How To Lead Even When You’re Scared

And Why Great Leaders Learn to Embrace Their Fear

We’ve all felt it. Right before you try a new idea for the first time, there’s always that moment of panic. Is this really going to work? Is it too late to back out?

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I say “panic,” but let’s call it what it is: self-doubt. Deep down, whenever you put yourself out there, you secretly wonder … do I have what it takes?

3 Winning Elements of Pope Francis’ Leadership Style

Understanding the Source of His Influence and Impact

During his recent trip to America, Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. And the truth is leaders of all kinds have a lot to learn from him.

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Francis is enormously popular. But whatever we personally think about this particular pope—pro or con—or the Catholic Church, it doesn’t change the fact that he has been a standout leader worth studying.

What makes his leadership style so effective? Based on what I’ve seen and heard, I’d say it comes down to three primary elements.

This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “One Key Ingredient in a Team Worth Working For.”

If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions.

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The Fastest Way to Increase Your Influence and Impact

Discover How the World’s Top Leaders Reach Millions in My FREE Online Summit

We all have unique insights and solutions to offer. But how can we have the influence and impact we desire?

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It seems like there are a million obstacles to overcome, right? Everything from technical and tactical knowhow to inner fears and doubts.

We know we could improve the world with our message, but how do we get it out? It can feel like a tough and daunting climb. I know exactly how you feel because I’ve scaled that hill as well.

If you’re looking to go to the top with your platform, my new Influence and Impact Summit offers the map you need. You’ll learn in just days what it took me years to discover. It’s the biggest online teaching event I’ve ever hosted, and attendance is totally free.

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3 Powerful Habits Every Leader Needs to Excel

Plus 17 More That Will Give You a Significant Edge

When you think about leadership, what’s one word that matters more than almost any others? In his new book, H3 Leadership: Be Humble, Stay Hungry, Always Hustle, Brad Lomenick says “habit” is the key.

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More than 40 percent of the things we do throughout the day aren’t the result of decisions, he says. They’re habits. “When you rise in the morning, nearly half of your day will be determined by the pattern you’ve either intentionally created or passively allowed.”

That’s critically important for leaders. Why? “The path to being a better leader is paved with the asphalt of the habits we develop,” Brad explains. And as the longtime president of Catalyst, he can validate the observation. I’ve certainly seen that in my own life and leadership.

This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “Top 10 Characteristic of Lousy Leaders.”

If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions.

You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android versions here.

A Comprehensive Blueprint for Launching Any Product or Service

Get This FREE 22-Page Mind Map from Jeff Walker While You Can

I’ve told you about how Jeff Walker revolutionized my marketing. I use his launch strategy on every product I release. Why? Because it works like nothing I’ve ever seen.

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Right now Jeff is offering a free mind map that takes you behind the scenes to see exactly how he does marketing. It’s called Product Launch Blueprint, and it comes with a full-length training video that walks you step by step through this extraordinary resource.

This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “The Surprising Power of the One Conversation Rule.”

If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions.

You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android versions here.

Season 5, Episode 5: How to Finally Achieve Work-Life Balance [Podcast]

3 Simple Secrets That Make It Possible

Welcome to Season 5, Episode 5 of the This Is Your Life podcast. Stu McLaren is filling in for my regular cohost Michele Cushatt. In this episode, we discuss how to finally achieve work-life balance.

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Work-life balance is something we all struggle with, right? It’s so hard to find it can feel impossible. But it’s not. We just have to properly understand it. Today we’re covering three simple secrets that make it possible.

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This is a Periscope replay of the #VirtualMentor. In this scope, we discussed my blog post, “Thinking About an Affair? Count the Cost: 8 Reasons You Should Run, Not Walk, from Infidelity.”

If you are interested, I broadcast daily on Periscope, Monday through Friday at 12:30 p.m. CDT. If I published a new blog post or podcast, we discuss that. If not, we talk about whatever I am thinking about. And I always take some off-topic questions.

You’ll need to download the free Periscope app if you want to watch live. You can get the iPhone and Android versions here.

How to Recover When You Blow It Big Time

3 Lessons Brené Brown Can Teach Us About Getting Past a Major Fail

We all have bad days in business, right? And sometimes they’re beyond just bad. We drop a ball, miss a sale, or hurt a colleague. Suddenly, we’re doubting ourselves, doubting our worth, doubting everything.

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My goal-setting course, 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever, is very successful and helps a ton of people every year. During the last launch we decided to do a special edition of the course for leaders.

We were confident and built our budget assuming it would win big. We invested tens of thousands of dollars into the product and had significant revenue projections. The content was high value, the presentation compelling. And we sold exactly one. Yes, one.