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S4: 51: How Many Habits To Start?

"When you align and craft habits intentionally to your goals, it's like running with the wind at your back." Today's FAF: "What is the recommended number of habits to start tracking as a newbie?" The short answer is no more than three habits at a time, especially when you're starting out and it's important to know why! It's a testament to the effectiveness of the P.A.R.R. habit development methodology that users are so tempted to add more habits to track. But less is really the key when...


S4: 50: Standards!

"If you want to change your life, you have to raise your standards." ~ Tony Robbins Standard: A level of quality or attainment. Used or accepted as normal or average. In this second-to-last episode of Season IV -- and 50th episode of the season! -- this special Mind-Bullet Wednesday ponders the concept of standards. We subconsciously set "acceptable" standards in the major areas of our lives -- appearance, dress, diet, wealth, etc. Sometimes, setting a new standard -- demanding more of...


S4: 49: Language and Thought

“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name." ~ Chinese Proverb Today's MBM, (Mind-Bullet Monday) centers around an insight intrinsic to The Habit Factor: How language shapes our thinking. Language shapes how we think and therefore how we solve problems! For instance, why is it that scholars and "experts" in goal achievement hadn't previously identified the intentional crafting and alignment of habits as a methodology for goal achievement? Instead focusing on tasks...


S4: 48: What Do You See?

"It's not what you look at that matters. It's what you see." ~ Henry David Thoreau When things go sideways, what do you see? When it all hits the fan, how do you spin it? How well are you able to hold your vision when you hit obstacles? Are you able to keep your eyes on the prize? The great Henry Ford once said, "Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal." The great Brian Tracy put it this way: "Clarity is 95% of success." Always know, if you...


S4: 47: H. J. Evans: Tequila and Two Decisions

"Decide what you want to be -- and go be it!" ~Tequila Truck Habits2Goals welcomes back former co-host Henry J. Evans, a dynamic marketing expert, best-selling author, speaker and consultant on accountability, strategy execution and emotionally intelligent leadership. Henry discusses his reaffirmed belief in the PARR methodology and how important it is to track and measure your behavior. "That which is tracked and measured is improved!" MG shares his most recent behavior-tracking...


s4: 46: Keys to Wealth and Happiness

“If you want to become all you can become, do all you can do, hear all you can hear, see all you can see, you’ve got to learn how to handle frustration." ~Tony Robbins This intriguing Mind-Bullet Monday episode is inspired by something Tony Robbins shares in his book Unlimited Power: The 5 Keys to Wealth and Happiness -- which effectively coincide with both The Habit Factor and to an even greater degree, The Pressure Paradox. Viewed from The PRISM Of PRESSURE in particular, the first...


S4: 45: What is HabitStrength?

"The more we do a thing, the easier it is to do. It's not that the nature of the task has changed, but our ability to do it has increased." ~Ralph Waldo Emerson When you want to develop a habit -- getting up early, for example, or flossing -- you may wonder how long will it take. Despite articles that say 21 days or 66 days, the answer isn't clear cut. Desire is the foremost component, followed by the capacity to perform the work and the knowledge about how to get it done. The key to...


S4: 44: Accounta What?

"Your accountability group is NOT the determining factor, your desire is." Accountability can certainly help alter and affect your environment, leading to the performance of better behaviors and habits. But there's a downside to accountability: Some of us defer -- giving up our ownership, control and responsibility. If you think you need accountability to succeed, you are at serious risk of failing! You are your own and best source of accountability. If you really want it -- your goal,...


S4: 43: Have a Philosophy

“The years teach much which the days never knew." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Today's Mind-Bullet Monday is a little heavy, but very necessary to consider: Have a philosophy. Have a set of beliefs and ideals that you can lean on and stand by. Harkening back to a few episodes ago, the Self Concept and its importance, your philosophy is the next critical piece of the framework supporting your being. Everyone is ultimately a product of their own philosophy -- their beliefs and ideals -- but...


S4: 42: What Gets You Out of Bed?

"People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals." ~Tony Robbins When you rolled out of the rack this morning, were you fired up? Or did you think of it as just another grind? If you don't have a goal that excites you, you may just be going through the motions. Maybe you're saying, "I don't really want the type of goal that scares me!" Well, as Martin shares, he's never felt more alive than when he was in the process of attacking a big, hairy, audacious goal! So, what fires you...


