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September 1, 2015

How To Worry No More with Bruce Van Horn

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Joining us on the show today, we have Bruce Van Horn, who is just a phenomenal, phenomenal guy. Bruce and I go back a ways. I’ve got to tell you that one of the things I love about Bruce is just his incredible happiness and positivity.

He has written the book, Worry No More, which is The 4 Steps to Stop Worrying and Start Living, and as a gift to our listeners and readers, he is giving away the first 4 chapters to the book!

worrynomoreThe opening of the book is a dedication to his boys. It reads:

“Because you deserve the best of me that I seek to become the fullest expression of who I was created to be. I love you, Dad.”

Bruce has had lots and lots of cause to worry in his life. February 17th of 2014, 9:22 in the morning, he put his youngest on school bus and had just started to eat breakfast.

“I was expecting my doctor to call me with the biopsy results, but he assured me that everything was just going to be fine. The phone rang. I looked at the caller ID and in that instant; I knew exactly what he was going to tell me.

I knew that eating breakfast that morning was going to be the last normal thing I would do for a very long time. Sure enough he called and he said, “Bruce, I just have no idea how to tell you this. It all came back bad. You’ve got stage 4 prostate cancer.” Then the wheels just start rolling and life didn’t assume normalcy for a long time after that”.

I’ll never forget the day that Bruce texted me. He had just found out. Knowing what he went through, the terrible pain and process that he had to go through, and yet his faith remained so very strong. His story is powerful and encouraging, so let’s dive in to some of the questions that I asked him.

WHAT IS WORRY?

Worry is using your imagination to create images of what you do not want to see, and/or events that you do not want to occur. It becomes paralyzing. It is like watching a movie. You’re creating, scripting, directing, and casting a movie in which you’re a victim.

WHEN DOES WORRY BECOME YOUR DOMINANT THOUGHT PROCESS? 

There are so many things we worry about that we have absolutely no control over. There are certain things though that we worry about that we do have control over.

Stressing over it keeps you focused on the negative outcome and it paralyzes you from taking the action that you can take.

When you freak, you freeze and your brain stops functioning. You stop thinking about reality. You stop thinking about what are my options. You stop thinking of ways to get out of it

WHAT IS E + R = O?

There’s the event. Usually, we have no control over the event. We’re stuck in traffic. The outcome is going to be when I ultimately do get to work. Am I going to be all stressed out and angry or am I going to be happy and peaceful?

The difference between stuck in traffic and what happens at work is my response to it, the story that I tell myself. I had been telling myself a story in which I was a victim which left me powerless.

When I learned that I was not only capable of crafting a response, a story that I tell myself but that the response is 100 percent my responsibility not anybody else’s, WOW, empowering!

I can’t point the finger anywhere other than at me. That’s E + R = O.

Step 1: WATCH A DIFFERENT MOVIE

Step one is literally watch a different movie. Many of us just live our lives unaware that we can indeed control our thoughts.

You have that 50,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day, and researchers have discovered that approximately 75 percent of those are negative.

Step 2: MOVE TO A DIFFERENT STATE

Packing up our belongings and moving a couple hundred miles away might remove us from the source of what we think is some of our worry. That’s not the moving to a different state that I mean. I’m talking about physical and mental state management.

Our bodies have control over our emotions. When we’re happy, our bodies move in a certain way. We are expansive. We take up more space.

If you will move your body the way you would be moving your body, if you were happy, amazingly, you start to become happy.

Step 3: GIVE YOURSELF THE PRESENT

When we’re worried, we are thinking about the future. When we’re thinking about the future, we are not living in the present.

The only thing that is absolutely guaranteed in this life is that God only gives us right now, this very second. The only time in which you have any power to do anything about the future is right now.

Practicing mindfulness. Living in the moment. Catching yourself thinking about the future and reminding yourself.

This is why scripture says, “Tomorrow has enough worries of its own.” Live today.

Step 4: REST IN P’S

The P’s are perspective, plan, purpose, perfection, and peace. Ultimately, if we can understand that the life that we are experiencing right now we are only able to experience within our own thought process, then we can realize that there may be another perspective, another way.

