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April 13, 2017

5 Ways To Lead Yourself Better

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Are you a leader at work, in your family, or in your social circles?

If you are, you may have learned that to lead others well, the person you must know the best is yourself.

John Maxwell calls it the Mirror Principle because if your self-perception is wrong or distorted, your efforts and decisions will be misguided.

Here are 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today.

1. Act On New Information Immediately

Top performers don’t wait! They act fast on new information they learn!

There’s a big difference between learning something and acting on it.

How many books have you read and not acted on anything, or only a little bit of the information?

Acting quickly on new information helps you retain it for the long-term, and builds competency and confidence.

2. A Vision For Your Life

Just as a leader needs to cast a vision to lead people to, you need to cast a vision for where to lead yourself.

Vision is where you are headed. It’s not a dream, it’s not a goal, it’s the destination you’re moving toward until you have a new destination.

When there’s the absence of a personal vision, your time gets filled with the priorities of others, lack of purpose, and feelings of discontentment.

Cast a vision for where you want to be in life, and what life looks like in every area. Then, set goals and actions to achieve it.

3. Community

God made us to be in community with one another.

The two key aspects of having community are: 1) having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts, and 2) having a community of people who are sharing the same experience.

“You are the sum of the five people you hang out with the most.” ~ Jim Rohn

Surround yourself with a Network Of Challenging Minds, which is a group of like-minded individuals who are focused on pushing each other to grow themselves and others in the process in the same area.

4. Accountability

Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. ~ Proverbs 15:22 (NIV)

Accountability is taking ownership of one’s situation or circumstances.

Many people look at being held accountable as something that will restrain them and limit their freedom…

I understand that mindset, but it doesn’t have to be that way.

YOU are the one in control of what you’re being held accountable for. If you don’t want to grow or be pushed for success in an area, don’t ask for accountability IN that area.

Great accountability helps you to see mistakes, trouble, and bad decisions before they happen.

When you ask an individual or a group to hold you accountable, you are telling your Root System that you are not going to allow The Lies to hold you back!

5. Grace

It’s something we all need, and it’s not something we give very freely.

Leading with grace requires a relationship with God, the ultimate grace giver.

When we recognize how much grace we’ve been given, it allows us to give it to others.

Grace gives you freedom to: 1) not try to be a perfect leader, 2) not need to know everything, and 3) be okay with failure.

Also, when you consider how you want to be treated in high-pressure situations, it allows you extend grace to others.

I encourage you to take action on these 5 ways to lead yourself better starting today!

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Question: What’s one way you lead yourself to a stronger life? 

 

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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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April 5, 2016

How To Move Forward When You Feel Stuck

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I am all about solving problems, fixing things, getting my hands dirty, and discovering the why behind the what…but what do you do when you feel stuck?

Today on the podcast, we hear from Jill, who is struggling with just that.

“Hi Chris, my name is Jill, I’m 45, I am not married, never married, no kids and have found myself in a situation where I am not working, I’ve been looking for a job since November, I moved across the country two years ago and still am not connected at all.  

I did that because I felt that’s what the Lord was asking me to do, but I know that I’m extremely closed down and I have a business, I’m an AdvoCare independent distributor, have been since 2002 and can’t seem to get myself to do that business and it’s all about not having a belief in myself. 

I hear on your podcasts about life plan and agree that that’s exactly what I need to do but I found myself having zero money, no ability to get to it and honestly I don’t know what to do anymore. I‘m extremely unhappy and that’s not the kind of person I am, so any hope as far as advice or action plan would be very, very welcome.

Thanks Chris, I love everything you do.”

Wow! I know that there are a lot of people right now that can relate to Jill’s question.

Listen in to hear how to move forward. Here’s what I unpack:

  • The God Factor – It’s in God that we get the answers and the direction.
  • Isolation – it is amazing what happens when you are isolated and you’re left to your own thoughts which tend to contain some level of lies or some broken belief systems.
  • Community – There are 2 aspects to community. Having it, having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts. It’s also a community of people that are sharing the same experience. When you have that community of people sharing the same experience, growth happens.
  • Understand Your Root System  – When you gain perspective on your root system, you can see how and why you make decisions the way you do. You can identify what training or beliefs are there that aren’t healthy and hold you back. When you understand why you make decisions the way you do, you can change them.
  • Depression – Do the things that refuels you, whatever that is.
  • Diet & Exercise – Get sugar as far away from you as you can, and get your body moving!
QUESTION: In what ways have you been able to get “unstuck”?
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September 22, 2015

The Power To Grow

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If you’re not growing, you’re dying. I’d wager some big money that you’re someone who wants to grow. The fact you’re reading this tells me that!

