Episode 039: 10 Essential Steps to Make 2015 a Breakthrough Year [PODCAST]

Do you want 2015 to be a breakthrough year? Today I share with you what I’ve realized in the past few weeks as I have been making plans to take my business and life to the next level. I realized there were some clear steps I took in 2014 that made the difference for me.

How to have a breakthrough year

Today I’ll share 10 Essential Steps to Make 2015 a Breakthrough Year.

The cool thing about these steps is that any single one of them has the ability to open the floodgates for you. Any one of them could single-handedly make 2015 a breakthrough year.

My hope is that when you listen, you immediately identify one or two MUSTS for you. I want you say “I know that one or those two will have the biggest impact. Those are the things I must do to make it a breakthrough year.” Then I want you to take action on the first one.

4 Ways to Get More Done in Less Time…#1 Seems Weird but Isn’t

What’s the secret to getting more done in less time?

The secret lies in taking the path of least resistance, which is exactly how I helped a coaching client cut his work time by 20% and increase his productivity by 30%.

How to get more done in less time
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Whether you like it or not, human beings are wired to take the easy route. There is nothing wrong with that. It’s a survival mechanism ingrained in us from our days as hunter-gatherers.

Overworked and Underperforming? Distractions are Killing You

Do you ever feel like you are working more but getting less done?

Have you ever ended an eight, nine, or ten hour day scratching your head wondering what you accomplished? Or, as a coaching client of mine admitted he’d experienced, you’ve worked a full day and not eliminated one item from your to-do list?

Overworked and Unproductive
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Don’t worry. If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are normal. And that is the problem. You don’t want to be normal. You’re a world changer. You want to get things done.

You Are Already a Millionaire…Now Start Acting Like It

Have you ever thought of yourself as a millionaire?

One of the biggest things I work on when coaching others is mindset. The biggest obstacle to their success is in their own minds.

When I ask if you’ve ever thought of yourself as a millionaire, I don’t mean in the future. I don’t mean catching a vision of your life one day, although that is important. I mean right now.

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“You are already a millionaire, it’s time to start acting like it,” I told a client.

Who Else Wants to Stop Leaving Projects Half-Finished?

“I’m full of ideas, Matt. I start out great and then…I can’t seem to finish.”

Are you like this coaching client of mine? Always leaving projects half-finished? Or, even worse, 80% or 90% done?

Half-finished Project
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One of my coaching clients recently brought this up on one of our calls.

He is like so many world changers. Full of ideas and passion. Short on seeing things through to the end.

He has “Shiny Object Syndrome.” I can relate as, I am the president of the Recovering Shiny Object Syn–hey, I have an idea.

This client, like so many, is missing out on using one powerful tool that all successful finishers use.

Who Are You Really Leading? | Raising Adults & Next Generation Leaders

If you are a parent, who are you really raising?

If you are a leader at work, who are you really leading?

When you look at these two questions the right way, it changes everything.

Parent leading a child

For the parents

Parents, you are not raising children, you are raising adults. (Tweet that)

When I look at our two-and-a-half year old daughter, Aracelli, it’s hard for me to look past her adorable eyes and see a grown woman someday soon. It’s hard for me realize that while she struggles now with pronouncing the letter “L” correctly (she makes a “W” sound), she may one day speak in front of thousands of people. It’s hard for me to see past her innocence and her purity.

Doing the Basics, Better

Success in any endeavor is rooted in the fundamentals.

 

Steve Wynn' Secret to Success: Doing the Basics Better

Steve Wynn, the hotel and casino magnate, realized as they were about to break ground on the first hotel bearing his name that there wasn’t much “newness” that he could bring to the hotel business. So, he went back to the basics. He focused on the fundamentals of a great hotel.

Everything about the project from that point forward was, in Wynn’s words, about “doing the basics, better.”

The best quality sheets. Each room close to the elevators. Cleanliness. Good food readily available. Great service.

Those are the basics in the industry. And he set out to do them better than anyone else.

How to Teach Communication to Your Team

Leaders must teach communication in their organizations.

Yes, I just suggested that you must teach grown adults how to communicate. Just like a coach teaches his players how to do so, from middle school to the pros.

A Lesson in Communication from Mike Krzyzewski

Why teach communication?

Good communication does not come naturally, even in the closest groups of people who have been together for years. So, communication must be taught and what is taught must be practiced.

Joe comes to your team from a small company where team meetings were a knock-down-drag-out affair. Opinions flowed freely, emotions were high, and voices were raised. That was their culture.

Sue just came from a medium-sized company where team meetings were more orderly and mundane. But afterwards, there was usually a flurry of heated emails. Often the emails got nasty and personal.

Marie comes to your team from a non-profit where team members shared openly each day and leadership was available at all times. Team members spent time together outside of work and knew each other’s families well.