep to be healthy and most of us have jobs that require at least eight hours of work, it's what you do with the 'other' eight that will make all the difference for your future..." 

Martin kicks off this episode sharing an observation Napoleon Hill made decades ago— how you use your "other" eight hours of your 24 hours will be make all the difference in your future results and paves the way for your "success"!

How are you using the "other" eight?

If success is creating your ideal future, then what you study, the skills and habits you develop in those other eight hours become essential to help you craft your ideal future.

Sadly, it appears most people waste those other eight hours on frivolous activities. Certainly, we all need rest and recreation but those other eight hours are the key — the path to a brighter, better future.

What would happen if you devoted just 15 minutes (of the other eight) consistently?

Since you probably plan on living another two or three years, devoting just 15 minutes a day, 5 times a week studying ANY skill or trade will likely make you an expert or put you very close to expertise and far ahead of others. 

Check out this episode and be sure to share this Mind Bullet Monday!

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 08: How to Quit A BAD Habit


Fri, Apr 15, 2016


"It's crazy... so many habit apps allow you to track bad habits. Please, please, do not ever track BAD HABITS you're just putting attention and focus on what you do NOT want!"

"To eliminate a bad habit replace it with a good one."

Martin begins this episode by sharing how the environment is the first line of defense (or maybe even offense) when trying to kill a BAD Habit. Modifying your environment helps you to remove the common triggers and allows you to create impediments to executing the behavior you are trying to avoid.

Next, Martin shares a famous quote by a Dutch Renaissance Theologian, Desiderius Erasmus who said, "A nail is driven out by a nail, habit is replaced by a habit." Replacement is the key to elimination, NOT just removing the bad behavior... "that creates a vacuum!"

Finally, the listener is encouraged to revisit a prior episode "3 Bad Habit Busting Tips" and in that episode— as here, Martin revisits the "3 Ments" when it comes to killing a bad habit; environment, replacement and finally experiment.

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S02-INT08: Jeremy Pound, Internet Marketing Insights & Strategies


Wed, Apr 13, 2016


"Don't just talk about your service, break it down. What kinds of problems will you be solving at the end of the day? Can you start to give away answers so people can test drive how you think and how you solve a problem?"

According to Jeremy Pound, his journey to becoming co-founder of JuicyResults, as well as a well-known creative entrepreneur within the South Florida community, is easily traced to his enrollment (as a high school sophomore) in a brand-new Art magnet school that opened in a nearby neighborhood.

"I went from being very disinterested in school to all of a sudden...WOW!"

Jeremy credits much of his current success to his incredible teachers and the environment that fostered his current "I can do anything" mentality.

Today, Jeremy is a sought-after Internet marketing strategist; he helps clients who typically have annual revenues between $1 million and $10 million and employs a dedicated sales staff.

In this episode, Jeremy discusses:

    His earlier rock star dreams
    What his grunge band taught him about dreaming big and achieving goals
    His first entrepreneurial lesson
    The significance of intentionality, belief and vision
    Essential Internet Marketing Strategies
    Why companies should focus on very specific search queries and terms
    What most small businesses do when it comes to search keywords and why it's not necessarily best
    The importance of crafting solutions to the query vs. talking about your company or service
    Why educating your prospect is among the most successful strategies
    The essence of Google and the search query
    How he defines "success"
    His most important habits
    How to get a little better every day
    His use of triggers for habit development
    How relationships set off certain triggers and habits
    And so much more!

“The bigger the problem, the earlier in the morning I'll get up!"

Jeremy Pound is the co-founder and CEO of JuicyResults, a South Florida-based Internet marketing agency. In the last decade Jeremy has helped craft and implement online marketing strategies for countless companies, ranging in size from the smallest of businesses to Fortune 100 companies. Today, he works closely with sales teams to generate ready-to-buy leads using an array of Internet marketing strategies.

He writes and speaks regularly on how businesses can best take advantage of the web and is the author of The Bootstrapper's Guide to SEO. Jeremy is also the host of the New Customer Machine podcast, where he interviews experts and entrepreneurs about how to turn strangers into customers at scale.

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Jeremy's Books

(FREE) Seven Habits of Scalable Sales Teams
The Bootstrapper's Guide to SEO: A Proven Framework for Winning Top Rankings in Search Engines (Amazon)

Jeremy's PODCAST! (iTunes) New Customer Machine

Jeremy's Reading List:

Man's Search For Meaning (Amazing book!) Viktor Frankl

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Michael Pollan

The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday

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The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters



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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 08: Are You Really Committed?


Mon, Apr 11, 2016


"There is a HUGE difference between being interested versus being committed to an outcome or goal. For most people, if they are being honest with themselves, they are only interested..." 

Martin kicks off this episode with a personal realization and a confession. Realizing that earlier in the prior month he said to himself, "I'm going to run 35 miles this month."

So, what was the problem?

Well, that was ALL it was... just talk! There was NO PLAN and there was really no action. It was a "nice to have" but certainly not a commitment!

To be committed— truly committed is the first step for goals that are meaningful.

Talking about a goal or even having a vision of achieving a goal is worth very little without backing it up with sincere commitment.

So, how do you know what you have sincere commitment? Easy.

— Is there a PLAN?
— Is there consistent action? Have the core behaviors/habits been identified?
— Are you TRACKING these behaviors? If you are not tracking your progress you are not serious about your goal.
— Be sure to Reassess - your strategy, your results and be flexible in your approach!

"I had no plan, I took limited action and I really wasn't committed to tracking or even assessing any progress along the way. It was just talk...."

Near the end of the episode Martin shares an old parable about the hen and the pig who decide to open a restaurant together as equal partners. However, the pig objects and for good reason!

Find out why... listen to episode and be sure to share this Mind Bullet Monday.

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 07: Why Are Goals So Important?


Fri, Apr 08, 2016


"In life, goals are not optional." #thehabitfactor

"The first thing goals do is give you direction. Direction provides a sense of purpose, and purpose leads to funny things like happiness and contentment."

This show kicks off with Martin sharing a story about a woman who approached him after a workshop simply to say, "Thank you! I used to HATE the idea of goals!" She was frustrated! She really disliked the thought of goals because it reminded her of a nagging husband who insisted she set some goals that included "losing weight."

This lady was so relieved to learn that by using The Habit Factor process, she could place her attention and focus on just a few, recurring behaviors (habits) instead of the goal itself.

Then, Martin reviews The Habit Factor's P.A.R.R. methodology and how it stacks up against the popularized Cue, Routine, Reward method. He shares how the P.A.R.R. methodology is forward looking while Cue Routine Reward is  oriented toward assessing previous behaviors. Cue, Routine, Reward doesn't take into account simple and critical components of habit building, such as Recording (tracking), Reassessment, or, really, a defined process for planning.

Check out this short episode now and discover the insights that have shifted an entire industry...

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S02-INT07: Rick Sessinghaus, The Path to Peak Performance in Golf & Life


Tue, Apr 05, 2016


"If we're focused, confident and relaxed we have a much better opportunity to execute what we want..."

"We know that our behaviors and our habits lead to our results..."

A former pro golfer, Rick earned his doctorate in Applied Sports Psychology. He is the author of Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game and is former editor of Golf Tips magazine.

A high school football injury directed Rick toward the sport of golf, and what he's learned since has truly been life-altering.

In a competitive playoff for the right to join his college golf team as a walk-on, as he describes it, he "choked" under pressure. It was that "failure" that became a formative life experience and sent Rick toward the study of peak performance strategies.

Today Rick is a sought-after peak-performance coach who trains aspiring professionals and helps corporate executives apply his many strategies and insights on peak performance, leadership and teamwork.

In this episode, Rick shares:

  • How to re-write your story to serve your ambitions
  • Physiological influences of performance
  • Why and how love (passion) is a critical component for peak performance
  • His strategy for the golf-course "workshop" with executive teams!
  • How his workshop reveals so much about decision making, leadership and communication
  • How he applies The Habit Factor in his training to carry his clients beyond just the mental game, and how that was a breakthrough
  • How he defines "success"
  • How appreciating your life's "roles" helps you create greater attention and mindfulness
  • How to get a little better every day
  • And, so much more...

“It's the exercise and the process behind it -- how did they come to the decisions as a team and what happens when someone played poorly? Did they react and judge them?"

Why could I not perform under the pressure, when it mattered most. Yet, when I put some of those mental and emotional skills and trained them, I was able to perform at a high level afterwards..."

“I'm a BIG believer that leadership starts with the individual, not with the team. You have to be able to lead yourself first before you can lead anyone else."

