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Your Plan Can Suck the Life Right Out of You

Suck the life right out of youBigg success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life – taking full control to design and build the life of your dreams.

There are five elements of bigg success – money, time, growth, work and play.



Financial plan

Experts tell us that we need a financial plan. So we go to a financial planner. They help us create a plan to fund major events. That’s a good thing. But it may not go far enough.

Some of the most important questions may not get asked. So the financial plan may be too money-centric.

For example, the best investment you can make may not have anything to do with stocks and bonds and retirement plans.

Your financial plan can suck the life right out of you!

Career plan

We think we need a career plan. It’s what we’re told to do.

However, you can’t look at your career independent of the other elements of bigg success. For example, your career affects your money and your money affects your career.

If you’re not careful, your career plan can suck the life right out of you!

Personal production plan

The experts say we need a personal production plan to get the most done in the shortest amount of time. It’s definitely important.

However, it’s really easy to get really busy doing a whole lot of things that don’t take you where you really want to go.

Before you know it, your personal production plan can suck the life right out of you!

Put life into your plans

The bigg idea behind bigg success is synergy. Among other things, you want to find synergy between the five elements of bigg success.

It’s easy to lose sight of the bigg picture; it’s easy to forget to look at your life holistically. All too often, we focus on one specific area at a time.

We think one reason for that is because there are specialists in each area who focus on that one area so we get focused on that one area. Another is our need to organize. Sometimes it seems easier to compartmentalize things.

The problem is you end up with a plan that sucks the life right out of you!

So let’s look at two steps to put life into your plans:

1. Visualize the life you dream of living.

Think about the house (or houses) you want to live in. What does it look like? Where is it? Picture it in detail – the style, the color, the number of bedrooms.

What do you want to drive? Do you want to drive? Maybe you want a chauffeur.

What do you see yourself doing day-to-day? Are you working or are you playing? How much are you working? What type of work are you doing? Where are you doing it?

Think about your time away from work. What are you doing then?

Where are you vacationing? 


marylynnI can see it now, George. We’re in the Caribbean, walking on a beautiful, white sand beach. It goes on and on. I can smell the water as a gentle breeze hits me in the face. I can hear the birds. I can picture some kids playing up ahead of us.



georgeYou want to get a clear picture of these things in your mind, using all of your senses. Let your mind go. Don’t put any restraints on yourself. I always find it helpful to write the ideas down as they come to me.


2. Ask yourself Why?

Why do you want the things you visualized? Why are they important to you?

This seems like a simple question on the surface. But you’ll see that it raises some complex issues.

What you’ll find is that, upon reflection, many of the things you pictured in Step 1 aren’t really that important to you. They may be nice. However, they may not be worth the sacrifice. Or one thing may be in conflict with another.

Here’s where the life comes in. Let’s say you did visualize that chauffeur-driven limousine. It’s an investment that can pay for itself if you need to drive a lot.

Non-productive time can now be productive time.

But it means that you have to make more money to end up with the same amount of money. You may decide you don’t want that stress.

You may start visualizing other ways to make your drive time productive.
Now you’re putting life into your plans. That’s planning for bigg success

How do you put life into your plans?


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