“High-Performance Leadership!”
 
“Team Development Academy!”
 
“Build Your Brand!”
 
“Be An Alpha Dog!”
 
Admittedly I have no idea what that last one is about. But these made-up solicitations are similar to actual ones in my email inbox for seminars, webinars, and workshops all promising to improve and increase my business, notoriety, and overall success. I’ve seen many of these weekly and I’m sure you have as well.
 
Something moreI’m happy to share with you that, like you, I have gone to many seminars because “experts are always students first,” (as I recently heard at a seminar). But before either of us attends another one I have a question for you: What are you not already doing, that you could, to increase your success?
 
Of course, you’re likely doing all of the things that you’re supposed to do according to your education and industry’s best practices. But what if there is something more? What if there is something unique to you that isn’t being fully engaged and used for your maximum benefit? It might even be something obvious.
 
A colleague of mine recently asked me a question that I immediately realized that, if I was smart, was going to significantly increase my workload. “Why aren’t you doing a podcast?” As an extemporaneous, motivational speaker, I’m honored to say I’m rarely rendered speechless. But this was one of those rare moments.
 
KCAL 96.7 ROCKS 041I have a radio broadcasting background. I’ve done more live shows and digital audio production than I could ever recall. A podcast, for me, is what you might call “a no-brainer” as it is 1) right in my wheelhouse, and 2) really easy for me to voice and produce. It would be a great way for me to be of increased service (and yes, promote myself) and still, I’m not yet doing it.
 
The significant increase in work subsequent to being asked that question isn’t from doing the podcast. It’s from working my process around why I haven’t done it yet. Is it self-sabotage? Is it fear? Are there limiting beliefs? (I’ll circle back with you once the process is complete and let you know what I discover.)
 
In the meantime, consider what experiences, talents and abilities you aren’t currently fully leveraging to your maximum benefit. What are the things that you love to do, that you currently aren’t, that might have a positive effect on your business or life? What experiences are you discounting or ignoring that might be useful in helping you achieve your goals?
 
Here is an exercise that might help: Think an experience or aptitude you have that you think isn’t helpful. Ask yourself, “IF this could be helpful, what might a next step I could consider taking to make use of it?” Be open to the possibilities and see what comes up. You might be surprised at what does.
 
When you leverage your unique talents, skills, abilities, aptitudes and experiences for maximum benefit, you achieve authentic success that your competition can’t match. And you don’t just achieve more success, you achieve more fulfillment with it.
 
And if you’re now asking yourself, “Why am I not fully employing that experience or aptitude,” feel free to give me a call.
 
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Executive coach and motivational speaker Chris M. King facilitates the mind shift necessary for professionals and organizations to achieve authentic success and empowerment. Clients experience productivity increases of up to 40%, freedom from burnout and overwhelm, clarity in times of transition, dramatically improved work/life balance, answers to "what's next," creative solutions for innovation, and an overall increase in satisfaction in career and in life. And he does all of this without ever giving advice! Chris doesn't show them THE way. He guides them in finding THEIR way. An emerging thought leader in the men's movement, Chris also works with professional men and women on accountability, vulnerability, and empowerment. He specifically addresses the issues associated with mid-life crises and Peter Pan Syndrome. He is a volunteer for ManKind Project International, a contributing author to The Good Men Project and Elephant Journal, and is honored to be working with Sam Morris as a contributor to Zen Warrior Training®, helping people achieve self-mastery. Chris is also a coach at Project Bully Buster, coaching teens as they navigate the challenges of adolescence. He is honored to work with and support organizations dedicated to the men’s movement, to women's issues, and, as brother to a special needs sister, the US Special Olympics. Chris is currently working on his first book.

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