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Rick Sessinghaus — Perform For Success

Rick Sessinghaus.com

Golf: The Ultimate Mind Game

The Habit Factor Certified Coaching Program

HeartMath (link)

Rick's PODCAST! PERFORM FOR SUCCESS! (iTunes)

Books Rick Referenced:
Unlimited Power by Tony Robbins
Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself Dr. Joe Dispenza
Coherence Alan Watkins

 

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 07: The Highest Level of Maturity


Mon, Apr 04, 2016


If happiness is, in large part, tied to the quality of our relationships, this episode is a MUST Listen...

"This is how and where the championships are won and the bridges are built..." 

Unfortunately, most people grow up believing that independence is the highest form of maturity.

Martin shares some of his personal experience and the big, ah-ha in reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Dr. Stephen Covey points out that it is interdependence and not independence that is the highest form a maturity.

Further, Covey shares that the most troubled relationships tend to break down, whether it's a team, company or in a personal setting, when the FIRST THREE HABITS (he calls, "the personal victory") are not first honored and addressed. Those habits are: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First!

In fact, it's those first three habits that build the foundation and help to foster a strong, capable and long-lasting, interdependent relationship.

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 06: What Is The Habit Factor?


Thu, Mar 31, 2016


"All men's natures are alike — it's their habits that carry them far apart." ~Confucius

"It makes no small difference to be habituated this way or that way from childhood; rather, it makes ALL the difference." ~Aristotle

This show kicks off with Martin suggesting that this should have been the very first Frequently Asked Friday episode. Then he shares how it's nearly impossible to truly encapsulate ALL there is to understand about The Habit Factor in just a few minutes.

Martin reviews the foundation and the philosophy upon which The Habit Factor is built. He discusses how so many of the great minds throughout history, such as Aristotle, Confucius and even Benjamin Franklin, have arrived at a very similar conclusion regarding HABIT.

Martin then shares an important "discovery" from Think & Grow Rich. In fact, it's something that was left out of Think & Grow Rich: The Law of Cosmic Habit Force (prior episode -link)

Then he touches on an important idea about goal achievement and "success" that, according to so many "experts," is heavily influenced by our subconscious mind.

Where do your habits reside?

Finally, Martin explains one of the most powerful facets of The Habit Factor: Powerful philosophy aside, it provides users a proven, step-by-step process to help anyone achieve their goals much more quickly. 

Check out this short episode now and discover the insights that have shifted an entire industry...

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The Habit Factor blog reference (popular) posts:
9+ Reasons Why HABIT is the KEY to Achieving Your Goals plus, How to Break Bad Habits and Build Good Habits, Part II2)

If Grit Is the Key to “Success,” What Is the Key to Grit? (Part I)

Goal Achievement Theory: Why SMART Goals Aren’t and How To Accelerate Your Achievement

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

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S02-INT06: Jon Carder, Super Entrepreneur: Lessons in Perseverence (Keeping the Dream Alive)


Wed, Mar 30, 2016


After selling his company for millions at age 26, Jon Carder briefly retires to surf the South Pacific. It turns out to be a very short "retirement" that lasts only about 3 weeks...

“I think doing a business for money is absolutely the wrong motivation and will actually lead to a lot of challenges.

“The only thing you have to do to be successful is to be better than just about everyone else at just one thing. It's simple but it's not easy." ~Jon Carder

At just 26, Jon Carder was featured on the cover of Fortune Small Business magazine (link) wearing just board shorts and holding a surfboard as the sun set with the title, "Time to Sell?" He had just sold his company for millions and was ready to "retire" and surf.

But Jon Carder isn't your typical Southern California surf rat. He's also been featured in Business Insider and dozens of other publications and is an active member of the Entrepreneurs Organization and a mentor with The Founders Institute. He has founded several multi-million-dollar companies, and along the way has raised upwards of $35 million.

While his "success" story is legendary, it's actually his entire story— the failures, the struggles and all the hard work, agility and perseverance — that make for a very educational and entertaining interview, particularly for the aspiring entrepreneur.

In this episode, Jon recounts his unique journey from selling microwaved hot dogs in his neighborhood as a kid, to selling baby products at a swap meet in college and later selling one of his companies for millions. Today, Jon is on the precipice of changing the face of online-to-offline commerce with his innovative technology.

In this episode JC shares:

  • Why not to start any business
  • The surfing insight that led to his abundance mindset
  • How following others' insights helped him evolve his companies
  • Why great marketing can never make up for poor customer service — there's a funny story here
  • The critical importance of focus
  • How he picked himself up through failure and depression to start his second company— the one he ultimately sold!
  • How three months into his next company they netted over $100,000
  • How he actually applied the lessons learned from his prior company failure
  • The birthing of MojoPages, MOGL and of course, Empyr
  • His desire and passion to create a positive impact
  • Donating about 1 million meals to help feed those in need
  • The origination of his online-to-offline platform and API, a HUGE opportunity resulting from his persistence and something known as the "corridor principle"
  • The KEY mindset that carries him through the darkest of times
  • Relax HARD!
  • His key success habits these days
  • and so much more...

“What really makes me happy is following that journey, and not just for the ups and downs, but doing it for the potential positive impact…the bigger the impact the more thrilling the ride."

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EMPYR - Empyr

Jon Carder Blog

Business Insider Article on Jon Carder

Elon Musk (book) Jon mentions

The Score Takes Care of Itself - Bill Walsh
(Correction: MG mistakenly thinks JC is talking about Bill Walton... This is a great book by the former legendary Forty-Niner Coach, Bill Walsh!)

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 06: The Power of the Mind


Mon, Mar 28, 2016


"There is no way to happiness. Happiness is the way." ~Buddhist Proverb

While happiness, as the Buddhist proverb goes, can and should be a choice (most often) there is no doubt our present circumstances and events have great influence upon our current level of happiness.

In fact, what happens more often than not is that we will assign and craft stories about events (in the present) and then layer on our own subjective and speculative implications (stories) about how that event will influence our future.

Interestingly, these future stories (that WE are always, habitually creating at will) in turn than influence our present level of happiness.

The question becomes, do we have the power to change the story, our attention and focus?

Martin touches on the R.A.S.; the Reticular Activation System, a part of the brain helps selectively guide our focus, to see and find those things that we are seeking OR patterns we've seen in the past.

"We tend to see what we put our focus upon... If that future story or image projection is not what we would like to see we actually get to change it."

In fact, you might argue that becomes a core responsibility in our life.

Martin recounts Jobs' biography by Walter Isaacson, simply titled, Steve Jobs. In the book, Jobs is famous for something Isaacson coined as his "reality distortion field". This reflected Jobs unrelenting ambition to distort "reality" and current information and events into something that would ultimately serve his imagination and his goals.

Can we not do this?

Martin challenges the listener to try to alter their focus and to craft a story about a positive, hopeful and optimistic future despite any negative current events or circumstances. And, to notice how that impacts your present level of happiness!

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"Your imagination is your preview of life's coming attractions.” ~Albert Einstein

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Your R.A.S. in action — See this video!

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

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The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 05: Should I Announce My Goals?


Fri, Mar 25, 2016


“You can't build a reputation telling people what you are going to do!” ~Henry Ford

It's a commonly accepted practice after all... tell everyone about your goals so you are accountable and extra motivated to push forward, right?

Well  surprise - surprise! It turns out that announcing your goals is one of the biggest drains of energy and it often proves to diminish your chances of success as you strive to achieve your goal.

Martin discusses his personal experience with this concept and how he noted his energy was best expended NOT in talking about his goals but in the act of getting busy to accomplish them— forging the habits that will accelerate the goals achievement.

Martin then shares a related TED talk by Derek Sivers (link below) and some of the science Derek cites that contradicts the often promoted "tell everyone" tactic.

Check out this week's F.A.F. and learn how keeping your trap shut is likely to put you on the fast track to goal achievement!

If you still want to tell someone... Martin discusses exactly who you can share your most important goals with!

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S02-INT05: Frank Scarpaci: Founder Vianova, The Power of The "B" Corp


Wed, Mar 23, 2016


“Companies see that there is so much value that comes from doing good in the community and it adds so much business value as well." 

“And I realized that through my many zigs and the zags I picked up experiences that really helped me to grow as a consultant." ~Frank Scarpaci

Frank Scarpaci, a sought-after B corp and corporate social responsibility consultant, reviews a vast array of benefits related to becoming a "B" corporation (short for a "Benefit" corporation), a new type of corporation that puts social, community and environmental causes and stakeholders at equal value with corporate profits.

Today, certified "B" corps span 47 countries and more than 130 industries and encompasses a growing community of more than 1,600 businesses!

In this episode, Frank recounts his unique experience and the journey that led to him to becoming a leader in the space and a well-known consultant for aspiring businesses looking to become B corp certified.