This idea of perspective and the fact that our lives follow a plan and that plan has a purpose. There’s meaning to the things that happened in our lives.

I don’t believe there any coincidences because if things can happen randomly and outside of God’s control, then that leaves God being pretty weak. Where does omnipotent go?

Trusting that there is a plan and that there’s a purpose and that the creator of this plan and purpose is perfect means whatever is happening in your life is perfect. It doesn’t mean it’s pleasant.

If you can wrap your brain around perspective, plan, purpose and perfection, it can’t help but bring peace into your life and that’s ultimately what we want from our worry is peace.

Conclusion:

We live in this paradox and trying to find peace in that paradox. We are 100 percent responsible for our lives as far as the decisions we make, the thoughts we think, and the way we respond to certain event in our lives.

We do not usually get to choose the path we get to walk down, but we get to choose how we walk it.

The concept of “it’s your imagination”, we don’t go there. We don’t think, I’m imagining something that has not happened yet. I’m imagining something that could be negative that I don’t want to see in the future; worry equals imagination.

Again, click the link below to get the first 4 chapters of the book “Worry No More”.

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Question: What things are you imagining that are causing you to worry?

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August 24, 2015

Busting The Poverty Mindset

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Flipping through my Facebook feed, I saw a video of somebody talking about how poor people are kept poor, are held down and forced to remain poor. This frustrated me because my story is one of growing up not having money.

I’ll share my personal story, what it takes to bust out of poverty, and help you see if this mindset is effecting your workplace. Plus my top 10 books to a wealth mindset.

As soon as I could swing an ax, I was chopping wood. We’d go out into the forest in Lake Tahoe. The forestry division would have certain trees that were dying marked. We’d go and drop those trees, buck them, and cut them into huge rounds. We would bring them home and split them by hand so that we could sell the firewood, and have firewood for ourselves.

At 14, I was working in a restaurant so that we could have money. Later on, I worked at North American Van Lines moving people. I was a cook, and at one point, I remember getting up at 2:00 in the morning to go work at UPS loading trucks, and then go to work at my full-time job. I would finish that, and then go to night classes so I could try and figure out how to make more money.

Folks, I did not come from wealth. I was on the ground floor of E*Trade. There was a time I was working 50 hours of overtime a week!! I was busting it, loving it, and getting a paycheck that reflected that. I’ve been busting it.

When I came on at Dave’s, Dave offered me an opportunity. If you are willing to come and bust it for me, I will share with you.

I’ve got to tell you, those early days, there wasn’t a whole lot of money. I took a decent pay cut to go and grab a hold of an opportunity. If I could make it happen, if I was willing to bust it like crazy, if I was willing to work my tail off, then I had an opportunity in front of me.

I can tell you, I worked every single day until about nine or 10:00 at night. I worked Saturdays. I worked Sunday afternoons. I worked like crazy. I had to actually get out there, and put some things in place.

I didn’t even know that there was a system to hold people down. Why? Because there’s not a system to hold people down. What I learned was if I would go ballistic, then I could make money.

In fact, if you go back and look over all of the jobs I just talked about, every bit of my life has been serving people and busting my tail so that I could get to a place where I didn’t have to worry about money. A place that I don’t have to ever think about a poor mindset. That’s not a place I ever want to be again.

We found so many businesses and leaders that have been struggling with this. I want to help you get to a place of leading your team members, maybe even helping yourself. Maybe this is you if you are a leader or struggling with this.

So let’s BUST this myth:

1. AS A LEADER, IT IS YOUR JOB TO MAKE YOUR TEAM SUCCESSFUL

Let them know that there is an opportunity for them to absolutely hustle and win with money. You have to show them, and be willing to pay someone who does. You’ve got to start there. What are you willing to give to them if they will go bust it? Bring money in, I’ll share it with you, period! That’s it.

2.  SHOW THEM HOW THEIR SUPPORT HELPS TO BRING IN MORE REVENUE

Are they just in an administrative role, or are they supporting an area that is creating more revenue? They are actually part of that process. How do you share with them? Obviously, pay them a great salary, but could you give them part of profit sharing? What do you do? You have think through and allow them to see that they have an opportunity as well.

