Focus On What Is Important Right Now

When asked, “what’s the single most important factor you attribute to your success in life, Bill Gates and Warren Buffett both answered, “my focus.”

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I totally agree, and as an executive coach, some of the greatest personal and professional breakthroughs I’ve seen are when a client invests time and energy aligning their focus around the question, “what’s important now?”

Business Application

Recently I was working with a client who was very clear about what was important to his business, but unclear where his focus could produce the greatest return on investment. Using a process called revenue mapping, we discovered of his four revenue sources, one was more seasonal than the others.

By answering the question what’s important now, my client was able to allocate his time, energy, and marketing budget in this area which produced a much higher return on investment during this season and increased profitability for the year.

Personal Application

So what if you don’t own a business, can you apply the principle of what’s important now to your personal life? Absolutely!

Start by thinking about your life on the macro level. Now break your life down into six segments, something I call the 6 F’s when working with clients.

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Ask yourself this question, “how satisfied I am with this segment of my life.”

Rate each of the six F’s on a scale of 1-5, with 1 representing little or no satisfaction and 5 representing extremely satisfied. Once you have rated all six, which one scored the lowest? This segment would be a good place for you to start.

 

And remember we started at the macro level, so once you have selected your lowest “F”, you need to invest some time thinking about what is causing the score to be lower in this segment as compared to the rest. Ask yourself, “is there one thing I can focus on in this segment which would raise the score and thus improve the overall quality of my life?” Something will usually come to mind with just a little thought.

If you need help getting started, let me know! You can send me your questions via the website using the confidential form below or email me directly at tmartin@tommartinatl.com.

Keep Moving Forward

Make 2016 Your Best Year Yet!

Know this, the journey to your best year yet will be tough. Navigating new terrain is challenging and sometimes it is difficult to sustain momentum. Don’t lose heart, embrace the adventure! Focus on your vision, modify your action plan if necessary or the time-table, but keep moving forward toward your goal of making 2016 Your Best Year Yet!

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“If you can’t fly then run, if you can’t run then walk, if you can’t walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.” ~ Dr. Martin Luther King

If your momentum has stalled or if your stuck, don’t give up! Give me a call and let’s set up a time for a conversation to make sure you keep moving forward in 2016! You can reach me directly at tmartin@tommartinatl.com.

Do You Have A Theme For 2016

For the last several years I have declared a theme to start the New Year. This one word focus serves as a powerful guide to influence my mindset over the next 365 days. This year my theme for 2016 is Posture.

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Full Definition of Posture:

  1. the position or bearing of the body whether characteristic or assumed for a special purpose, the pose of a model or artistic figure
  2. state or condition at a given time especially with respect to capability in particular circumstances <maintain a competitive posture in the market>
  3. a conscious mental or outward behavioral attitude

The first component of the definition and easily the most recognized aspect of the definition has to do with the positioning of ones body. My selection of posture as my theme for 2016 reflects how I need to position my mind to achieve the personal and professional growth I desire in the upcoming year.

At Leveraging Life Now Coaching we encourage clients to create a theme for their next season of personal and or professional growth. This exercise allows them to have laser focus on the overarching mindset they need to have to produce the outcomes they desire.

You Can Master the Art of Self Promotion


The fourth quarter is often a time of excitement, angst and transition in our work lives. Year-end sales goals and projects, performance reviews, promotions and career transitions dominate our thinking.

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  • The theme I hear across all of these scenarios is, “How do I tell my story?”
  • How do I tell my story so that my business development efforts succeed?
  • How do I tell my story so that my performance is recognized and valued in the organization?
  • How do I tell my story so that I can transition to a new role in my company or with a new organization?

Effective storytelling is a theme that unites the people who advance in their chosen careers.  Career advancement isn’t based solely on luck or education.  Those whose careers are on an upward trajectory know how to tell their stories effectively.  They know how to self-promote.

You Have Power Over Cancer – Yes You Do!

“It’s stage-four cancer.” Those were the words my oncologist shared with me on February 16, 2011. 

