Mighty Cast 20: The Mighty Power of Habit

Episode 20

Your habits can make or break you. In this epic 3 hour podcast, you will learn:

  • How to make habits that bring you to your goals almost effortlessly
  • How to work once, and enjoy the benefits for a lifetime
  • Which investment will never waste your time, money or energy
  • How to make success so easy, you can’t fail
  • How to break bad habits, and replace them with better ones
  • A simple 3 step process for tackling any goal successfully
  • The secret to long-term success
  • How to stay motivated without going crazy
  • What you, Einstein & your favorite super-human have in common
  • A new FREE resource promising simple, sustainable fat-loss forever


Enjoy this monster of a podcast!

Oh, and there’s enough reading in the show notes to keep you occupied for a few years. Nick thinks it’s time well-spent – but he’s a bit of a nutter!

Listen to Mighty Cast 20

Mighty Videos

Winning is a habit (Vince Lombardi)

Winning is a Habit (mash-up)


How to Break Habits


Matthieu Ricard: Habits of Happiness

(skip to 14 minutes to hear emphasis on slow, gradual changes)

Show Notes

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business by: Charles Duhigg publisher: Random House, published: 2012-02-28 ASIN: 1400069289 EAN: 9781400069286 sales rank: 26 price: $11.40 (new), $11.35 (used)

A young woman walks into a laboratory. Over the past two years, she has transformed almost every aspect of her life. She has quit smoking, run a marathon, and been promoted at work. The patterns inside her brain, neurologists discover, have fundamentally changed.

Marketers at Procter & Gamble study videos of people making their beds. They are desperately trying to figure out how to sell a new product called Febreze, on track to be one of the biggest flops in company history. Suddenly, one of them detects a nearly imperceptible pattern—and with a slight shift in advertising, Febreze goes on to earn a billion dollars a year.

An untested CEO takes over one of the largest companies in America. His first order of business is attacking a single pattern among his employees—how they approach worker safety—and soon the firm, Alcoa, becomes the top performer in the Dow Jones.

What do all these people have in common? They achieved success by focusing on the patterns that shape every aspect of our lives.

They succeeded by transforming habits.

In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.

Along the way we learn why some people and companies struggle to change, despite years of trying, while others seem to remake themselves overnight. We visit laboratories where neuroscientists explore how habits work and where, exactly, they reside in our brains. We discover how the right habits were crucial to the success of Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, and civil-rights hero Martin Luther King, Jr. We go inside Procter & Gamble, Target superstores, Rick Warren’s Saddleback Church, NFL locker rooms, and the nation’s largest hospitals and see how implementing so-called keystone habits can earn billions and mean the difference between failure and success, life and death.

At its core, The Power of Habit contains an exhilarating argument: The key to exercising regularly, losing weight, raising exceptional children, becoming more productive, building revolutionary companies and social movements, and achieving success is understanding how habits work.

Habits aren’t destiny. As Charles Duhigg shows, by harnessing this new science, we can transform our businesses, our communities, and our lives.

Changing for Good: A Revolutionary Six-Stage Program for Overcoming Bad Habits and Moving Your Life Positively Forward by: John C. Norcross publisher: HarperCollins e-books, published: 2010-08-24 ASIN: B003GYEH2Y sales rank: 42546


How many times have you thought about starting a diet or quitting smoking without doing anything about it? Or lapsed back into bad habits after hitting a rough spot on the road to recovery?

To uncover the secret to successful personal change, three acclaimed psychologists studied more than 1,000 people who were able to positively and permanently alter their lives without psychotherapy. They discovered that change does not depend on luck or willpower. It is a process that can be successfully managed by anyone who understands how it works. Once you determine which stage of change you’re in, you can:

  • create a climate where positive change can occur
  • maintain motivation
  • turn setbacks into progress
  • make your new benefifificial habits a permanent part of your life

This groundbreaking book offers simple self-assessments, informative case histories, and concrete examples to help clarify each stage and process. Whether your goal is to start saving money, to stop drinking, or to end other self-defeating or addictive behaviors, this revolutionary program will help you implement positive personal change . . . for life.

The National Cancer Institute Found this program more than twice as effective as standard programs in helping smokers quit for 18 months.

