017: Clues Patterns Choices

In this episode, I discuss a topic introduced to us by guest Greg Reid on The Mastermind Effect episode 16. That is Clues Patterns Choices (CPC) and how it correlates to your accountability and responsibility regarding your success.
Let’s dive into this episode and find out why the CPC plays a critical role in your success.

Today we’re winding it to an episode from earlier this week with Dr. Greg Reid. He instilled so much knowledge on this show, from masterminds to self-education, to so many other areas. But one of the things that really stuck out for me when it comes to our solo shows and talking about the pillars of success is the CPC and this is what he had to say about that. It’s about accountability and responsibility for everything that happens. Stop blaming other people, it’s always your fault.

So it got me thinking, why are most people not willing to take on the responsibility?

Now here’s the thing. This has nothing to do with being the boss, sheltering the risk, taking on the liability. This has to do with your internal voice telling you what’s going to happen, the voice that tells you right from wrong, and who’s going to move the needle, and the direction that creates real change.

So why is it critical to follow the CPC method to be successful in your partnerships? Let’s start with the first one.

  1. Clues is the bread crumbs that are getting left along the way.

Now, Greg uses an analogy of going on a date and your counterpart shows up late. This is the clue where as if it was a project, and you were working with partner, they don’t deliver on time, or they over promise and drastically under deliver on what they’re working on.

So let me give you a story. I had an employee that was getting leads from one of my companies. The person comes back and eventually states that these leads were just crap. Now, we had a proven process, we had a metric by which we measured what close ratio, and we had someone that built this out that we knew, like, and trusted, and we knew that could we could measure the responses and the results to make sure everything was adding up.

So we went back through the process. We went back through the last two weeks’ worth of the leads. We then handed them off to someone else that we knew, like, and trusted to have these same leads. Now at the same time, this individual that had originally come to us stated, “Hey, how is this other person jumping up on the leaderboard above where they’re normally at?”

And we explained to them like, “Listen. The leads that you had mentioned that were crap? We’ve given them over to them. They followed the process. They had the correct close ratios. And these were the end results.”

What we did find out because we talked to them about the clues—the breadcrumbs that we were collecting– was that they hadn’t followed the process that had been set up that we knew worked. So it gave that individual time and it gave us time to sit there and make sure that we had an opportunity to make the change before we realized that this was going to become a pattern. So when you have the clue, step up and realize what’s happening at that moment.

  1. Number two, patterns.

Now, bad processes will just pile on top of bad habits. Greg goes back into the analogy about dating. And now the same person was late for the first date continues to be late for dates number two, three and four. Now you’ve got a pattern.

And at this point, you’ve got a choice. So you either A) deal with it, B) you adjust it, or C) it’s time to pick up and move on. Let’s go to A) dealing with it first.

Dealing with it allows the partner that you’re working with at the time to either step up and hear how it can be better or go to C) which is move on. If you adjust it and you realize that you didn’t have a process in place, you can adjust what your expectations are and what you believe the outcome should be. So adjust it with that individual.

A lot of the time, the thing that we don’t do is just move on from the person that you’ve partnered with when you found out that they are exactly who you thought they were. When this happens, it’s time for you to pick up, take that responsibility, that accountability on yourself, and move on to the next partnership. All three are the right choices. You just got to remember you have a choice and it’s okay to move on. You need to look back and make sure that you don’t continue to fall in the same pitfall. Do your due diligence before you start working with another partner.

  1. Next, how do you keep from making the same mistake?

Listen to some of the other solo shows where we talk about surrounding yourself with the right people that can help you make the right decisions. And then realize that the person that continues to stay in a rut or bad partnership/relationship has nobody to blame but themselves because they have the opportunity to step away from it.

Sometimes it’s easier to just stay in an abusive partnership than actually ripping off the band aid. But the reality is, it’s not easier. It’s a lot less painful to get out of a bad partnership, in order for you to move forward.

These are my thoughts and I’d love to hear yours as well. Hit the subscribe button in the apple podcasts or whatever platform you’re using.

Tweetable Quote:

“Choices, you’ve got to remember. You have a choice, and it’s okay to move on. You need to look back and make sure that you don’t continue to fall on the same pitfall.” – Brandon Straza

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