Personality styles side note, understand that if they are a high C or a high S, usually, money is not their greatest motivator. Having consistent money is really important to them, and having you come along and tell them that they’re doing a great job is an important part of it as well.

There are a lot of people that still have C and D or S and I that might be in a role that you can show them, “Hey, here’s still greater opportunity, and also, I’m willing to pay you profit sharing.” For folks that aren’t money-motivated by commission, they will be very happy to see profits in their paycheck, I can promise you that!

3.  INVEST IN YOUR TEAM

My team is well aware that I am willing to spend money on them becoming better. I will pay for it. I will spend money on my team members to become better so that they can make even more money. I’m all about that.

4.  TEACH YOUR TEAM TO SERVE, SERVE, SERVE

Like I said, almost every single job that I have ever had in some way, shape, or form served people. It took care of people. It helped people. Serve people. Help them to get what they need, you will never worry about having enough, period.

As we talked with Rabbi Lapin, you have to become obsessively preoccupied with the needs of others. As you serve well, and do well, money comes your way. People want to pay to have their lives changed, to have their businesses changed. That’s common sense.  We don’t have to seek the money. Instead, we serve people. They take care of us in the process.

When you discover this key to wealth, when you discover this key of serving, working hard, busting it, hustling, and taking care of people, you tend to do it more.

You realize that it’s very difficult to feel entitled when you’re taking care of other people. When you are helping other people get their needs met, it’s really difficult for you to go, “I need my handout.”

There are champions out there who want it. They want the opportunity!

Do those things and you will have a team that’s focused on serving. You will have a team that’s focused on gaining wealth. You will have a team that is focused on growing your business.

It is all about changing your mindset, not only yours but that of your teams. If you can have a team that has this kind of mindset, there is nothing you can’t accomplish.

I have list of books that I have read and used in the past that have helped me to keep my mindset focused on growth, on growing me, on growing my business, on growing my wealth, on not having a poor mindset, not having an entitled mindset. Books that helped me to get to a place of constantly knowing what to do next, how to go forward, and how to focus on serving God’s kids. Click the link below to get the free download.

Did you enjoy the post? How have you kept from having a poverty mindset?

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August 18, 2015

Savannah Flynn on Social Media Marketing

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Savannah Flynn on Social Media Marketing

Did  you know that Facebook has 1.5 billion people actively on it? There are already 30 million business pages on Facebook. Is yours one of them? Did you know that it has the most evenly distributed demographic?  Which means you’re going to find almost as many 50-year olds on Facebook as you are 20-year olds.

Social media is networking online!  So what if your business could get .1% of those people interested in what you are doing, you have increased your reach in your customer base by a thousand times!!

Today, on the show, we are talking all about social media. We walk through the importance of social media in your business, how to use it, and why you should be using it. PLUS, get Savannah’s SOCIAL MEDIA SWIPE FILE! It is a “power” tool FULL of proven tips and tricks that we use here in our business right at your fingertips!

Some Questions I Asked:

  • Why is an editorial calendar important?
  • What should be posted on a business platform?  
  • What is an avatar, and why do businesses need to know what their avatar is?
  • Can you explain vanity numbers?
  • How do you know what your demographic is?
  • What is a swipe file and how do you use it?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • How to discover who your avatar is.
  • How to build loyalty through engagement on social media
  • What native posting is and how is applies to different social platforms
  • The importance of having a strategy for each platform
  • How to measure your engagement on each platform
  • Tools, Tips & tricks that we use
  • PLUS, so much more good stuff!!!

Links mentioned in this episode:

 Did you enjoy the podcast?

We barely scraped the surface of all the ways to market using social media. In what ways are you using social media? Comment below and share, it helps others to grow.

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August 11, 2015

Business Secrets from the Bible with Rabbi Daniel Lapin

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Nearly every year 100 Jewish people are included in the Forbes 400 Wealthiest Americans.  By demographic proportion, there shouldn’t be more than 8 or 9.

How are they consistently wealthier than the rest of the population? That is exactly what we discuss on today’s episode!