Growth in business is something that everyone in our coaching program, or our mastermind groups is focused on. Growing themselves. Growing their revenue. Growing their leadership.

Focusing on growth is so powerful, and we’ve now been doing this with our clients for years. And the results have been staggering at times!

A key to their success is the fact they’re not alone in what they’re doing.

As I was thinking about that recently, I said to myself, “‘I need to be able to share with people the power of growing through a community.'”

Below are 3 keys to look for in a great mastermind or accountability group. 

We’ve also got a phenomenal FREE download detailing 10 things to look for with an accountability group. This is coming straight out of our groups. The things that are making our clients absolutely successful! accountability-group

We’ve talked about masterminds on The Chris LoCurto Show before, about how powerful they are, but there are some new things I want to share with you.

Network Of Challenging Minds

First off, you may be wondering what that is! Well, here you go!

A network of challenging minds is:

Like-minded individuals who are focused on pushing each other to grow themselves and others in the process in the same area (i.e. Entrepreneur, leadership, small business).

If you are not surrounded by people who are like-minded, by people who are aiming for the same goal, than how in the world are you growing you?

There Is incredible Power In Community

There are 2 aspects to community. Having it; having people around you to keep you from being isolated in your own thoughts. It’s also a community of people that are sharing the same experience.

When you have that community of people sharing the same experience, growth happens. Jim Rohn said a long time ago that, “You are the sum of the five people you hang out with the most.”

If you have 5 people that you spend most of your time with, whatever that is, whether it be work influence, whether it be family influence, whatever those influences are, the top 5 people that you hang out with, that’s your influence.

Having that community is incredibly powerful when it comes to your growth, assuming those people are healthy for you.

So why is community so important? Well first off, when you’re not surrounded by folks who are going through the same struggles you are and who are taking the same walk you are, what happens is you become isolated.

This tends to happen even if you have friends and family you spend time with because they’re not experiencing a lot of the same stuff that you are.

This means they have difficulty relating to your day-to-day issues, stressors, problems, and even successes. You can’t talk through growth, leadership challenges, goal setting, work-life balance, and all of the stuff that comes with being your own boss.

And when that happens, you become isolated, and with isolation comes being left alone to your own thoughts.

When we are left to our own thoughts, we get ourselves in trouble. You need to have folks who are walking the same path as you. It also lends to accountability.

Accountability

People willing to take on the responsibility to hold others accountable to their own expectations. How they accomplish this is by not filling their own needs but by helping others to achieve theirs.  

Accountability is incredibly vital to growth.

It starts with you and asking questions like these:

“What are my expectations?” What are my goals?” What are the initiatives that will move me toward accomplishing those goals”

Once you have your expectations down, it’s time to build people into your life to help you get there.

If you get the right group, it’s nearly impossible to not achieve and grow.

As you experience life with others who are experiencing the same thing with you, it is amazing how much you grow. I can’t tell you how greatly my leadership blossomed when I started spending much more time with smart, healthy people.

A lot of the people you may have heard on the show are people I experience life with. We do things outside of business. We talk a lot of business, we share a lot of stuff on that level, but we also go to dinner together, and some of us go on vacations together.

As you share life together with folks who have a growth mindset, who are willing to hold you accountable, who have challenging minds, an amazing thing happens, you grow. And you grow exponentially.

Again, when it comes to business, if you are not growing, you are dying. Period! Every long-term, successful business succeeds by having a continuous growth mindset. Therefore, it is important to have like-minded people around you.

So these are just 3 things. Again, grab the FREE download to get all 10 things to look for when you’re pulling together an accountability group – a group of people that will help you grow. accountability-group

These are the things we do to help our clients be absolutely successful and grow like crazy.

Question: What do you suggest people look for in a mastermind or accountability group? 

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