• Josh Littauer

The Key to Quick Growth in Any Market

One of the biggest things I get questions from my colleagues and peers is about how to advance quickly in life and in business. Everyone wants to see themselves progress in life, right? But what does it actually take? What are the things you need to focus on in order to make progress happen?

I get these questions multiple times a week, and it’s something I want to address.

My life is night and day different from what it was 3 years ago almost solely to the things I am about to tell you. In summer of 2016 I had just quit competing in crossfit and was completely broke (financially and in fulfillment in my life). It was at this time that I got a hold of the concepts below and began creating focus in specific areas to ensure I would begin to grow into my potential.

The number one thing that I have focused on that has created a pattern of success in my life: Leadership.

“Leadership is influence” as defined by one of the greatest leadership coaches of our generation, John Maxwell. I really like this definition as it encompasses a lot of topics within leadership.

When people want to progress in their life, I ask them to get introspective, and start with this question:

How are you leading and influencing yourself?

If leadership is influence, should the first place you start be leading yourself?

That means, creating strong reasons for yourself to focus on your goals. Influencing yourself to take control of the internal reactions to outside circumstances.

This means leading yourself in fitness, leading yourself in personal development, leading in professional development, leading in knowledge, and leading yourself into being more intentional. If you ever want to lead a group of other people, you must start with yourself.

I find it very interesting that those who tend to be the strongest leaders, have found ways to influence themselves to become better and to focus on themselves before focusing on leading others. These people create habits and disciplines that are strong enough to keep them on course no matter what the external circumstances are.

The next area to focus leading yourself is creating vision for yourself. We all like to be around visionary people, they just elevate the energy level of the room they’re in. These people have found ways to create a vision for themselves, and then translate that into their life. This is how successful people materialize things into their life. They learned to lead themselves first.

I heard a podcast recently with Manny Koshbin who has amassed a very large amount of wealth over the last 30 years through buying real estate. During the podcast Manny references his sketch pad that held all his dreams. And what was crazy, was that the hand sketches he drew at 23 all became true. To a Tee. His life was an exact replica of his drawings from 20 years earlier.

You have that power too. Focusing on where you're going, not where you've been. Draw it, visualize it, and watch it manifest itself.

Okay, let’s get practical. Where do you start?

Books. Get obsessed with reading about leadership.

Here are my top 3:

1: 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John Maxwell

2: Extreme Ownership: How Navy Seals Lead and Win by Jocko Willink

3: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey

These each follow their own style and different tricks, but they come packed with practical wisdom for leading yourself and others.

Write down what you envision for your life

By writing things down, you create space in your mind for your body to translate those thoughts into reality. This is a massive key to materialize thoughts, and it is a fundamental thing that strong leaders do. If you can envision something great for your own life, than you can translate that into creating vision for others.

Get around others who are already leaders

Like we said, leadership is influence, and the best way to grow in leadership is to be influenced by those who have gone before you. This is a huge key that will set you apart from others as you progress in your career and personal life. Your environment is a leading indicator of how far you will go in life.

I know you resonated with at least a few of my points, share it with your friends! Implement for yourself, and let me know how it goes. I’m here to help.

Until then, Stay Humble, Stay Hungry.

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