No matter how close you live to big, green spaces, many of your struggles can be traced to how aligned you are with nature. Sparked by a conversation with his teenage daughter Martin and I delve review some clues that can very well make our life easier.
“Every action has an equal and opposite reaction.”
Anytime there is frustration and friction in your life it's important to check and compare how aligned your affairs and thoughts are with the natural world. In this episode, Martin shares some of his observations about nature and just how we might adapt them to our own situation. (12:00):
This week, we challenge you to take one of these observations and apply it to your life. Track it and see for yourself how effective you can be when you align yourself and your efforts with nature!
“Never does wisdom say one thing and nature another.”
For more on the link between productivity and nature, check out the episode on the Physics of Productivity at TheHabitFactor.com/013
“There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells us it is going to be a butterfly.”
The word “philosophy” comes from Ancient Greek and means “love of wisdom”.
Unfortunately, the modern translation appears to have become slightly twisted to the point where the word might only connote some impractical college major.
Yet, philosophy ought to be embraced by all who seek to live in a more "favorable" world for it is our own mental constructs (our own philosophy) that dictates how we think, feel and act. So, philosophy isn't just about talking or even thinking, its true meaning lies in the execution of the ideas and ideals.
Today, Nick and I revisit the essence of philosophy and review some of the framework behind The Habit Factor franchise.
“All men’s natures are alike, it's their habits that carry them far apart.”
In this episode, Martin shares a handful of his favorite quotes and a few books that helped him to form a foundation for thought and action (a mixed philosophy that spans; Thoreau and Socrates to Kurt Vonnegut.
“Give me a long enough lever and a place to stand and I can move the world.”
In the battle to get ahead, often the first step is finding a better way to leverage the only limiting resource everyone shares, TIME.
Understanding how to properly leverage your time and ideas is a game changer and it's sure to boost your productivity. In this episode, Martin and I review some strategies to optimize your personal power (your ability to act on ideas) to help get the results you want!
Touching on Dr. Stephen Covey’s "Quadrants of Effectiveness", Martin shares a few tips for deciding when and how to outsource (contract labor) to allow yourself more time to focus on the things most important to you.
Or, if you're not quite ready to source other experts, there are simply more effective ways to plan and use your days.
When you leverage your time more wisely, you simply take longer, more efficient steps toward your goal which accelerates your achievement and of course will have a life time effect on your achievements.
“Good things happen when planned, bad things happen on their own.” ~Quality is Free Tweet This
The path to leading a more efficient life is simply to harness the power of positive habits and rituals.
Chances are very good you already have a set number of habits and rituals (particularly in the morning or evening). The question is, have they developed by choice or by chance? Are they by design or by default?
Intentionally establishing positive routines in the morning and evening will help you to feel refreshed, balanced, connected and even, as a bi-product far more productive.
In this episode, Martin and I review 6 reasons rituals are powerful and various tips for establishing them to help foster your efficiency and peace of mind. (7:10):
This week, Martin and I challenge you to create a ritual and to track your progress--that's it!
By tracking the ritual, you will reinforce its behavior and habit becomes the gateway rituals to foster an environment where you can be your most productive and successful self.