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Three amazingly easy actions to ensure you are clear on the outcomes you’re looking to achieve.

Posted by Cliff Locks On March 17, 2021 at 10:06 am

Three amazingly easy actions to ensure you are clear on the outcomes you’re looking to achieve.

There are huge benefits to improve by 10x your outcomes, and it’s super easy. My clients say it’s magical how they get unstuck on a goal or issue. With this brilliant go-forward plan, you’ll always have a clear path to sound options and choices; you’ll find it liberating with the questions below!

Yes, I’m available to walk you through those tough decisions you need to make; you are not alone. Just reach out by phone or email.

Contributor: Cliff Locks, Investment Capital Growth, Managing Director and Executive Coach. Available to join your Board as a Certified Master Professional Board of Director and Advisor.

What do you want? Are you clear on the outcomes you’re looking for?

Before going for solutions, understand the problem! How will you know you’re unstuck? What would be different? What do you really want? What specific results are you looking for? What would be your ideal outcome?

Identifying Options – So now you know what you want, answer these questions:

  • What specifically have you done so far? What worked and what didn’t?
  • What do you have already (eg. skills and resources) that could move you forwards?
  • What research could you do to help you find the first (or next) step?
  • What do you need to do before you do anything else?
  • Who else could you ask for help in achieving your goal?
  • If you were at your best, what would you do right now?
  • What would you do if you were an expert in (the area of your goal/problem)?
  • What would you advise your best friend to do if they were in your situation?
  • What would your best friend advise you to do?
  • What would (someone who inspires you) do in your situation?
  • If you had a choice what would you do?
  • What if you had as much time as you needed?
  • What if money were not an issue?
  • Imagine you’re fully confident in your abilities, what could you do?
  • Imagine you’re fully confident that others will support you. Now what could you do?
  • What other angles and options have you not thought of yet?
  • What is an impossible option?
  • What is the decision you have been avoiding?
  • If you (secretly) knew the answer to getting unstuck, what would that be?

Taking Action – Look at the list of ideas and options you now have:

  • What would be the smallest or easiest first step for you?
  • Which options or actions grab you?
  • How could you make the tasks/actions more enjoyable or fun?
  • Who else could help you in completing your action/s?
  • What’s one action you could take in the next 10 minutes?
  • What are three actions you could take that would make sense this week?
  • Let’s imagine you have found a magic lamp. You pick it up and absent-mindedly begin to stroke it. What’s that? I think it’s talking! Now, as you listen, I wonder what action it tells you to take?

Commitment – Do something! Now choose your actions:

  • When specifically will you do your action/s? Include the day AND time.
  • On a scale of 1 to 10, how likely are you to complete each action?
    – If it’s below an 8, then ask “What is stopping you from completing this action?” And make this their first action.
  • How do you normally sabotage yourself – and what will you do differently this time?
  • How will I know you’ve completed your action/s?
  • Who will you tell about your actions (to support you in completing them)?
  • What specifically will you ask your supporters to do for you?
  • Tell me how you’ll feel once you have completed your actions?
  • How will you reward yourself when you complete your actions?

Cliff Locks is a trusted mentor, confidant, and advisor to CEOs, C-Level Exec, and high-potential employees to help them clarify goals, unlock their potential, and create actionable strategic plans.

Available to join your Board as a Certified Master Professional Board of Director and Advisor.

I am a trusted mentor, confidant, and advisor available by Zoom and by phone to be your right-hand man, who will make a significant contribution and impact on your way to success.

As a Trusted Mentor, Confidant, and Advisor, I support you, along with your company’s strategic and annual operating plan. This plan may include marketing, sales, product development, supply chain, hiring policies, compensation, benefits, performance management, and succession planning.

Most successful leaders enjoy talking to someone about their experiences, which is why most develop a close relationship with a Trusted Confidant—a person with whom they feel free to share their thoughts, concerns, and ideas without fear of sharing too much or being judged by the people they lead, or their colleagues and superiors. I am a sounding board who will help you to better develop and see your ideas through to fruition.

