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If you’ve ever struggled to achieve your goals you are not alone! The reason just might be because ALL prior goal achievement methods missed ONE key element— habit! That's right, The Habit Factor® (bestselling book and app) exposed a timeless truth that helped to launch an entirely new genre of productivity apps (habit trackers) and help thousands around the world achieve their goals faster! There’s a reason top coaches, consultants, trainers, Professional athletes, Olympians, PhD’s and the ...
 
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“A good plan, violently executed now is better than a perfect plan tomorrow.” ~George Patton Ideas without execution are just dreams. Thus, our New Year mini-series ends with a few important thoughts about execution. To execute—to finalize ideas—to bring them to life is difficult and requires both consistency and persistence. The beauty is well exe…
 
“You really only fail if you fail to learn the lesson." Today's episode continues the New Year mini-series, RESILIENCE! Resilience may be the ultimate superpower! Resilience is the beautiful combination of persistence plus adaptability plus resourcefulness. In short, resilience is GRIT! It's possessing an openness and willingness to consistently gr…
 
“Plans are worthless, but planning is everything." ~Dwight D. Eisenhower Today's episode continues the New Year mini-series, PLANNING! What does Eisenhower mean when he says, "Plans are worthless"? Well, in and of themselves, plans don't do anything— it's PEOPLE who put plans into action. Thus, Eisenhower's powerful observation underscores the impo…
 
“Visualization is the master skill of intent." Today's episode continues the New Year mini-series, CLARITY! If "beginning with the end in mind" works to make for a productive and successful day or week, you can bet it works to make for a productive and successful lifetime. Thus, the homework for each listener is to complete the various clarity exer…
 
“Your doubt about yourself and goal achievement is just a bullsh*t story you've bought into." Today's episode continues our New Year mini-series, DO NOT PASS GO!, which simply means; It makes little sense to consume more info (podcasts, books, etc) and/or waste more energy and time pursing your goals and ideals if you cannot address these two impor…
 
“There is an expiration date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you." ~J. K. Rowling Today's episode continues our New Year series with Responsibility, which simply means; YOU are the programmer. Humans are remarkable achievement machines capable…
 
“Every great success is the culmination of a thousand tiny victories nobody ever notices or appreciates."~ Brian Tracy Nobody wins a game of chess in one move. Any victory in war is the result of several battles won. If your goal is to sail around the world, the attainment of that goal will involve many smaller wins/milestones along the way. As we …
 
“Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.” ~Nathanael Emmons One Saturday, driving to the office before a Habit Factor Group Challenge event, MG records this quick episode to underscore what seems to elude so many of us: that habit should be used as a tool, one that is consciously constructed, with practice, (following P.A.R.R.…
 
"Unfortunately, we're all not going to be lucky enough to have a near-death experience." During a recent interview (which has yet to air) for another habit-related podcast, host Brian Conroy said something interesting: "You know, I don't mean to sound skeptical, but these other authors, what's interesting...is they've all had near-death experiences…
 
Q: How long should I be tracking my habits? A: How long do you plan on living? After a recent presentation to an entrepreneur group, the question came up, "How long should I be tracking my habits?" MG's response, "How long do you plan on living?" Coming on the heels of recent episodes, "Habit Tracking is for Humans" and "What are the Most Important…
 
"You cannot change your destiny overnight but you can change your destination." Why do we feel the urge to create new years resolutions? Why do we so often struggle to keep them. What is it about the end of a year that makes us reflect and assess our achievements? MG and Jen discuss, from their personal experience, a few key ideas about why we setu…
 
"When it comes to habit development, humans can, and should, leverage their innate capacities of choice, intention and reflection." Today's Mind-Bullet is about why habit tracking is beneficial. AGAIN. After being interviewed for a habit-specific podcast recently, the host was left a bit befuddled as MG challenged much of what the host was told wer…
 
"If you can't explain it simply, you do not understand it." ~Einstein Today's Mind-Bullet investigates the significance of simplicity and its application in life. It's been said that simplicity is a symbol of sophistication and elegance, and many great thinkers have touted its importance. Consider Apple products and their legendary simplicity in de…
 
"A problem well stated is half solved." ~Charles Kettering Still time to jump into the LIVE, Five-Day, Get Unstuck Habit Factor Challenge! How are you going to improve your results in 2021? Visit: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge Today's Mind-Bullet investigates the significance of questions. Arguably, a person's level of "success" may come dow…
 
"Creativity demands space, time and most of all energy." How are you going to improve your results in 2021? The Habit Factor® "5-Day Challenge" Begins this Thursday, November 12, 2020! Visit: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge Today's Mind-Bullet investigates the requirements for a creative life! Since life tends to be a mass of problems, one aft…
 
"Learning Zen is a phenomenon of gold and dung. Before you understand it, it's like gold; after you understand it, it's like dung." ~Zen Saying The Habit Factor® "5-Day Challenge" Begins Thursday, November 12, 2020! Visit: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge **TEXT your toughest #habits and #goals questions now to MG and be eligible for weekly pri…
 
