Category: Habit Focused (page 2 of 2)

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

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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Resources

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

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

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


“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).

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Resources

GOAL Setting -Wikipedia (Something is missing ; )

The Habit Factor Article “Are Habits Better Than Goals? Are Goals Bad?

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

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


“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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Resources

MUST WATCH!  >>> Backwards Brain Bike

European Journal of Social Psychology

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

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

Frequently Asked Friday 01: What’s Your Best Habit?

“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?

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The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

 

 

What does Benjamin Franklin and a Hindu priest have in common?

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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Resources

The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

Dandapani

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

3 Bad Habit Busting Tips

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, 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!

[Tweet ““Good habits happen when planned, bad habits on their own.” @TheHabitFactor”]

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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The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

The 8th Wind

Tough question time… are you ready?

Do you think you are pushing yourself hard enough when it comes to your goals?

While most of us would respond with a resounding, “Yes!” There is likely a fair portion of readers/listeners who just might readily admit they have substantial reserves in the tank. In fact, some might even admit to being “pretty comfortable”.

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 Habits 2 Goals.

[Tweet ““If you’re going to doubt something, doubt your own limits.””]

No matter how exhausted you might be after a long, brutal day at work, if you were told that you’d just won a million dollars, chances are very good that you’d start dancing, cheering and celebrating! You’d be pretty energized, right?

Where does that energy come from?

Even during exercise there are times when digging a little deeper—finding a way to add another minute, two or five helps you tap into energy reserves you didn’t realize even existed.

Finding your eighth wind—going further than you ever have before is exciting and scary and starts when you challenge your assumptions, biases and any perceived limits you may have unconsciously (habitually) set for yourself .

Use this episode to take inventory of a few core assumptions (stories you’ve told yourself) and simply test them to see what happens next. Enjoy!q

[Tweet ““Life doesn’t get easier. We just get stronger.””]

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Resources

Brian Tracy

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Philosophy & Habits of Thought

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.

[Tweet ““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.

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Resources

John Candy

Henry David Thoreau’s Walden

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Thinking 

Norman Vincent Peale’s The Power of Positive Imaging

Mark Twain

Socrates

Confucius

Kelly Slater

Laozi’s Tao Te Ching

Carol Osborn’s How Would Confucius Ask for a Raise?

George Samuel Clayson’s The Richest Man in Babylon

James Allen’s As a Man Thinketh

Robert M Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Napoleon Hill’s Think and Grow Rich

Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse-Five

Kurt Vonnegut’s Sirens of Titan

Kurt Vonnegut’s Breakfast of Champions

Kurt Vonnegut’s Deadeye Dick: A Novel

Kurt Vonnegut’s Mother Night

The Habit Factor app

The Habit Factor template

The Habit Factor book

Big Brothers Big Sisters

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