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52 minutes | 5 days ago
412: What Parenting & Leadership Have in Common
Hey folks! There’s no one size fits all approach to being a parent at home or a leader in the workplace. But, these two roles actually have a lot in common. Both are focused on leading others to grow, stretch and become something more than they currently are. In today’s diverse, multi-functional work and life culture, we need all the help we can get to stay balanced and focused. The truth is that many parents have never been taught how to lead their family well. They struggle with root system issues, and end up making the same mistakes their parents did. How many times have you heard, or you may have been the person that says, "Oh, I'm not going to be like my parents. I'm going to be completely different than my parents." And then you know, 10, 20 years later, you say, "Oh, my gosh, I’ve become my parent." Likewise, leaders get promoted to a position over others, and follow in the same pattern they’ve been exposed to. In both cases, there are things we can change that’ll help us grow in our role. I’m going to share three PRO TIPS for parents and leaders to succeed at home and the office. Check it out! Chris Resources & Links: Ep 402 “The Leadership Success Path” https://soundcloud.com/chrislocurto/the-leadership-success-path
60 minutes | 12 days ago
411: Q1 - Pause and Reflect (Vulnerable Learnings From Our Failures)
Q1 - Pause and Reflect (Vulnerable Learnings From Our Failures) “Vulnerable Learnings From Our Failures” Hey folks! We’re ending this first quarter of 2021 on a positive note. How’s that? We’re talking about failure. I can hear you now… “Chris, what’s so positive about failure?!” Here’s the deal, failure is a positive thing for those who learn from their mistakes and choose to improve. Where failure is concerned, “if we’re not learning, we’re losing the opportunity”. All of us fail; all of us make mistakes. But remember, you’re only a failure if you choose to be; that is, if you choose not to learn. Learning from other people’s failures is a best-case scenario: a real win-win-win! On this week’s episode, the coaches of the Poimen Group come together for a once-a-quarter discussion. This time around, they reflect on their own failures, mistakes and misfires of the first three months of this year. Today, you’ll discover the process of how Chris, Heather and Joel use failure to grow themselves, their teams, and their families! Resources & Links iThese podcasts were referenced: https://chrislocurto.com/battling-fear-of-failure/ https://chrislocurto.com/405-you-dont-have-as-much-willpower-as-you-might-think/ https://chrislocurto.com/408-you-dont-have-as-much-willpower-as-you-might-think-ii/ https://chrislocurto.com/406-what-good-is-a-kra/ https://chrislocurto.com/407-michael-hyatt-win-at-work-and-succeed-at-life/
32 minutes | 19 days ago
410: John Lee Dumas: The Common Path To Uncommon Success
410: John Lee Dumas: The Common Path To Uncommon Success Have you ever wished that the path to freedom and fulfillment was just a little more clear? My friend John Lee Dumas, host of the Entrepreneurs on Fire podcast, has interviewed over 3,000 highly successful people to find out exactly how they made their success happen. His new book releases this month explaining the common path that they took to their uncommon success, and today he joins us on the show! The book is called, The Common Path to Uncommon Success. [Click here to check it out.] John Lee says, I remember reading this quote from Einstein, “Try not to become a person of success, but rather try to become a person of value.” And I realized, Well, of course I’m not finding success; it’s because I’m not being valuable to others! That’s when things first began to change for me! You’ll gain insight as we discuss how to be a person of value to others, what all the struggle is good for as you head toward your dreams, and the benefits of persevering where others don’t. Here’s a link to John Lee Dumas’ website where you can find lots of great bonuses when you pick up his book. I know you’ll be excited and encouraged as he guides you along the path! Resources & Links https://uncommonsuccessbook.com/
41 minutes | a month ago
409: Three Things Every Leader Must Do Before 2022, Part 1
The Three Things Every Leader Must Do Before 2022! On today’s episode, you - the business owner and the business leader - are going to gain laser focus on what you need to have in place before the end of this year. Why? Well, how many of you remember 2020? It wasn’t that long ago, and it wasn’t much fun! Now, a lot of our clients, the overwhelming majority, did not get hit that hard in 2020. In fact, a few of them have said they had their best year ever! How is that? Because they were focused on the right things, and they weathered the Covid storm well, making only a few small pivots. I can’t tell you how the rest of this year is going to go. But, I can tell you what you need to have in place so that you don't get hit sideways, again, should COVID or something worse happen! This topic is so important to your business that we’re going to spend two episodes on this subject, and I want to hint at the first point right here: Leaders have to plan strategically. But, in order to do so, they first need to take an accurate survey of where they stand. This is a crucial part of good strategy planning, but it’s also something that most leaders are loath to do. Why? Fear and the lack of healthy accounting processes (a subject all its own - and one that we’re going to tackle later this year). So, let me help you today to get over that fear and start pressing into setting a successful strategy for your future! Resources & Links https://chrislocurto.com/406-what-good-is-a-kra/ Good to Great: Why Some Leaders Make the Leap...and Others Don't, by James Collins: https://amzn.to/2OBT9jG Who Moved My Cheese? by Spencer Johnson: https://amzn.to/3lpwvqS
37 minutes | a month ago
