Category: Mind Bullet Mondays (page 1 of 4)

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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Resources

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 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-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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Resources

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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Resources

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-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

 

S02-Mind Bullet Monday 19: How Life Expands!

“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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Resources

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-Mind Bullet Monday 18: “Getting To!”


“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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Resources

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

“The key is tricking yourself to move quadrant two items to quadrant one when 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 challent 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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***NEW Giveaway! Each week we select ONE, new iTunes review (good, bad or indifferent) and send a FREE signed book.

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Resources

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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