Category: Mind Bullet Mondays (page 1 of 5)

S3-33: MBM – Talk, Talk, Talk

“Silence is the source of great strength.”

Talk, Talk, Talk.

Speaking for the most part is easy. Particularly about things we are GOING to do. However, doing them and the work they entail is hard.

Which do you choose?

While today’s topic has been touched upon? from various angles in prior seasons: In Season I it was SILENCE and CONCENTRATION and how silence is the source of GREAT strength and wisdom! Then, in season II’s FAF, MG addresses the question, “Should we announce our goals?

Today’s episode though is really inspired by Ryan Holiday’s latest book, “Ego is the Enemy“. A fantastic book where he’s devotes an entire chapter entitled, Talk, Talk, Talk to this idea that so many of us succubm to the easy? the idle, valueless, chatter.

How easy is it to post on twitter, “I’ve just signed up for my first marathon!” Versus, the challenge to actually sign-up and NOT post anything. Instead, to get busy training and save the big announcement for when the work is done and the goal is accomplished.

There is power in silence! And, here is some of the science that proves you should NOT talk about your goal (video below).

How easy it is to jump into the latest conversation on Facebook and express our opinions and share HOW this should be or that should or could be different or better! How hard it is to get busy working on and producing those solutions, creating value.

Which do you choose? Which creates VALUE and opportunity? Which one do you think supports goal achievement?

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S3-24: MBM – On Your Toes!

“If you want a guarantee, buy a toaster.” ~Clint Eastwood
Martin kicks off this episode with his GTR, (good things report) what he believes might just be a great trick to help him remember names. Henry’s GTR is about his recent trip to the desert with the family to see the amazing desert bloom. The spring flowers are flourishing as a result of the recent and heavy rainfall in California.

Jumping into today’s topic; “Staying on your toes” they both share how easy it is to fall back into “comfort” and “security”. To become complacent and then before one realizes it they are “playing” defense” and have fallen back into “protection mode” rather than pushing forward and continuing to learn and challenge themselves.

It’s easy to fall back on your heels, become tentative, hesitant and insecure. And, Henry and MG use the old sports analogy that is almost cliche these days. That of the football team with a big lead who will go into a “Prevent Defense”. If you saw the most recent Superbowl many contend that is precisely what happened to the Atlanta Falcons. The strategy (to preserve the lead) seems to almost always backfire and prevent the team with the lead from winning.

Why does that happen so often? Well, one team is focused upon what they DO NOT want to happen while the other team is focused upon what they DO want to happen. The interesting thing is both teams are focused upon the same thing.

What are you focused upon? What you want to happen or what you do NOT want to happen?

The question the hosts offer the listener is this: WHO KNOWS FOR SURE WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS?

If the reason people become hesitant and insecure, and stop taking action is because they are afraid and think they might fail, then the question is, “WHO KNOWS FOR SURE?”

The answer of course is NOBODY knows for sure and even with “failure” there are so many benefits that come of it. So the ONLY mindset that really makes sense is the “BE ON YOUR TOES” ? an aggressive, confident and optimistic view about what you DO WANT To HAPPEN!

So, go for it! Enjoy the show! ; )

Here’s a recent post on the same topic from thehabitfactor.com’s blog. Enjoy!

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S3-21: MBM – The Fruits of Pain

“Habit; A shackle for the free.” ~Ambrose Bierce

Martin shares how his latest experiment, abstaining from alcohol for just one month (unable to have a beer or two a night) then evolved into another behavior experiment, a modified low carb/diet. Both of these he explains were fairly painful yet, the fruits? the rewards of each have been fantastic!”It’s kinda like the frogs that are boiled to death in the pot as they are slowly cooked. The temperature rises slowly, one degree at a time and they never notice or try to escape until it’s too late. The frogs are just too comfortable until, of course, they are dead.”

“There are two great pains in life,” Jim Rohn is famous for saying. “The pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” “Discipline” he assures us “weighs ounces but regret weighs tons.”

The bad news is there is no escaping the pain. The good news is we have a choice. And, the best news is; you should know that there is tremendous FRUIT on the other side of that pain and challenge you put yourself under!

Ideally, we don’t want to arrive at the end of our lives thinking “I SHOULD HAVE” tried this, learned that, only to realize we have wasted too much time and most of it in a perpetual mission to stay “comfortable”.

Keep experimenting? keep leaning into the pain and discomort the great challenges that will make you better. You’re far stronger and more resilient than you know and you won’t ever know if you don’t try!

Go for it! Enjoy the show! ; )

P.S.: ANYTIME YOU CHANGE / MODIFY YOUR DIET FIRST seek the advice of a medical professional. This is not an endorsement of any particular diet product or plan.

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S3-18: MBM – Learning Mastery!