408: You Don't Have As Much Willpower As You Might Think II
Willpower is a limited resource that’s easily depleted. What can you do to replenish it? What fuels the self-control and gratification centers of the brain? Today on the show, you’ll discover what makes willpower tick, how it gets depleted and what you can do about it! But, consider this as we get started: Learning what my true worth is, learning how to actually handle situations when my worth is tanking, learning how to handle situations when I'm struggling with something, learning the tools to actually walk through those situations. That's what's going to change you, that's what's going to help you. When you lose self-worth, you are way more likely to lose willpower! When you are strong with your self-worth, your willpower is strong. When you know your worth, then you don’t have the same reactions - cognitively - to situations that would normally deplete your willpower. You may not have as much willpower as you might think, but you do have deeper resources to strengthen your resolve! Consider these things as you move through your day. Choosing joy helps to improve your mood, which increases your willpower. The right motivation can help us persevere, because it allows us to endure suffering. Where are you wrestling with a lack of worth today? Where can you start choosing joy instead of complaining? Resources & Links And download this one-page overview of Willpower, published by the American Psychological Association: https://www.apa.org/topics/willpower-conclusion.pdf
52 minutes | a month ago
407: Michael Hyatt: Win at Work and Succeed at Life
407 | Guest: Mike Hyatt - Blog & Blast Feeling run-down and tired? Feeling stretched between your obligations at work and home? Can’t seem to find balance between the two? Then, today’s show is for you! “Win at work and succeed at life so you don’t have to throttle back your professional ambition, but you also don’t sacrifice your personal priorities.” - Mike Hyatt Joining me on The Chris LoCurto Show today is long-time friend and founder of Michael Hyatt & Co, Mr. Mike Hyatt! Today we’re talking about Mike’s new book, Win at Work and Succeed at Life: 5 Principles to Free Yourself From The Cult of Overwork. (2021 Amazon Affiliate Link) Folks, this is what we teach here, in our Next-Level events, our StratPlans, and on this podcast week after week. We teach how putting the spheres of your life into proper order and priority makes sure that what matters most in life stays healthy, protected and productive. “Success has got to be multi-dimensional in order for it to be sustainable.” - Mike Hyatt Listen as Mike and I talk about learning from our failures, the deep rooted psychological needs we all share for work that matters and a home that nourishes, as well as finding sustainable balance between work and home. You won’t want to miss this impactful discussion! I know you’ll be encouraged by today’s episode as we explore what Mike calls “the double win.” Grace and peace, Chris Resources & Links https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08DL5RHBQ/ref=as_li_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B08DL5RHBQ&linkCode=as2&tag=chrloc-20&linkId=74eb99498b1f9cb039005846eb483d66
48 minutes | 2 months ago
406: What Good is a KRA?
Hey business owners and leaders, we’ve got what you need! You need a tool that helps foster greater accountability, clearer communication, and the results that you expect to see in each role on your team, without members being hounded, manipulated or controlled. On today's show, we're discussing the top tool that we use to make all our teams successful. As business leaders and owners, we know you want to see RESULTS from every position you hire! But, until team members understand AND take ownership of their roles, the results will be poor and sporadic. A KRA is a clarifying document that details the areas of responsibility and results expected for every position on your team. It helps every player take responsibility for their part of the whole strategy. On this episode we answer YOUR QUESTIONS about KRAs, and walk you through the results that you can expect by implementing this tool. But, first, here are some things for you to consider: When team members accept responsibility for their roles, the responsibility stays where it should and the underlying tasks get accomplished. Without the KRA, the opposite is true - responsibility spills over on others... Or the leader takes it back upon themselves... Or tasks just don’t get done. What do TEAM MEMBERS experience without a KRA? Wasted time and efforts Lack of communication Fog of confusion Lack of clarity Frustration What do LEADERS experience when there are no KRA’s? Lack of communication Lack of accountability Missed expectations Wasted resources Wasted money! DOWNLOAD We’ve got a KRA template for you to download, so you can see exactly what this looks like. [INSERT KRA LINK HERE] LIVE EVENT We’re going to coach you through the KRA creation and implementation process at our Next Level Live Event in Nashville, TN on April 28-30th. If you’re not getting the results you want with your team, you need to be at this event. Bring your key leaders and the job descriptions of key roles to work on at the event! Visit chrislocurto.com today and click the banner at the top to secure your seat! [INSERT LINK TO EVENT HERE] TESTIMONIES (from actual clients) Jeffrey said, We loved the KRA retreat, it was a shot in the arm in motivating us to keep following through with the KRA’s and to keep them updated. Joe said, There’s nothing more important than defining the outcomes of each of your team members’ roles. The KRA retreat focused on just that, giving my team and I the space and guidance to put our vision to paper, defining the outcomes we need for each team member to be successful. Matt said, It was great to be there. Probably better yet to have the amazing freedom to bring two friends that were needing direction and encouragement and immerse them in the culture. Thanks for that!
