Chris LoCurto http://chrislocurto.com Finding The Life & Business You Really Want Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:01:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 How To Worry No More with Bruce Van Horn http://chrislocurto.com/how-to-worry-no-more-with-bruce-van-horn/ http://chrislocurto.com/how-to-worry-no-more-with-bruce-van-horn/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 05:01:11 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=137745 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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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Busting The Poverty Mindset http://chrislocurto.com/busting-the-poverty-mindset/ http://chrislocurto.com/busting-the-poverty-mindset/#comments Mon, 24 Aug 2015 05:01:21 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=133918 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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.

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Savannah Flynn on Social Media Marketing http://chrislocurto.com/savannah-flynn-on-social-media/ http://chrislocurto.com/savannah-flynn-on-social-media/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 05:01:25 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=131661 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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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Business Secrets from the Bible with Rabbi Daniel Lapin http://chrislocurto.com/business-secrets-from-the-bible-with-rabbi-daniel-lapin/ http://chrislocurto.com/business-secrets-from-the-bible-with-rabbi-daniel-lapin/#comments Tue, 11 Aug 2015 05:01:14 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=129819 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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?



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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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18 Habits of Mentally Strong People http://chrislocurto.com/18-habits-of-mentally-strong-people/ http://chrislocurto.com/18-habits-of-mentally-strong-people/#comments Tue, 04 Aug 2015 05:01:10 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=126643 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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)

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Stephen Scoggins on The Journey Principles http://chrislocurto.com/stephen-scoggins-on-the-journey-principles/ http://chrislocurto.com/stephen-scoggins-on-the-journey-principles/#comments Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:01:34 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=123467 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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Stephen Scoggins The Journey Principles Book

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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Breaking Bad Myths http://chrislocurto.com/breaking-bad-myths/ http://chrislocurto.com/breaking-bad-myths/#comments Tue, 21 Jul 2015 05:01:03 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=120260 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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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82% of Customers Leave Because of This http://chrislocurto.com/82-of-customers-leave-because-of-this/ http://chrislocurto.com/82-of-customers-leave-because-of-this/#comments Thu, 16 Jul 2015 05:01:25 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=117804 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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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7 Questions To Ask Before Launching A Business http://chrislocurto.com/7-questions-to-ask-before-launching-a-business/ http://chrislocurto.com/7-questions-to-ask-before-launching-a-business/#comments Tue, 14 Jul 2015 12:00:02 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=116909 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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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7 Reasons Successful People Have Mentors http://chrislocurto.com/7-reasons-successful-people-have-mentors/ http://chrislocurto.com/7-reasons-successful-people-have-mentors/#comments Thu, 09 Jul 2015 05:01:20 +0000 http://chrislocurto.com/?p=114594 Click here to read more. Or, to receive all posts and links to podcasts, subscribe via email.

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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.



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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.


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Question: Who was your first mentor?

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