Frank shares many smart insights in this episode, including:

  • How the B corp came about
  • The TOP well-known brands/companies that are B corps
  • How he came to be recognized by AMEX as one of only 150 employees (out of 85,000) as a team member who embodied their "Good Citizenship" Value
  • How to FIND A JOB with a B Corp
  • How to take the "B Impact Assessment" for your existing company
  • Why it's important to share the good that you and your company provide for your community
  • For business owners: Be sure to share and talk about the causes that matter to you and your company!
  • Great places to work — a ranking of great companies to work for as well as other resources
  • How to check up on non-profits you are interested in and look under the hood
  • Frank's best habits, favorite books and how he defines "success"

“We are in a perfect time where we are seeing this shift in the business community to start taking a look at a lot of these challenges..."

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Frank has more than 30 years experience with corporate social responsibility, strategic planning, meeting facilitation, and event management experience and helps companies connect their business success to social good. 

Frank is a passionate advocate for the growing B Corp movement— simply a better way to do business. Frank's company, VIANOVA, was one of the first companies to earn B Corp certification in 2008.

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Learn More - Become a B Corp — bcorporation.net

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 05: Humans Are Justifying Creatures


Mon, Mar 21, 2016


"Humans are justifying creatures... we'll craft a story and then we'll dig-in and get behind it. The exercise is, I think, to challenge our story recognizing that is our nature."

While many people may be naturally gifted when it comes to interpersonal skills, others struggle in the area and it often holds them back and expends a lot of time and energy.

What most people fail to recognize is that arguments are often rooted in the simple truth that nobody wants to be thought of as stupid or dumb and therefore will do whatever they can to position themselves as "right" and justify their actions, no matter what they might have been.

Consider this truth and how it might be useful when understanding and relating to friends, family and others better— to help avoid unnecessary arguments.

Whether it's as mundane as not doing the dishes or as horrible as murder one tends to justify their actions. And, it's important to note that people will as fiercely defend their non-actions as their their actions!

"People will either show you their results or they will show you their excuses."

Martin asks listeners to examine various aspects of their lives, analyze those results and simply ask, "What am I justifying?"

Check it out now... hear all about it n this Mind Bullet Monday!

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Brian Tracy: Maximum Achievement: Strategies and Skills That Will Unlock Your Hidden Powers to Succeed

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 04: What is the Law of Cosmic Habit Force?


Fri, Mar 18, 2016


After searching for nearly 20 years Napoleon Hill finally declares he's discovered the missing link— the secret that he unintentionally left out of his bestselling classic, "Think & Grow Rich".

It appears that The Law of Cosmic Habit Force is only something Napoleon Hill could have discovered after writing Think & Grow Rich and hearing from many that, "it didn't work" and wasn't making them rich.

A distraught Napoleon was confounded as he heard this sort of feedback repeatedly. Even though it worked for many, his 16 principles fell short for a number of other readers.

“WHAT was missing!?”

Well, Mr. Hill pondered that question long and hard, and, as he explained it, he found himself meditating upon this “missing link” FOR ANOTHER 20 YEARS!

So, what was missing!?

Well, it’s almost unfair to tell you/share it ; ). Consider that Napoleon Hill spent 20 years of his life formulating this success philosophy and authoring Think & Grow Rich, then another 20 years trying to figure out what the “MISSING LINK” was (those are HIS words) —40 Years total!

This may be too BIG a topic for a short Mind-Bullet Monday but Martin does his best to shed light on this mystery in about 12 minutes and encourages those who want to learn and understand more to check out thehabitfactor.com blog and / or the book. An article/post specifically about it is linked here and below.

When completely understood there may be nothing more powerful and impactful to one's life. Check it out now and learn about Hill's unbelievable insight in this Mind Bullet Monday!

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Think & Grow Rich (Book) Amazon

The Science of Personal Achievement: Follow in the Footsteps of the Giants of Success  (Amazon)
Note: In this program he adds the 17th principle— the Law of Cosmic Habit Force (not in Think & Grow Rich)

YOUTUBE VIDEO - Napoleon Hill Describing The Law of Cosmic Habit Force - watch and listen 3 x!

The Habit Factor Article "NAPOLEON HILL Missing secret LINK

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S02-INT04: Thom McElroy: Co-Founder Volcom, An Icon in the Surfwear Industry


Wed, Mar 16, 2016


“The primary mark has to work in black and white and it has to be as simple as possible" 

“That logo was talking to me... and it was talking to everyone..." ~Thom McElroy, Co-Founder Volcom


Thom McElroy covers a ton of ground in this special interview (recorded live from his ultra-modern, beachfront crib in Laguna Beach ; ).

He speaks candidly about his early days, being a "grom" growing up in Huntington Beach, as a graphic design major at SDSU, and yes, the creation of the Volcom logo and all the graphics that rallied the "YAE" Youth Against Establishment".

The interview covers his inspirations and thoughts on logo and design, the rise and early struggle of the rebellious surf, skate and snowboard company Volcom.

Thom pulls no punches and shares

  • The crazy story that led him to SDSU— it's surf related!
  • Growing up in Huntington beach
  • How his life pivots toward art and graphic design
  • How he defines success
  • His most important habits
  • The birth and evolution of the Volcom logo
  • His design influences
  • The essence of a great logo and the technique to get there!
  • & so much more!

“I love reading books about the struggles and how to get over the struggles and how to still win."

When Volcom went public in 2005, Thom went on a leave of absence that eventually lead to his retirement. For the past ten years he has consulted with many new companies and young CEOs and invested in several emerging brands. Thom currently sits on the Campanile Board of Directors and Chairs the Alumni Engagement Committee. He also mentors at the Lavin Entrepreneur Management Center and is involved in the School of Business, the Zahn Center of Engineering and The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts at SDSU.

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 04: Who is in Control?


Mon, Mar 14, 2016


"Are you bigger than your problems?" T. Harv Eker

Martin kicks off this show about CONTROL with a quote he's heard T. Harv Eker say many times regarding a technique people can use to solve their problems. The first thing they can ask themselves is, "Who is bigger? Me or the problem?"

Martin then carries the idea of "control" further, where control influences other facets of our lives...

Consider winning and losing? When one "controls" the environment they certainly have a better chance at winning, don't they? Hence, competitive environments are designed to be neutral and there are even referees to ensure an environment of fairness. We all tend to recognize the idea of the "home field" advantage.

Further, psychologists now concur that a sense of control increases one's level of happiness. If you're unhappy perhaps you should investigate your level of control related to various aspects of your life (home, family, work, etc).

"Ask yourself, "Is there anything I can do to change the environment (control) to increase my happiness and chance of success?" ~M. Grunburg

Martin reminds listeners to revisit the prior week's episode and agrees that there are a lot of things beyond our control, including those unwavering principles.

Finally, he sums up the episode with a simple statement and a MAJOR question you can ponder for some time...

Check it out now... hear all about it n this Mind Bullet Monday!

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 03: Are Habits Better Than Goals?


Fri, Mar 11, 2016


"Are habits better than goals?"

This is a semi-crazy meme that Martin wrote about last week (here). In this episode, Martin elaborates on the idea that these are equal and complementary components when it comes to goal achievement. Then he shares a bit of a surprise— just how far back this realization actually dates.

The short story is that goals properly set (with significant motivation to achieve them) illuminate the ideal behaviors/habits one needs to foster. 

And, using The Habit Factor's method of habit development, P.A.R.R. (Plan, Act, Record & Reassess) one is able to develop habits more quickly.

Then, Martin shares a quick example and reviews a little "Goal Setting Theory" and a man named Edwin Locke (you likely know him via his SMART goals system).

Enjoy the episode ; )

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S02-INT03: Coach Rich Phillips, Riding Killer Whales & Insights about Leadership, Teamwork & Communication


Wed, Mar 09, 2016


“Intention is one of those things that can go either way— you can have negative intention or you can have positive intention and that means you are in alignment... "

“It's all about how YOU respond to them..."  ~Coach Rich Phillips

Coach Rich Phillips is a Former Head Show Trainer at SeaWorld, a Bestselling Author. Speaker & Business Coach

Regardless of where you may stand on the current controversy regarding killer whales in captivity, you're asked to suspend your judgement (for now) and simply listen to Coach Rich's incredible journey. In fact, should their captivity come to an end, it would make his undeniably unique experience even more special—including the amazing lessons he's learned from training and riding these unique, intelligent and powerful creatures.

In this episode Martin & Rich discuss:

  • His crazy story — how a wrong number started it all
  • His evolution (and hazing) via a "Fishhouse"
  • The first time he slides into the tank as a backup trainer with the 14,000 lb creature
  • The value and types of operant conditioning he learned
  • "Chances are good that if you can communicate with a killer whale you can communicate with a difficult employee"
  • "Then, there was the 'Oh, by the way, we're going to have you ride the whale'" moment...
  • How he learned from a young age to change his "style" to address and communicate with an abused horse
  • The importance of taking responsibility of what you CAN control in the relationship
  • The time he was held under for about 3 minutes and what he learned from the experience
  • & so much more!