53 minutes | 2 months ago
405: You Don't Have As Much Willpower As You Might Think
405 | You Don't Have As Much Willpower As You Might Think Willpower is a limited resource that’s easily depleted. What can you do to replenish it? What fuels the self-control and gratification centers of the brain? Today on the show, you’ll discover what makes willpower tick, how it gets depleted and what you can do about it! But, consider this as we get started: Learning what my true worth is, learning how to actually handle situations when my worth is tanking, learning how to handle situations when I'm struggling with something, learning the tools to actually walk through those situations. That's what's going to change you, that's what's going to help you. When you lose self-worth, you are way more likely to lose willpower! When you are strong with your self-worth, your willpower is strong. When you know your worth, then you don’t have the same reactions - cognitively - to situations that would normally deplete your willpower. You may not have as much willpower as you might think, but you do have deeper resources to strengthen your resolve! Consider these things as you move through your day. Choosing joy helps to improve your mood, which increases your willpower. The right motivation can help us persevere, because it allows us to endure suffering. Where are you wrestling with a lack of worth today? Where can you start choosing joy instead of complaining? Resources & Links: 1) To the original article (source material), https://www.apa.org/topics/personality/willpower 2) To the "one-page" PDF download of main points, https://www.apa.org/topics/willpower-conclusion.pdf
42 minutes | 2 months ago
404: Replacing The Negative Influences In Your Life With The Right Ones
404: Replacing The Negative Influences In Your Life With The Right Ones What you don’t replace may come back to haunt you! Fact: we are creatures of habit. Our habits, thought patterns, and relationships all carry a massive influence on our hearts and minds. The negative influences in our lives must be replaced, not just edited or deleted. In today’s episode, we’re going to discuss how negative influences from these seven areas may be polluting you. Consider these the Seven Deadly Influences you need to get rid of right away! They could be holding you back from a healthier you by keeping you toxic! Learning to unfollow, mute and put up boundaries is important, but then think about where to redirect your attention. Internet Conflict News Feed Social Media Toxic Relationships Negative Self-Talk Entertainment Streams Fun Distractions Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.” Ask yourself these questions about those 7 areas of influence: How are you guarding your heart from the negative influences in each of these areas? Where have patterns and habits developed that are having a negative effect on you? What are you putting in place to push out the negativity with things that are positive? Remember: what you don’t replace will come back to haunt you! Resources and Links: https://chrislocurto.com/2-critical-steps-to-ditch-your-bad-habits-encore/ https://chrislocurto.com/shutting-down-the-negative-voices-in-our-head/
30 minutes | 2 months ago
403: The Healthy Vineyard
403: The Healthy Vineyard Have you set yourself up for success this year? Most of us are really good at executing the exterior goals of our careers and passions, but few of us dig into the interior regions of life in order to assess where we’re stuck and need to grow. Coming off of a GREAT quarterly retreat last week with our Mastermind group, I’m excited to share with you some of the transformational material we covered. More than 30 clients from all over the country came together at our office event space to walk through one of our signature lessons that we call The Healthy Vineyard. If you’re already familiar with Next-Level Life, then you understand what I mean when I say things like “digging into your root-system”, identifying surface level responses, toxic behavior and - by contrast - what helps you cultivate a healthy vineyard. If you want to explore more of the Wine and Vine elements, then you can go to a previous podcast episode #198 entitled, What You Have In Common With Wine. But in this episode, we’re going to dig into WHAT MAKES YOU HEALTHY so we can get the weeds out of the garden of your life so you can HAVE A REALLY HEALTHY YEAR! Resources and Links: DOWNLOAD To help you get (and stay) healthy, we’re including a FREE life-oriented, goal-setting download to help you dig deep into your personal health. Don’t miss this opportunity, while we’re still early in the year, to really set yourself up for success! This Healthy Vineyard Workbook will walk you through A STEP-BY-STEP PROCESS of finding balance in every major category of life - your Wheel of Life. You’ll assess your status, determine what’s healthy and what’s not, then create a tailored action plan. QUOTES "The reason we fail at goal-setting and fulfilling new year’s resolutions is because we don’t set ourselves up for success first by gaining good perspective before reaching for the goals."
