The Power of Defining Your Terms
Last time, we discussed a new paradigm for thinking about our lives: you are the entrepreneur in charge of running a very important enterprise – your life.
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Terms can inspire action
Our definition of bigg success – life on your own terms – explicitly recognizes that “terms” are important. Not just words, but words that matter. Words that empower us.
A single term can cut through the complexity of a subject and make it simple to understand. And therein lies the power of terms.
To create understanding and, from that understanding, actions to achieve bigg success.
One of the terms we use here at Bigg Success is goal-getter. I love that word. It combines go-getter with goal-getting. So it’s a powerful word to me that implies movement toward what I want to achieve.
Broaden your definitions
Like many things, terms can also work against us. They can limit what we achieve.
We can define ourselves too small. We can view our businesses too tightly. We may see our careers too narrowly.
For example, I defined myself for years as a radio DJ. That’s what I was and that’s what I was known as. But when I started using the term “broadcaster”, I could see a bigger picture and new possibilities. I am now a “broadcaster” who happens to use the internet as my medium.
What makes you unique
Notice that we define bigg success as life on your own terms.
Your terms will be uniquely yours.
They have the power to inspire you, to lift you up when you’re down, and to push you even higher when you’re up.
Creating time frames
There’s another meaning to consider as we (especially “The Professor“) think of school terms – a semester, for instance.
It’s valuable to think about “terms” as phases. To achieve the bigg success we dream of, we will set our goals in time frames.
For example, say you want to be the best attorney in your area. That’s your end goal.
In the first term, your goal may be to complete your undergraduate degree.
Second– get your law degree. Thrid – pass the bar. And so on.
You break up your long-term goal into time frames to make sure you stay on track to reach bigg success.
The terms of the deal
See how rich a single term can be? But we’re not through yet!
There are two primary factors in any deal – the price and the terms. There’s a basic negotiating principle:
If you ever get to pick both, you better get a great deal!
Do you see the implication of that principle to bigg success? If you set the terms, bigg success sets the price.
The higher the level of success you seek, the higher the price will be. You must be willing to pay that price or you can’t – you won’t – be able to live your life on your own terms.
There’s a story about an amateur golfer who approached a famous golfer. We believe it was Tom Watson. The story goes something like this …
The amateur said, “I’d give anything to drive a golf ball the way you do.”
Tom Watson said, “No, you wouldn’t.”
The amateur said, “Yes, I would.”
After several more rounds of this, the pro decided to let the amateur in on his secret.
Tom Watson finally said, “I learned to drive the ball the way I do by going to the range every morning and driving a bucket of balls. When that bucket was empty, I drove another one. And another one.”
The pro continued, “I drove balls until I could feel blisters forming on my hands. And do you know what I did then? I kept driving balls. Before long, my hands were bleeding. So I drove another bucket of balls. Day after day, week after week, I drove balls in spite of the pain. Eventually, my hands were full of callouses. That’s how I learned to drive the golf ball the way I do.”
So if you want to drive golf balls like a pro, there’s your price. You set the terms, but then you must pay the price to reach bigg success.
It’s worth it because it’s what you want. By the way, there is also a price to pay for not living your life on your own terms. We think that price is higher!
And what terms inspire you?
Message us to share.
We want to highlight the members of our community and their stories. In those stories, in our terms, is information and inspiration for all of us. So we all reach bigg success even faster!
Thanks so much for reading our post today.
Join us next time as we continue diving deeper into life on your own terms. We’ll talk about the 5 elements of bigg success.
Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
See the entire series
The Power of Defining Your Terms
The 5 Elements of Bigg Success
The Bigg Idea Behind Bigg Success
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