Category: Habits (page 1 of 9)

How to make 2018 a Breakthrough Year, (STEP #3)

Work harder on yourself than you do on your job. When you work hard on your job you make a living and when you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.
~Jim Rohn

[NOTE: This is our NEW YEAR BREAKTHROUGH Series, “How to Make 2018 Your Best Breakthrough New Year!”]

Step 1# is about deciding. Step #2 is about awareness and assessment.

So, STEP #3 is…

YOUR CORE VALUES. MISSION and VISION

That sounds like some work doesn’t it? Which is why 95% of people never go through these exercises. They require deep introspection, humility and courage.

But, it’s no coincidence that the greatest organizations and companies do these exercises they have figured this out.

Truth is, it was only after doing this exercise for my company that I realized I HAD TO DO THIS FOR MYSELF and it was a game-changer!

Thus, it’s part of the FOUNDATION for our Personal Breakthrough Series.

Why don’t most people do these exercises for themselves? First, they require work (time and energy). The other reason is people begin to doubt themselves and wonder if they know what their values are, or what their Mission statement ought to say. It take time and careful introspection.

Hence, such self questioning is the very proof that these are personal, mental exercises that MUST BE DONE!

***TIP*** DO NOT WORRY about getting it “RIGHT” the first time or even the fifth time, this is a PROCESS. It will take time to get to a point where you are happy with what you’ve produced and feel comfortable with the results. Remember, you are working with clay here and not marble.

So, get AFTER IT! Be sure to click on the F RE E resources: Personal Evaluation Toolkit (pdf 1 and 2)

PDF 1 – Personal Evaluation Toolkit

PDF 2 – Add’l Worksheets!

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“Each new day presents a new year and each new year a new day.”

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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
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How to make 2018 a Breakthrough Year, (STEP #2)

Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.
~Thich Nhat Hanh

[NOTE: This is our NEW YEAR BREAKTHROUGH Series (at least 8 new episodes, taking you step-by-step, “How to Make 2018 Your Biggest Breakthrough New Year!”]

If Step # was about DECIDING (and it was), this week is all about awareness and assessment.

STEP #2: Assess.

This episode we’re reminded that all information is good information if we’re honest and courageous enough to shine the light on ourselves. To that end, Martin shares another Jim Rohn classic quote, “Learn to work harder on yourself than you do on your job. If you work hard on your job you can make a living, but if you work hard on yourself you’ll make a fortune.”

Turns out, we ALL tend to go bust our butt at our jobs working 40+ hours every week but how much time are we spending on our own personal development and improvement?

The point is, now that we’ve DECIDED we are going to change, it’s time for US to get to work on ourselves and become the change we seek.

“The world makes way for the man that knows where he is going.” Emerson once famously said. Awareness and assessment both allow us to direct the change rather than just being subjected to its constant force.

And, it all starts with becoming aware and assessing ourselves.

Don’t forget to download your FREE Wellness / Balance Wheel Assessment tool!

Enjoy and share! Thank you!

“Each new day presents a new year and each new year a new day.”

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

As a Man Thinketh

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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 ; )

Related Show Resources / Books

8 Category Wellness Wheel: (Template!)

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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
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

How to make 2018 a Breakthrough Year, (STEP #1)

You cannot change your destiny over night but you can change your direction.
~Jim Rohn

[NOTE: This is the first in our, NEW YEAR Series (at least 8 NEW episodes, taking you step-by-step, “How to Make 2018 a Breakthrough Year!”]

Most people “want” some change and / or improvement in their life. But “wanting” is not the same is making a clean and clear delineation. DECIDING what specifically will change for the better is entirely different than wanting or hoping.

STEP #1: DECIDE.

Martin shares a Tony Robbins’ great quote, “A real decision is backed by action.” This helps to take us out of the realm of “wishing” or “wanting” and moves us toward a definitive DECISION and gaining some real momentum.

Turns out, the Latin root and meaning of decide is to “cut-away”. “To me that means we are intent on cutting-away from our old habits and eager to setup/begin new behaviors/habits that we can align to our new goal!”

Deciding is the beginning of transformation!

Deciding is that fundamental first step and a real decision implies commitment!

Think about how you get anything significant accomplished, you first say to youself, “I am going to ______________” That could be as simple as going to the bank or store or something far more meaningful as getting out of debt. It starts with the decision!

I AM GOING TO _________________________________

[NOTE: Don’t miss STEP #2 NEXT WEEK! You have an entire week to determine you BIG DECISION and don’t forget you can print out your DECISION TEMPLATE below and post it in your favorite room or office.

Enjoy and share! Thank you!]

“Each new day presents a new year and each new year a new day.”

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

As a Man Thinketh

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I AM GOING TO: (Template!)

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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
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Why Adding Controls &
Constraints to Your Life is
Essential

“The freedom of tomorrow lies in the discipline of today.” ~Grunburg

The “BIG” idea for this mind-bullet Monday revolves around the importance of implementing controls and constraints into our lives.