"The extraordinary life demands extraordinary effort." The Habit Factor® "5-Day Challenge" Begins Wednesday, 11-12-20! Visit: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge **It's twu, it's twu! TEXT MG direct your toughest #habits and #goals questions now: 619-547-1915 Extraordinary Adj: Very unusual or remarkable. Today's MBM sheds light on the idea that "…
 
How does the behavior scale? **NEW: Text MG direct your toughest #habits and #goals questions now: 619-547-1915 The Habit Factor® "5-Day Challenge" ENDS THIS WEDNESDAY 10-28-20! Because all exercises and live sessions are recorded, you can still sign up today: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge Today's MBM brings us to the idea of compounding beh…
 
"The map is not the territory." ~Alfred Korzybski **NEW: Text MG direct your toughest #habits and #goals questions now: 619-547-1915 The Habit Factor® "5-Day Challenge" starts THIS THURSDAY 10-22-20! Sign-up today: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge Alfred Korzybski was a Polish-American independent scholar who developed general semantics, which …
 
"The greatest give you can give your loved ones is your own personal development." Text me your toughest #habits and #goals questions right now... directly to: 619-547-1915 and say hi today! This is a very special Habits 2 Goals, Thursday episode about the upcoming "GET UNSTUCK 5-Day Challenge" starting NEXT THURSDAY 10-22-20! You can learn more an…
 
"The greatest give you can give your loved ones is your own personal development." This is a very special Habits 2 Goals, Thursday episode about the upcoming "GET UNSTUCK 5-Day Challenge" starting NEXT THURSDAY 10-22-20! You can learn more and sign-up here: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge This has been called a Master Class in Goal Achievement…
 
"The mind is for having ideas, not holding them." ~David Allen *Important Note*: The "GET UNSTUCK 5-Day Challenge" begins 10-22-20! Sign up today: https://thehabitfactor.com/challenge A cup is designed to be empty, not full. Its value comes from being able to fill it up. This is true for minds, as well. Keeping an open and empty mind allows for cre…
 
"To go far you must begin near, and the nearest step is the most important one." ~Jiddu Krishnamurti One of the reasons it's called, The Habit Factor® is because the habits we perform most often, powerfully compound over time. Where you are right now, is the result of your habits compounding. Nobody becomes rich or fat overnight. (lottery aside) Sm…
 
"The smarter the person, and the smarter the device, the greater the complications. This episode's original title was "Simple Truths," because wherever you find real challenges in your life, the answers are often simple. Instead, we decided to call it "Complications," inspired by the Apple Watch, which refers to its smart device apps as "complicati…
 
"Where is your error log?" A number of professions require error logs. The way programmers improve their software is to review the error logs. The way pilots become better is to review logbooks. To keep and review a personal "error log" is just another way to affirm the importance tracking our habits, journaling and documenting our efforts as we mo…
 
"What he wanted most of all was a large waste basket to which he could consign all his false starts and mistakes." ~Walter Isaacson (Einstein: The Man, the Genius and the Theory of Relativity) How big is your wastebasket? How many false starts and mistakes do you create on any given day? [Excerpt] When shown his corner office at the institute (Prin…
 
"Always do the things you fear the most. Courage is an acquired taste, like caviar." ~Erica Jong The interesting thing about acquired tastes is they can apply to seemingly every aspect of our life. Whether it's beer, whiskey, running a marathon or managing frustration, it's all an acquired taste. The first key to developing any acquired taste is to…
 
"I can think. I can wait. I can fast." ~Siddhartha ***WARNING** Please do your own research and consult your doctor before altering your diet.*** MG resumes the fasting discussion after recognizing there were a few items left on the "table." Beginning with this passage from Siddhartha: "I can think, I can wait, I can fast." The statement raised the…
 
"No man is free who cannot command himself." ~Pythagoras ***WARNING** NOT medical advice. Do your own research and consult your doctor before altering your diet.*** In long-form, discussion format, MG shares his experience with fasting for 36 hours, once-a-week (for 26 weeks). Like the Burpee experiment that arose from a mediation last year, an ear…
 
"You are energy and achieving your goal will require energy. Therefore, putting your energy toward creating and aligning habits that support your goals is the most efficient means to achieve them." In the business world the phrase "return on investment" is fairly ubiquitous. People want to understand, for instance, how spending $1,000 on marketing …
 
"Remember this: The trend is your friend." In Earnest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, there's a scene where Bill asks Mike, "How did you go bankrupt?" "Two ways," Mike responds, "Gradually, then suddenly." We can find this, "The Law of Gradually, then Suddenly," nearly everywhere. How does one get old? How did the oak tree get so big? How did you g…
 
"A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit." ~Desiderius Erasmus The first answer is provided by Desiderius' insightful comment above, rather than tracking a negative habit one should focus on building a new, positive habit in its place. For instance, if you wanted to stop and/or reduce your beer consumption, you should focus…
 
