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August 23, 2016

How To Turn a Church “Buzz Word” into a Successful Mindset

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“Doing your work as unto the Lord…” how to turn a church buzz word into a successful mindset.

TODAY our conversation is centered around the #1 thing I have done in my life as far as growing a business and work. Our first caller asks, 

“Professionally, how do I get a game plan to go to the next level and become a top performer in my field, and also be able to spot business opportunities.”

Here’s a taste of what we talk about:

  • Doing your work as unto the Lord: how to turn this from a church “buzz word” into a successful mindset
  • The one factor that overrides a growth mindset, financial planning, and diversification
  • The big “difference maker” between career fulfillment and failed events
  • Where society’s concept of “hustle” is greatly lacking

Then we dive into setting culture:

  • How to motivate team members to complete tasks
  • How to successfully bring on new hires (to get work done you need them to get)
  • You have to force the culture that you want, or other people will force it for you.

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August 16, 2016

You Had a Personal Breakthrough, Now What?

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It’s important to understand why you do what you do. You must have vision to see the direction you’re going. But what do you do after you breakthrough and see it, and find yourself in the same job, with the same people…? Today’s podcast guest called in and shared:

Leading up to that point I had so much frustration. I hated my job. I didn’t know where I was going in life, I didn’t know my purpose. I wasn’t happy at all, I had a desire to change drastically...”

Here’s what you will learn as we walk through his questions:

  • The next steps after a breakthrough or personal discovery, to make it stick
  • How to find a community where you can thrive
  • How to do your work as unto the Lord
  • What to do when you feel isolated as an entrepreneur or employee
  • Plus so much more…

Let’s dive in.

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DISC Personality Profile

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August 9, 2016

How to Lead in a Change-Resistant Culture

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“You’re going to have to come up with their ideas.”

Ever felt like fixing bad culture in a business is an uphill, almost impossible, battle? It is when there are cynics and naysayers resisting change. I was talking with Jim Collins years ago, and his definition of a cynic is…

A hopeful person who’s tired of being let down.

On today’s podcast we talk about how to deal with cynicism in your culture and turn it around. Listen here:

Here’s what you’ll discover on today’s episode:

  • How to lead in a change-resistant culture
  • How to motivate employees when your supervisor has lost hope
  • The right questions to break your team’s negative mindset
  • How to implement change when the leadership team is stagnant
  • The questions you have to ask to fix a broken culture
  • The best approach to combatting cynicism in a leadership team
  • How to cut through bureaucracy to reach a solution
  • How to unite leadership teams and third parties, get them “on the same page”
  • The process of setting goals with multiple areas in your business

 

 

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Five Free Audio Lessons on Culture!

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Inc. Magazine brought me in to do a talk specifically on this topic. I gave them five things every business must understand about creating culture.

Those five audio lessons are available to you as part of a free download when you subscribe to this blog. If you’re already a subscriber, thank you! You’ll receive an email shortly with a download link.

I’ll send you a free audio lesson on each component of creating a healthy team culture:

  • Force It: How to force good culture instead of bad culture being forced on you.
  • Teach It: How to teach what good culture looks like. If you’re not the one setting culture standards, than somebody else is doing it for you and believe me, bad culture spreads like wildfire.
  • Recognize It: People do what they’re recognized for. How to create a culture that attracts champions.
  • Attack It: Got gossip? Are employees showing up late? How to be proactive and attack the bad culture.
  • Repeat It: To create great culture, you have to repeat it over and over. Here’s how.

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August 2, 2016

5 Steps to Become The Strongest Leader for Your Team

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“If people don’t know where they’re going, they only give you half of their productivity. When they don’t know what the business is doing, they come in and do their “j-o-b” with no desire to grow or learn more.”

We have two incredible interviews on the show today!

These leaders have called in with questions every entrepreneur and leader should be asking…

“I think my meetings suck.” We tackle this statement and what to do about it….

Here’s a taste of what we talk about:

  • Where your time must be focused as an entrepreneur
  • How to increase your team’s productivity
  • The 5 steps to becoming a stronger leader
  • What your meetings should look like
  • How to re-energize your business
  • How to increase the loyalty of your team
  • Keeping momentum in your business

Our second guest asks,

“How do I re-invest myself after working for a leader who tarnished my reputation and then was eventually let go?”

