On this episode of The Wednesday Call, Andy Albright hosts the podcast live from the Alliance Convention Center in advance of an Instant Thunder event in Burlington, N.C. Get your notepad and pen as Andy explains 3 ways to step up your personal growth and help others do the same!
The first step is to move your thinking from “me to we.” You work hard, but you need to let other people talk about you. You don’t need to be the one talking about yourself. Don’t take credit for what other people are doing. In the long run this is a bad idea. Zig Ziglar famously said if you help enough other people get what they want then you will get what you want. Don’t suffer from the disease of “I.” Nobody wants to hear you talk about yourself all the time. Think about the team first and copy the people doing the right things. Think about your thinking. Make sure you are thinking correctly and positively.
The second way is to realize that growth is a choice. Do you listen to great audios? Do you read great books? Harry S. Truman said that not all readers are leaders, but all leaders are readers. If you have a behavior that is ingrained in your mind and you realize it isn’t right then work to change your thinking. If you are wrong, don’t make it worse because you think you know something is a fact. Stop doing that. Humble yourself and be willing to accept your thinking could be wrong. Be a person who is willing to grow and change, and also be willing to help others do the same thing. When an entire team does this, then an explosion is coming soon. Who you are five years from now will be determined by who you associate with now. Be careful who you allow to talk to you because it is contagious. Staying positive is a choice. Keep finding ways to put yourself in positive environments and situations. When you do that you are more likely to change for the better. How would you rate yourself in terms of listening to audios, reading books, attending meetings, etc.?
The greatest joy of life is to help others. Do you go to meetings and serve others? It is about doing things to completion not just competing. Serve others and serve the team. Be the person that believes in other people and puts the spotlight on others. Start caring more about people than business. Don’t make everything transactional. Find ways to inspire other people to want more and to be better people. It’s a privilege to host a meeting. It’s a privilege to meet and talk to people. If the work you do is out of love then how can anybody ever judge you for that? Be a “Helping-People-aholic!” Go out of your way to have fun with people, but help them with their goals and dreams too. Be willing to see a person doing dumb stuff and help them stop doing it. It will bring you great joy. It is like watching a child learning to crawl and eventually walk. They struggle at first, but they keep trying until they get it. There is no prouder moment for a parent than watching a child learn and improve in all they do.
Personal growth is big. Helping others is big. Leaving a legacy is huge! Putting the spotlight on others first is the first step in leaving that legacy. We don’t want you to live a great life. We want you to live a greater life. It isn’t about toys and stuff you acquire. It is about helping others. When that is your mission, then little roadblocks don’t stop you. Don’t just talk about doing great things, actually take action and do! That’s when you reach the point that nothing stops you from your goals and dreams.
People will follow a person who puts the team first, practices personal growth and believes in serving others consistently. When you heart and your head are in proper alignment, then you are on the path to success. You will be rewarded. When you see people in pain or letting limitations hold them back from reaching their potential, make it your mission to help them get through it and be all they can be. Seek people out and help them see the positive and the potential that God has gifted them with. If you are breathing, then you should be thankful. You are blessed and should appreciate that. If you are breathing, then you have a shot.
Andy Albright hosted his first The Wednesday Call Podcast since returning from a trip to Africa live from AMP Studios in Burlington, N.C. at The Alliance headquarters.
Andy’s son, Spencer was a guest on the show and the father and son shared some of their experiences from South Africa. Andy said it was a dream come true to take this trip with his son and said he will never forget the time they spent together.
What do you dream of doing? Is your dream big enough? What do you want to do in life?
Before you can even think about achieving, you have to start believing. Then, you have to believe some more. When your belief level gets to the right point, then you can start doing.
When you understand what it out there for you and what is available to you, then there is less of a chance that little things will stop you or prevent you from doing what you want to do.
Don’t let the storm outside the boat get inside the boat! That stuff can’t hurt you if it isn’t in your boat. Don’t think that it can.
Our greatest growth in the next 10 years will come from people we attract in the next six months. The people we find in the next six months will determine where we are in 10 years.
The power of influence is this: you are going to be like those who you spend the most time around. The 1929 version of Webster’s dictionary includes words that are entirely Biblically based. The words in that version are powerful.
What do you want? Who are you listening to? What are you reading? Who is coaching you? Who is teaching you? Who is influencing your thinking?
The answers to those questions will explain why you are where you are in life. It’s simple, but you have to answer those questions to understand where you are in life.
There are seven things you need to look for in a mentor and model.