“I don't know about you but I know of nobody (other than Coach Rich) whose ridden on the back of a killer whale"
~Martin Grunburg

Coach Rich Phillips is known as the "accountability coach" and he provides business leaders insights and strategies for growth. You can learn more at Coach Rich Phillips Website

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 03: Principles and Lighthouses


Mon, Mar 07, 2016


"Fundamentally, these are the core four— the power four— that sustain us and direct our outcome and well being..."

Martin opens with a story shared by the late, great Dr. Stephen Covey regarding the unwavering principles that influence the outcome of our life. If these are ignored, dishonored the consequences are severe.

Covey shares a fabled (and apparently fabricated) story about a US Navy Captain being told that another ship is in their course and further, is unwilling to move.

The Captain gets on the phone and demands the other ship to move or suffer the consequences.

The importance of checking our ego, asking questions and "honoring" these four dimensions helps us to direct the consequences. That is, since the lighthouses (the principles are unwavering) we must "move" and honor them with our actions in order to experience the outcomes we desire.

Dr. Covey's four dimensions are:

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Heart
  • Spirit

Grunburg sees some overlap between the heart and the body and also the mind and so, insists that the social dimension (is missing) and is a governing principle in our lives that cannot be overlooked

  • Mind
  • Body
  • Spirit
  • Social

Hear all about it on this Mind Bullet Monday!

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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 02: How long does it really take to develop a habit?


Fri, Mar 04, 2016


"How long does it really take to develop a habit?"

One of the GREAT myths related to habit development is that it takes 21 days to develop a habit. Martin explains where that myth originates and reviews the actual time it is likely to take PLUS what the KEY component/requirements are to form ANY habit.

In this short episode (about 10 minutes) Martin reviews those three core, required elements, revisits the P.A.R.R. methodology of habit development and then shares a MUST watch video (link below) that supports the idea of HabitStrength™ and how long it could really take.

Enjoy the episode, the video and the abstract ; )

Go for it - check it out now!

 

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European Journal of Social Psychology

How are habits formed: Modelling habit formation in the real world (Abstract)

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S02-INT02: Heidi Hanna, PhD: Energy! Your Most Precious Resource and How to Recharge


Wed, Mar 02, 2016


“Even though I had a background in exercise physiology and psychology and nutrition I was still struggling with creating my own healthy habits and I was diagnosed at a young age with panic disorder and depression. "  ~Heidi Hanna Ph.D.

Bestselling Author. Speaker. Founder Synergy Programs

In this episode Heidi and Martin cover:

  • What is energy, how to conserve, manage and recharge
  • The FOUR types of energy• Touches on a story of GRIT and perseverance
  • GTR: She's committed to making a change in her life and is intentional about traveling less to improve her personal life!
  • The important difference between the brain and the mind
  • What is heart "math" and heart rate variability
  • What is more important than time?
  • How we are wired for negativity bias
  • Various ways to optimize and manage our energy best throughout the day
    • the FIVE "M's"
  • And more tips to experience improved energy throughout the day and WHY it's so important!

Synergy Programs offers a variety of programming targeted to make brains better though a series of initiatives including keynotes and lectures, full day workshops, corporate retreats, and fully integrated corporate wellness solutions ranging from a few months to several years in scope.

Visit Heidi's Website: Synergy Programs

“There’s an important alignment between the brain and the heart”  ~Heidi Hanna, Ph.D.



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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 02: Responsibility!


Mon, Feb 29, 2016


"When we are no longer able to change our situation we are challenged to change ourselves" ~Viktor Frankl

Positive change most often starts when we take responsibility for our situation.

Responsibility may be one of the most foremost virtues. While Aristotle proposed that courage was the mother of all virtues where would any great person be without responsibility? In fact, could greatness be possible?

What is responsibility ultimately, responsible for in our lives? Here's a few thoughts:

  • happiness
  • self esteem
  • character
  • decisions
  • purpose
  • discipline and even
  • desire

You can quickly see how responsibility is a major/core ROOT, perhaps the root or pillar for one's personal development and even happiness and general contentment.

Hear all about it on this Mind Bullet Monday!


 



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S02-Frequently Asked Friday 01: What's Your Best Habit?


Fri, Feb 26, 2016


"What's your best habit?"

Kicking off this inaugural Frequently Asked Friday, a new feature for season 2, Martin addresses one of the more common questions he receives after giving a presentation, "So what is your best habit?"

In this short episode (about 5 minutes) Martin reviews what the habit is and WHY it is probably the most significant. He then talks about how it aligns with his values and even mission statement.

It's certainly food for thought... If you had to choose your best habit what would it be and WHY?

Go for it - check it out now!

 

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S02-INT01: R. Michael Anderson: Happiness, JOY and the Journey


Wed, Feb 24, 2016


“I joke often that I know a lot about happiness because I've experienced a lot of unhappiness first."  ~R. Michael Anderson

Bestselling Author. Speaker. Founder of Executive Joy.
• We teach competitive driven people how to lead happier lives
• "Things" looked great from the outside: Partying at the Playboy mansion, etc., but missing meaning and fulfillment
• Michael opens up about his personal journey where competitive drive and winning doesn't always equate to personal satisfaction
• GTR: Share inspiring story about sponsoring young lady from orphanage - a recent visit to celebrate high school graduation
• Touches on a story of GRIT and perseverance
• Avoiding "victim" mindset
• The path to learning about joy and happiness
• His massive TURNING point! -
• A few tips and tools to experience happiness and joy DAILY

“Leaders tend to give so much to other people yet often have chaotic inner lives”  ~R. Michael Anderson

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S02-Mind Bullet Monday 01: Get Started


Mon, Feb 22, 2016


"The first step takes the most courage."

 While not easy, taking the first step is powerful and a requirement for anyone to get anywhere. Most people will think and think and think some more about an idea, a plan, but fail to take action.

Tony Robbins once said the real measure of a decision is when it's backed by action. And, Napoleon Hill has said that, "Action is the real measure of intelligence."

Using either of those as a gauge the question becomes, how intelligent are you — how many decisions are you making?

In this Mind Bullet Monday Martin encourages you to GET STARTED!

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Persistance Is More Valuable Than…


Mon, Aug 10, 2015


“Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”  ~Calvin Coolidge

In your personal and professional life, almost nothing in the world will take the place of persistence.

Persistence is more valuable than planning, IQ, knowledge, genius, and talent.  Have you ever noticed that some "not-so-smart" people appear to be more successful than some really smart people? It can be frustrating if you're one of those "smart ones". And, it's easy to attribute good luck or chance as the reason these "dumb" people have made it. But, if you investigate further, chances are you will find that these "dumb" people have worked really hard for a really long time.

What's the level of your persistence on a scale of 1 - 10? Do you start things but not finish them? Do you get easily side-tracked if you run into an obstacle?

Here's the good news, persistence is a HABIT and like any other habit it can be intentionally developed.

Guess how long it will take to develop persistence? The answer is you don't care. Do you know why? Because you are PERSISTENT- it might take a year or or could take 10 years and that is the point. YOU will persist!

Challenge yourself to persist at the little things first, whether that is a few extra pushups or situps, jogging ten more minutes or working later or getting into the office earlier. Make a game of it... and as you persist time and again at the little things the habit will become stronger.

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*IMPORTANT NOTE* The Podcast is going on HIATUS!
First, THANK YOU! It's been an unbelievable (first) run at the podcast and Martin and I are extremely grateful. We started this with the goal of just twelve initial episodes and with this one we have just hit 35!!! It's been an amazing and enlightening journey and it's not over just yet. Martin plans to return after a few months... his goal is to practice what he preaches and put more attention, energy and focus on the completion of his upcoming book, The Pressure Paradox.

If you're interested in reading a pre-release version and joining an exclusive launch teamclick below!

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THANK YOU AGAIN! It's been an epic journey we'll return in a few months with so much more to talk about after the new book is released.

“Energy and persistence conquer all things.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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Teamwork Makes the Dreamwork


Mon, Aug 03, 2015


"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together." ~African Proverb

There are very few things in the world more powerful than that of a strong TEAM— a group of individuals committed  to a clear, common goal.

TOGETHER. EVERYONE. ACHIEVES. MORE.  ~John Maxwell

While it's tempting to be a "one-man band" or an "efficeincy machine" ultimately, one person can never keep up with the long term value that a TEAM provides.  Join Martin and I as we discuss what makes a good team, what can destroy a team and important strategies for building your own dream team.

According to the late, great Dr. Stephen Covey, (author, businessman, and speaker)  there are three stages of maturity; dependence independence and ultimately, inter-dependance (the highest stage).

Unfortunately, most individuals believe that independence is the pinnacle of maturity.  It isn't.