We dive into:

  • The best mindset in business
  • What’s holding you back from being a stronger leader
  • Recovering from setting unreasonable goals for the team, micromanaging
  • How to turn a conflict situation into a growth experience
  • How to set expectations for your team

One of THE most important things you can do for your business is to serve the daylights out of your team, and set them up for success.

I want to hear from you on this! Comment below with your questions, challenges, solutions, or stories.

 

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If you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

DISC Personality Profiles

Freshbooks.com/chris

The Life Hack for Time and Money

 

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July 26, 2016

Why Entrepreneurs Plateau in Their Business – Part 2

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Welcome to the show, Nevin! He was our first podcast live call in Q&A guest! We brought Nevin back on to dive even deeper and get really practical…

If you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

TODAY we are diving deeper into why entrepreneurs plateau in their business, why Nevin plateaued. 

While there are common generational and external influences for many folks…this is truly a personal discovery process. Nevin and I unpack what this process looks like, here’s what we walk through together:

  • Recovering from the endless cycle of people pleasing
  • The universal “empty” feeling, and where it comes from
  • How to get self-worth from God
  • The right and wrong places to gain self-worth

This is so important…

Worth from people lasts about five minutes. Trying to make yourself feel good by making others happy also lasts about five minutes. How do you get that happiness from somewhere else? We’ve been trained. We’re programmed to think,

“If I don’t take care of them in their struggles, I’m not a caring person, I’m a bad person. Or…it’s the right thing to do.”

We have this unhealthy mindset:

My worth tanks if I’m not constantly making someone else feel better or better about themselves.

You have got to get yourself out of this place! Where should self-worth come from?

I believe your greatest worth, period, is the act of love that happened with the cross.

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I want to hear from you on this! Comment below with your questions, challenges, solutions, or stories.

Resources:

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DISC Personality Profiles

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Quarter Life Crisis Episode

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July 19, 2016

How to Deal with Unproductive Criticism


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We have so much crappy culture in our country. No one is standing up and teaching, “quit your complaining, do something about it.”

Folks, it’s not easy to create incredible culture in your business.

It can be exhausting dealing with critics and naysayers in your business when you’re trying to create positive culture. Sometimes it’s unproductive criticism…

 

Here’s what we cover on today’s episode:

  • How to create a culture of positivity
  • How to deal with unproductive, critical “suggestions”
  • Most beneficial way to reason with your critics
  • Understanding artistic personalities in the decision making process
  • How to manage your business when you move across the globe
  • How to find a trusted leader to fill your shoes as you transition to owner
  • My advice on “leasing” clients and switchbacks

If you want to be on the show and have your question answered by me, it’s easy to do now. Get on the schedule here.

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July 12, 2016

If You Want to Take Your Side Business Full Time, Ask These Questions

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“Don’t just listen to this podcast. Implement.”

Don’t give me your excuses about why you can’t make it happen…you just heard somebody who is bustin’ it! Somebody who’s willing to fight to make his dream happen.

JP asked…

I’ve been working on a side business for 5 years, with a daytime job…but I still have $40,000 of debt to pay off. Should I wait until I’m completely out of debt to go all in on my side business? Or should I start now?

This is a phenomenal question. Here’s what you’ll discover on today’s show:

  • How to balance a full time job, a side business and investing
  • When to take your side business full time
  • The right timeline for getting out of debt

If you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

 

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June 28, 2016

How to Grow a Mastermind, and 3 Steps to Have a Better Conversation

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Folks, if you’ve been listening to me for any length of time then you know the number one issue when it comes to business, family, and friendships is having a lack of high quality communication…to make sure you are winning in every aspect of our life, start by understanding your personality style and those around you.

We’re diving into the DISC personality profile today. Is DISC new to you? Skim the basics here.

Our first podcast listener asks:

What resources can I tap into to be a better communicator overall, and spot personality styles and how to communicate with them in the best way to get the best results quickly?

Here’s what you’ll discover in today’s Live Call-in Q&A:

  • How to spot personality styles
  • How to communicate effectively based on personality style
  • Macro and micro elements of the DISC Profile
  • How personality profiles affect workplace productivity
  • Pricing a Mastermind Group
  • Running a Mastermind Group

 

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June 14, 2016

Dealing with Burnout, Surviving a Lousy Leader and Growth


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“Tuck your cape back in your pants, you’re not superman.”

