FFP 020: Leader, Boss or Manager? You Decide!

In this episode of The Future Focused Podcast, I take a close look at the choice of being a manager, a boss, or a leader. Believe it or not, the choice is your’s! Your title doesn’t define you, it’s your actions. What are the actions of leadership? I will teach you in this episode. Hit ‘play’.

This is a great 15 minute podcast that will challenge your thinking, level-up your leadership, and give you direction in designing a dynamic life, both personally and professionally.

Please record a voicemail question using the button on the right of your screen, or the Ask Kelly tab at the top. I want to hear from you, and I may use your question on the podcast.

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Best to you! Get after it.

Have a great week!

Kelly

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FFP 019 Adrift and Without a Plan: Here’s what to do!


In this episode of The Future Focused Podcast, I tackle the problem so many people face, being adrift in life without a plan. Everybody needs a plan of action and direction.

Do you know what you want to accomplish? Where will you end up over the next year or years without a plan? Without intention? Find out why our best ideas come while we are in the shower, in the car, or right before bed! Learn how mindfulness can pull you out of being adrift.

This episode will help you brainstorm the plan for your year and help you figure out what is next. This episode will kickstart a what if brainstorming session for you.

Gain a new perspective on why you should be wary of contentment and satisfaction.

The next book I will be reading is by David Goggins titled: Can’t Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds. I am so excited to start this book. I have been listening to Goggins on several YouTube videos and podcasts and he fascinates me. Several of my friends are also very into his message. If you’d like to read this book along with me, add it to cart, and let’s talk about it on Twitter. I am always trying to gain an edge. This book is edgy and Goggins vernacular is explicit, but his message is powerful and unforgettable.

I hope you will consider leaving a review of this podcast on iTunes and a comment below. Please sign up for my newsletter and subscribe to this blog. I would love to connect with you on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram; I’ve added links to my accounts below.

Best to you! Get after it.

Kelly

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Looking for a dynamic speaker for your event? • Kelly Croy is an author, speaker and educator. Want to learn more? Send me an email. Sign-up for Kelly’s NewsletterListen to Kelly’s other podcast The Wired Educator Podcast with over 121 episodes of interviews and professional development. • Order Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader for your personal library. • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram 

Awesome! Pat Flynn is Giving Away His Book for Free for 24 Hours! Will It Fly?

The Kindle Version of "Will it Fly?" for Free for 24 Hours! Pat Flynn is Awesome!

I am so excited to introduce to you one of my favorite people in the world, Pat Flynn!

Pat is the host of two of my favorite podcasts and he is giving away the Kindle version of his book, Will it Fly? away for free today for about the next 24 hours. The paperback is still $16.95 but the Kindle version is free at $0.00 and downloads immediately.

I own the Kindle version and the paperback version of the book. I highly recommend you download this book to your device and start reading and applying.

Will it Fly? is written by Pat Flynn for people who want to start businesses, become entrepreneurs, and finish projects and ideas they have dreamt up. Pat is incredibly smart, passionate, and honest. I really respect his integrity, generosity and honesty. He sincerely wants to help people. He has helped me on several occasions.

Pat Flynn hosts two amazing podcasts for entrepreneurs and really anyone who is trying to become their best. Download this free book and then checkout my interview with Pat Flynn on my Wired Educator Podcast, episode 079. We have a fantastic discussion!

How can you go wrong? The book is awesome, free, and as easy to obtain as a click, but the offer of free is going to end very soon.

Please,I also recommend you listen to Pat’s podcasts The Smart Passive Income Podcast and Ask Pat! Podcast and visit his website, Smart Passive Income. One listen and you will love it, benefit from it and subscribe to it. I am sure of it.

Check out Pat Flynn’s book: Will it Fly? 

Pat’s Smart Passive Income Podcast

Pat’s Blog: Smart Passive Income

Pat’s Podcast, Ask Pat!

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This Journal Could Change Your Life!

This is the journal I use every day.

I write a lot and talk a lot about how important journaling is in my life. I mention my journal quite a bit. I do this for one primary reason; it has been one of the single most impactful practices I have applied to my life. In short, journaling delivers results.

Ever read a biography of the historical greats? They journaled! Doesn’t matter if they lived thousands of years ago, or are crushing it right now, the greats all have something in common: they wrote down what worked and what didn’t and used it to level-up their life. Quit writing important things down on scraps of paper you will lose or forget about. Invest in yourself. Invest in your future! Get a notebook that is worthy of the life you want to live. 

I have received quite a few questions about what exact journal I prefer using. While I don’t believe there is a wrong tool to use, I do have my personal preference. So here it is: My journal of choice is: extra large, soft cover, Moleskine Carnet ligne’ lined 192 paged journal measuring 7 and 1/2 inches by 9 and 3/4 inches.