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For the wise (you), the end-game is INTER-DEPENDENCE. Ultimately, you should strive to move past the “me vs. we” mentality and build bridges.
Core traits and qualities to look for in a solid team:

  1. Harmony
  2. Vision and alignment
  3. Shared values
  4. Strong leader

And, much more... join us now to check it out ; )

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Teamwork Makes the Dream Work – John Maxwell 

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Silence and Concentration


Mon, Jul 27, 2015


“All of men’s miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.”  ~Pascal

In this A.D.D., loud and crazy world it's often tough just to hear yourself think!

The understanding and intentional application of SILENCE may be the most understated principle when it comes to wellness and creativity.  Join Martin and I as we review some of the key ideas about how to use silence as a path to reflection, creativity, concentration and wellness.

“Silence is a source of great strength” 

By letting energy settle, silence creates a space that allows for the concentration of energy as well as the contemplation of unlimited possibilities.

One of the best ways to intentionally create silence in your life is to simply wake up earlier and allow yourself time to reflect and think. So, that's your challenge... should you chose to accept it, wake up at least a half hour earlier one or two days this week and notice the peace and insight the experience brings.

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Larry King

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Welcome to Your Energy Factor


Mon, Jul 20, 2015


Sometimes the best inspiration for unlocking the secrets to a more productive and fulfilling life can be found in nature. Join Martin and I as we share a new perspective on habit development and how to reverse engineer your goals.

Brian Tracy likes to use the metaphor of a “Time Factory” and remind us that no matter how poorly we may have used our time yesterday, last week or even last year… tomorrow each of us will receive twenty-four fresh, new hours delivered to our doorstep.

Here’s the catch; what good are the twenty-four hours if you are not physically, mentally, emotionally or spiritually well?

So, we decide to take the “Time Factory” metaphor just a step further and we imagine instead that we all have an “Energy Factory”.

How will you design the widgets and the cogs in your energy factor? What do you want them to produce?

Knowing that to enjoy a life well lived we should be designing the widgets and cogs in our factory to produce results in the following major seven wellness areas:

  1. Mind
  2. Body
  3. Social
  4. Spiritual
  5. Financial
  6. Lifestyle
  7. Professional

Just focus on one wellness category and ask yourself what should the factory’s output look like tomorrow, next week, or maybe even at the end of the year?

YOU get to build out your factory and all of its machinery… just determine what kind of cogs and widgets will produce the results you are looking for. It’s YOUR factory!

Once the widget (habit) is in place and working… you can design the next widget. Enjoy!

“What’s a man without energy? Nothing. Nothing at all.” – Mark Twain  

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Discovering Your Automatic Success Mechanism


Mon, Jul 13, 2015


Sometimes it seems as though simply having a goal in mind can help you to get to where you want to be. Believe it or not, everyone has the ability to program themselves and create their own instinct-like behaviors. Join Martin and I as we explore the Automatic Success Mechanism (or ASM) and share how you can access it and reap its hidden benefits.

Derived from Dr. Maxwell Maltz’ Psycho-cybernetics, the ASM is founded on the idea that each and every one of us has a built-in computer and all we have to do is understand how it works and then program it. Give yourself clear targets, forge the habits that support the goal and then trust that the many unknowns will find a way to work themselves out.

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By taping into the collective consciousness and applying your ASM, even when you can't see the full staircase, you can trust that just taking the first step the next step will come into view.

Knowing how to use and trust the ASM frees you from the "paralysis by over-analysis" syndrome so many suffer from.

Check it out....  Enjoy!  ; )

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Double, Double: How to Double your Revenue and Profit in Three Years or Less - Cameron Herold

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Super Conscious Connectivity


Mon, Jul 06, 2015


Many of the greatest thinkers and philosophers throughout history believed that ideas are "alive" and readily available in some sort of universal space which is often referred to as "infinite intelligence" or the Super-Conscious.

Whatever you want to call it, chances are it exists! Emerson once noted, "There is a power above and behind us and we are the channel of its communication."

 There is a power above and behind us and we are the channel of its communication. —EMERSON

The best part is this "resource" isn't relegated to the super genius or the super-creative... it's available to everyone...all you have to do is connect to it!

Perhaps you've wondered how Leonardo da Vinci could draw a helicopter centuries before one existed or how Edison had the insight for the lightbulb or Ford the carburetor or... and, on and on it goes.

Even Albert Einstein once noted, "There comes a leap in consciousness, call it intuition or what you will, the solution comes to you and you don't know how or why."

"A LEAP IN CONSCIOUSNESS"... Fascinating.

To draw upon this innate creative intelligence that we all have Martin and I review a "system" that he credited helped to reveal many of the insights in The Habit Factor and now his upcoming book, The Pressure Paradox. The process is just an ordered formula or recipe he calls the "Ments".

1. Elucidate

Start by defining the end state.. the problem and the ideal solution. Try to get crystal clear on the underlying problem and this will help to provide some associations and connections you may have not otherwise made.

2. Investigate

Once defined... RESEARCH! Feed your conscious and subconscious mind with the problem and all available information you can find about it and possible solutions. What's been written and thought about it already. With the search engines of today, research has never been easier!

3. Marinate or (accelerate if you must)

The next step is to allow the problem and all the related information you have come across in your research to really sink in.  Think about the idea often and just let the idea marinate for while. You can accelerate the process through a brainstorming session with others. Sometimes, depending on the urgency of the matter, a person might marinate on a subject for years.

4. Emancipate

As you marinate, set the problem free.... go for a jog, surf, take a walk hit the gym. Just get away from the problem that you are trying to solve. This allows you subconscious mind to take over the process and make the connections and associations--the leap as Einstein called it that you can not make consciously.

5. Congregate

After releasing your problem, the insights will start to arrive. Now is the time to corral them, and pair them up and ORGANIZE all the new ideas with the research and the original problem statement and see how your new solution fits.

This super conscious connectivity may seem mysterious at first, but when you start following this process you will see better and faster results on a consistent basis. Much like any exercise and like a muscle continued use will strengthen the skill. Start to identify opportunities in your life where you need an innovative solutions. Make super conscious connectivity a habit you practice.

 



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What does Benjamin Franklin and a Hindu priest have in common?


Mon, Jun 29, 2015


The art of tracking one's behaviors (habits) dates back hundreds of years ago and wasn't necessarily born with the iPhone or even The Habit Factor. In fact, one of the world's greatest minds, Benjamin Franklin famously wrote about the art of tracking his "virtues" in his own autobiography to refine his character.

In this episode, Martin and I review the roots and similarities of tracking behaviors to help achieve personal goals and refine one's character... all through habit tracking.

A renowned inventor, politician, scientist, author, and one of our nation’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin built quite the legacy. In spite of all of these remarkable achievements, can you guess the one thing he wanted to ensure he shared with the future generations?

"I hope, therefore, that my descendants will follow
this example and reap the benefits"

Benjamin Franklin was referring to the long standing practice (which itself became a habit) of tracking his thirteen virtues over the course of the year. He would rotate from week to week tracking each day one of his thirteen virtues (habits).

Because of this practice (behavior tracking) we believe he ought to be considered one of the great, great grandfathers of personal development!

By deciding WHO BF wanted to BEcome... and what he wanted to BEcome, Ben simply reverse engineered the character traits he wanted then identified the behaviors (habits) he believed that would help to get him there... then he just tracked them daily!

Fast forward a couple hundred years and we find a Hindu spiritualist, Dandapandi, (a former monk), who goes to great lengths at his speaking / teaching and workshop engagements to share the importance of building a "consistent practice" (in other words, a "habit"). And, in order to do this he urges that we follow the same process that his own monastery used, which was to track their behavior daily!

Paradoxically, of course this would suggest that the art of mindfulness requires the development of its corresponding habit. So, the goal is to be as mindful as possible without having to think about it. Then, in order to do this, the monks would track their behavior each day about how mindful they were and in the process they would develop the "consistent practice" of mindfulness. The mindfulness habit.

So, whether you are a spiritualist from India or Benjamin Franklin, YOU can rest assured that there is ONE way to get the results you are looking for and that is to TRACK your behavior or more specifically, use P.A.R.R. (see video ; )

Until next time.



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3 Bad Habit Busting Tips


Mon, Jun 22, 2015


Trying to create new, effective habits is often associated with first trying to kill-off any existing bad habits that are holding us back. In this quick, high-value episode, Martin and I identify the three most important  “MENTS” when it comes to busting those bad habits!

“Birds of a feather flock together."

  1. EnvironMENT

Why would our environment influence our habits? Well, as our energy wanes throughout the day (along with our willpower), it is essential that your environment is tailored to support your new habits and goals. For example, if you're trying to lose weight, throwing out all of the potato chips in the pantry is a great start. The environMENT applies to all things--not just a new diet. When you surround yourself with like-minded people it provides a great support system to help you craft new habits.

