Unlocking Success

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Unlocking Success

Black Belt Leadership
Unlocking Success
John L. Terry, III - The Black Belt Leader

Spoiler alert, there is NO magic key to success! No hocus-pocus, no magic pill.

Success is the result of purposely doing daily the things required to be successful. As my mentor, John Maxwell, says, "The secret to your success is found in your daily routine."

So if there was ONE purposeful daily thing you should be doing to be successful, what is it?

Personal growth and development.

Really? That's it?

Personal growth and development is a deliberate process by which you become a BETTER VERSION OF YOURSELF every single day. Another of my mentors, Christian Simpson, says, "Develop the owner, not the business." Jim Rohn says for every $1 invested in personal growth and development, you will reap a $30 return on investment. That's a 3000% ROI. That's a return you can literally take to the bank.

Why develop yourself as a leader?

When you become better at who you are, you become better at what you do. You bring a deeper and higher level of thinking into your daily routine. No individual, no business, no endeavor can outperform the level of thinking you bring to it. If every action begins with a thought (which it does), then improving our thinking by default improves our actions.

Successful people purposely develop successful habits that bring about successful results.  

As you develop yourself, you become aware of opportunities that before you were unable to see...or even believe were possible. Personal growth opens the mind to the limitless potential waiting to be discovered, developed, and deployed. It frees the mind from limited thinking that holds you back or restricts your opportunities, as you bring a new way of thinking to your life.

Successful people purposely develop successful habits that bring about successful results.  

I recently read the Top 5% of High Achievers invest an average of $3,000 a year in personal growth and development. The Bottom 95% of High Achievers invest an average of only $7 in their own personal growth and development. Now here's the kicker...the Top 5% of High Achievers earn more, do more, and achieve more than the Bottom 95% combined. Hello?

Athletes, musicians, actors, anyone who performs at a world-class level invests in their personal growth and development. They engage daily in developing successful habits that lead to successful results. They understand that what got them to where they are won't keep them there if they aren't continually working to become better at who they are - so they can become better at what they do.

Successful people purposely develop successful habits that bring about successful results.  

World-class performers hire coaches, mentors, and trainers to help them improve, to get better at who they are. Tiger Woods, LeBron James, Michael Phelps, Chris Pratt, Jennifer Lawrence, Serena & Venus Williams, Oprah Winfrey, they all employ coaches. If you want to be truly successful, why would you not replicate this successful habit of world-class performers to become a better version of you?

There are many ways to connect with world-class coaches and trainers. Maybe it starts with you reading their books or reading their blogs (like you're doing now). Perhaps it is signing up for a webinar or Mastermind group they are leading. Maybe you attend a conference or seminar where they (and others) are speaking. Or, you decide to go "all in" and hire them for a single session or multiple sessions.

Remember, nothing changes until something changes.

What's got to change for you to see the success you've always wanted? What will you do to develop the owner, not the business? How will you bring about a different level of thinking in your own life that reveals the endless opportunities waiting for you to discover?

It starts with personal growth and development. Becoming a better version of who you are daily, so you can become better at what you do.

Successful people purposely develop successful habits that bring about successful results.

What will you do to discover, develop, and deploy the Black Belt Leader within?


2X martial arts Hall of Fame inductee, John Terry (The Black Belt Leader) is passionate about helping others become Black Belt Leaders in Life. He is a motivational speaker, leadership, sales & communication coach and trainer.   

Jessie Terry, John's daughter, is a Certified Speaker, Coach, and Trainer with the John Maxwell Team and is actively involved in the JMT Global Youth Initiative. She is also a Real-Life Management trained coach.

For more information, schedule John (or Jessie) to speak to your organization or to book a personal, group or corporate coaching session, visit www.beablackbeltleader.com.  

If you are a faith-based organization, learn more about John and Jessie's outreach to churches, para-church organizations or faith-based volunteer groups by visiting www.DunamisFactor.com.

John is an Executive Director with the John Maxwell Team and is passionate about helping others pursue excellence as they become "Leaders in Life". He is also a Master Coach & Trainer with Real Life Management, a human behavioral training organization helping people learn how to live "Real Life" and make better choices when it comes to relationships, money, health, and wellness. John is also a certified DISC Human Behavior Consultant.

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