S4: 41: Contemplation

Noun: The action of looking thoughtfully at something for a long time. This special, non-interview Wednesday "Mind Bullet" is inspired by a previous episode, The Best Use of Your Mind, where MG breaks down the profound insights in David Allen's fantastic book, Getting Things Done! -- namely, that writing down your ideas and thoughts frees space for new creativity. "The weakest ink is stronger than the strongest memory." But today's mind bullet is the exact opposite — celebrating the...


S4: 40 Whale Done!

"Catch People Doing Things Right." ~ Ken Blanchard Today's Mind-Bullet Monday is based on Ken Blanchard's brilliant book on positive relationships, Whale Done! As a leader/parent/partner, how do you get people to do what you want/need them to do? More importantly, how do you get YOURSELF to do what needs to be done? In Whale Done, Ken shares how it's crucial to catch people doing something right ("Whale Done!) instead of catching them doing something wrong (Gotcha!). Think about it:...


S4: 39: Why Do Habits Exist?

Today's FAF (Frequently Asked Friday) is a back-to-basics concern: "Why do habits exist?" At first blush, this may seem like a nonsensical question, but the question and its answer became life-altering for MG! As The Habit Factor book and app was being created, MG Googled the burning question, "Why do habits exist?" He got a big fat nothing! Not only were there no answers, but the question hadn't even been asked yet. Today you get a very different result, with some differing reasons and...


S4: 38: Bridging the Gap!

“The essence of goal achievement: You are energy, and your goal is going to require energy...Habit alignment, therefore, is the most efficient way to achieve your goal.” In a special, non-interview Wednesday "Mind Bullet," MG shares how anyone can "bridge the gap" -- that is, go from point "A" (where they are now), to point "B" (their goal)! Bridging the gap is essentially what everyone wants to do. Yet few of us understand how to go about goal achievement in the most efficient and...


S4: 37: Everthing a Miracle

“If anything is a miracle, then everything is." Today's Mind-Bullet Monday explores the idea that if anything at all can be called a miracle, then everything must be a miracle. Why does the heart begin to beat? Why do we yawn? How is it that our planet rotates on an axis at 1000 miles an hour and rotates around the sun at almost 70,000 miles per hour and you are sitting there reading this? How does this one planet have all the ingredients for life? Miracles. MG explores the idea that...


S4: 36: Meditation and Prayer: What's the Difference?

"Prayer is you speaking to God. Meditation is allowing the spirit to speak to you." ~Deepak Chopra Mantras? Levitation? In Today's FAF (Frequently Asked Friday) MG addresses the misunderstandings surrounding meditation and reveals how his practice has influenced so many areas of his life including the creation of The Habit Factor. After recently stumbling upon the book The Lazy Way To Success, MG came to realize the error in his "efficient" meditation ways — namely that meditation should...


S4: 35: All Life: An Experiment!

“All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson In a special, non-interview Wednesday "Mind Bullet", MG shares his experience with a combination of health, diet, and workout experiments on his way to his own wellness goals. Leading with Emerson's philosophy, that "All life is an experiment". MG adds personal emphasis and then announces the release of a new, one-of-a-kind personal development tool: The HabitXP Journal / Personal Planner! The...


S4: 34: The Self Concept

“If you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them.” ~ Jim Kwik "I'm not a good _______________ " (fill in the blank) "I'm the type of person who can ________________ " (fill in the blank) Today's Mind-Bullet Monday examines the complex construct of our self concept: Did you know that consciously (mostly unconsciously) we allow the beliefs we've constructed about ourselves to define (and limit) ourselves? We've all constructed a narrative about who we are as people. This set of...


S4: 33: Are You Still Hoping?

"It takes as much energy to hope as it does to plan." ~Eleanor Roosevelt Today's FAF (Frequently Asked Friday): "Are You Still Hoping?" Are you hoping you'll get a better job? Make more money? Meet that special person. Are you waiting for someone to call you out of the blue to offer you that big break? We HOPE that you're NOT hoping! The great Eleanor Roosevelt once said, "It takes as much energy to wish as to plan." Not to mention the energy that worrying sucks up! So what's your...


S4: 32: Scott Duffy: Breakthrough!

"What is the difference that makes THE difference between the people who stand out -- the outliers -- and everyone else?" ~Scott Duffy Scott Duffy is a TV/online personality, best-selling author, brand ambassador and business growth expert. As a teenage entrepreneur/ business owner with a house painting franchise , Scott came to learn and understand the power of the business model — the importance of finding a blueprint for success. Scott discusses the challenges related to his...