“A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit." ~Desiderius Erasmus

2. ReplaceMENT

Quitting any habit cold turkey is often difficult and ineffective because it leaves a void. When it comes to removing a bad habit it's important to remember that nature abhors a vacuum. Instead, try replacing any bad habit with a new, positive one. When Martin wanted to cut back on his coffee habit, rather than stop drinking coffee, he replaced his morning cup of joe with green tea.

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you do, the better.” 

3. Experiment

This podcast, writing The Habit Factor, and even his new book, The Pressure Paradox as well as The Habit Factor app have all been, in some form or fashion, an experiments. It takes trial and error (action to create information) in order to find out what will work best for you. In many ways, this idea brings us back to #2 (replacement) since you will need to try things, make some mistakes before you find what will actually stick!

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When trying to craft any new habit or BREAK ANY BAD HABIT, take a quick run through this checklist to ensure that you are setting yourself up for success. With these three "MENTS", you'll be certain to break bad habits and craft new powerful habits that will help you take charge of your life.

 



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Four Monster Myths on Habit Development


Mon, Jun 15, 2015


While many do not consider the importance of habit development when it comes to goal achievement, those that do unfortunately are subject to the many great myths which surround the topic. In this episode, Martin and I review and dispel four monster myths about positive habit formation.

1. It takes 21 days to develop a habit.

This originated decades ago with, Psycho Cybernetics a terrific book by Dr. Maxwell Maltz. While it does not take 21 days to develop a habit it is safe to say you can START to develop a habit in 21 days. According to a study from the European Journal of Social Psychology, it takes, on average, 66 days. Research tells us though that it depends upon all sorts of criteria including; desire, skill and knowledge related to any particular habit.

2. Cue- Routine-Reward

Cue, routine, reward and the related, "habit-loop" were largely popularized by The Power of Habit. The habit loop helps to illustrate what triggers and environments have been supporting past behaviors (habits) but the habit loop fails to provide any guidance about how to actually form good habits intentionally. Cue, routine, reward may address half the battle but leaves out the significance  of TRACKING and REASSESSING as well as using Target Days, Minimum Success Criteria and Tracking Periods, all which help greatly when developing good habits and constitute P.A.R.R.

3. Consecutive Days

Positive habit development is NOT an all or nothing proposition. In fact, the study referrenced above supports something that The Habit Factor introduced over five years ago, that you can and should use Target Days to develop habits and that habit development depends far more upon consistency over time than consecutive days.

4. All habits will last forever once established.

People often view habits as static and unchanging. Habits do need to be maintained, but it's important to constantly reevaluate your life and your goals to make sure that your habits remain aligned with your goals. As your life progresses your goals will change and its likely you'll want to reassess what habits you will need to help you achieve those goals. This is why habit tracking and the PARR methodology are so important!



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Nick Palkowski | Podcasting Insights From The Master


Mon, Jun 08, 2015


This episode has us turning the tables... in the coming weeks we'll begin to weave-in interviews of domain industry experts so we figured we might as well start with Nick Palkowski, podcast guru, expert in online marketing strategy and all-around-great guy!

Things weren't always sunshine and rainbows for Nick. The first business he started in college, while a great learning experience, ultimately left him with $2 in his bank account and a jar of peanut butter. A jar of peanut butter. Those important lessons (from failure) taught Nick what not to do and what he needed to do differently. They proved invaluable and led him to launch his booming, full-time business Your Podcast Guru.

"The best way to grow your business is to consistently add value to your audience." @NickPalkowski

One of the most important factors for Nick was understanding that success is a habit, meaning he recognized the importance of becoming a consistent and disciplined professional. Nick even shared his top three character traits and supportive habits on the show... (23:45):

  1. Reading every day
  2. Evening ritual
  3. Exercise

We discuss an important principle, "The Principle of Maximum Error"  and how Nick's story is a great, real-life example. So, if you're interested in podcasting and self-improvement (with some inspiration) listen now and check out his custom page for THF listeners:  www.yourpodcastguru.com/thf.

 



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The 8th Wind


Mon, Jun 01, 2015


Are you pushing yourself hard enough? Most people would respond with a resounding yes. While the idea of a second wind is fairly common, Martin and I explore the possibilities of having a third, fourth, fifth (even an eighth!) wind in this episode of The Habit Factor. 

“If you're going to doubt something, doubt your own limits.”

Ever notice during exercise that even when you're tired, you can always dig a little deeper and find energy reserves to get you through to the finish line? By changing your state of mind you can radically change and increase your energy levels and persevere to the end of any project! 

Challenge your assumptions, your biases, and challenge the perceived limits that you have set for yourself. If you feel that you've been lulled in to a comfort zone of limitations, set increasingly extreme challenge for yourself and discover your eighth wind. You’ll be amazed at what you can achieve. 

“Life doesn't get easier. We just get stronger.”



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How Nature's Wisdom Can Make Your Life Easier


Mon, May 25, 2015


No matter how close you live to big, green spaces, many of your struggles can be traced to how aligned you are with nature. Sparked by a conversation with his teenage daughter Martin and I delve review some clues that can very well make our life easier.

“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”

Anytime there is frustration and friction in your life it's important to check and compare how aligned your affairs and thoughts are with the natural world. In this episode, Martin shares some of his observations about nature and just how we might adapt them to our own situation. (12:00):

  1. Patiences
  2. Rhythm
  3. Busy, Diligent
  4. Economy & Efficiency
  5. The cycle of life
  6. Change & metamorphosis
  7. Struggle creates strength
  8. Nature is flexible, adapting, and resilient
  9. Everything must flow
  10. Unity
  11. There are many things we cannot control
  12. Balance

This week, we challenge you to take one of these observations and apply it to your life. Track it and see for yourself how effective you can be when you align yourself and your efforts with nature!

“Never does wisdom say one thing and nature another.”

For more on the link between productivity and nature, check out the episode on the Physics of Productivity at TheHabitFactor.com/013

“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells us it is going to be a butterfly.” 



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Philosophy & Habits of Thought


Mon, May 18, 2015


The word “philosophy” comes from Ancient Greek and means “love of wisdom”.

Unfortunately, the modern translation appears to have become slightly twisted to the point where the word might only connote some impractical college major.

Yet, philosophy ought to be embraced by all who seek to live in a more "favorable" world for it is our own mental constructs (our own philosophy) that dictates how we think, feel and act. So, philosophy isn't just about talking or even thinking, its true meaning lies in the execution of the ideas and ideals.

Today, Nick and I revisit the essence of philosophy and review some of the framework behind The Habit Factor franchise.

“All men’s natures are alike, it's their habits that carry them far apart.”

In this episode, Martin shares a handful of his favorite quotes and a few books that helped him to form a foundation for thought and action (a mixed philosophy that spans; Thoreau and Socrates to Kurt Vonnegut.

Enjoy!

 



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Got Leverage?


Mon, May 11, 2015


“Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I can move the world.”

In the battle to get ahead, often the first step is finding a better way to leverage the only limiting resource everyone shares, TIME.

Understanding how to properly leverage your time and ideas is a game changer and it's sure to boost your productivity. In this episode, Martin and I review some strategies to optimize your personal power (your ability to act on ideas) to help get the results you want!

Touching on Dr. Stephen Covey’s "Quadrants of Effectiveness", Martin shares a few tips for deciding when and how to outsource  (contract labor) to allow yourself more time to focus on the things most important to you.

Or, if you're not quite ready to source other experts, there are simply more effective ways to plan and use your days.

When you leverage your time more wisely, you simply take longer, more efficient steps toward your goal which accelerates your achievement and of course will have a life time effect on your achievements.

Enjoy!



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6 Reasons to Create and Master Your Rituals


Mon, May 04, 2015


“Good things happen when planned, bad things happen on their own.” ~Quality is Free Tweet This

The path to leading a more efficient life is simply to harness the power of positive habits and rituals.

Chances are very good you already have a set number of habits and rituals (particularly in the morning or evening). The question is, have they developed by choice or by chance? Are they by design or by default?

Intentionally establishing positive routines in the morning and evening will help you to feel refreshed, balanced, connected and even, as a bi-product far more productive.

In this episode, Martin and I review 6 reasons rituals are powerful and various tips for establishing them to help foster your efficiency and peace of mind. (7:10):

  1. …rituals are more energy efficient
  2. …they compound greatly w/out notice at first
  3. …they work with natural rhythms
  4. …help you to feel more connected
  5. …bring you mindfulness and mindlessness
  6. …they can be established consciously using the P.A.R.R. methodology

This week, Martin and I challenge you to create a ritual and to track your progress--that's it!

By tracking the ritual, you will reinforce its behavior and habit becomes the gateway  rituals to foster an environment where you can be your most productive and successful self.



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Deadlines: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly


Mon, Apr 27, 2015


“Goals are just dreams with deadlines.”