A Guide to the Good Life: The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy by: William B. Irvine publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, published: 2008-11-04 ASIN: 0195374614 EAN: 9780195374612 sales rank: 8785 price: $11.32 (new), $10.25 (used)

One of the great fears many of us face is that despite all our effort and striving, we will discover at the end that we have wasted our life. In A Guide to the Good Life, William B. Irvine plumbs the wisdom of Stoic philosophy, one of the most popular and successful schools of thought in ancient Rome, and shows how its insight and advice are still remarkably applicable to modern lives. In A Guide to the Good Life, Irvine offers a refreshing presentation of Stoicism, showing how this ancient philosophy can still direct us toward a better life. Using the psychological insights and the practical techniques of the Stoics, Irvine offers a roadmap for anyone seeking to avoid the feelings of chronic dissatisfaction that plague so many of us. Irvine looks at various Stoic techniques for attaining tranquility and shows how to put these techniques to work in our own life. As he does so, he describes his own experiences practicing Stoicism and offers valuable first-hand advice for anyone wishing to live better by following in the footsteps of these ancient philosophers. Readers learn how to minimize worry, how to let go of the past and focus our efforts on the things we can control, and how to deal with insults, grief, old age, and the distracting temptations of fame and fortune. We learn from Marcus Aurelius the importance of prizing only things of true value, and from Epictetus we learn how to be more content with what we have. Finally, A Guide to the Good Life shows readers how to become thoughtful observers of their own life. If we watch ourselves as we go about our daily business and later reflect on what we saw, we can better identify the sources of distress and eventually avoid that pain in our life. By doing this, the Stoics thought, we can hope to attain a truly joyful life.

Great Books Collection, Volume 1 by: Various publisher: H&H Books, published: 2009-10-23 ASIN: B00336F2HY sales rank: 18492

Great Books is inspired by a curriculum and a book list, as well as a method of education. Mortimer Adler lists three criteria for including a book on the list:

1. the book has contemporary significance; that is, it has relevance to the problems and issues of our times; 2. the book is inexhaustible; it can be read again and again with benefit; 3. the book is relevant to a large number of the great ideas and great issues that have occupied the minds of thinking individuals for the last 25 centuries.

This Great Book Collection has active table of contents to make it easy to navigate. Authors and works include:

Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison: The Federalist Papers Charles Dickens: David Copperfield Hard Times The Pickwick Papers Daniel Defoe: Robinson Crusoe Desiderius Brasmus: The Praise of Folly Edmund Spenser: The Faerie Queen Francois Rabelais: Gargantua and Pantagruel Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales Trolius and Criseyde Herman Melville: Moby Dick Homer: The Iliad The Odyssey Jane Austen: Emma Pride and Predjudice Jonathan Swift: A journal to Stella A Modest Proposal A Tale of a Tub Gullivers Travels Leonardo da Vinci: The Notebooks Marcus Aurelius: Meditations Mark Twain: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn The Mysterious Stranger Michel de Montaigne: Essays Miguel de Cervantes: Don Quixote St. Augustine: Confessions William Congreve: The Way of the World

The Principles of Psychology, Vol.1 by: William James publisher: Cosimo Classics, published: 2007-04-01 ASIN: 1602062846 EAN: 9781602062849 sales rank: 372568 price: $47.88 (new), $78.26 (used)

The Principles of Psychology is a two-volume introduction to the study of the human mind. Based on his classroom lessons and first published in 1890, James has gathered together what he feels to be the most interesting and most accessible information for the beginning student. Psychology, according to James, deals with thoughts and feelings as its facts and does not attempt to determine where such things come from. This would be the realm of metaphysics, and he is careful to avoid crossing over from science into philosophy. This first volume contains discussions of the brain, methods for analyzing behavior, thought, consciousness, attention, association, time, and memory. Anyone wanting a thorough introduction to psychology will find this work useful and engaging. American psychologist and philosopher WILLIAM JAMES (1842-1910), brother of novelist Henry James, was a groundbreaking researcher at Harvard University and one of the most popular thinkers of the 19th century. Among his many works are Human Immortality (1898) and The Varieties of Religious Experience: A Study in Human Nature (1902).

Discourses, Books 1-2 (Loeb Classical Library) by: Epictetus publisher: Loeb Classical Library, published: 1925-01-01 ASIN: 0674991451 EAN: 9780674991453 sales rank: 108933 price: $19.94 (new), $13.85 (used)

Epictetus was a crippled Greek slave of Phrygia during Nero’s reign (54–68 CE) who heard lectures by the Stoic Musonius before he was freed. Expelled with other philosophers by the emperor Domitian in 89 or 92 he settled permanently in Nicopolis in Epirus. There, in a school which he called ‘healing place for sick souls’, he taught a practical philosophy, details of which were recorded by Arrian, a student of his, and survive in four books of Discourses and a smaller Encheiridion, a handbook which gives briefly the chief doctrines of the Discourses. He apparently lived into the reign of Hadrian (117–138 CE).

Epictetus was a teacher of Stoic ethics, broad and firm in method, sublime in thought, and now humorous, now sad or severe in spirit. How should one live righteously? Our god-given will is our paramount possession, and we must not covet others’. We must not resist fortune. Man is part of a system; humans are reasoning beings (in feeble bodies) and must conform to god’s mind and the will of nature. Epictetus presents us also with a pungent picture of the perfect (Stoic) man.