Are you around people that have impeccable character? People that do the right thing because it is the right thing. The situation doesn’t matter, because people with great character act in the same manner all the time. What do these people do when nobody is watching? That’s how you know if they have the right character. When the going gets tough, people with character keep doing the right thing. High character people don’t stray from their compass.
People who persevere through struggles and difficult times will be rewarded. These people do the right things even when it is hard.
We all need a mentor who is humble, but also is willing to make corrections and changes. We don’t need a person who is adamant and arrogant. We can be humble and change.
Mutual affection is about how we treat people. It comes with loving on people. It is about caring for others and serving them.
Love is the mark of maturity. Serving others is a privilege and an honor. It’s an opportunity that you must take. There is great reward in serving others.
Talent can help you become successful, but character will keep you on top. It’s not all about talent. We can’t find mentorship in people who are self-centered and arrogant.
You have a choice to do all these things. The better choices you make, the better decisions you will make and the better off you will be. This is not actually about you finding a mentor, but rather it is about YOU becoming a mentor. You become the pattern of how other people should act and behave.
Galatians 5:22 states that “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control."
When you are successful, you have to keep doing what you did to get that success. You can’t slip because your level of success will drop. Keep doing what you know you need to do.
It’s about who you pick to be a mentor and how you treat them. People will fight to get around you if you have strong character and stay humble. When you face an obstacle and overcome it, you will be rewarded. Stay the course. Keep working through challenges.
Work hard to earn the rewards and then figure out how to share the rewards. Learn to lead. Learn to set the example. Iron sharpens iron and people sharpen people.
There are three main things that will make you successful. You have got to believe in the work you are doing, you have to believe in what the company stands for and you have to believe in yourself and others. That’s what makes companies successful.
56:00: the Power of Character and actions lead to rewards
70:00: Choices and decisions
Get your notepad and pen ready because this episode of The Wednesday Call will be filled with laughter and learning with your special guest host Stephen Davies.
Davies stood in for Andy Albright on this week’s The Wednesday Call podcast while Andy was on a safari trip with his son in Africa. Davies, who lives in Asheville, N.C., is a regular guest host for the show and he never disappoints with his unique brand of humor, wit and insight.
The Alliance wants people to enjoy the freedom of being able to make choices because you are at a point financially where you get to choose what you do and where you go every single day. Davies encouraged members of The Alliance to build a big business so that you can slide away for a trip with family whenever you want to. He just did that with his family last week, when they went to Mexico for an end-of-summer vacation with his wife and two children.
Money is easy to make, but memories are not as easy. If you work hard, recruit people to help you and be nice to people, then you can make the income it takes to go and do whatever you want.
What gets people stuck in the mud of life? Why do some people give up and live another 40 years just going through the motions. Why do they give up on their dreams and goals when they have so much left to do?
Davies told the listeners that there are three main things that get people frozen in life.
Don’t take things personal. When you “personalize it,” nothing good can come out of it. When you take something personally, you get down on yourself and think bad thoughts. Most of the time what you are dealing with has nothing to do with you, so why would you make it personal? If something negative is going on, don’t take it personal. It is not about you. We can always get better at different things, but the bad stuff isn’t about you and it isn’t personal.
Don’t make things pervasive. There are nights when you don’t close with a client that you should, but that mean there is some infinite flaw with you. Eliminate saying things like always, never and all. Don’t let one experience define your life.
Along those lines, don’t let anything be permanent. When you have a bad experience, make it a point to correct and improve instead of saying, “well, that’s how it will be from now on.” No!
When you let things be personal, pervasive and permanent then you are in trouble. It’s hard to get out of that funk because you have headed down a slippery slope. Life might seem foggy. You might be in a funk. Here’s the good news: YOU can get out of it with enthusiasm and effort. You are the reason you are in the bad spot and you can fix it as easily as you ended up in the hole you think you are in.
Here’s who you fix things.
You are in control. When you know that, life is easier. You can control your attitude, your activity, your outlook, your smile, the people you spend time with, etc. Make a list and get serious about changing what you are doing to make things better. The faster or sooner you can do this the sooner things will get better.
Controlling your actions is critical to changing your situation. Get specific about exactly what you can change and control so that you get better. The best way to get out of a mud puddle is to start moving. Figure out what direction you need to go in and start taking steps. You can control everything you do. Reading the right material, listening to audios and talking to the right people are all things you can control. Be very specific about it and take action!