Reasons I love it because it’s: 

  • how I get results.
  • a head-turner.
  • durable leather.
  • built with a pocket in back for storage.
  • built with a book mark ribbon to mark your place.
  • built with plenty of room. (I use about two a year)
  • the perfect size for portability.
  • just made so perfectly!
  • the perfect place to get creative.
  • a great way to stay organized and recall information I need.

The only drawback is that it does not have a left side margin, so I take a ruler and a purple Pilot pen and create one for every right-sided pages. For some reason the back doesn’t matter to me if it has a left margin or not.

How I use it: 

  • If something is important enough to be written down, it goes in my journal. Period.
  • I write down phone numbers, names, people I meet, books people mention, podcast episodes, good Netflix shows
  • I record all of the ideas I have. All. The good, the crazy, and especially the ones I know I won’t be able to start right away.
  • I record plans for trips, travel, presentations, etc.
  • I record workouts, things I want to buy, and the books I read.
  • I write down my successes, my failures, and what I have not taken action on.
  • I reflect about how to do things better.
  • I plan my blog posts, podcasts, and upcoming talks and books.
  • I plot home improvements, magic moments with my families and things I am proud of.
  • I brainstorm where I want to go professionally and personally
  • I use it as an accountability partner.
  • I list all of the books I read in a year.
  • I write down things I want. (And I notice after writing them down, I want them less.)
  • and so much more.

This journal costs under $20 and is one of the best investments I make in myself each year. My journal is worth millions to me.

Occasionally, I will go back and review previous entries from this year and journals from long ago. It’s awesome to see how I have improved… or haven’t.

Then bottom line is: if it is important enough to be written down, it goes in my journal. If I plan it, it is more likely to happen, and I won’t forget it.

I fill my journals up. I consume them. The are seriously among my favorite “things” in life.

I hope you order one right now and invest in yourself. I will be posting about great ways I use my journal to get things accomplished and level-up. You can share your ideas in the comments below.

Here is the link to order the exact journal I use. Kelly’s Moleskine Notebook!

Kelly Croy

Inspirational Speaker & Performance Artist

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Should I hire a coach? You can accomplish much with the right coach. I would be honored to work with you. (If you are interested in working with me as your coach this year, or would like to inquire about the process or investment, please send me an email.)

FFP 018: Build Consistency and Achieve Success!

In this episode of The Future Focused Podcast, I explain why consistency is either our greatest skill or our most challenging obstacle to achieving the success we seek.

Consistency is in fact the most significant difference-maker in determining our success in any given area. In this podcast I will show you many powerful ways you can become more consistent in completing what needs to be done to make a difference in your life. I will outline the strategies, techniques, pathways and apps that will help you build lifelong habits to your accomplishments.

Crush that feeling of overwhelm and frustration by getting focused, simplifying, and building consistent habits to level-up your leadership, designing a dynamic life, and executing proven pathways to achievement.

What apps can you use to build better habits and be more consistent? I will tell you.

How can improve my accountability for the actions I know I need to take. I will teach you.

What tools can I employ to accomplish more and get focused? It’s in this episode.

What is the most important action I can take to get results? It’s in here.

The bigger your dream in life, the more you need consistency.

I know you will enjoy and benefit from this podcast. Send me an email and let me know what you think.

My best to you,

Kelly

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Looking for a dynamic speaker for your event? • Kelly Croy is an author, speaker and educator. Want to learn more? Send me an email. • Listen to Kelly’s other podcast The Wired Educator Podcast with over 115 episodes of interviews and professional development. • Order Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader for your personal library. • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram 

Breathe Like a Navy SEAL

Everyone knows breathing is vital to life, but few understand how they can control their breathing to live better and even gain a competitive edge.

Most of our breathing is done with little or no thought. We just do it. Unfortunately, most of us are doing it wrong. Improper or unintentional breathing can lead to fatigue, anxiety, and even poor health. Everyone needs to realize that breathing is a variable in our lives which we can manipulate. With understanding, practice and greater intention, we can actually use our breathing to benefit our lives.

As a speaker I have learned how to manipulate my voice for greater impact. I have had to learn a great deal about breathing to change my volume, inflection, intensity, tone and more. I’ve even had to learn how to control my breathing to reduce anxiety and stress. (Still working on both, but I am a work in progress.)  I know professional entertainers and athletes who also use breathing techniques in similar ways. Professionals face the same concerns and fears everyone has, they just find solutions to solve them. Believe me, breathing is something everyone needs to learn more about and control.

I wanted to learn more about breathing, so I did some research and found the best videos about breathing and ordered the best book I could find on the subject of breathing.