For those of you that have been with me for a long time, you’ve heard the interviews that I’ve had with Rabbi. He’s just not only one of my favorite people to interview, but also a huge influence in my life.

And while there is SO much information that we discussed, I actually had to delete a bunch of questions to not make the show a week long!! There are 40 secrets in the book and we hit on some crazy powerful life changing information! 

Some Questions I Asked:

  • How does secret #1 give businesses such an incredible advantage?
  • What is the power of specialization and exchange? 
  • How much greater advantage do businesses have by becoming interdependent on people?
  • Why is it that we don’t treat the person that signs our paycheck the same way we treat the customers of the business?
  • Can you explain to us God’s offering to us?
  • Why is the community aspect so powerful in the Jewish community?

In This Episode, You Will Learn:

  • The strategies, tips, tools, and techniques derived from ancient Jewish wisdom
  • Why secret number #1 is a mantra in our office
  • How Bill Gates faired against Mother Teresa
  • The power of specialization and exchange
  • How connecting with other people is vital to your business
  • The potential dangers for subjectivity
  • How money is a certificate of good performance
  • Plus much more… 

Did you enjoy the podcast?

Rabbi Lapin is phenomenal. His book Business Secrets From The Bible is a powerful, powerful book. I loved his analogy of a rental car. What are your thoughts on this analogy?

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August 4, 2015

18 Habits of Mentally Strong People

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18 habits of mentally strong people

 

Have you ever noticed that highly successful people have a distinct mindset? Do you wonder what they do to stay mentally strong?

On today’s show, I unpack 18 Habits of Mentally Strong People. The stuff that so many people avoid doing, or have no clue that they should be doing them.

There are so many nuggets of wisdom in this podcast that we have created a FREE DOWNLOAD for you containing ALL 18 habits! (CLICK THE LINK BELOW TO RECEIVE)

Links mentioned in this episode:

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This is Leadership Training for the personal-growth minded entrepreneur or leader that you won’t find in ANY book. Why? Because I haven’t written it yet!

At this event, you’re going to learn core elements from our Life and Business Success System used with all of our high-end mastermind clients to help them transform their lives, leadership, and businesses.

After attending this event, you will:

  1. MAKE STRONGER DECISIONS

You’ll learn how to make better decisions, and overcome limiting beliefs and trained behavior you bring to work with you every day so you can become the right leader for your team.

  1. HAVE NEW TOOLS TO SET A PROFOUND & DELIBERATE CULTURE

Learn the secrets I’ve used for years to create a profound and deliberate business culture, where people feel safe and bought into the mission, are able to communicate honestly, serve clients like family, and get a heck of a lot work done, faster.

  1. TACKLE TOUGH CONVERSATIONS FEARLESSLY

Conversations that empower and ignite team members, rather than demoralize them and tank their productivity.

  1. CONTROL YOUR TIME AND TASKS LIKE NEVER BEFORE

Task saturation locks you away in your office too much, stresses you out, and holds you back from spending time with team members and leading well so people work at their best.

  1. OVERCOME FEAR THAT’S STALLING YOUR BUSINESS

Fear leads to bad decisions or not taking action at all, stalling you, your team, your business growth, and customer loyalty and happiness.

  1. UNDERSTAND ANCIENT WISDOM ON INCREASING REVENUE

Rabbi Daniel Lapin, “America’s Rabbi,” head of the American Alliance of Jews and Christians, and author of Business Secrets of the Bible, will share wisdom on ancient Jewish beliefs and practices on business and making money. Lapin is known for his ability to extract life principles from the Bible and communicate them in a practical and entertaining way.

This event is for you if you:

– Want to gain a deeper understanding of yourself and want to make better decisions to become the right leader for your team

– Aren’t happy about your company culture and frustrated with why team members aren’t more productive and don’t seem to care as much as they should about their jobs or the success of the business

– Struggle with team member conflict and stress about having hard conversations

– Find yourself spending all of your time on the crisis of the day and constantly putting out fires and can’t seem to ever tackle your to-do list of important work

– Have a hard time setting direction or making decisions you’re confident your team will accomplish as well as you would

– Have more days where you’re stressed out, overwhelmed, and overworked instead of spending time doing what you want, feeling healthy, and happy

So are you ready to breakthrough your own leadership ceiling and reach your and your team’s potential? 