“Controls and constraints!?” You may be saying, “That sounds horrible, uncomfortable and pretty lame!”

Well, it turns out that controls and constraints tend to be precisely the types of parameters that can help you forge new behaviors (habits) to assist you in achieving your goals more quickly.

Even The Habit Factor’s P.A.R.R. methodology demonstrates this with its frequency per week, minimum success criteria, and tracking period (4 weeks).

Perhaps more importantly (and paradoxically): It turns out that freedom is born from controls and constraints. Consider the person who never develops and institutes any controls and constraints in their life (diet, exercise and or/finances, etc.). This is a person who will likely struggle for a long time.

Conversely, the person who institutes controls and constraints (disciplines) related to the same subjects (diet, exercise and finances) will enjoy greater freedoms down the road.

Hence, the path to greater freedom in your future is to institute greater disciplines today.


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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
Check out this episode of Habits 2 Goals! Be sure to review on iTunes, Stitcher or GooglePlay! Thank you!

Burning Ships Not Bridges

“I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” ~Douglas Adams

By: Martin Grunburg

It’s great to be back in the saddle and while this is NOT the official kick-off of Season 4 (Habits 2 Goals Podcast), it is my effort to get you caught up and share at least one of the great lessons I recently experienced.

Admittedly, you’re gonna have to be a little patient (it takes a while to set the table here) but coincidentally patience is a component part of this lessons anyway! ; )

Today, I share a bit about my long-standing partnership (23+ yrs) and it’s official separation… all good, mostly. The fact is we’d been partners (3 of us) longer than most marriages exist and with our company’s recent win of a prime contract award (defense) AND, given that they are in the neighborhood of 70 years old an exist strategy presented itself.

How and why this may relate to you.

Entrepreneurs (people in general) love to cling to motto’s, slogans, trite and not so trite sayings, that guide and drive them and their decision making.

For instance, “Hire slow and fire fast.” Almost every entrepreneur will tell you that is a MUST. Another is “Never settle!” or another, “revenue is vanity and profit is sanity.”

All good stuff right? MOST of the time. Sometimes though, from my experience, I’ve witnessed a lot of challenge created from clinging to hard-set ideas and notions like these as though they are set in stone.

We’ve talked about it here many of times, dichotomous thinking can be very dangerous and ultimately creates a lot of friction, struggle and can even make one feel as though they are running in circles.

Let’s use the above as examples; hard to argue with “profit is sanity and revenue is vanity”. That’s one of my favorites! EXCEPT -take Jeff Bezos and Amazon. I believe (at least for a day anyway, he just became the richest man in the world and for the most part his philosophy for Amazon was contrarian to that focused primary on revenue with little emphasis on profits.

Or, how about, “Never settle!” Sounds pretty amazing right? Imagine a life of never settling. Well, the last time I heard that advice it was from a guy who’s now divorced and you can bet he “settled” in court.

What about “hire slow and fire fast”. Nobody’s ever complained that they fired someone too quickly, right? Again – most of the time this is credible and worthy advice. However, I can tell you I made one of my best hires in about 30 minutes over a beer.

So, what’s the point?

BE OPEN-MINDED and do NOT RUSH if you do not have to. Don’t cling to trite slogans for the sake of trying to simplify things for yourself and make your life easy… question your bias to lean into such decisions!

When it is not necessary to make a decision, it is necessary not to make a decision. ~Lord Falkland

In today’s episode, I review my challenge/struggle to follow one great and romantic motto entrepreneurs love! “Burn the ships!
Yet, incredibly, unbeknown to me there was another powerful motto directly competing with that philosophy. You can hear about it on the podcast site or download it in iTunes.

Harvard 80 year Happiness Study! (I reference)

Slight correction I relate a great line from MASTERY a fantastic book by Robert Greene, the actual line is, “the greatest impediment to your creativity is your own impatience.”

Enjoy!

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

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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


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S3-41: FAF – Got Any Advice!?

God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls and coal into diamonds using TIME & PRESSURE. He’s working on you too” ~Rick Warren

[NOTE: Henry and I set out to complete 35 episodes for Season III and this is episode #41. If you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we did putting it together, PLEASE leave a review on iTunes ; ). Also, there are more shows coming! Be sure you are subscribed! Great news is on the way! Thank you!]

**Technical audio note: Apologies, we had tech issues again on Henry’s end and he was forced to use a different device. At times, connection picks up various background noises. Apologies and appreciate your understanding! ; )**

Coming off the heels of the recent metamorphosis episode, MG shares what he considered might be his #1 tip/piece of advice as he responds to an email. The emailer is excited about The Habit Factor and asks MG, “Do you have any advice?”

At first Martin isn’t too happy about the question, given the amount of “tips” and information already published. However, contemplating the question further, he shares what might be his favorite tip.