Learn to celebrate even the smallest victories to build the momentum to make giant changes down the road. It starts with small things and it all adds up. Don’t make the mistake of watching the scoreboard all the time. Do be aware of the activity and level of your actions. Don’t let numbers affect you in a negative way.
The next step in getting out of a mud puddle is making a list of thoughts you will never think again. Make a list on paper and commit to it. Set a time limit to do this, but get it all down on paper. Once you have your list, you are going to work to debunk the entire list one item at a time. You are capable of so much more than you realize. It will blow your mind. Commit to never thinking the thoughts on your list.
People performing at a high level are thinking differently than those who are less successful. When you are thinking the right thoughts, you are going to perform better.
The fourth thing to focus on is your vocabulary and having definiteness to what you are saying. Do you need to change your talk? Use words like I am, I will, I do, etc. Hope is not a strategy. Hope talk doesn’t get you out of a mud puddle.
Are you around the right people? You have to build relationships and be part of a community that is positive. Get to know people before you need them. Create something special that impacts you in positive ways. Serve others and you will be rewarded.
The next thing you need to focus on is reflection. Make a victory log that you can refer to when you need a positive reinforcement to help you stay on track. These wins can be small, medium or huge. It all matters. Keep building your victory log over time. No victory is too small to celebrate.
When you are helping serve others then you are not likely to be thinking about the bad stuff. Focusing on serving and helping others is huge. The more you can do that the better off you will be even if you can’t see it at the time.
When you are serving others, you are going to create results. It will help fill your confidence bucket up. Your whole outlook on everything will be drastically improved. Don’t just serve others when it is convenient. Do it all the time because it is the right thing to do. Serving others is a choice and it will give you more energy and enthusiasm in all that you do.
You will have more gratitude when you help others. You will gain new perspectives that will broaden your view of life and the world around you. Serving others will also give you more experiences and help you better understand situations and opportunities that you might have missed otherwise.
We are all going to deal with challenges and struggles, but if you can keep your mind right then you will be able to navigate the mud puddles in life faster and easier than if you get bogged down by what you are facing.
Welcome to another jam-packed episode of Andy Albright's The Wednesday Call, a podcast that delivers 90 minutes of info you can use to grow and improve in your life and business. Settle in with a notepad and pen to take notes as we deliver Episode 25 of this podcast!
Chadwick Ray and Adam Katz stepped in to guest host this week’s The Wednesday Call podcast from AMP Studios in Burlington, N.C. at The Alliance’s corporate headquarters, while Andy Albright was traveling outside of the United States.
Chadwick and Adam opened the pod by talking about The Alliance Playbook and how it shapes and determines what they do with their teams and business. The Playbook is a guide that explains what The Alliance believes in and values.
The Alliance believes in Prosperity, Inspiration and Eternity.
Inspiration was a big topic during the show and Chadwick and Adam explained how they have been inspired by The Alliance and how they continue finding new inspiration based on where they are now compared to where they were when they started with the company. Their dreams and goals have grown and changed, but the constant has been the inspiration provided by members of The Alliance.
Next, the guest duo covered what “eternity” means in The Alliance. Adam and Chadwick talked about the importance of leaving a legacy for others to follow and being honest and open about what we think “eternity” means long after we leave this Earth. Eternity is part of the “P.I.E.” that The Alliance includes in the playbook. We are more focused on the mission than the commission because we know that if your heart is in the right place, the commissions will come.
Relationships are a huge part of being a member of The Alliance. Without relationships, what is the point? We want to be around people who like people. We want to be around people who like helping people. It is a big family.
Chadwick and Adam shared personal stories of taking trips with The Alliance and how it changed the way they viewed the world. Both men said they have grown tremendously since joining The Alliance, and believe they owe it to Andy and Jane Albright to keep growing and help other people succeed in business. The stories and experiences are part of building strong relationships with people before they ever needed them as friends. Eventually, the people in your life will be there to help you when you need it most. The key is to get to know people and establish a relationship before you need something from a person.
The Alliance has 8 Core Values and Adam and Chadwick discussed each of those values and explained a little bit about what they mean to them and to our company. Excellence, Service, Integrity, Accountability, Respect, Compassion, Community and Gratitude are the 8 values of The Alliance. If you haven’t seen The Alliance playbook, make sure to ask your upline or agency manager to go over it with you.
The values of The Alliance are all equally important. We believe that it is important to follow all of them and take them seriously. We understand that nobody is perfect and mistakes will happen, but we strive to operate by our values every single day.