51 minutes | 3 months ago
The Leadership Success Path
401: The Leadership Success Path We see a lot of business leaders and owners throughout the year. Many get stuck not knowing where they are in terms of a leadership process; the majority don’t know what to focus on next. Have you ever been there? You get thrown a book that has a 30,000 ft view of what leadership looks like, but there’s nobody coaching you along a path, no one walking with you step by step. Where there’s no comprehensive process, there’s usually something in the organization NOT getting addressed, and it causes leaders to stay at the same level - stuck in the very same rut. As a business leader, you’re probably looking to create change, and you’re asking things like: “Where should I focus that change”, “Where are my energies best spent? and “What should I be doing next?” In this episode, you’ll discover our Leadership Success Path as I unpack three crucial steps that every leader needs to take if they’re going to succeed in business. Where are you on the path? Resources and Links: https://chrislocurto.activehosted.com/f/32 https://chrislocurto.com/401-the-leadership-success-path/
68 minutes | 3 months ago
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401 | Guest Serena Dyksen: A Journey From Broken to Healed How is fear holding you back from getting the healing you need? Today on the podcast, we’ve got special guest Serena Dyksen with us. Serena is a published author, speaker, coach as well as a Next Level Life participant. She’ll be sharing her journey from brokenness to healing, the struggles that made her grow, and how She Found His Grace, the title of her latest book - is available on Amazon by clicking this link. In this episode, Serena and I talk about: Sexual assault Fear and pain Self-sabotage The Church Redemption Freedom [Tweet "For some of you, you may be holding yourself back from getting the help and support you need in order to find real healing because of fear. Fear actually plays a baseline role in us not moving from woundedness to wellness: fear of others’ opinions, fear of judgement, fear of risk, etc."] On today’s podcast you’ll discover the courage you need to move past fear and find freedom!
48 minutes | 3 months ago
400: Seth Godin on Discovering Your Creative Practice
400 | Seth Godin Interview Joining me on the podcast today is entrepreneur, best-selling author, and speaker Seth Godin. We have a GREAT conversation together that you won’t want to miss! You’ll discover some crazy-practical insight as Seth and I discuss: the cost of creativity the value of good work and finding happiness in life Part of the toxic myth is this thing about authenticity, which is, "Be who you are, do what you want, and things will follow." And that makes a really fine aphorism. But it doesn't actually hold up, if you examine it. In fact, the most reliable way to have a happy life is to make the commitment to like what you do. You’ll find our conversation inspiring, as well as thought-provoking, as Seth unpacks some of important life-learnings like: how he compares creativity to learning to ride a bike! Nobody's born knowing how to ride, and the art of learning to ride a bicycle is simply about sticking around long enough that you get over the falling part. I know today’s episode will shine a ray of light and inspiration onto the road ahead of you! Resources and Links: https://www.amazon.com/Practice-Shipping-Creative-Work/dp/0593328973/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1OADQUEFQIG9K&dchild=1&keywords=seth+godin+the+practice&qid=1610050731&sprefix=seth+godin%2Caps%2C188&sr=8-1
45 minutes | 3 months ago
399: The Art of Gaining Perspective II
How many of you were just itching to push the “reset” button on last year? Or maybe even “fast-forward” past 2020 altogether? Well, we’re finally here! While I can’t promise you better circumstances this year, I can tell you that your experience of life can definitely be better - if you want it to. On today’s podcast, we’re breaking down “perspective-gathering” to a practical level, so we can gain more clarity, enjoy deeper relationships, and actually enjoy our lives more. → What?! Chris, you’re saying that if I just change my perspective, I can enjoy a better life?! The short answer is YES! Why? Our attitude towards ourselves, other people, and circumstances all determine how we will experience those things. Here’s what I know to be true, the greater perspective that we have: the better decision-making we have, the better relationships we have, the less need for control, the less need for protecting ourselves, the less need for building up walls, the less need for feeling like somebody is on the attack In this episode, I’m going to show you how to slow down, gain better perspective, and (with that perspective) get the most out of your circumstances and relationships.
