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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!!

As a Man Thinketh

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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!

FREE resource to keep that mind tuned!!

As a Man Thinketh

 

Check it out and be sure to subscribe!

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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 ; )

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


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

Get Clear Marketing

The Hour A Day Entrepreneur
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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

Casey@ <<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

**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


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

Get Clear Marketing

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

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

S3-38: FAF – How Can I Control My Temper?

“If you are patient in one moment of anger, you will escape one hundred days of sorrow.” ~Chinese Proverb

Not to long ago we had an entire episode about enhancing mindfulness. Today’s topic is very related and it has to do with some ideas, tips and best practices, even mindsets around how to best control one’s temper.

MG and Henry trade some tips and share some stories… Henry talks about his experience recently where he was so upset he had to go hit a punching bag (NOT people) for an extended period of time. “Try that for just one minute and you’ll be winded and you’ll also be addressing your ‘fight or flight’ natural response to anger and stress. It’s a great way to address the pent up energy.”

Martin then reflects on the very powerful and insightful statement: “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” Viktor E. Frankl 

Then, MG shares this gem from Thomas Jefferson, “When you are angry count to ten, and if very angry count to one hundred.”

Check it out and hear how to keep your cool when frustration and anger set in!

Enjoy!

Resources Mentioned:

HEADSPACE – App

Man’s Search For Meaning – by Viktor E. Frankl

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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 ; )

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


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

Get Clear Marketing

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

S3-36: MBM – Intention.


“True nobility isn’t about being better than someone else, it’s about being better than you used to be.” Dr. Wayne Dyer

Martin tackles this Mind Bullet Monday solo and labels it a bit of a hybrid episode since he bridges concepts and ideas from a couple prior episodes.

This episode is on the heels of the synchronicity/serendipity episode where Martin and Henry compare theories on ways to create an increased frequency of such events in our lives.?? Martin then adds some of the late, great Dr. Wayne Dyer’s thoughts via his bestseller, The Power of Intention. Specifically where Dyer reviews the importance of aligning with the “FACE” of the “Creative” source.

In his book, Dr. Dyer spells out the “Seven Faces of Intention” Creativity, Kindness, Love, Beauty, Expansiveness, Abundance and Receptivity and how Dr. Dyer believed deeply that creating alignment / “matching up” with sources “Faces” of energy was essential.

Martin then takes the entire process a step further, and perhaps makes it sound/concrete by recommending to the listener that they focus upon and TRACK just ONE “FACE” at a time for four weeks following the habit factor method. This one step would mimic the process Benjamin Franklin used that was recently recounted on the a prior episode where Ben tracked his behaviors (habits) to create VIRTUES!

RESOURCES:

The Power of Intention

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

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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 ; )

 

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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

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

S3-35: FAF – Seeking Mindfulness

“Walk as if you are kissing the Earth with your feet.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh

Mindfulness matters. This is the age of distraction! “Smart” phones, social media, texting, etc., our attention span continue to shrink and yet the demand for our focus and attention (in order to achieve our goals and be more productive) has never been greater!

In this fun episode Henry and MG discuss some of their favorite tips to become more present and mindful. MG starts though with the important idea that BOTH habit and mindfulness (by design) are intended to work together.

The way to cultivate any mindless or subconscious behavior (habit) is often via repetition and practice so it becomes “automatic!” Think, “wax on” “wax off”.

They exchange thoughts on various breathing exercises and MG tells Henry his favorite tip might just be to “tune in” to his senses; smell, touch, sight, sound, etc.

Henry mentions a neat visual, breathing exercise and his intention to be very present and aware with encounters with others.

MG and Henry both discuss the powerful influence water has on mindfulness (books below) and here’s a link to the psychology exercise re: (RAISIN) that Martin mentions! It’s a good one!

Check it out and be sure to subscribe!

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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 ; )

Resources / Books

BLUEMIND

The Hidden Messages in Water

———–

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

S3-30: MBM – DEATH.

“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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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

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

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