Can You Articulate How You Create Success In Your Life?


In this episode John and Kelly discuss the importance of being able to succinctly articulate how you create success in your life. John tells the story of talking to a group of entrepreneurs. He asked a number them how they create success in their life. None had a clear and cogent answer. John suggests maybe that’s the problem. How can you actually create success in your life if you don’t have a clear way of doing it that you can articulate to yourself? John and Kelly talk about their respective ways regarding how they create success in their lives. John says success comes down to his daily actions. 95% of his daily actions are unconscious. Therefore to create success he has to influence and control his daily actions. Using his 12 minute day technique to rewire his autopilot. During this interview John and Kelly talk about how we are all innately wired for survival, not success. This podcast wraps up with John talking about what he sees in people in their 30s. Most are content to “do life” like everyone else. But then they get in their 40s and see that all that produces is the average life. And for some, that’s unacceptable.

About the Hosts:

John Mitchell

John’s story is pretty amazing. After spending 20 years as an entrepreneur, John was 50 years old but wasn’t as successful as he thought he should be. To rectify that, he decided to find the “top book in the world” on SUCCESS and apply that book literally Word for Word to his life. That Book is Think & Grow Rich. The book says there’s a SECRET for success, but the author only gives you half the secret. John figured out the full secret and a 12 minute a day technique to apply it.

When John applied his 12 minute a day technique to his life, he saw his yearly income go to over $5 million a year, after 20 years of $200k – 300k per year. The 25 times increase happened because John LEVERAGED himself by applying science to his life.

His daily technique works because it focuses you ONLY on what moves the needle, triples your discipline, and consistently generates new business ideas every week. This happens because of 3 key aspects of the leveraging process.

John’s technique was profiled on the cover of Time Magazine. He teaches it at the University of Texas’ McCombs School of Business, which is one the TOP 5 business schools in the country. He is also the “mental coach” for the head athletic coaches at the University of Texas as well.

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 Kelly Hatfield

Kelly Hatfield is an entrepreneur at heart. She believes wholeheartedly in the power of the ripple effect and has built several successful companies aimed at helping others make a greater impact in their businesses and lives.

She has been in the recruiting, HR, and leadership development space for over 25 years and loves serving others. Kelly, along with her amazing business partners and teams, has built four successful businesses aimed at matching exceptional talent with top organizations and developing their leadership. Her work coaching and consulting with companies to develop their leadership teams, design recruiting and retention strategies, AND her work as host of Absolute Advantage podcast (where she talks with successful entrepreneurs, executives, and thought leaders across a variety of industries), give her a unique perspective covering the hiring experience and leadership from all angles.

As a Partner in her most recent venture, Think It Be It, Kelly has made the natural transition into the success and human achievement field, helping entrepreneurs break through to the next level in their businesses. Further expanding the impact she’s making in this world. Truly living into the power of the ripple effect.

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Welcome. I'm Kelly Hatfield. Hey. And I'm John Michell. So we've got a cool topic today to talk about. And it's how do you create success in your life, and being able to articulate it as that sound to you, Kelly, let's do it. I'm excited. So as I share a recent story with you that that I found interesting, hopefully, hopefully, our audience will find this interesting as well. And so it it happened, I don't know, couple of months ago, I did a speech to a group of EO members, entrepreneurs, organization members. And so I get up there, and I tell my story. And after I spend about five minutes telling my story, I go, Well, let me let me learn about some of you guys. So I pick three people in the crowd. And I asked them what they did. And you know, they each told me, and then I went back to each one of them and said, Well, how do you create success in your life today? Well,


they're all over the board. And if you really listen to what they said, you saw that they, they really didn't have a way that they created success, or at least not a way that they could articulate it. And to some degree, it was some version of I do my best, and I work hard.

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So how do I create success in life? You know, and I think that it, there's a lot to that there's many different components to that, when you ask that. And, you know, the simple answer is, the is having clarity, you know, is being crystal clear about how I want to show up in the world?