A man named C. Northcote Parkinson once claimed that work expands to fill the time for its completion. While its human nature to procrastinate, there aren't enough people using deadlines to their advantage. Join author Martin Grunburg on this episode of Habits to Goals as he shares his strategies for accelerating productivity with deadlines.

When you don't understand how deadlines can help you, sometimes they can hurt you. Avoid thinking in terms of all or nothing and accept that there will be times that you will need an extension. Maintain perspective and persevere with accountability groups and realistic timelines to transform deadlines into a positive force to empower your life.

“There are no unreadable goals, just unreasonable deadlines.”



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The Seven Habits Refresher Meets The Habit Factor


Mon, Apr 20, 2015


One of the great inspirations for Grunburg’s The Habit Factor is Dr. Stephen Covey’s classic, bestselling book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. In this episode, Martin reviews some of the similarities and differences between the two works. (10:20).

If, by chance you haven't read Covey's masterpiece (do so!) and, in the meantime, here is a quick synopsis (12:45):

  1. Be Proactive
  2. Begin with the End in Mind
  3. Put First Things First
  4. Think “Win-Win”
  5. Seek First to Understand than to be Understood
  6. Synergize
  7. Sharpen the Saw

Martin then explains one of the reason The Habit Factor "had" to be written and how The Habit Factor "bookends" and complements The Seven Habits 11:52.

Later we discuss how the first three habits focus on the "self" and the next three habits focus on fostering inter-dependence and teamwork. Finally, the seventh habit, "Sharpen the saw" is about renewal and allows for never ending growth and the ability to continually cycle and master each habit.

Now, it's your turn! Are you being proactive? Are you beginning with the end in mind? Are you following the seven habits? And, are you tracking the core habits that will help you to achieve your goals?

Consider getting these books, studying and understanding better how habit and the seven habits can help to improve your life!

Enjoy!



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7 Reasons Self Help Doesn’t Suck


Mon, Apr 13, 2015


“Everyone wants to improve the world, very few are willing to improve themselves.” Tweet This

Many people write-off self-help thinking that positive thinking just sets you up for disappointment later.

Zig Ziglar once put it brilliantly, "positive thinking won't allow you do everything, it only allows you to do everything better." For instance, positive thinking may not help you to dunk a basketball. But, it will make your efforts much improved.

The beauty is self-help isn't just about "positive thinking". First and foremost, it's an acknowledgment that the person responsible for their growth and development is themselves.

SELF HELP (at the proverbial end of the day) has been described as the only real help there is.

Self-help is also about accepting one's self as they are and then acknowledging ways they might improve. The pursuit of self-help assures a certain amount of humility.

“True nobility isn't about being better than others, it's about being better than you were before.” ~Wayne Dyer Tweet This

So, really, the beginning of all self improvement is an acknowledgement that you can be better and a belief that it's possible.

In this episode, Martin and I review his personal journey of self improvement (6:00) and then he discusses at least seven reasons why self-help doesn't suck (11:10).

  1. It's the only true help there is
  2. It helps you assume responsibility for your life.
  3. Promotes a respectful understanding of self and humility.
  4. Demonstrates a DESIRE to be better.
  5. The concept of true nobility
  6. It's the only thing you can inspiring others

He then reviews some top-of-mind favorite self-help books and authors. (26:00).

“Let everyone sweep in the front of his own door and the world shall be clean.”  Tweet This

 



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8 Breakthrough Strategies to Become Unstuck


Mon, Apr 06, 2015


Who hasn't felt STUCK before?

The good news is, it's common and something everyone is likely to experience at some point. The bad news is, it's an uncomfortable awareness that you've lost momentum and enthusiasm is gone.

That no matter what you try to do, nothing seems to move you or your career forward? Hence, you are STUCK.

And, when you’re stuck, it's important to know that it's not just an emotional but also a physiological state. Sometimes it even makes us feel alone or isolated.

“Motion creates emotion.” ~Tony Robbins Tweet This

To help you form some habits that will ultimately propel you forward, Martin and I review these eight tips to become UNSTUCK (time):

  1. More Accurate Thinking
  2. Move!
  3. Use and Create Regret
  4. Avoid the Comparison Game
  5. Read Autobiographies and other books- keep learning
  6. Challenge Fear
  7. Acknowledge and Accept the Situation
  8. Track- Track - Track (Did we say Track!?)

By tracking even your smallest, recurring behaviors (habits) that move your toward your goal, you build immediate momentum! Reaffirming exactly why the Free Habit Building-Tracking template is so popular and why the app works so well for so many people ; ).

Finally, at the end of the episode, Martin extends a gift for anyone who may be feeling stuck. So, check out the show and share a review please. Thank you.

Enjoy!

 



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Making The Time to R.E.L.A.X.


Mon, Mar 30, 2015


It seems everyone I know is "super-busy" and so many people are stressed-out... the question is, how many of them are making time to RELAX.

“The best time to relax is when you don’t have the time.” Tweet This

The most productive people I know schedule spa days, massages and recreation in the midst of their hectic schedules. That's right, the SCHEDULE relaxation as though it were any other responsibility on their list—and it is. They don't wait for a time when things will slow down... they proactively make the time and slow things down.

In order to be the best you can be in your personal and professional life, you must make the time to RELAX.

“I have just five letters for you: R-E-L-A-X.” ~ Aaron Rodgers  Tweet This

Uttered, Hall of Fame quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Packers started the 2014 season 1-2.  Whether it was because of his statement, imploring PACKER nation to chill or not, the team turned things around and made a great run through the playoffs.

In this episode, Martin and I review the "B.R.A.D." acronym which can serve as reminder about how to minimize stress and return to a cool, calm, collected state (13:00):

  • B- Breathe, Deep breathing reminds you to fill the diaphragm
  • R- Release, expectations and the perfect outcome (know what it is and then let go)
  • A- Accept, the situation... resisting any situation only prolongs the challenge
  • D- Direct your attention positively in the present. Focus on the immediate task at hand!

Challenge yourself this week by scheduling recreation and performing your daily tasks differently (thinking of BRAD) and cultivate an appreciation for developing these habits of thought.  

“The more relaxed you are, the better you are at everything!” ~Bill Murray  Tweet This



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Is Your Head In The Game?


Mon, Mar 23, 2015


“Every master was once a disaster.”  T. Harv Eker Tweet This

Life is similar to sports. What's interesting is sometimes we choose intentionally to PLAY and other times, without knowing, we've allowed ourselves to fall into the shadows and become a spectator.

While it's good to have periods of reflection and rest, too much inactivity or indifference impedes our growth, progress, happiness and success.

You know you're PLAYING to WIN when you have a goal defined — you can describe what the end-zone and even first downs look like.

“Good things happen when planned out. Bad things happen on their own.” Tweet This

To stay motivated and keep your head in the game, be sure to track and keep score! Just try to imagine any professional sport without a target and/or score.

Athletes know how they are doing because there is a score and it's tracked! Are you tracking?

This simple concept alone accounts for much of popularity of The Habit Factor® app (iOS) (Android) and  FREE tracking template (spreadsheet). Tracking creates momentum and provides invaluable feedback!

In order to meet the challenge of competition and play our best, Martin and I review the CRITICAL 3 P's. (17:22):

  • Planning  - what is the end goal, ideal, objective?
  • Preparing - what are the resources: people, tools, skills required?
  • Practicing - Practice skills, refine and rehearse - simulate real "play"

Then, we challenge the listener to identify something they are working on and intentionally practice and track it this week.

Finally, we touch on the big trap that seems to hit so many people after a BIG win.

With a nice, satisfying win behind them, (just like some athletes) they lose focus and attention in the present. They become tentative and perhaps even unsure how or if they might repeat their prior success.

Forgetting of course that, “Greatness is a process.”  Tweet This


Are you tracking? Do you know what the short term first-downs are? What does the long-term end-zone looks like?

Let me know how you keep your head in the game?

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Embrace Paradox to Avoid Paralysis


Mon, Mar 16, 2015


It's common to hear conflicting messages from personal achievement experts or “gurus”? (5:15).

One authority will insist that you don't have to work hard, you just have to work smart. Another insists that balance is bogus or, you just have to follow your bliss. Yet, another claims life is a marathon not a sprint... and on it goes.

“Take away paradox from the thinker and you have a professor.” ~Kierkegaard  

Unfortunately, achieving your goals isn't so black and white. Often, the "real" answer is a mixture of conflicting advice. In a world of a thousand shades of grey, confusion and then paralysis can set in if we remain fixed.

In this episode, Nick and I review an essential "key" when it comes to navigating all of this conflicting information. (14:35).

"Never does nature say one thing and wisdom another." ~Juvenal

It turns out in your pursuit of personal growth and your goals its best to mirror the many visible traits in the natural world (dynamic, flexible, adaptive) for starters.

