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 the reason The Habit Factor (book and app) exists today.
In the Habit Factor book, I recount a story, a goal — a bucket-list experience — that helped me with my own personal breakthrough.
Here’s a quick anecdote to help shed light on why this experience helped me achieve a huge goal — and why this concept is likely to work for you as well.
A Plumbing Story
Just yesterday I had to unclog my daughter’s “stuck” sink. I’m not Joe Handyman, but since we were on a holiday schedule, I figured I’d give it a try .
I started by taking the U joint off the bottom of the sink, and then I used a snake to try to clear the clog. Unfortunately, the snake was too large. I borrowed a neighbor’s smaller snake; after close to a half-hour of utter frustration and futility, I was forced to give up.
Upon returning the snake to my neighbor, Bill, he said, “Hey, I just remembered, I have this Clog-Buster® thing and if you can reach a hose all the way to the pipe it just might work.” At that point, I had already invested a couple of hours, and the U joint was still removed, so I figured I may as well give it one more attempt.
The Clog-Buster® fits on the end of a hose; you then insert the hose into the clogged pipe. As the water builds up in the Clog-Buster® attachment, it creates an enormous amount of pressure; when the device finally releases the water, it sprays out with enormous force, somewhat like a mini-firehose.
To my utter amazement, the product worked brilliantly. Almost immediately the clog was removed, and the sink now drains like new.
So, here’s the million-dollar question: What was it that removed the clog? How did the pipe become “unstuck”?
The “stuck” pipe obviously didn’t work properly; it did not flow and was rendered useless.
In many ways our lives are similar to this sink with the “stuck” pipe. In order for our lives to work properly — to attain and retain optimal performance — they will need occasional pressure to streamline the flow. Think about the words peak performers throw around when recounting a great performance: “zone” or “flow.”
Here’s the key: When we are “stuck,” often the answer is to seek out and create pressure rather than avoid it. It’s a call for us to lean into — and even manufacture — pressure in our lives.
Setting goals for ourselves helps to create pressure!
I was passionate enough about habit and pressure — elemental forces that heavily influence our lives — that I wrote books about the concepts. I’ve experienced firsthand how properly using these universal forces can dramatically improve our state of being.
That’s it for now, my friends! Here’s to a happy and safe 2017. If you’re interested in either one or both FREE courses based upon The Habit Factor® and The Pressure Paradox™ coming out soon….REGISTER here: (Yes, they will be FREE!)
Happy New Year!
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