The Crucible: The Essence of the Change You Seek! (Metamorphosis)

“God changes caterpillars into butterflies, sand into pearls, and coal into diamonds using both time and pressure. He’s working on you too.” ~Rick Warren By: Martin Grunburg What a fantastic definition of crucible: “A situation of severe trial, or in which different elements interact, leading to the creation of something new.” Something NEW! The son […]

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Tony Robbins’ Five Keys to Wealth and Happiness — and, of course, The Pressure Paradox ; )

“Hard days are the best because that’s where champions are made!” ~Gabby Douglas By: Martin Grunburg First, if you’re familiar with my thoughts on mastery and learning, then you’ll understand how it is we are upon this topic again. ; ) If not, I recommend you listen to this podcast episode to learn why I will […]

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The Love Value, or, The Value of Love

“Love is my religion.” ~Ziggy Marley By: Martin Grunburg The big idea of VALUES appears to me to be inescapable these days. One day I’m discussing the topic with one of my best buds over a beer, encouraging and at the same time challenging him to figure out his values. The next day I’m interviewing […]

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Goal Achievement Series — Mindset Pro Tip #7:
Give Back!

“In the end, all that you will have is all that you gave away.” By: Martin Grunburg Not coincidentally, we wind up nearly right where we started weeks ago in our G.R.O.W.I.N.G. Goal Achievement Series. You may recall we began with Gratitude (the first “G”), and today we finalize our series with another “G”: the […]

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Goal Achievement Series — Mindset Pro Tip #3: Taking 100% Responsibility

“Responsibility is the price of greatness.” ~Winston Churchill. By: Martin Grunburg Continuing our Goal Achievement Series “G.R.O.W.I.N.G.,” today’s topic brings us to perhaps the most important and pronounced trait of those whom we consider “great” and “successful” — RESPONSIBILITY. This key attribute and mindset is universal in all great goal achievers.  Responsibility simply cannot be extracted […]

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Goal Achievement Series: Mindset Pro Tip #1, “Stay on Your Toes”

“The best way to predict the future is to create it.” Life is challenging enough, and it’s easy to become discouraged as you’re beaten down by the daily grind. Amid all this, chasing a BIG goal can seem overwhelming. Here’s the thing, though: The more we let the “grind” wear us down, the more we fall […]

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The Demystification of Habit: Skill vs Habit and Why You Should Care

By: Martin Grunburg In the last post we covered Dr. Stephen Covey’s classic three circle diagram (above), which was designed to help people understand the required ingredients for habit development: Knowledge, Skill and Desire. Upon further analysis of these elements, however, “skill” in particular should be moved from its current “requirements” location (circle) and placed in the center […]

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How to Get Unstuck & Breakthrough in the New Year!

By: Martin Grunburg When it comes to personal development, one of the most common challenges seems to be helping a person get “unstuck,” showing them how they can break free from stagnation and begin to tap into their full potential. Personally, this was my greatest challenge (some 15 years ago), and incredibly, it may be […]

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6 Essential Questions to Ask Yourself at Year’s End

By: Martin Grunburg “Each new day begets a new year, and each new year, a new day.” Looks like we’ve made it through another year (almost). Yay! or #yayme. BTW: I thought that license plate was kinda funny. However, when I lined up the shot, I got the unexpected bonus of the palms and a […]

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Creativity & The Christmas Spirit

By: Martin Grunburg Ready or not, the holidays are upon us! As I pondered today’s topic, creativity – along with this great book I’m reading (Thinkertoys, more below) – I wanted to share my friend’s uber-creative take on the Christmas Nativity scene, which has been blowing up scores of media outlets throughout the country! Until […]

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Why You Probably Don’t Set Goals — and How To Change That

By: Martin Grunburg In a prior article we reviewed how goal-achievement can be considered simply problem-solving. It’s a bit of a cliche to share that problems are only opportunities in disguise. We know the legendary stories of great problems that have birthed inventions and humanity-changing discoveries —  the polio vaccine, the steam engine, the telegraph — […]

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Top 5 Ways Setting Goals Will Change Your Life

By: Martin Grunburg Incredibly, even today, many people question the value of goal-setting. For your enjoyment, I’ll share a few articles at the end of this post. I say “enjoyment” because once you read/understand these articles through the prism of habit and with an understanding of The Habit Factor methodology, their concerns about the negative side-effects of […]

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2 Keys to Learning; Plus, a Great Accelerator

By: Martin Grunburg Let’s say it’s time to learn something new, such as a language or a musical instrument, or how to plant a garden (pick your topic). What do you think would be the key factors influencing your ability to succeed in learning that new skill or habit? Now, please think about that for a […]

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The Musicality of Productivity, Part Deux

By: Martin Grunburg It’s a myth that habit development depends upon daily repetition. It does not; it depends upon consistency of the behavior, over time. Beating yourself up because you haven’t done a behavior every day in order to develop a habit is a big mistake. In last week’s article, we covered the important concept […]

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The Musicality of Productivity: How To Be More Productive and Achieve Your Goals More Quickly

By: Martin Grunburg Every Monday morning, the garbage is picked up in our neighborhood. Every Tuesday morning, the lawn is mowed at my favorite park, right next to the bay. Once a quarter, the gardeners will punch the grass to aerate it. Just another beautiful October day in San Diego, nearly 80 degrees at the […]

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8 Powerful Paradigms that Successful Entrepreneurs Grasp — and 2 Many Still Don’t

By: Martin Grunburg Quick shout out to the real boss in my life, wifey! 18 years today…an amazing editor ; ) and the most unbelievable wife and mother a man could ask for! Having the benefit of hindsight, and having worked and collaborated with some of the best and brightest entrepreneurs as well as new […]

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