Habit + Pressure = Metamorphosis

“The person who now stands before the court is no longer the person who has committed these crimes. For that reason, this court will not hold you accountable.” By: Martin Grunburg Last week we covered the idea that in order to realize any real, substantive change, the path often requires two essential forces: Pressure and Habit […]

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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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Goal Achievement Series– Mindset Pro Tip #2: A.B.G. (Always Be Growing)

By: Martin Grunburg Change is a funny thing. In fact, one of the great constants (by definition, something that never changes) is, in fact, change. The great thing about goals is they allow us, in this crazy and uncertain world, to direct some of the change. By doing this, goals provide a sense of purpose, […]

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Mastery and the Art of Learning

By: Martin Grunburg “How many times have you listened to that playlist?” my friend asked. “I don’t know,” I answered. “Probably a couple hundred times.” He was referring to my personal development playlist on my phone, which includes some of my favorite thinkers, from Wayne Dyer to Tony Robbins, with a healthy dose of Covey, Nightingale, […]

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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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5 Habits of Heroes: A Tribute to Former Astronaut and Senator John Glenn

  By: Martin Grunburg “I don’t know what you could say about a day in which you have seen four beautiful sunsets.” ~John Glenn We lost another great American hero last week: John Glenn passed away at the age of 95. While I knew little about the man behind the legend and never had the […]

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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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Focus on the FREE! Perhaps the Most Important Habit of All

By: Martin Grunburg When you think about the word FREE, what comes to mind? What associations do you tend to make? I say “free,” you say: Cheap? Worthless? Garbage? A loss leader? Once again, I find myself fascinated by our language and the associations we attach to the words we use. And, of course, how those associations […]

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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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Top 10 Reasons the #PhelpsFace Will Make Your Life Better

By: Martin Grunburg Fortunately, I missed the MTV Video Awards show last night. That’s right, I said, fortunately. Unfortunately, though, I missed Michael Phelps’ big reveal about the inspiration behind the #PhelpsFace. After a couple of Olympics posts (I, II), I promised I’d come back to Phelps. Perhaps you were lucky enough to witness the high-Olympic […]

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Where To Aim When You’re Aiming For Your Goal

Chances are good that you’ve heard the phrase “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” An entertaining thought and a fun quote attributed to many, including the late, great Norman Vincent Peale. (Author one of my early favorites; see The Power of Positive Thinking.) While I like the quote, the thought […]

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More: Goals and Habits, Goal Theory Simplified

Goals are important for a multitude of reasons, and yes, they are as important as habits. For more on this, please see the prior post. (link) In fact, there is a powerful relationship between the two that has somehow been lost for a very long time (more on that below). Please recognize that goals help you […]

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Are Habits Better Than Goals? Are Goals Bad?

I recently received an email from an uber-successful entrepreneur. This lady has a multi-million-dollar company and she’s a mentor and coach for other entrepreneurs. However, given some of the recent articles on the Internet she’s read about goal achievement, she was wondering if perhaps having a group of entrepreneurs set goals for themselves might be […]

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The Magic of Breakthrough Ideas: Spark Creativity, Solve Problems and Smash Through Standard Industry Thinking

I’m more fascinated than ever with the idea of GOOD ideas. That is, how breakthrough ideas rarely come from inside of their own industry. After all, isn’t that the basis for the cliché, “You gotta think outside the box”? Many businesses are looking for that one, great breakthrough idea. Or, maybe YOU just want to […]

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