You know, and, you know, what that translates to? What kind of outcomes Am I you know, so I'm really clear about that. And then, with this methodology, I've been able to reprogram, you know, my subconscious to support, you know, the, the clarity, you've created, the clarity that I've created. Yeah, and I think one of those key things, and this is this answers your question, John, about how I do you know, how I do it differently than I did, I did it before how I created success before, you know, some of this all just comes with wisdom that comes with, you know, taking some blows and getting kicked in the teeth a few times. And, you know, just with experience, you know, the major difference is the methodology. And it's just being able to control my subconscious and take actions on the things that matter, you know, that actually move the needle, one of those things that is a major needle mover, for me, that we actually haven't talked about, lately, or in any of these is I now focus my time on, you know, 90% of my time is focused on the solution versus on the actual problem itself. You know, so I used to spend a lot of time and energy, beating a problem to death, figuring out what the, you know, like to have focused in the wrong place, which was actually on the problem itself, giving it energy, you know, that wasn't a positive kind of energy, versus, you know, analyzing the situation, you know, getting down to the nitty gritty of what created the problem, you know, what's the and get into that solution mode. So and that goes for every area

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real clear about where you know, ultimately where you're going or where you want to get or who you want to be how you want to show up in life. As soon as you take the time to sit down and do that work, do that deep work, you know, but like, everybody's got a million things coming out, and they're distracted, they want, you know, they want the magic pill, to whatever, and there isn't one, you got to dig in and do the work and sit in quiet. And think about the different areas of your life and gain clarity around those areas. Well, you know, I'm sure that a lot of people listening, this relate to that being in reactive mode, and you're going nowhere, if you're in reactive mode, you've got to change that. And and I'm sort of curious, on your end, if I said to you, what is doing your best mean to you today? What what is what, how would you define doing your best today? What does that look like? Yeah, I'm in a in a particular, you know, scenario, or, well, I guess, let's talk about business. But, you know, business is probably the easiest way to talk about it, you know, and for me doing my best. And I've identified where my strengths are within my company, and what I have to bring to the table, my leadership skills, and my mentoring skills, and my ability to connect and network and make connections with people bring people together, that's really kind of where my superpower is, and where my zone of genius is. So doing my best for me is when I am in that connection mode, when I am fully engaged, when the people that I've connected with feel a little bit better, having


had, you know, once we're done with whatever our exchange is that they feel a little bit better as a result of, because of how I showed up in that meeting, where I was, you know, 100% present and locked in there the most important person that I'm talking to, right, the you know, when I'm, when I'm in that mode in my business, that, for me, that's the highest value I can bring to my business. And for me, it's what I get the most fulfillment out of, and it just feeds that loop for me, when I'm showing up as that person and my you know, you know, it has, you know, you just described it with just doing your best name, ever. It's a cascade for me, and it just brought up momentum. And it's all about energy, right? The idea you put out into the world is what you get back. And if you're showing up as that person in your business, the way I just described, right, for me anyway, then all of the, you know, all of the gears are operating exactly as they should. Does that make sense? Yeah, yeah, you know, I think back on doing my best and how I view it now versus when I was younger, and I saw that doing my best in my first half my life was really just getting up early and working hard, you know, getting up at five in the morning. And working hard, then when I turned 50. I'm like, Oh, I see a couple of big problems here. It takes effort, obviously. But you also have to focus on what moves the needle, figure out what that is, and focus on that, in fact, only focus on that, and also consistent personal growth that strategic to what you want to accomplish. And so those two ads to making the effort made all the difference in the world, because once I started focusing on what moves the needle, and I had the wisdom of experts flowing into my bullhead every, every week, what a difference that made and and a radically different approach to, to do my best in my 50s versus when I was in my 30s and 40s Yeah, that makes sense. Oh, 100% It does. And, you know, when when I was, you know, talking about how I show up is one of the ways that I know, like, I never thought about how I showed up 10 years ago, you know, I just showed up, you know,


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Right. But I think, you know, I think about, you know, for me, and I 100% agree, and like when you're talking about that strategic growth. So for me, one of the things that's important is to grow the the team members in my companies to be leaders, and I'm studying leadership, I'm working on becoming a better leader. So that I'm the example and you know, so like all of this, you know, builds in and, and picks up momentum. And so, all of these things are connected to one another. And I think, you know, we're basically saying the same thing.


