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Ep 20 – Why You Should Never Set Goals

Stop Setting Goals

If you have been in business for very long, then you most certainly have experienced the typical “next year, our goal is to do more!” Or, “this year, our goal will be $X million dollars in sales!” [A number seemingly pulled out of thin air, or worse…a number simply a percentage greater than last year’s total.]  This is precisely the reason you should never set goals.  Let me explain.

“More” is not a strategy!

There is no creativity in goal setting today.  Too often, what often gets construed as strategic planning, is not much more than wishful thinking.  In short, people are lazy.

insanity- Taking the same action over-and-over again, each time expecting a different result.

Unhappy with the fact that the company’s sales results were essentially flat for a number of years, a company president shared with me once that “he wanted more”.  Isn’t that exactly what conventional wisdom says a company president should say? In fact, it is exactly what that same company president had said in each of the previous five or six years…each time with the same result- roughly the same amount of sales as the year(s) before.  Are you surprised?

Activity Alleviates Anxiety

Filled with desire to achieve a new result, do you ever feel paralyzed & uncertain what to do?  Research indicates that learning occurs in four stages (Read:  Unconscious Competence- A Lesson From Sesame Street). To first learn a new skill, or achieve a new result, one must first take a new action to discover that you likely don’t know what you don’t know- and you need awareness to turn that newly discovered knowledge into action from which you can learn.  Once you took that first step, did the outcome bring you closer to or farther from your desired result?  Adjust. Try again.  It certainly beats the analysis paralysis which prevents so many people from experiencing a change in the outcome of their efforts.  Do something, even if it is wrong!

Where SHOULD You Focus?

target-2To achieve big results, you must have a vision.  To have a vision, you must allow yourself to detach from your past failures and engage with an image of what your new success looks or feels like.  Go ahead.  Get a vivid picture of success.  What would be different if you achieved success? How would it look? Feel? Smell?  What would people notice most about you?

Now, before you get overwhelmed with the natural feelings of “but I don’t know how to get there”, simply bask in that vision for a few minutes. Hey, take an hour!

Welcome back! Feels good, doesn’t it? Now, write down a list of new actions (short term) that would lead you closer to that vision becoming your reality.  Want a new job? Apply for a new one every day for a month. Want to lose those extra pounds you gained over the holidays…four years ago?  Decide to go for  a walk for 30 minutes every day.

Recent, widely-quoted research seems to suggest that mastery of a skill occurs once you have exercised that skill for 10,000 hours.  Becoming an “expert” is a  lofty goal. [For those counting at home that is spending 12 hours a day, every day, for 27 months; or by spending 30 minutes a day for nearly 55 years-if you have that kind of time.]  No matter your level of commitment each day, proficiency in any skill only comes from experience.  There are no shortcuts!

Focus on building new behaviors.  Experiment with new behaviors and identify the correlation with your vision. As you take more and more deliberate action in the correct direction, that vision will begin to come into focus.  Celebrate the small victories.  Track your progress toward the greater desired result.  Just don’t gauge how well you are doing with a pass/fail mentality.  Focus on moving yourself in the right direction.  The big, satisfying goal will just seem to “happen”.

ACTION:  Share a big goal publicly with others as a motivator to keep yourself accountable.  Take a minute and describe your big vision below.  Even if nobody reaches out to you to check your progress, YOU will remember it was posted here and the discomfort of complacency will encourage you to take action each day.

Episode 14 – Darren LaCroix 2001 World Champion of Public Speaking

In 2001, Darren LaCroix outlasted over 20,000 competitors from around the globe to become the World Champion of Public Speaking. In Toastmasters circles, Darren’s story is quite well known.  In this interview, however, Scott Cooksey asks Darren, one of his earliest mentors in the business of speaking, to pull back the curtains not on how he achieved his climb to the top, but the grit it takes to stay there.  Add in just a dash of what YOU can do to become your own champion of fulfilling success on your terms (Hint: It involves finding a mentor)..and learn why the road to authenticity is not an easy one to navigate alone.

QUOTE:  “A little bit of effort in the right direction will outperform a lot of effort in the wrong direction.” – Darren LaCroix

TAKE AWAYS:

  • Darren’s Math to Mastery Equation states “Effort X Direction = Mastery
  • There are two kinds of feedback,
    1. Anyone can share how a story or action made them think or feel,but
    2. Not everyone is qualified to provide coaching to improve. Know how to discern which type of feedback you can trust.
  • Why there is no substitute for “stage time” in your chosen pursuit
  • Worse than taking no advice, is taking advice from people who are only 1/2 step ahead of you.

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If you’re interested in having Scott Cooksey speak at your upcoming event, work with your organization or deliver a private workshop for your team, here’s more!  Scott also offers one-on-one and small group packages for Success Chargers looking to take their career to the next level.