We’re PUMPED about starting Live Call-in Q&A for #AskChris on the podcast! Welcome to the first episode. We have a great episode for you today folks…

We have three fantastic podcast listeners that bring questions I get asked all the time. We get straight to the answers and cover:

  • How to survive a lousy leader
  • How to overcome burnout in every area of your life
  • Are you really supposed to “follow your passion?”
  • What I look for in a new hire
  • Marketing and Sales to get results

We opened more spots for Q&A call-ins! We will walk through whatever questions you’ve got. Get on the schedule here.

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Michael Hyatt (Platform)

Ryan Deiss, Digital Marketer

 

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June 7, 2016

What is Really Holding You Back?

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“All I got to do is work hard and then everything’s going to show up, right? Then it doesn’t.”

Be honest…how many “life hacks” are you trying implement this week? How many lists, habits and resources do you invest in monthly?

Timeout. 

There are plenty of tools out there to fix “the problem” or increase your productivity. But before you invest in a solution, ask yourself…

  • Do I really know what’s holding me back?
  • Do I have correct perspective, not just people’s advice and opinions?
  • Why am I responding the way I am?
  • Am I looking at my business and life the right way?

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May 31, 2016

5 Strategies the Strongest Decision Makers Use Every Day

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“Many people, and you see this a lot with the younger folks, have not been trained to think for themselves. Listen! I’m calling out my own generation too.”

We are launching a live Q&A show!! You get to call in and have a conversation with me, so if you have questions that you want answered, solutions you need, things that are holding you back… Let’s talk! I will give you the best solution I possibly can. It’s really easy. Get on the schedule here.

TODAY we are talking about surface level decision making.

This is something that I see a lot of people doing…and it absolutely holds people back in their growth. We have not been trained how to make good decisions! Because of this, we end up with what I call surface level decision making.

Definition: Making a decision on the first thing you see, taking information from what’s right in front of you, and not digging any deeper.

Becoming a strong decision maker… requires #mindset change.

Here are the five of the strategies we cover on the show:

  • How to solve the problem” with persepctive
  • Mindset: digging in when decisions are complicated, impossible and painful
  • The right way to research: taxing the collective intelligence
  • Spending time in prayer
  • Writing it down!

If you want to be on the show and have your question answered by me, it’s easy to do now. Get on the schedule here.

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May 17, 2016

Work By Design

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I am so excited to announce that the Work by Design Summit officially starts today!

It’s all about Purpose, Productivity and Profit.

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Here are my top 5 reasons for highly recommending joining this summit:

The tactical information will transform your work – no matter what you do.

The speakers know the value of tactical information you can employ in your life.  All sessions are geared toward delivering key value in the form of specific, actionable steps.

The experts will inspire you to level up to reach maximum productivity and profit.

The speakers are some of the most inspirational individuals around when it comes to guiding people to do their best work.  Don’t reinvent the wheel when it comes to figuring out how to work well.

Instead, let these amazing speakers motivate you as they tell you what to maximize, what to minimize, what to avoid and what to jump on.

The Work by Design Summit will deliver results. 

The speakers are laser-focused on delivering advice you can immediately implement to get you results … fast!

Implementing the recommended strategies and action items will enable you to get fast results and build on those results for long-term, lasting success.  Guaranteed.

These experts won’t be together again.

It’s hard to learn from the best, because the best are busy!  This rare chance to hear from these 50+ experts – FOR FREE – simply won’t come around again.  Jump on it while you can!

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Typical conferences and retreats require a huge investment of time and money.  The Work by Design Summit is different.  Save your money, save your travel time and claim your ticket today!

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I really hope you’ll take advantage and join today.  I want to see you reach greater levels of success and learn to live and work better than you ever have before!

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Note that the price will triple in just a few short days – so get in on the low price now!  Take that first step towards redesigning your life today!

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December 29, 2015

How To Find Your Voice

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Joel Boggess’s ReLaunch Show has been named one of the top five shows to jump start your inspiration and one of the top twenty business podcasts of 2015.

On today’s podcast Joel shares his discoveries about the value of determination, persistence, and faith on all sides. He illustrates how those three actions brought about a new beginning. Joel believes everyone has a message that is unique to them and the greatest gift we can give is to share that message.

As a bonus, Joel has given us his top 7 mistakes that podcasters make. Click below to receive your copy.