"We're drowning in information and starving for wisdom." We live in the information age. In an instant you can have top technical and scholarly articles on nearly any subject. Information is easily attained. That's the good news. The bad news is we love to consume information: news, books, movies, podcasts (irony recognized), social media, etc. On …
 
"Day one or one day. It's your choice." A single day is a powerful concept. In a single day our world can truly begin to transform. All it takes is one day! Just one day for us to make a life-long, lasting commitment to begin to develop new habits. Transformation and positive change can begin in a moment --on any given day YOU decide. Jim Rohn used…
 
"The best way to change someone else's behavior is to change your own." People often want their near-and-dear friends and family members to cultivate new, positive habits. Yet, the unfortunate reality is that behavior change can't be forced upon another. We can try to bribe, coerce, or even threaten but, without the cooperation and sincere desire o…
 
"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." ~Albert Einstein. Thought experiments come in many varieties and you don't have to be a theoretical physicist to put them to use. A good thought experiment can drive behavior change, goal achievement and even habit development! Albert Einstein was famous for his breakthrou…
 
"Good solutions can lead us to better—and even the best—solutions, but only when we take action." Theodore Roosevelt put it this way: "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." Many intelligent people are bound by inaction and indecision. It's a trap created by overthinking and the awareness that there is always a better—or even, a best—…
 
"What you focus on expands within your awareness." Managing your environment, with some planning and forethought is one of the best ways to influence your behavior. If you want to focus better, eliminate potential distractions ahead of time. If you want to eat better, control what is in your pantry and refrigerator and change your shopping habits. …
 
"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." ~Thoreau Most people aren't aware just how hard-wired they are toward the negative. In other words, something very positive will typically have far less of an impact on one's behavior and emotions than something equally negative. Theories vary, but most psychologists agree that negativity…
 
"Never complain, about anything, to anyone, not even yourself." The quote above caught MG totally off guard when he was reading a book, so he took it as a literal challenge and wondered if he could do it for just a day. Less than a few hours later, he was at nearly twelve complaints! Why is the toothpaste cap not on? Who would post such a stupid th…
 
"There are only three requirements for success. First, decide exactly what it is you want in life. Second, determine the price you are going to have to pay to get what you want. And third, and this is the most important, resolve to pay that price." ~H. L. Hunt When it comes to goal achievement and success there is always a price to pay. Did you bec…
 
"When you want to succeed as badly as you want to breathe, then you will be successful." ~Eric Thomas Last week's episode was, "What do you want?" This week, the question is "How hungry are you?" Hunger is an interesting concept because taken in its most literal sense, there are few driving forces quite as primal. Hunger gets people to take action …
 
"I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want." ~Mark Twain So, what do you want? Last week it was about WHY we should be challenging ourselves. This week it's about knowing/understanding what you want? Consider an all-you-can-eat buffet. You could eat any of the …
 
"When it comes to personal development, 'Why?' is both the question and the answer." WHY challenge yourself? Why get involved in personal development? Why read 'self-help' books? Why try to improve? Why run a marathon or try to write a book? Only you can know your personal motive. Understanding what drives your behavior helps you produce personal p…
 
"With just one short life to live a powerful question smacks us right between the eyes: What obligations come with it?" This week's theme layers nicely on top of last week's MBM, The Bucket List. Obligation: An act of being morally or legally bound; a duty or commitment. A debt of gratitude. While philosophers through the ages have struggled with t…
 
"If beginning with the end in mind is important, and it is, than the bucket list exercise takes you to the ultimate end!" This week's theme layers nicely on top of last week's MBM, Motive. If knowing our motives helps to spark the action that drives the formation of our habits and goals, than knowing what is most important in our life, before we di…
 
"Find the motive that drives the action you desire" Building off last week's Mind Bullet, "Feelings & Focus", MG tackles the significance that your motive plays when it comes to goal achievement and/or habit development. Simply put; motive drives action! The large majority of people remain frozen— stuck by inaction— waiting for ideal circumstances …
 
"Your emotions guide your focus." A powerful element to goal achievement and habit building is taking control of your emotions and channeling them positively. The emotions you feel at any given moment can either help or hurt your ability to focus. One of the reasons this is important to understand is because so many people set goals that are uninsp…
 
"Begin something today you'll be pleased you started three or five years from now." When the environment around us shifts so dramatically that it dictates what we can and cannot do, concepts like non-resistance teach us to use constraints positively. No matter the pressure we're feeling, we have the opportunity to refract it towards optimism, hope …
 
"We know from a lot of research that when things get tough, the general rule is people actually tend to help people out...” ~Glenn R. Fox Today's interview brings the return of Season 2, episode #12 guest Glenn R. Fox, head of Design, Strategy, and Outreach at USC Performance Science Institute. For more background on Glenn, be sure to check out our…
 
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