The Loeb Classical Library edition of Epictetus is in two volumes.

Dialogues and Essays (Oxford World’s Classics) by: Seneca publisher: Oxford University Press, USA, published: 2009-08-31 ASIN: 0199552401 EAN: 9780199552405 sales rank: 27859 price: $7.95 (new), $6.99 (used)

Alain de Botton’s bestselling The Consolations of Philosophy–later made into a six-part TV series–has helped popularize ancient philosophy and especially the work of Seneca. This superb volume offers the finest translation of Seneca’s dialogues and essays in print, capturing the full range of his philosophical interests. Here the Stoic philosopher outlines his thoughts on how to live in a troubled world. Tutor to the young emperor Nero, Seneca wrote exercises in practical philosophy that draw upon contemporary Roman life and illuminate the intellectual concerns of the day. They also have much to say to the modern reader, as Seneca ranges widely across subjects such as the shortness of life, tranquility of mind, anger, mercy, happiness, and grief at the loss of a loved one. Seneca’s accessible, aphoristic style makes his writing especially attractive as an introduction to Stoic philosophy, and belies its reputation for austerity and dogmatism. This edition combines a clear and modern translation by John Davies with Tobias Reinhardt’s fascinating introduction to Seneca’s career, literary style, and influence, including a superb summary of Stoic philosophy and Seneca’s interpretation of it. The book’s notes are the fullest of any comparable edition.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

Aristotle’s Collection [ 29 Books] by: Aristotle publisher: Publish This, LLC, published: 2007-03-02 ASIN: B007NIJ19S sales rank: 1449

This contain collection of 29 Books

1. Categories translated by E. M. Edghill 2. On Interpretation translated by E. M. Edghill 3. Prior Analytics translated by A. J. Jenkinson 4. Posterior Analytics translated by G. R. G. Mure 5. Topics translated by W. A. Pickard-Cambridge 6. On Sophistical Refutations translated by W. A. Pickard- Cambridge 7. Physics translated by R. P. Hardie and R. K. Gaye 8. On the Heavens translated by J. L. Stocks 9. On Generation and Corruption translated by H. H. Joachim 10. Meteorology translated by E. W. Webster 11. On the Soul translated by J. A. Smith 12. On sense and the sensible translated by J. I. Beare 13. On memory and reminiscence translated by J. I. Beare 14. On Dreams translated by J. I. Beare 15. On prophesying by dreams translated by J. I. Beare 16. On longevity and shortness of life translated by G. R. T. Ross 17. On Youth, Old Age, Life and Death, and Respiration translated by G. R. T. Ross 18. The History of Animals translated by D’Arcy Wentworth Thompson 19. On the parts of Animals translated by William Ogle 20. On the motion of animals translated by A. S. L. Farquharson 21. On the Gait of Animals translated by A. S. L. Farquharson 22. On the Generation of Animals translated by Arthur Platt 23. Metaphysics translated by W. D. Ross 24. Nicomachean Ethics translated by W. D. Ross 25. Politics translated by Benjamin Jowett 26. The Athenian Constitution translated by Sir Frederic G. Kenyon 27. Rhetoric translated by W. Rhys Roberts 28. Poetics translated by S. H. Butcher 29. On sleep and sleeplessness translated by J. I. Beare

About the Author Aristotle (Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης, Aristotélēs) (384 BC – 322 BC) was a Greek philosopher, a student of Plato and teacher of Alexander the Great. He wrote on many subjects, including physics, metaphysics, poetry, theater, music, logic, rhetoric, politics, government, ethics, biology and zoology.

Together with Plato and Socrates, Aristotle is one of the most important founding figures in Western philosophy. He was the first to create a comprehensive system of Western philosophy, encompassing morality and aesthetics, logic and science, politics and metaphysics. Aristotle’s views on the physical sciences profoundly shaped medieval scholarship, and their influence extended well into the Renaissance, although they were ultimately replaced by Newtonian Physics. In the biological sciences, some of his observations were confirmed to be accurate only in the nineteenth century. His works contain the earliest known formal study of logic, which was incorporated in the late nineteenth century into modern formal logic. In metaphysics, Aristotelianism had a profound influence on philosophical and theological thinking in the Islamic and Jewish traditions in the Middle Ages, and it continues to influence Christian theology, especially Eastern Orthodox theology, and the scholastic tradition of the Catholic Church. All aspects of Aristotle’s philosophy continue to be the object of active academic study today.

Though Aristotle wrote many elegant treatises and dialogues (Cicero described his literary style as “a river of gold”), it is thought that the majority of his writings are now lost and only about one-third of the original works have survived.


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