If this sounds familiar, then our Next-Level Leadership Live Event is PERFECT for you.

I’m going to unpack more than 25 years of leadership and business experience growing and running multi-million dollar businesses from scratch. These are the same strategies and processes I’ve taught to THOUSANDS of entrepreneurs and leaders over the years and to my high-end mastermind clients today.

The Next-Level Leadership Live Event won’t be another live event where you’re given a blank notebook and a pen and the host wings it for 3 days.

I’ve broken down the core methods and strategies I’ve used for over two decades to build unified, loyal, and highly productive teams.

I want to share the wisdom God has blessed me with with as many people as possible because this stuff really works!

If you want to take your leadership to the next level, then I invite you to join me at our upcoming Next-Level Leadership Live Event May 2-4, 2016 in Nashville, Tenn.

Here’s the link if you’re ready to reserve your space: http://chrislocurto.com/next-level-leadership-event/

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If you have any questions, feel free to reply to this email or email my team at info@chrislocurto.com.

Thanks, and I can’t wait to see you in May!

Chris LoCurto

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July 28, 2015

Stephen Scoggins on The Journey Principles

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Stephen Scoggins is joining us on the show today. Stephen is a successful entrepreneur, a speaker, and the author of the book The Journey Principles (10 Simple Principles for a Life Journey That Matters).

On the show he shares how he built a multi-million dollar business, and yet his spirit was broken. Money and success didn’t bring him happiness. Instead, he had to find out what was holding him back.

He talks about being minutes from the business going down the toilet, and then being led to having a discussion with yours truly. That conversation we had many years ago began his Journey which led him to today and his new book, which he uses to reach out to others in life changing ways!

Along this journey we’ve become great friends, and we both absostinkinlutely give God the glory that He chose that day for us to connect.

So let’s dive in to the Journey Principles!

Question: How have you ever been impacted by a “chance” meeting?

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July 21, 2015

Breaking Bad Myths

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In day-to-day life it’s easy to fall into the trap of believing a myth or a lie about yourself.

Broken belief systems can cripple you if you don’t watch out. On the show today I wanted to focus on 8 core myths that I see often during our LifePlan events.

Now these 8 lies are not the only myths there are! There’s a ton more we didn’t have time for.
But I wanted to dive into these 8 and unpack them for you so you can be on guard against these myths creeping into your life.

Here’s a preview of what we cover on the episode:

  • Is other peoples happiness more important than yours?
  • Why happiness isn’t the end game
  • Codependency and self sabotage
  • Can you truly earn someone’s love?
  • Why “building walls” is killing your relationships
  • Is all conflict bad?
  • Unless it’s easy…it’s wrong!
  • Do you really have to be right?
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July 16, 2015

82% of Customers Leave Because of This

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How well do you know your customers? Do you know what they want and need from you as a company? On today’s podcast, we are going to talk about how to better know and serve your customer base.

What we will cover:

  • How to gain perspective
  • Common mistakes that are made about your customers
  • How to gain great information from your customers
  • Why we want your opinion (Take 90 seconds and fill out the survey below)

Knowing your customers and their needs is vital for the direction and vision of a successful business. 82% of customers have stopped doing business with a company because of poor customer experience. (…and come to find out it’s actually 89% * based on a survey commissioned by RightNow and conducted by Harris Interactive.)

Don’t forget to take our survey!

 

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July 14, 2015

7 Questions To Ask Before Launching A Business

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Are you thinking about launching a new start up?
Maybe you recently launched a new business and are still in the early phases.

Todays show will help you ask 7 fundamental questions of your new venture so you can set yourself up for success. (These questions even apply to new product lines.)

We’ve all heard the scary stat for small business failure. Quite a few never make it past year one.
In the early stages of your business it’s crucial for you to have answers to these 7 questions.

 

Question: Are you thinking about starting a business this year? 