46 minutes | 3 months ago
398: Healthy Leaders Pour Into Others
There is a tendency among leaders today, anybody with responsibility really, to focus on themselves to the detriment of those around them. One reason for this is that responsibility can feel like a weight on your shoulders, and helping others along the way can feel a little daunting! Nobody wants to end up overwhelmed, and yet healthy leaders eventually learn a trade secret. An unhealthy self-focus might just be what’s holding you back from growing as a leader, not to mention really growing others and leading them well. So, how do we break out of this cycle? I’ve spent decades learning to lead myself, so I can effectively lead others. Let me walk you down the same path that I’ve walked. On today’s show, you’ll discover: *How to get healthy, so that you can pour into others *How to get your relationships into right order of priority *How to get your focus off of you, so you can help others Resources: Blog Post and show notes: https://chrislocurto.com/healthy-leaders-pour-into-others/ Next-Level Life: https://chrislocurto.com/nextlevellife/ Next-Level Leadership Live Event: https://store.chrislocurto.com/next-level-leadership-event/
37 minutes | 4 months ago
397: Preparing Your Heart For The Holidays
Today on the show we're talking about managing the stress of the holiday season. I'll give you some practical advice and solid encouragement for dealing with the various family, home and travel stresses that you're going to encounter this week and next. We'll talk about: 1) What NOT to do. 2) What you should do. 3) And, what's in it for you! You can do more than just "survive" the season that we're in. You can actually thrive right now where you are, and come out on the other side of this season having gained greater perspective, richer relationships, and more peace than you thought possible. But, first, we've got to prepare our hearts, and that's what we'll do together on today's show.
50 minutes | 4 months ago
396: An Inside Look: Helping Your Leadership Team Succeed
Leader, this is how you know whether or not your leadership team is going to succeed: each team member must have and maintain a teachable mindset. "Each person can choose to take tough conversations as pressure and become self-protective, even prideful, and start to fight with each other. Or, they can use those tough conversations to grow, because they want to be better - each one wants to learn and grow together as a unified team." Today on the podcast we’ve got a little twist for you: we continue to explore developing your leadership team, but this time I get to interview my own leaders! We’re going to tackle some tough questions like: - what are leaders missing by not investing (their time, resources, quality communication, etc.) in their own leadership teams? - How do you know when a leader isn't cut out for the leadership team, or when they shouldn’t even be a leader at all? - And what are the major challenges to maintaining high levels of quality communication within the team (and how to resolve those challenges)?
50 minutes | 4 months ago
394: Finishing Well When Your Strength Is Gone
On today’s show we’re going to play the game called “Would you rather?” :-) Would you rather have SHORT term success and LONG term failure… ...OR… Would you rather have LONG term success and SHORT term failure?! Think about your response, the choice is yours. Today’s show is about persevering until we find sustained success, which means that we’ll have to press through some short-term failures in order to get to that long-term success we all want. For some people, that next breakthrough they’ve been after is just around the bend, but settling for less, getting tired, sloppy, and then throwing in the towel can keep them from realizing it. Has that been your story this year? Has your strength been tested with COVID, the economy, and political unrest? How many times have you gotten up in the morning and wanted to throw in the towel? What do you do when you don’t think you’ve got another good idea in you and you just want to quit? I’m going to give you a good shot in the arm today - consider it a booster for your enthusiasm and morale - to help you finish this year well! “Push back against the age as hard as it pushes against you.” - Flannery O’Connor
49 minutes | 5 months ago
393: Three Reasons Your Business Is Not Growing
On the show today, we’re talking about three reasons your business isn’t growing. THE FIRST REASON - FOCUS ON NUMBERS AND NOT ON PEOPLE. Plans, numbers, projections, agendas, and strategies are all NECESSARY, but the focus should be on the PEOPLE who are going to make that happen - not the other way around! THE SECOND REASON - LIMITING BELIEF SYSTEM (CRAZY CYCLE). It’s all on them as the “leader” to carry the load. THE THIRD REASON - FEAR AND/OR LACK OF UNDERSTANDING. They don't know how to execute well.
49 minutes | 5 months ago
395: How Gratitude Helps Your Heart Grow
395: How Gratitude Helps Your Heart Grow by Chris LoCurto
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