Episode 12-Craig Price-Negativity

Craig Price, leadership and negativity speaker, podcaster & Comic-Con panel facilitator trekked over to the IdeaCharger Studios in The Woodlands, TX to talk negativity and why it matters to people who succeed.

QUOTE:  “I want to plow right through any obstacles because I am already prepared for them.” – Craig Price

STORY: Craig’s unique perspective on the world turns many popular views on success around and looks at them from, well, a different angle. One worth a second look!  We cover topics from “unicorn farts” (A technical term….and a first for this podcast) to breaking down how Craig can get past his introverted nature to better maintain lasting profitable relationships with his clients.

CHALLENGE:  Embrace negativity by separating it from the oft-confused concept of fatalistic thinking.

CALL TO ACTION:

  1. Make it a practice to ask the tough questions like “what would happen if…” rather than just nodding in agreement as quickly.
  2. Listen to Scott Cooksey as he is interviewed about Connection on REALITY CHECK with CRAIG PRICE podcast HERE or check out the show notes and stream HERE  (Episode 182)

BOOK: Half a Glass: The Realist’s Guide by Craig Price

FOLLOW CRAIG: @realitycheckpod on Twitter; www.realitycheckpodcast.com

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For questions, comments, guest interview suggestions, general inquiries, or just to get something off of your chest, we’re always standing by at podcast@ideacharger.com or you can visit us anytime at www.ideacharger.com to learn more about having Scott Cooksey work with you or your organization to create lasting, profitable client relationships NOW!

Follow the show: Twitter @IdeaCharger ; www.SuccessChargerPodcast.com; Facebookwww.Facebook.com/SuccessChargerPodcast

Follow Cooksey: @CookseyConnects
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Episode 11 – Jimmy Monk – Resilience

Jimmy Monk is a Pittsburgh, PA-area based speaker and trainer who has also spent the past two decades as a Trooper with the PA State Police.  He (virtually) drops by to discuss his perspectives on overcoming failure and explains how we can all re-frame failure to discover opportunities to move ahead.

GUEST:  Jimmy Monk

QUOTE:  “The more experience you have, the better you are at connecting with people.”  – Jimmy Monk

STORY:  Jimmy shares stories from his law enforcement career and ties them to points we should all understand about leveraging compassion, resilience, empathy, vulnerability and being more genuine to be more encouraging to people around us each and every day.

CHALLENGE:  Look again at past failures and discover the rich lessons within – for everyone involved.

CALL TO ACTION:

  1. Begin to journal daily and turn everyday failures into rich learning moments to unleash powerful positive results in your life and be a better guide for other important people in your life.
  2. Listen to Scott Cooksey’s interview on REALITY CHECK with CRAIG PRICE podcast HERE or check out the show notes and stream HERE 

BOOK:  Powerful People Overcome Powerful Failures Available Here for bulk orders of 10 or more, email us direct PODCAST@IDEACHARGER.COM

As always, if you enjoy this episode, please share it with a friend!

For questions, comments, guest interview suggestions, general inquiries, or just to get something off of your chest, we’re always standing by at podcast@ideacharger.com or you can visit us anytime at www.ideacharger.com to learn more about having Scott Cooksey work with you or your organization to create lasting, profitable client relationships NOW!

 

Episode 10 – Grow Your Sales By Giving More Away for FREE

This weekend, I shamelessly spend a TON of time hanging out with my daughter, so you are getting a QUICK CHARGE idea to take action on this week to grow your business. Next week, we should be back on track with another interview, but THIS EPISODE might be your game changer to finish 2015 with a FULL CHARGE!

QUOTE:  In order to grow your business faster, I suggest the key is to GIVE MORE AWAY FOR FREE!

SURVEY: There’s still time to participate in our Podcast Survey. CLICK HERE to add your thoughts…it’ll only take about 63 seconds!

STORY:  How one shady marketer’s email reminded me how much your business means to YOUR POTENTIAL CLIENTS and what you can do about it to get more business NOW!

MENTIONS:
David Newman @dnewman on Twitter
www.doitmarketing.com

Darren LaCroix @darrenlacroix on Twitter
www.darrenlacroix.com

CHALLENGE: Create a way to GIVE AWAY a version of what you do to attract new clients:  write a blog, record a podcast (QUICK TIP: email this show about being a guest…I’ll help you!), hold a free webinar, teleseminar, or live event just to EDUCATE YOUR TARGET AUDIENCE

CALL TO ACTION:  Be sure to register at www.ideacharger.com to make sure you are among the first to be notified about our forthcoming program and get the EXCLUSIVE LINK TO THE PODCAST LISTENER-ONLY SPECIAL PRICING by visiting www.IdeaCharger.com and registering directly from the site for updates.