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Here are a few tips from the show:

  • Refuse to be set up for frustration by “ten tips to do this” and “twelve strategies for that.” Instead try one, try two, try three until you find what helps you in your professional and personal journey.
  • Connect to who you really are, not who other people think you should be but who you were actually created to be.
  • Find the medium that matches you. If it’s not a book, maybe it’s a podcast, or YouTube videos, or whatever you are excited about doing. Then build a launch plan.
  • Find people to be on your launch team.
  • Write out your own tweets; then let your launch team re-tweet and re-post. Then all they have to do is re-click. This helps them be successful in your cause. People are so glad to do that. You then make THEM successful.
  • Make your posts practical with valuable takeaways.
  • Remember that people are hungry for your message, not everyone but do serve the ones who resonate with your message.
  • Find 10 or 20 questions people are asking in your area. Then answer those. Become the expert whether it’s exterminating bugs, starting over, or being the best administrative professional you can be.
  • Meet the needs of television and other producers.

Read Joel’s book Finding Your Voice: Sort through the Clutter; Discover Clarity, Confidence and Direction.

Learn more about Joel at relaunchshow.com and follow him on Twitter at @ReLaunch.

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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 19, 2014

Parents, Kids, Conflict…OH MY [Podcast]

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We are talking about conflict in the family on todays show. More specifically – How do I get my children to get along?

We naturally think ” my kids should just get along.” But we have to remember that with kids it’s no different than the people you work with.

The reason why kids (or anybody else) are in conflict is because they don’t understand each other.

Translating that into business and for your team, when we have two people that are in conflict, almost every time it comes down to the simplicity of not understanding each others personality styles.

So first off, you have to know what personality style your kids are. You do know what your kids personality styles are…don’t you?

Next you have to explain to the kids what the other siblings personality styles are. Explain to them what matters most to each sibling, why that’s important to them, where they struggle, etc.

When you do that you change the communication inside the family.

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Question: So…pop quiz – What personality styles do you have in your family?

 

 

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August 18, 2014

5 Ways To A Closer Relationship With God

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Finding your purpose in life is one of the greatest things you will ever experience. In LifePlan, it’s one of the highlights for every attendee; that and putting together what is most likely their first vision for their life.

But there’s a major key to discover the purpose that God has for you and that is…God. Yep, it’s a crazy thing, but the big guy upstairs has known what He’s wanted for you for a really long time.

5 Ways to a closer relationship with god

In the last episode of The Chris LoCurto Show – “Seeking God First”, we talked about our team devotional where we discussed Matthew 6:33: “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

That’s when I shared how important it is to seek God, and I asked how many of you were “All in”, and a ton of you responded! So I thought I would take this opportunity to challenge you by giving you some practical steps to seeking God.

I don’t know if you’ve ever realized this, but every week you have 168 hours to use. If you work 40 hours a week, and spent 68 hours sleeping and eating, that would give you a total of 60 hours left to live the rest of your life.

Studies show that the average person spends 34 hours watching TV. If you add any family time and personal activity in there, how much does that leave for God?

Considering He’s your Father, and He loves you and knows you better than anyone, AND He actually has a plan and a future for you that’s better than anything you have on the table, don’t you think you should be spending more time with Him?

Start your morning off strong – As best as I can tell, Jesus spent every morning talking with God before He did anything else. If that was best for Him, shouldn’t it be for us? Every morning Jesus received blessing, and guidance, and love, and self-worth from God. Make sure you are as well!

Become a student – Every person needs a mentor or two. What greater area of your life to give focus to? Find someone who has a great relationship with God and ask for them to teach you how to do the same. Notice that I didn’t say find someone who attends church a lot, or does a lot of religious stuff, or talks Christianese well. Doing “church” or “religion” doesn’t mean you have a great relationship with your Father in Heaven. Believe me, I see a ton of people who are confused with that concept. Your relationship with God directly is paramount! Now, with that said, understand that I absolutely believe you should not forsake the gathering of the saints. Just don’t turn the gathering into a false belief of daily relations with God.

Set healthy boundaries – In 7 Signs You Self-Sabotage I shared that when you don’t have healthy boundaries, you allow people to manipulate you, take advantage of you, and abuse you. The very lack of healthy boundaries also keeps you from an intimate relationship with God. How? It’s actually quite simple – people without boundaries aren’t getting their strength, self-esteem, self-worth, confidence, etc. from God. Start by reading the book Boundaries! This is a great first step in taking care of YOU.

Worship Him like never before– I shared that the Jewish people believe, as well as I, that worshiping God is what you do during the week with his Children through your mode of work. In other words, if I do a great job during the week taking care of my clients and my followers, then I’m worshiping God. That in itself should absolutely change the way you look at your work. Focus everyday on what you can do to take care of God’s children, and I truly believe He will delight in it.