“We do not learn, and that what we call learning is only a process of recollection.” ~Plato

It seems we address certain types of learning differently than say preparing to perform. In other words, to prepare for a performance we will practice, practice, and practice some more. But, when it comes to learning something we expect to see or hear it once and completely know it and be able to recall it.

Crazier still, we tend to think we’re not too smart if we need to relearn the same lesson over and over again.

MG and HE challenge this idea. MG recalls how some of the audio lessons on his playlist he’s heard “hundreds” of times! The EXACT SAME lesson. And, he says, here’s the “crazy” thing? each time he seems to pickup and learn something new.

Why is that? How can you or I hear the same message three times, for instance, and learn or pickup something different each time?

They cover the various reasons behind this phenomena and then, ultimately, propose this is precisely what higher education is about? for instance what PhD students do! They study the SAME SUBJECT over and over and then again, some more. They GO DEEP vs wide (breadth) and cover the same topic from different angles and perspectives. And, because of this, they notice details, nuances and connections most people will never see.

This, learning the same things over and over and then some more, is really what we call expertise. This is what mastery really is!

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The Pyramid of Success


“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you made the effort to do your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~Coach John Wooden

What is success? How do you define it? Henry and Martin get DEEP into the subject of SUCCESS. What is it really? And, crazier still, how do YOU define it!?

Don’t think it’s important? This about this: It’s a given that 100% of people want to become a “success”. Yet, the large majority of people haven’t even taken the time to define what success means.

Do you have your own definition of success? Have you refined it and studied it?

Remember, it’s very difficult to hit a target that you can’t see!

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Other definitions of success are explored: Earl Nightingale’s “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.”

And, Thoreau’s “If one advances confidently in the direction of their dreams and endeavors to live the life they imagine, they will meet with a success in common hours.”

It took Coach Wooden many years to find his correct formula. In 1934 he decided on the cornerstones, Industriousness and Enthusiasm, the two most important building blocks of the pyramid. Completing the foundation of the Pyramid are Friendship, Loyalty and Cooperation.

As the years went by, Coach Wooden built his Pyramid upon 14 building blocks of essential virtues (habits), leading to the apex, the final, 15th building block – Competitive Greatness.

On both sides of the Pyramid, in essence holding it together, are 10 words, including Ambition, Honesty and Integrity, once again all leading to the top, where Faith and Patience watch over Competitive Greatness.

Coach Wooden completed his ‘Pyramid of Success’ in the spring of 1948, and the original Pyramid drawing was on his office wall after he accepted the men’s basketball head coaching position at UCLA that same spring.

Some classic Wooden quotes:
“The best way to improve the team is to improve ourself.”

“Goals achieved with little effort are seldom worthwhile or lasting.”

“As long as you try your best, you are never a failure. That is, unless you blame others.”

“Much can be accomplished by teamwork when no one is concerned about who gets the credit.”

Great books by and about the legend!

My personal Best

Wooden: A Lifetime of Observations and Reflections On and Off the Court

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success

Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success Playbook

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S3-12: MBM – Getting Unstuck and into the Flow


“Before fear becomes fear it is pressure.” ~Grunburg

Martin and Henry have a blast (so to speak) with this topic! How do you get unstuck? What should you do when you feel like your life is in a “rut”?

How does ANYONE get unstuck? Well, the answer is a bit counter-intuitive.

Martin recounts a little plumbing episode over the holidays. After fighting with a clogged drain for hours (blogpost here) he finally resorts to another tactic / tool offered by his neighbor to remove the clog.

The plumbing episode leaves him shaking his head as he realizes that the same physics required to unclog the drain (getting it unstuck) ought to be used when someone whats to get their lives “unstuck”!

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S3-9: MBM – Master the Inner Game!

“All knowledge is based upon perceptual experience” ~Aristotle

Empiricism is a theory that states that knowledge comes only or primarily from sensory experience.

Here’s a couple questions to ponder deeply? 

“How real are certain “truths”? “How accurate is your knowledge particularly as it relates to the stories you tell yourself about your desires, goals and intentions?”

For instance, the US Supreme Court has nine justices? Why not just one? The reason is all nine people can and often see the same data, same experience and same “truth” differently. It turns out that their unique perception reveals to each a different story.

So, the question becomes, what story are you crafting about yourself? Which ones impose limits on you? How “real” are they? Are you certain that you can’t change the story to better support your ideals and goals. 

Knowledge is rarely static. Rather, we find that knowledge shifts around often throughout history. For instance, we know today that the world is round. There was a time that knowledge told all humans the world was flat. In middle school, we were taught that there are nine planets in our solar system. Today, knowledge tells us that there are just eight! Science told us for years that cholesterol was bad. Today there is good and bad cholesterol.

So, if your story (knowledge) isn’t serving you or your goals, CHANGE IT!

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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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