Henry then shares his two great tips! Spoiler alert, “We all just need to relax more often and enjoy the ride.”

Henry’s other great idea is powerful, “Be sure to surround yourself with goodness.”

Taking control of our immediate environment and getting our daily dosage of great brain food ensure we “tune our minds to the right stations.”

[NOTE: Henry and I set out to complete 35 episodes for Season III and this is episode #41. If you’ve enjoyed the season as much as we did putting it together PLEASE leave a review on iTunes ; ). Also, there are more shows coming! Be sure you are subscribed! Great news is on the way! Thank you!]

Enjoy!

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As a Man Thinketh

 

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Resources / Books

BLUEMIND

The Hidden Messages in Water

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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


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Get Clear Marketing

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S3-40: Casey Wright:
Opportunity Meets Creativity

“Corey and I have two qualities that I think unite us. One, we are eternal optimists; we always believe our best day is coming.
The other thing is that we have a high risk tolerance. We’ll keep rolling the dice.
We like the idea of saying, ‘We’re going to bet on ourselves a little longer.'”
~Casey Wright

Few entrepreneurs seize an opportunity as quickly and as creatively as Casey Wright. He and his brother Corey, guided by their parents, were encouraged to explore this “internet thing” in the early 2000s, and in particular, how email marketing might help their real estate firm.

Their parents came to them and said they wanted to stop spending $100K on print marketing per year; the brothers thought email marketing might be the answer. To everyone’s surprise, the strategy worked and Casey and his brother were off and running…sort of.

“The first year was exciting, and then you have six years of things not going the way you wanted them to; I’m seeing my friends working half as hard and making twice as much money and wondering if I should just go get in line and find a job.”

Persistence, however, proved to be the path of least resistance. Ultimately, their content-marketing business took off and assumed a new and complementary spin: A Keller Williams office manager wanted to use the brothers’ content-marketing process and apply it toward recruiting new agents! The proposition was, “If you can build this, we will buy it!”

Today, Casey employs the one bit of advice he would give his younger self: “Find a way to put the wind at your back!” Gorilla Goodies is doing just that; Casey’s new venture is responsible for a couple internet smash-sensations, including The Hipster Nativity Scene and the (DT) Donald Trump Bobblehead.

Enjoy the show and take note: He says, “Habit tracking is something I will ALWAYS do!” ; )

Brilliant work, Casey!

CW’s Favorite Books:

The Habit Factor®

Sapiens

Charisma Myth: How Anyone Can Master the Art and Science of Personal Magnetism

other resources:

Audible.com (swears by it! ; )

SHOPIFY

Digital Marketer
Getting smart on marketing and Facebook Ads!
–learn to get better at facebook ads:

Digital Marketer HQ

[email protected] <<either of those domains>>

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Casey’s Company: Wright Brothers

Gorilla Goodies

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Resources mentioned in the show:

BOOKS:

Eat That Frog! by Brian Tracy

Scaling UP! Verne Harnish

Something For Nothing by Brian Tracy

WEbsites and Tools mentioned:

Asana.com

Small Improvements.com

Sparkhire.com

15Five.com

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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


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Get Clear Marketing

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S3-39: MBM – Metamorphosis

“There is nothing in a catapiller that tells you it’s going to be a butterfly.” ~Buckminster Fuller

[Note: *Apologies* The sound quality at times is compromised in this episode. Henry had to use his cell phone and there a a few moments (briefly) where  background noise interferes. Thanks for your patience and understanding.*]

“Habit is a cobweb at first and a cable at last.” ~Spanish Proverb

Martin and Henry get after this one on the heels of a keynote presentation Martin recently did for IREM (institute for real estate management). He talks to Henry about how he inserted these same “two themes” at the front of the presentation because they applied so well to the REstart graduates who were being honored at the luncheon.

MG then discusses this powerful idea of transformation (preferring the term, “Metamorphosis”) and our individual capacity to turn virtually any weakness into a strength using the force of habit.

Today it’s popular in the personal development world to “ignore your weakness and just focus on your strengths”. History is filled though with stories where the underdog went to work on his weaknesses instead of accepting them and turned them into life altering strengths!

Martin shares that his recent strengthfinder results prove this idea as his five “strengths” according to their extended survey are: strategy, relator, achiever, futurist, positivity.

The problem though with this idea of ignoring your weakness is (with attention) your weakness may be your greatest gift! Since weaknesses often call your attention, by harnessing habit you can turn almost any weakness into a strength.

“The Habit Factor wouldn’t exist (book or app) if I just accepted my weakness!”

Sometimes leaning into your weakness with infinite patience and sincere desire to improve is the best thing you can do. Especially if you follow P.A.R.R.

Enjoy!

RESOURCES:

StrengthFinder

Jim Kwik: Kwik Learning  (weakness to strength!)

What does Benjamin Franklin and a Hindu Priest Have in Common?

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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<<<<

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
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