Navy Seal Commander, Mark Devine showed me the importance of breathing and how to get started, in his videos and posts. I recommend you watch this video and read this blog post about breathing. Both helped me immensely and put me on the journey to better breathing. Mark’s SEAL Fit videos and contributions are worth checking out. I follow them on Instagram as well. Great daily reminders. Breathing is important to everyone, especially Navy Seals who repeatedly put themselves in high-stress situations. They don’t just survive, they thrive. Do you think they could teach us something about breathing? Heck, yes! Want to be elite? Breathe elite. It is the starting point of everything.

We can modify our breathing by changing its intensity, duration, depth, and speed. With practice, we can even recall breathing formulas to assist us in certain situations to gain an edge.

Athletes and performers know the importance of breathing, and you should too. Take some time to first become aware of the importance of your breathing. Next, become more intentional with your breathing. Doing nothing else, and learning nothing else, but just taking some time to focus on breathing and breathing deeper from time to time and adjusting your speed and duration, will go a long way.

I recommend reading the short and insightful book, Breathe: The Simple Revolutionary 14 Day Program Improve Your Mental & Physical Healthby Belisa Vranich. This book was extremely helpful to me. Great exercises for real results. I know… I know… it sounds crazy placing such a priority on breathing, but you will be amazed at how your life improves.

I also recommend trying Box Breathing.

Here’s how to employ the Box Breathing technique: 

1) Breathe in through your nose slowly, counting to 3. (If possible, close your eyes.)

2) Hold that breath, counting to 3.

3) Exhale that same breath, counting to 3.

4) Repeat the above steps 3 times in a row.

You can graduate to a four second hold once you get some reps in. This is just one of many, many exercises.

Better breathing can lead to better: mental state, digestion, blood pressure, heart function, blood flow, and overall health. Good breathing can also reduce headaches, anxiety, and a host of other ailments.

Learn more about breathing. Practice breathing better.

Here’s one of Mark’s videos that I think will help you out:

Thank you Mark and all who serve in The United States Armed Forces and all who serve in our local emergency services.

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FFP 017: An Extra Hour Every Day, How to Master Your Time

The Future Focused Podcast, Episode 17 is all about mastering time.

Have you ever wished you had an extra hour in your day to get a few more things accomplished, or maybe a an extra hour of rest?

Do you ever wish you had better control of your time?

Well, you can become a master of your day, week, month and year through the smallest of adjustments and becoming more intentional with the time you have.

In this episode of the Future Focused Podcast, I will walk you through a few steps to help you master the time you have, accomplish what you seek in life, and live a more dynamic life.

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October is Bullying Awareness Month, Every Month Should Be

Download Free Resource: 20 Page ebook, "What Everyone Needs to Know About Bullying!"

October is National Bullying Awareness Month… every month should be.

 

Download my free “What Everyone Needs to Know About Bullying” ebook by click here:

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What Everyone Needs to Know About Bullying: How to Get On With Your Life When a Bully Steps into It, 2018-2019 Edition

In this newly updated edition I have focused lots of new content on dealing with the pressures and bullying on smartphones, social media and other forms of cyberbullying.

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FFP 016: The Importance of Minimizing

In this sixteenth episode of The Future Focused Podcast, I explain the importance of minimizing, and I get you started putting minimizing into action.

Not enough time in the day? Too many items on the to-do list? Not sure where to focus? Disorganized desk? Cluttered house?

It’s time to minimize!

Minimizing is a gift you give yourself and those you love. In this episode I will help you get started on getting rid of what is cluttering up your life and holding you back from greatness. Minimizing is a critical act that leaders need to take to gain clarity, get more accomplished,  and add value to their lives.

Thank you for subscribing to The Future Focused Podcast. I hope you will send me a message and let me know your thoughts on the podcast. I also hope you will share this podcast with your friends and family.

Thanks!

Kelly

PS. Check out this book: The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing. Add this one to your library!

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Better is possible…

We can always improve ourselves.

This is a winning mindset.

It’s not perfection we seek, simply improvement.

As Winston Churchill wisely exalted, “Perfection is the enemy of progress.”

Indeed.

Seek the smallest of margins of improvement daily in order to make progress.

Flip the switch and become self-aware that within you, better is possible. Who knows about your spouse, your children, your coworkers, or your dog, but within you, yes… better is indeed possible.

Knowing that ‘better is possible’ should create a feeling of excitement, not guilt.

You are in the pilot’s seat, and… you got this.

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Please consider booking Kelly for your next event.  •   www.kellycroy.com   •  info@kellycroy.com  •  1-800-831-4825

Kelly Croy is an inspirational speaker, author, and artist. Kelly’s program includes an amazing art performance brought to life with computer animation.

Please leave a review of his podcast here: Leave a Review for The Future Focused Podcast.

Order Kelly’s book, Along Came a Leader.  • Follow Kelly Croy on Facebook.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Twitter.  •  Follow Kelly Croy on Instagram