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As always, if you enjoy this episode, please share it with a friend!

For questions, comments, guest interview suggestions, general inquiries, or just to get something off of your chest, we’re always standing by at podcast@ideacharger.com or you can visit us anytime at www.ideacharger.com to learn more about having Scott Cooksey work with you or your organization to create lasting, profitable client relationships NOW!

 

Success Charger Podcast Featured at KCNOnline.com Kingman KS

Originally Posted at Kingman-Courier Leader, Kingman, KS
KCNOnline.com – Re-posted with Permission from the Publisher

PUBLISHER FEATURED ON SUCCESS CHARGER PODCAST

KINGMAN – Jason Jump, publisher and co-owner of the Kingman Leader-Courier and KCNOnline.com, will be the featured interview in an upcoming podcast produced by internationally-known leadership speaker Scott Cooksey.

Cooksey, who lives in The Woodlands, Texas, focuses on leadership development. Cooksey’s endeavors include individual performance coaching, team development events, leadership workshops, speaking, and serving as master of ceremonies and event announcer. He also produces podcasts that can be downloaded and listened to as the listener is doing other things.

success_chargerHe usually works with business professionals and organizations to identify and implement strategies that generate lasting client relationships, Cooksey said.

Since 2009, he has worked with a broad spectrum of businesses across the United States, as well as the Caribbean Islands and Australia.

Prior to that, he spent 13 years in banking and financial services.

“Most of my work is centered around the idea of connection,” Cooksey said.

That connection is the central thread of success, according to Cooksey.

“If you want to be a better employer, employee, spouse or friend, you do that by making better connections with people,” he said.

Cooksey said that having looked inside the organizations of many types of businesses, he sees that most of them face the same type of challenges.

“As businesses get so caught up in solving their problems, they forget they are in business to solve other peoples’ problems,” Cooksey said.

The soon-to-be-released podcast featuring Jump will be available in a number of ways. One will be through the Leader-Courier website KCNOnline.com. Another will be at his own website, successchargerpodcast.com. Subscribers to Cooksey’s iTunes channel can get a new episode each Tuesday.

“It’s typically available about 3:30 in the morning,” Cooksey said.

Cooksey and Jump have known each other many years. [Cooksey Notes: See Photo Below, circa 1990]

“We were talking about that the other night,” Cooksey said. “We’ve known each other about 30 years – we’ve known each other since about the 8th grade.”

Jump said the podcast opportunity was very humbling and great exposure for Kingman and Kingman County.

“Scott has seen a lot of success over the last couple of decades, and because of that he has been in some pretty impressive company,” Jump said. “Because of that, it was a great honor to be asked by Scott to be a part of one of his new projects; to think he says value in how others will receive what we have been able to do here in Kingman over a short amount of time is very humbling. I’m excited for the positive publicity this will be for our great community and county.

“We have a tremendous amount to offer here in Kingman, and we need to be looking at a variety of different ways to get that message out to people who may be interested in visiting or who may be looking for a new place to call home.”

[NOTE: The Podcast episode featuring this interview will be distributed Sept 22, 2015 from SuccessChargerPodcast.com, iTunes, Stitcher Radio and other fine podcast outlets.  Until that time, the episode may be heard, in its entirety, EXCLUSIVELY at KCNONLINE.COM.]

-by KCN Managing Editor, Phyllis Zorn

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Website Exclusive:  Here’s a photo of Publisher Jason Judmp, Host Scott Cooksey, and successful business-woman Lori Word-Harrison circa 1990 in characters they played in the Ardmore High School production of Li’l Abner in Ardmore, OK.

Clockwise from Top Right: Jason Jump, Lori Word Harrison, Scott Cooksey circa 1990 - Ardmore High School production of Li'l Abner

Clockwise from Top Right: Jason Jump, Lori Word Harrison, Scott Cooksey circa 1990 – Ardmore High School production of Li’l Abner

ANNOUNCEMENT: Podcast is NOW LIVE!

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Just a quick update to let you know that while I haven’t posted any new articles in a while, the IdeaCharger has been generating some new content, and you are going to love it!

Podcasting Microphone Coming in August 2015, I am excited to announce the launch of “Success Charger Podcast with Scott Cooksey”. As soon as we have the particulars worked out, I’ll be posting the details, but here’s a quick look at what you can expect:

  • Stories behind the tips shared inside “CONNECT: 77 Idea Chargers to Generate High Voltage Results TODAY!”  Don’t have a copy, order one HERE
  • Interviews offering deeper insights behind the stories and concepts YOU NEED TO KNOW
  • Concepts  to re-energize your business and generate deeper, profitable relationships with your clients and customer RIGHT NOW
  • Much, much more!

Production is already underway for our first episodes, so get ready to be energized with SUCCESS CHARGER: The Podcast!