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July 9, 2015

7 Reasons Successful People Have Mentors

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Successful people have mentors. Why?
Because mentors are one of the best ways to fast track your success and performance.

That’s the reason I have mentors in every area of my life.

If I can learn from the wisdom of someone who’s “been there”…I literally can shave years off the learning curve.

You’ve heard me talk about my racing coach and how he coached me to setting a track record.
I did mention I set a track record…right?
Well, it would have taken a lot longer to reach that goal had he not been coaching me.

Now you don’t have to have a mentor…
You can keep doing life without one but when you’re limited to just “your” knowledge, you are extremely limited with your options.

Successful people understand the value of input.Successful leaders understand that one persons experience is another persons revelation.

They understand that the best thing is not always the right thing.
And they don’t have to be the head of the class.

You see, NO ONE reaches success alone. And successful leaders know this.

Question: Who was your first mentor?

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July 7, 2015

How To Define Your Core Values

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Today we’re talking about how to define your core values.
Now I’m sure for some of you you’re thinking of “corporate core values”.

Well… that’s not what we’re talking about today.

We’re talking about your personal core values, your personal culture.

Let me start off by defining what core values are.
These are the things that you value so much that you filter your life through them. These are things that are so important to you, that are such a high value to you, that you should be filtering your life through them.
You should be making decisions based off of them.
This seems like a no-brainer, but the problem is when we don’t understand what our core values really are and we end up filtering life through things  that are not healthy.

Here’s some of the benefits of listening to the show today:

  • Why you should have personal core values
  • How to have guard rails for your life
  • The difference between healthy and unhealthy values
  • How to have more directions and energy in your life
  • How your values are vital in making decisions every day
  • Your decision-making process
  • What your leadership has to do with values
  • Why God should be your number one value
  • How to come up with your core values
  • How to filter your life through your values

 

Question: What’s your top core value? Why?

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June 30, 2015

Walking with God Through the Storm

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In November of 2010, Michele Cushatt’s world was turned upside down.

She was 39 years old, had three boys, and on a Tuesday morning right before Thanksgiving her doctor told her she had a very rare kind of cancer.

She said, “The word cancer dropped into my life like a bomb…Everything changed after that point. The only thing I could think to do in that moment was run to my knees…and that’s where I found myself.”

Today’s interview with Michele is powerful. She is amazing!

Here’s a few of the things we cover on the show:

• How to deal with devastating news
• Learning to walk with God in tragedy
• What having faith really looks like
• Coming face to face with your beliefs
• Dealing with misguided expectations
• Discerning God’s presence
• What to do when a piece of your story doesn’t go according to plan
• How to cope with fear and uncertainty
• A healthy perspective on perfection
• The tragedy of poor work/life balance
• Loving the dark parts of your story
• How to plan life and business when plans fail
• Finding value in yourself
• Determining healthy motivation and drive

If you are going through a storm right now be encouraged. God has not abandoned you.

In fact he is more near to you now than ever before.

Here are some of my favorite quotes from Michele: 

“What we believe about God in those moments [when our story doesn’t go according to plan] ends up dictating what the future looks like.”

“I can choose to be very bitter and angry and be a victim…or I can choose to weave it into my story [and find the good.]”

“It’s so easy to get caught in the temporal, and miss out on the things that truly last and matter.”

“All of our attempts to be so polished all the time are actually minimizing our opportunities for connection with others.”

“We think it’s all about being polished and perfect but there’s no one out there that can really connect with someone who is perfect”

“…believe in what you have to say, that’s what being really successful looks like.”

“It’s not all about crossing off my to-do list, sometimes there’s a more worthy pursuit”

“I don’t have to work 70 hours a week to be worthy of my skin.”

“It’s only in the struggle that we develop perseverance and endurance.”

“we get caught up into thinking the world is dependent on us.”

“You can do everything right, and everything can change in a moment.”

“Is a 70 hour work week really the notch in your belt you want to leave behind? Is having 20,000 twitter followers really the legacy you want to leave?”

“We are so desperate to make an impression and to leave a mark on this world and yet the ways we’re going about it seem so contrary to what we say really matters.”