Learning you have cancer is a life-altering experience. Hearing your cancer has returned is unimaginably disheartening. But when you find out your cancer has returned for a third time with a stage-four diagnosis, it is devastating….especially if you’re going to propose the next week.

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Ironically cancer brought us together in the first place. Shari and I knew each other casually, but when my Merkel cell cancer returned for a second time she was one of the first people to reach out to me. As a breast cancer survivor she knew all too well the road I traveled and suggested we get together when I was feeling up to it. So while recovering from surgery and between radiation treatments, we found time to meet for coffee a few times then eventually dinner. We quickly discovered we had a lot more in common than cancer, and before long our romance blossomed into love and we were talking about a future together.

4 Things You Must Do If You Want Personal Growth

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While change can be immediate, growth is gradual. Experience has taught me this principle must be understood to build momentum and it must be embraced for personal growth to take place.

Far too often in my life, and maybe yours, this principle was overlooked. You start with a plan, put your head down and focus on taking steps in the direction of your goal. Early success creates momentum, but as the path becomes familiar and progress slows, there is a tendency to question the pace.

The world we live in makes it tough for us to have long periods of sustained growth. Culture conditions us to expect quick fixes and overnight success. “Why expend the energy and effort when pills are available and cosmetic options exist to deliver results now!”

Cancer Milestone

I have had March 3, 2015 circled on my calendar for almost four years. The date represents a cancer milestone for me and an anniversary of a conversation which provided wisdom in navigating life challenges, trials, and adversity.

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4 Months, 4 Years, or 40 Years

Milestone:

1. A stone functioning as a milespost.

2. A significant event or stage in the life, progress, development, or the like of a person, nation, etc.

Actually the significance of March 3, 2015 points back to a pivotal conversation which occurred four years earlier on March 3, 2011. On that day my fiancé and I were meeting with the Pastor who would marry us. Mike Teston asked us to share our stories and why we wanted to be married now as opposed to in the fall which was our original plan. We shared how my merkel cancer had returned for a third time and had spread to the point where a stage-four diagnosis now required radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery. In the two hours we were together, questions were asked and answers given, tears were shed, and prayers were prayed.  As we were saying goodbye Mike said,

Defining Moments

If we take time to examine our hearts we will find moments in our lives which define us. Typically these defining moments are found at the end of a long road of pivotal circumstances, either positive or negative, which result in our lives being forever changed.

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Several years ago author Jeff Goins was promoting the release his book, Wrecked – when a broken world slams into your comfortable life, and he asked people to share stories of when their lives had been “wrecked.” Jeff published the story I submitted on the Wrecked website in 2012 and today I share an excerpt of Damage Goods with you today.

Early on we both knew where we were tracking as a couple. Our relationship was so rich, the conversations were so natural, and our values and beliefs were totally in sync. We were confident the path we were on would lead to marriage some time in the fall of 2011. Our plan was for an extended courtship, not because we were not ready to wed, rather because we wanted to do everything we could to protect and ensure Shari’s teenage sons had time to adjust to a new man being in their lives. 

What Breaks Your Heart?

The year began with the pastor of my church asking a simple question, what breaks your heart?

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An easy question to dismiss by some who already had more pressing questions awaiting answers. A difficult question for those who had an answer, but who knew if they acted upon their answer they would find themselves outside of their comfort zone.

What Breaks Your Heart?

What breaks your heart was certainly not a of question I wanted to be asked right now. I thought to myself,

of all times for Andy to ask this question, why did it have to be now? 

In my eyes the timing of this question could not have come at a worse time for me. I was in the midst of starting a new company while working through the course work and mentor training to obtain my PCC accreditation. Yet in all my busyness, Andy’s question traveled from my mind to my heart and there was an answer which had to be addressed. 

The Will of God

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Remember…

The will of God will never take you,
Where the grace of God cannot keep you.
Where the arms of God cannot support you,
Where the riches of God cannot supply your needs,
Where the power of God cannot endow you.

The will of God will never take you,
Where the spirit of God cannot work through you,
Where the wisdom of God cannot teach you,
Where the army of God cannot protect you,
Where the hands of God cannot mold you.