Keep the relationship open – Prayer is not something you just do in the morning, or when you eat, it should be continuous. As 1 Thes 5:17 says, “Pray without ceasing”. Saying Amen doesn’t mean that your communication with God is now done until the next meal. You grow your relationships with people by open communication, you should focus that even more when growing your relationship with God. Talk to him in all things.

If you will put these few things in place regularly in your life, I promise you will notice a phenomenal difference with your life!

Question: What ways are you inviting God in daily?

Chris LoCurto

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July 28, 2014

5 Ways To Work As Unto The Lord

For years I worked in the logistics industry. It wasn’t something I loved, but I was really good at. On top of that, the nature of the logistics biz kind of drove me nuts. It wasn’t uncommon for me to wake up at 2am, work for a bit to solve an emergency, go back to bed, then head into work to solve other emergencies.

I knew this wasn’t where I wanted to spend the rest of my career. But every time I tried to get out, I felt like God was closing the door. He didn’t want me to leave. I wasn’t being freed up to go on to something else.

Work as unto the Lord

After about a year and a half with a certain company I had a shocking conversation with one of my team members. She was struggling a lot with God. She made it pretty obvious to everyone. In fact she would always say she didn’t believe in God.
One day I asked her why she didn’t believe. She told me a story about her son-in-law and how he had killed her grandson years ago. She went on to say with tears in her eyes, “…there’s no way there could be a god who would allow for something like that to happen”.

We continued talking one-on-one for about two hours and her tears soon turned to joy as she rededicated her life to the Lord. Why did she do that? What happened during that two hour conversation?
Well, she had come to an understanding that while all things may not make sense to us, God still has a plan, and He wants us to put our faith in that plan. Ok, there was a lot more to it than that.

You have to know that God has a reason and a purpose for everything in your life.

Shortly after that conversation the craziest thing happen, I headed back to my office and heard my phone ringing. It was a team member who used to work for me who told me there was a company that wanted to hire me. He asked me if I had a resume I could send over. So I did, and guess what…I was hired in just a few days.
Random coincidence I’m sure!  : )
Not hardly! I wholeheartedly believe God kept me at the previous organization so one day I would have that conversation. Now obviously there were other things that happened while I worked there, both good and bad, but I know that God kept me there for that specific reason.

God loves his children so much that he’s perfectly fine with keeping me in an industry I disliked so that I would have a conversation that guided one of His kids back to Him. Having that perspective kind of makes you feel silly when you catch yourself complaining. And the moment after I talked with her, He moved me on.

So here’s five ways to make sure you are doing your work as unto the Lord.

1. Understand that this is God’s story…not ours.
If you are caught up thinking that this is your story, you couldn’t be further from the truth. This is God’s story, and He’s allowed us to be a part of it. If He wants to use you in a situation so He may change one of His children’s lives, He may do just that.
Doesn’t mean you can’t fight Him on it.
Doesn’t mean you can’t run away.
But if you’re not feeling freed up from a job, there must be a greater reason why God has you there in the first place.

Ask God to bring to fruition whatever it is He is wanting to do with you.

2. God has a plan for you…regardless of your environment.
It’s difficult to work with people who don’t have a lot of integrity. It’s difficult to work with people who create a bad work atmosphere. Maybe there’s gossip or backstabbing. You have to understand that no matter what else is going on in other’s lives, God still has a plan for you.
Here’s Jeremiah 29:11in the Message:

I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.”

So if that’s true, and you are in a work environment that is not ideal, it doesn’t mean that you stop working hard for God. Just because other people are that way doesn’t mean you mess yourself up in the process and stop doing a great job.

3. Don’t bring yourself down to the level of others.
When the folks around you are not working their hardest, it can wear you down. If your work ethic slips to the level of those around you, guess what? You make yourself considerably less marketable. I want you to focus on being marketable. That means making yourself even more valuable as if you are going to another company. Ask the question, “How can I make myself even greater in situations where most people don’t care?”.
If you focus on making yourself more marketable to other businesses, when the time is right, not only will God move you on, but you might even get a better position at your current organization.

4. Focus on how you can bless others around you.
How can you be a witness to those around you? If people are struggling or not giving their all, if they are gossiping or backstabbing, you should still be a light. You should still be a witness to them. Not only a witness to a better work ethic, but also for Christ. They should be able to see you live in Christ even if you don’t say it with your mouth.