You can find out more about Michele by visiting her site: http://michelecushatt.com.

You’ll also want to read her book:  Undone: A Story of Making Peace With an Unexpected Life.
I read it and was incredible moved by Michele’s transparency and her perspective on life.

Chris LoCurto

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June 25, 2015

10 Warning Signs of Toxic People

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10 Warning Signs of Toxic People

I see it everyday…great people that are allowing a toxic person to control them, abuse them,  and manipulate them.
This is serious folks.
Reality is that quite a few people listening to the podcast and reading this are either in a toxic relationship or are actually toxic themselves.
So while we’re on the subject of toxic people… be aware that you “may” be one of them.
Here’s a few of the warning signs we cover on the show:
  • They have a big need for control.
  • They tend to be dishonest.
  • They are abusive.
  • Typically they are disrespectful.
  • Beware of their manipulation.
  • They try to intimidate with power or money.
  • Victim Mentality
  • Hostility

Remember that I want you to be the healthiest person possible.

Use this episode to gauge toxicity in yourself and your relationships.

Toxic people are always looking for someone to control. Beware!

What has been your experience in dealing with toxic people?

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June 23, 2015

Leadership, Org Charts, and Expanding Your Business | AskChris

leadership and org charts

Today we have a couple of AskChris questions from Brian and Jay.

If you have a question you want me to answer on the show go to /askChris.

Leadership is often misunderstood. A title doesn’t make you a leader and “title-leadership” can destroy a company.

Brian called in to tell us about a big leadership win he recently had. He built trust and loyalty…that’s huge! That’s a leader. You rock Brian!

Jay asked a great question about when to expand his business into departments and when to create an official org chart.

I’ve got some specific opinions on the classic org chart that I cover on the show.  Would love to know your thoughts.

P.S. It all starts with vision.

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June 16, 2015

8 Ways to Avoid Burnout

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how to avoid burnout

 

Have you ever discovered that you’re burnt out from work? From life?

Well…where is that coming from?

Is it because you’ve been overworked for too long? Maybe you’ve been overstressed for too long?
(Keep in mind this could be work stress, family stress, and relationship stress.)

In order to avoid burnout there’s a few questions I want you to consider.

 

  • When was the last time you went on vacation?
  • How often are you telling people “NO”?
  • Do you need to tell some family members or friends or bosses “No”?
  • Do you have too much responsibility on your plate?
  • Do you have controlling people in your life?
  • Are you writing down all you commitments in order to eliminate the unnecessary?
  • Are you focused on your health?
  • Are you suffering from information overload?
  • Are you in control of your calendar?

You hear me talking about this all the time but you must stop making statements and start asking questions. Ask yourself questions. Gain perspective!
Start asking yourself some good questions on how you got to where you.

We want you to be the strongest possible self that you can be.

Question: How do you avoid burnout?

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May 26, 2015

Start Living and Turn Your Hobby Into A Business with Cliff Ravenscraft

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Our guest today is Cliff Ravenscraft…The Podcast Answer Man!

In 2005 Cliff started podcasting about the TV show Lost and has been on a huge growth trajectory ever since.

He shares with us how he turned his passion into a business and how he took the scary leap into entrepreneurism.

Here’s what all we cover:

  • How Cliff got into Podcasting
  • How he uses Podcasting to Build Relationships
  • Why he walked away from a $500k insurance agency gig
  • What the TV Show LOST has to do with podcasting
  • How he transitioned from hobby to full time career
  • What you need to know about following your passion
  • How Cliff lost 45 pounds
  • The 10,000 hour rule applied to Podcasting
  • The power of just starting
  • The biggest mistakes when starting to grow your platform
  • His advice to folks just starting out

This is a long podcast today!
For all you folks who have an 1+ hour commute…this is for you.

We cover a lot of ground.
Cliff shares his heart on so many great topics and it’s amazing!

Here’s the best way to follow Cliff:

And check out his “Podcasting A – Z” Course. It’s legit!

Chris LoCurto

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May 21, 2015

Part 2 – LifePlan Journey: Before and After

LifePlan part2

We are jumping back into my interview with Trent, a recent LifePlan attendee.