In just a little bit of a different way, so right, you know, I tell you, I have an observation that is, I think you, our audience might find this interesting, I see what happens with people in their 30s. You know, they, they get into their 30s. Now, they're no longer a kid, you know, that transition of being in their 30s is zero, full adult. And they're, they're into their career, and they're, they're trying to find their spouse. And so they get married, they're in their career, their guard to have kids and things are moving quick. And they're, they're juggling a lot of stuff. And from a career standpoint, they're not doing a lot of things they should be doing, they're working hard, but they're not working smart. And and what happens, I think, is, you know, they, they evolve, and they probably get to maybe 40. And then they're like, whoa, you know, I'm not having the level of success, that I think I should, that I think I deserve, or that I can have, and yet they want the nicer things they want to live on the lake they want, you know, and they can't afford it. And they're like, you know, why are other people able to live on the lake or have the fabulous house or, you know, and take these fabulous vacations, we can't afford that? Well, it's because you're not working smart. And then they get into their 40s. And what sometimes they learn to, to work smart. And sometimes they don't. And they just keep on plugging away. And they have the end of the day, they have the average life, which is no problem for a lot of people to have the average life. But for the driven person, it's a huge problem. And but I see this playing out in my extended family. And it's just interesting to to watch. Yeah, no, I would agree with you, I think that 30 You're still kind of finding yourself, you're figuring out who you are, you're getting our feet under you, you're building potentially a family, you're, you're gaining a lot of knowledge and experience in your career. And now you're starting to connect the dots with the different things that you've learned over the years, right now, all of a sudden, 40s coming in, and you're feeling the pressure and the scarcity of time, like, Oh, if I better, you know, if I'm going to do something here, I better get to doing it, you know what I mean? Because you're you're feeling like maybe you're at that halfway point, or, you know, whatever the case may be, but you're starting to feel like, oh, maybe I should be further along than where I'm at, or, you know, whatever the case may be, and I think at a couple of different points. In my life, for me, it was never about the money, it was always about potential. And I wasn't like, I've got more to offer. Right, but I'm just going through the motions, again, what happened, I fell into this pattern,


you know, just kind of going through the motions, you know, and then I'll level up and then I would, you know, a year or two would go by, and then you find yourself going back to either, you know, to finding a new kind of setpoint. And then it's like, Oh, I've got more, you know, where you keep trying to push for that. And I think that that age timeframe that you're talking about between 30 and 45? You know, is I think that timeframe, where you see a lot of that happening, whether it's related to monetary and and, or whether it's related to just like I want to accomplish more, and I'm not I'm not doing it, why not? You know, ya know, and you know, it's interesting, I'm thinking about my extended family, you know, I make them do think it'd be it, obviously, but I'm like, let me make a suggestion. And a couple of go, I'll probably three cases that I can think of I'm like, Have you ever thought about just setting aside two times a week to think, let me, let me create your thinking tablet, let me show you how this works. And so I do that. And then I go, you know, you gotta be organized. You know, we got a very simple system where you're going to plan your day, the night before you're going to time block, you're going to identify your top three priorities. And I remember in three different cases, I really took the effort to show him this because they had some level of interest in it. But in the end, like nah, not not really, you know, not really interested in doing this. And I'm like, well, there's gonna be a day where you're gonna look up and go, Why am I not more successful? And what I'm trying to teach is how to be smart. But, but I get it, you know, people, people get it when they're ready to get it. Exactly. Yeah, there'll be a point in life with whatever happens, you know what I mean? Where it'll be, oh, I should have listened to


you know, I keep on thinking more people should be listening to John and


Then do I mean very few people actually do and I know. Oh my god. So funny. Well, so the takeaway, I think, for today's episode is, I think it's important to be able to articulate to yourself to St. Clay, how you create success. Think about that, just just see if you could write that down on a sheet of paper. And and if you can't work on that, that would be a good thing to get this a synced articulation. Like for me, if somebody says that to me, how do you create success, I'd go, Well, hey, my success in life comes down to my daily actions. 95% of my daily actions are unconscious. Therefore, I influence and control my unconscious daily actions. And I do it by rewiring my autopilot and it takes 12 minutes a day. Boom. That's it. You know, but it doesn't have to be that exactly that but I think the takeaway is figure out how you create success. And that's a big step forward for actually creating success. Absolutely. Well said, okay, okay, we'll see you next time.