St. Francis of Assissi said, “Preach the gospel at all times, when necessary, use words.

5. Talk to God.
No matter where you are or what you’re doing, prayer is literally a game changer. Prayer is not about how fancy you can be with your words. If you are using nine dollar words with God…He’s not impressed.  In fact, He wants you to talk to Him as children do. You are His child, and prayer should never stop.

Pray without ceasing. That means you are talking to God all day long. The same way you talk to anyone else around you. So when you’re in a job or industry you don’t like, talk to God and let Him know how you feel. He cares. Ask Him what He wants from you. Ask Him what you’re suppose to do. Ask Him how to be better at what you’re doing. Ask Him for direction, guidance, and even ask Him to bless you. There’s no harm in any of that.

But remember, don’t stop talking to Him just because you’re not happy with where you’re working. The more time you spend with Him, the greater chance He is going to let you in on the incredible plan He has you in.

How have you seen God at work in your life, and the lives of others?

Chris LoCurto

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November 18, 2013

Why Strategic Planning Matters

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What if you had a way of knowing what your greatest opportunities were as well as the most important things your organization should be focusing on right now?

Most entrepreneurs start their business by discovering a way to make a widget or provide a service and sell it. They’ll spend countless hours and years struggling to figure out a way to grow exponentially, create reoccurring income, and find a life in the process.

While many business owners have continued growth, what they don’t see is the incredible number of opportunities being missed on a daily basis. On top of that, they continue to hire people in positions that they perceive to be necessary. All along not knowing if some, or most of the positions are needed.

Are there other areas they should be focusing their time and money on? Are there areas of the company that shouldn’t exist? What are the opportunities that are being missed, and what’s the best way to capitalize on them?

When I started my business, I knew everything I did would be centered around helping people find purpose in their lives, growing leaders to greatness, and impacting businesses on levels bigger than they ever experienced.

I added some processes to what I’ve been teaching businesses and leaders on for over a decade, and developed our Strategic Planning Event.

The event has been so powerful to so many businesses, that I asked just a few of them to share their stories about the event.

“You can’t run your business at the level it has the potential to be unless you have this information.” – Brian Staley, ITG

If you’re ready to take your business to the next level, click here and get more information. Don’t wait for growth, make it happen today!

Question: What have you done to grow strategically in your business?

Chris LoCurto

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September 10, 2013

The Podcast Is Back!

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Everyday I receive messages from the #CLoTribe asking when we will relaunch the podcast. Well, today is the day! To celebrate, this weeks topic is on celebrating progress.

Chris LoCurto, Leadership, Business, Strategic Planning, LifePlan, #CLoTribe

The podcast will take on a couple different formats from week-to-week. The first is a three to five minute version called Coffee with Chris and it’s brought to you by Dillanos Coffee Roasters.

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This format will always be a quick leadership, business or life lesson. On top of the lesson, Dillanos is offering a 15% discount on their amazing coffee to listeners! Go to Dillanos.com and enter CLOTRIBE in all caps to receive the discount on any coffee you purchase!

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast so you’ll receive it every week. You won’t want to miss next weeks episode. I’ll be answering the #1 question that everyone keeps asking… If you can think of that, you know how great the episode will be.

Please leave a comment on what you think of the podcast, as well as what you want to hear and who you want to hear from in future podcasts!

Question: What do you think of the podcast, and what and who do you want to hear from in the future?

Chris LoCurto

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August 7, 2013

“To Be Successful in Business…”

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Last week, I started a weekly Q&A video series where I’ll be answering your biggest questions on business, leadership, and life each Thursday. Today’s question came out of a conversation I had with Rory Vaden, author of Take the Stairs: 7 Steps to Achieving True Success. He asked me to finish this statement,

“To be successful in business…”

I responded with, “You have to understand that your business is what you do, not who you are.” This lesson comes up time and time again during my Business Coaching sessions and Strategic Planning events, and I wanted to share it with you. Watch the complete answer here, and check out CLo.TV to see last week’s Q&A series video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?=vTgbJ5LoUgk0

 Be sure to pick up a copy of Rory’s book and leave your feedback in the comments section of this page. As always, thanks for reading, commenting and sharing!

To see the music video that was in the clip, click here.

Question: How do you find balance between work & life?

“Discipline creates freedom.” – Rory Vaden