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


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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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

 

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


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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The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

S02-Mind Bullet Monday 21: Be Like Water

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

 

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

“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?

“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

Mindset by Dr. Carol Dweck

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

 

S02-Mind Bullet Monday 20: Choose Growth!

“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

 

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


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”

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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Resources

Chinese Farmer as told by Alan Watts [Youtube]

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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