If you listened to Part 1 of Trent’s journey you know that people pleasing and self worth were issues for him. Remember, this was BEFORE his LifePlan.

He confessed to having a hard time just coming on the podcast to talk about it due to his fear of not being good enough.

Well now we are ready for Part 2…the AFTER LifePlan episode.
It’s AMAZING!

I’d love to know your biggest take away from Trent’s LifePlan interview. Leave your comment below.

Chris LoCurto

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May 18, 2015

LifePlan Journey: Before and After – Part 1

LifePlan Before (1)

Self doubt. Fear of failure. Not feeling good enough.

Have you experienced any of these in your life?

If so…todays interview will challenge and motivate you to step out in faith and move towards health.

I interview Trent, a recent LifePlan attendee, about his powerful story of being overwhelmed with self doubt and fear. In fact this is a 2 Part interview, a before and after.
I sat down with Trent BEFORE his LifePlan. I knew the change that was about to take place in his life and I wanted to hear him share some of his reservations and fears about LifePlan.

He walks us through his journey of making the decision to change and move in the direction of health. He shares the feelings and emotions that most of us try to hide.

This is a powerful interview!

I asked Trent if he would share his story on the podcast because I have a feeling that a lot of you are just like Trent.

You are living in fear and you don’t have to anymore.
You are wasting your life worrying about other peoples opinions.

Here’s what Trent and I cover on the show:

  • Not feeling good enough
  • Viewing people as better than you
  • Reaching the breaking point in life
  • Trent’s battle with people pleasing
  • Negatively influencing your children
  • Passing your root system to your kids
  • Being taken advantage of
  • Being controlled by parents
  • The possibility of change

Trent’s story is the reason why we do LifePlan.

If you go day after day not making good decision, not feeling good enough, not feeling worthy…

If someone has taught you that you are not good enough…IT”S A LIE.

You are not a mistake. You are good enough. In fact…it’s not about you…it’s about God.

Part 2 of Trent’s interview will be out on Thursday so be sure to check back this week. It’s the fun one!

And a special shout out to Trent – Brother, YOU ROCK! Thank you for stepping up and sharing your story. You are helping change lives!

 

Chris LoCurto

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May 14, 2015

How Businesses Win At Sales

how businesses win at sales

Do you want to know how businesses win at sales?

It’s pretty simple…INTEGRITY. Not compromising just to make a buck.
Trust me, it will always come back to bite you.

I asked Joel to join me on the show to talk a little bit about our sales process and how he focuses on integrity when selling.

Here’s what Joel and I cover on the show:

  • How to have integrity when selling
  • Joel’s philosophy on servant selling
  • What you usually don’t find in sales people
  • How to guide the customer through serving
  • Sales techniques vs. Serving Techniques
  • How to help people trust you
  • What causes someone to break integrity?
  • Do you believe in what you’re selling?

I believe integrity is critical to growing your sales process. And as the leader it’s your job to instill integrity into the DNA of your company culture.

Never.Break.Integrity.

Question: How have you experienced a lack of integrity in business?

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May 12, 2015

Achieve Peak Performance Avoiding the Leadership HALT

Achieve Peak Performance Avoiding the Leadership HALT

I don’t care how mature you are in your personality style or how much emotional intelligence you have…

If you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired you are setting yourself up for failure.

The HALT acronym has been around for a while. It’s been used by the 12 Step community and counselors around the globe.

There’s a reason for that…it’s an effective framework to help avoid the pitfalls that keep you from achieving and maintaining your highest level of performance.

Hungry – we’ve all experienced this one!
Anger – usually a symptom of a bigger issue.
Lonely – When you are depressed and alone…watch out!
Tired – Have you ever snapped at somebody when you didn’t get your 8 hours? (Or is that just me?)

Throw in a bit of conflict at work or home and HALT will put the emergency break on your performance. You aren’t going anywhere.

The same goes for your team. Are you allowing your family or team to sabotage their performance by walking the HALT line?

Today’s show will help you maintain your focus and peak state by drawing insight from this simple acronym.