That mindset, combined with awareness, assures an effective and efficient path to personal growth and goal achievement.

“Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from bad judgement.” Tweet This

Enjoy!



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The Physics of Personal Productivity & Relationships


Mon, Mar 09, 2015


“What is man without energy? Nothing. Nothing at all.” 

 

With all of the gimmicks and advertisements for ways to increase your energy, we are made to forget that both we and our goals are energy. Energy, as defined by the Latin root ergo, is the capacity for doing work. To make the most of your energy and to increase your capacity for doing work, Martin fuses  Newton’s Laws of Physics with his strategies for increasing your productivity  (5:45):

 

  1. An object in motion tends to stay in motion 
  2. Force = Mass x Acceleration
  3. For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. 

 

In the words of a Navy SEAL, “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” Friction causes tension, so challenge yourself to be more mindful of your responses to negativity and use your energy in a more productive manner. Martin reminds us that we have a limited amount of energy each day and that drama should be avoided at all times, if necessary. 

 

 

“Always take hold of things by the smooth handle.”



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Accelerate Your Productivity | 10 Tips That Will Boost Anyone's Productivity


Mon, Mar 02, 2015


A quick thank you! Our Habits 2 Goals podcast was featured once again by iTunes and has been in the top 10 (Self-Help category) for several weeks... a terrific start for this new show!

Now, on to the business at hand. It seems that everyone I know is "busy, busy, busy". In this show Martin and I cover some of the things you can do to make the most of your time and ensure that your results are meaningful too! No point climbing up the wrong ladder, right?

In this episode we walk through some key tips to help anyone be more productive:

  1. Effectiveness -what is it really? (4:38)
  2. Concentration and Focus (6:03)
  3. Leverage (10:30)
  4. Delegation (13:02)
  5. Creating Milestones (15:07)
  6. Finding Models and Asking Questions  (18:55)
  7. Deadlines and Launching (21:50)
  8. Constantly Learning (23:55)
  9. Importance of tracking (24:15)
  10. Reassessment, adapting and adjusting as you move forward (26:05)

While these ideas will greatly enhance your productivity, it's essential to know mental toughness and persistence remain paramount (see GRIT post). Remember too, these tips will only work when you’re kind, patient, and accepting of yourself!

If you have any questions about this week’s episode, or any prior shows, email them to  Martin at mg (  AT )  thehabitfactor.com.



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The Habit of Asking Powerful Questions


Mon, Feb 23, 2015


“Questions direct our energy, attention and focus.” 

As children we constantly asked questions which led us to learn about our world and ourselves. Over time, many adults fall out of the habit and stop asking questions.

Why is the sky blue? Why is the grass green? Why do giraffes have such long necks? Our questions are only limited by our imagination.

Fortunately, that habit of asking questions can be strengthened. The more often you ask questions, the stronger the habit becomes. By challenging yourself to look at a problem from multiple dimensions,  questions provide an excellent why to focus and reconnect your attention to any problem.

Questions have been the cornerstone of education, science and invention since the beginning of time. The greatest inventors and scientists, like Edison and Einstein where famous for the questions they would pose. And, of course, questions have tremendous value to everyday life. In this episode, Martin provides a few examples of how asking the right questions might just help you achieve your most important goals, more quickly (7:24).

A few quick tips on questions on how to improve your question-asking skills from this episode include:

  • Ask many questions as early as possible in the problem solving process
  • Be as specific as possible and tailor your questions toward the ideal outcome
  • Finding and using tools like search engines and Quora to help reshape and refine your skills
  • Daily tracking of your question-asking habit

By using questions to re-focus toward your meaninful goals, you will attain the concentration needed to add value in your life. Shaping questions around your specific goal will help you consciously rededicate yourself to your goals.

“A question well asked is half solved.” 

 



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The Grit Habit Revealed


Mon, Feb 16, 2015


“Nobody is born with grit and no one is born with discipline.” Tweet This

Grit is one of the greatest predictors of success and one of the defining virtues of successful people… yet, what is grit exactly and how can you develop it?

According to Angela Lee Duckworth’s TED talk, grit is a combination of persistence and a willingness to change and adapt to improve. It is actively choosing to pursue a goal, refusing to quit and being willing to accept failures— understanding that "success" is a processs.

“People with a grit mindset are committed to outcomes and are willing to disregard facts if and when necessary.” Tweet This

By persisting and keeping your eye on the prize, you can develop habits to guide you in achieving your goals. This week, Martin offers a few thought and behavior habits to transform your mindset and get help you get “gritty” (13:10):

  • Start with a vision
  • Believe it's possible
  • Be patient
  • Work hard and have courage
  • Reframe your mistakes into learning experiences
  • Craft creative alternatives
  • Persist
  • Mental toughness
  • Reflect and Repeat

The most important ingredient of this plan may be to continually repeat the process. Grit, in essence is the resolve to go through the process as many times as it takes to achieve your dreams.

In order to implement this strategy into your life, use this template, a worksheet, or the Habit Factor app and develop the determination required to accomplish your goals.



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How to Spin Failure to Win


Mon, Feb 09, 2015


“It's important to regard failure as an event and not a person.” Tweet This

On your unique journey to a more balanced and successful life, failure is inevitable. One of the biggest obstacles to achieving your goals is separating your sense of self from any particular instance of failure (2:44). Rather than labeling yourself as a failure after a tough setback or challenge, shift your perspective and simply view the failure for what it was: an event.

“Failure is not the opposite of success; it's a prerequisite.” Tweet This

Research (or quickly Google ; ) the autobiography of any one of your favorite heroes and you will notice that each and every one has essentially failed their way toward success (5:02). Here are a few ways setbacks can be overcome more easily... (9:48):

  1. Continuing to move forward assertively
  2. Frequently attempting new and challenging things
  3. Identify a "winning" model
  4. Reverse engineering the desired outcome

While almost everyone tends to overestimate what they can accomplish in the short term, they grossly underestimate what they can achieve in the long-term. Of course "success" is the ultimate end-goal where patience becomes a critical ingredient and it's only via the power of habit that one can develop those essential mindsets required in order to spin failure to win!

“Genius is eternal patience” –Michelangelo Tweet This

 

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Creating Your Happiness


Mon, Feb 02, 2015


 By: Nick Palkowski “Virtues must be a product of habit” Tweet This Everyone wants to be a success…. but how do you define success? Without a personalized target in mind, it’s tough to have a clear direction. “You can’t hit a target you can’t see.” ~Zig Ziglar used to say. That’s why defining your ideal [...]



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Unlocking Your Willpower


Mon, Jan 26, 2015


“If you are trying to achieve goals that are not in line with governing principles, than you’re making things much harder then they ought to be.” Tweet This Do you seem to lack the willpower you need when it comes to accomplishing your goals? If so, don’t sweat it— there’s actually a better way! It’s important [...]

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Why SMART Goals Aren’t So Smart


Mon, Jan 19, 2015


By: Nick Polkawski “Discipline is doing what you ought to do, when you ought to do it, whether you feel like it or not.” Tweet This Just about everyone has heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, the standard for goal setting that has been around since the ‘80s.  Which represent Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time bound [...]



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How Values Direct Your Behavior


Mon, Jan 12, 2015


By: Nick Palkowski “The most successful entrepreneurs define their values first, then live them.”  Tweet This It seems so many of us have become lost in our TO-DO lists. And, not by accident as even the most notable goal-achievement process, S.M.A.R.T. goals, leaves a user starring at a long TO-DO list and wondering, “Okay, what’s my [...]

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Habit Alignment: Crafting Habits That Align with your Goals


Mon, Jan 05, 2015


By: Nick Palkowski “Starting with the proper intention is everything…” Tweet This There is incredible power when one “begins with the end in mind”. Dr. Stephen Covey’s “Habit #2? from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. And, that’s exactly where you’ll want to start to create the right habits that will propel you towards [...]

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What Makes a Good Habit


Fri, Dec 26, 2014


“A habit is often a recurring behavior without conscience thought.” Tweet This  By: Nick Palkowski  (Show Host) What habits do you need to create for your ideal life? The reason habits are so powerful is because habits help you use your energy and willpower in the most efficient way possible. In this episode of the [...]

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Who Is The Podcast For?


Fri, Dec 26, 2014


Are you ready to put ideas into action? By: Nick Palkowski  (Show Host) Then this podcast is for you! In this episode of the podcast, we talk about you, the listener, and if this is the right podcast for you. We look at who this podcast is ideally for and who it is not right [...]

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Welcome to the Habits 2 Goals Podcast


Thu, Dec 18, 2014


By: Nick Palkowski  (Show Host) Craft and intentionally align your habits to your most important goals to achieve success In this first episode, Martin sets the stage by sharing his story of rediscovering the seemingly magical force of HABIT. He shares why it is habits (more than anything else) that will help to create the [...]



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