The most effective Executive find confidants who complement their strengths and sharpen their effectiveness. Bill Gates uses Steve Ballmer in this way; Warren Buffett turns to vice chairman Charlie Munger. In the end, both the Executive and their organizations benefit from these relationships.

As your trusted confidant, I am always by your side, holding your deepest secrets and never judging. Everything discussed is held in complete confidence.

What many executives feel is missing from their busy life is a trusted business person who understands the holistic complexity of both their business and personal life.

I strive to provide solid financial, business, and family expertise and serve as a dispassionate sounding board, a role I like to call “Executive Confidant.”

By holding a safe place for the Executive to work on life path issues as well as direction, I repeatedly see remarkable benefits as personal values become integrated with wealth and family decisions, enhancing a more meaningful life.

As an Executive Confidant, I welcome a confidential conversation about the most important issues facing the business leader, including:

• Strategic planning toward your visions of success and goal setting • Operations, planning, and execution • Career transition • Retirement • Legacy • Kids and money • Marriage and divorce • Health concerns • Values and life purpose • Vacations • Mentoring & depth of the executive bench • Succession planning

When I do my job well, I facilitate positive action in both your professional and personal life. This consistently has a positive benefit on impacting people within the sphere of your influence.

The job of an Executive can be lonely. For various reasons, confiding in colleagues, company associates, family members, or friends presents complications. Powerful, successful, and wealthy individuals often isolate themselves as a protective reaction because of their inability to find people they can trust and confide in.

Successful people are often surrounded by many people, yet they insulate and isolate themselves to varying levels of degree. This isolation factor is not often discussed in the same context because the assumption is that success and wealth only solve problems. The false belief is that it does not create more problems, when, in fact, sometimes it creates a unique set of new challenges. Success and wealth do not insulate you from the same pitfalls that the everyday person faces. It may give you access to better solutions perhaps, and that is what I can help you achieve. Financial business success can create unique vulnerabilities, often overlooked as most people feel that the “problems” of the wealthy are not real-life problems.

The Executive Confidant can be particularly helpful when:

• Aligning life priorities with the responsibilities of wealth. • Wanting more meaning and purpose in life. • Desiring a candid and experienced perspective. • The answers often come from within, and we cannot arrive at them easily. • Clarity often comes into focus, with skilled questions and guided discovery. The right questions can be the first step in achieving ideal outcomes.

Who can you turn to when you need to find clarity? Who is your “Executive Confidant”?

Referrals to a team members or family members are always welcome.

Investment:

One-to-One – Individual payment: Strategic Coaching: $295 per month (weekly for 30 minutes to 1 hour depending on the depth of our conversation Zoom meeting).

One-to-One – Corporate payment:
i. Coaching & Leadership Development: $600 per month engagement (weekly 1 hour Zoom meeting).
ii. One-to-One Executive Coaching and Mentoring: $600 per month engagement (weekly 1 hour Zoom meeting).
iii. Increasing Top Team Performance and 1:1 Mentoring Sessions: $600 per month engagement (weekly 1 hour Zoom meeting).
iv. Planning New Futures for Senior Executives: $600 per month engagement (weekly 1 hour Zoom meeting).

Team coaching:
i. Enhancing Boardroom Effectiveness & Executive Impact Group: Starting at $15,250 per annual engagement.
ii. Strategic & Operational Planning/KPI Development: Starting at $25,500 per annual engagement.
iii. Productivity Assessment & Profitability Improvement: Starting at $25,250 per annual engagement.
iv. Sales Channel and Product Development: Starting at $25,250 per annual engagement.
v. Energy and Sustainability Efficiency Initiatives: Starting at $18,500 per annual engagement.

Board of Directors or Board of Advisors:

Email me: Cliff@InvestmentCapitalGrowth.com or Schedule a call: Cliff Locks OptimizeLife #CEO #CFO #COO #BoD #CXO #Professionalpedia #TeamBuilder #success #beyourself #goals #lifeisgood #Influencer #Successful #Business #WorkLife #OfficeLife #Work #Office #Inspiration #Marketing #Tips #Leadership #BusinessIntelligence #InvestmentCapitalGrowth

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