image of arena with open roof showing clouds and the blog title: Your Arena of Service

Your Arena of Service

image of arena with open roof showing clouds and the blog title: Your Arena of Service

Your arena of service is the place where you can make the greatest positive impact in the life of others, and, in so doing, in your life as well.

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We discussed calling and your arena of service on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by our last show, where we shared 5 easy steps to personal leadership. We had so much material left when we were done, we felt it warranted another show. We hope you agree.

According to the dictionary, “success” is the accomplishment of something you set out to do. But what if that accomplishment harms others? Is that success?

We think not. That’s why we talk about “BIGG success”, rather than just “success”.

BIGG success is inner peace which flows from three sources:

1) finding and fulfilling your calling
2) striving daily to reach your full potential
3) staying true to your vision and values

We want to talk about the first one today. BIGG success starts by finding and fulfilling your calling.

Calling and Passion

“Follow your passion.” How many times have you heard that? Probably in the hundreds, if not thousands, of times, right?

Passion has its plusses. The problem we have with “the passion doctrine” is that it’s a partial truth. Passion is a roaring fire. A lot of people who follow their passion end up getting burned. The passion flares up, then quickly weakens.

Calling is more like a smoldering fire. It keeps burning. Just poke it a little bit to get flames to fire up and provide more heat.

Without question, passion motivates. But we tend to romanticize our passion. When the blinders come off, when we run head-first into the inevitable obstacles, our motivation quickly wanes.

Motivation without a calling is like a tire with a nail in it. You have to keep pumping it up. But before long, it’s flat again.

Calling provides lasting motivation. Calling drives you past those inevitable obstacles.

Your choice

So you have a choice to make, when it comes to your calling:

Will you live the rest of your life being somebody you don’t want to be? Will you ignore your calling?


Will you live the life you feel called to live?

Before you answer…

The path to meaning and fulfillment

Picture this: There’s a group of people. They have a problem. Perhaps they are underserved, maybe even unserved. They feel unnoticed, unattended, unloved. They may be alone and scared.

There is only one person alive today who has the ability to help them. That someone is you. Will you help them?

There is a reason you are alive. You have a role to play in people’s lives. With every role we play, we have a duty. It’s a word which many people see as cringeworthy. The two of us disagree. There is honor in duty.

When you’re fulfilling your calling, duty isn’t a grind. It’s a joy!

Your calling drives you to do the things you need to do to succeed. Some of these things are hard. And that’s good!

Because positive psychologists teach us that it’s the hard stuff – not the easy stuff – that brings meaning and fulfillment to our lives.

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Your arena of service

Should you choose to live the life you feel called to live, you’ll want to think about your arena of service. An “arena” is a place of activity.

Your “place” may be physical or virtual. It may be professional or personal, work or home. It is the environment in which you fulfill your calling.

Note that an arena is a place of “activity.” You won’t fulfill your calling by talking. You fulfill it by doing. Let’s say you feel called to be a speaker. You don’t fulfill this calling by talking about giving speeches. You fulfill your calling by actually giving speeches.

The “service” in “arena of service” emphasizes that it’s NOT about you. It’s about helping others. Lifting people up. Making a BIGG impact in the lives of others. And, in so doing, making a BIGG impact in your life.

Rewards follow you when you follow your calling!

An example: Our arena of service

We’ll use ourselves as an example so you can see the arena of service at work. At BIGG Success, we help good people have more money to do more good.

Place (where you do what you do)

In our arena of service, we are mostly virtual. Our “home” online is BIGG Success. You can also find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, and LinkedIn, to name a few. “Place” is important if you want to serve more people.

Activity (what you do)

We create content and coach people, to help them learn and earn. One example is the podcast you’re listening to right now. And the blog that goes with it. We publish a newsletter which goes beyond the podcast. We also coach people who want to reach their goals faster. There’s more, but you get the idea.

Service (who you do it for)

In our arena, we see ourselves helping a whole lot of good people make a whole lot more money. We leverage our strengths to help them, not just learn more, but to do more. So collectively, we make a bigger impact on the world.

Do. More. Good. That’s BIGG success!

What is your arena of service?

Here’s to your BIGG success!

George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
signatures: George & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success

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2 replies
  1. Jimmy Howe
    Jimmy Howe says:

    I have thought for 50 years, that my calling in life was providing protection for families, through the life & health insurance. And for the past 30 years providing Financial Planning and helping families invest money in Mutual Funds, Stocks and investments. My calling has been helping people & families be protected against disaster from death and excessive medical expenses. I think of myself as an advisor, and almost in a ministerial position. I believe that when the friends, family and the minister and mortician all leave the cemetery, sometimes the life insurance agent steps in to help the remaining family with financial help for mortgages, debts, money to help raise children, provide for helping the surviving spouse remain in their world. A surprising percentage of people/families have very little or no life insurance, or other assets to keep the family in their world after a disaster.

    In my recent 30 year walk with God and my religious belief, I have taken another step to pray for my ability to help the less fortunate, underprivileged, those hurting, and people who need help emotionally and physically. I have been very fortunate to have a pastoral (Preacher) group at my Church, along with my Step-son Randy Brown, who are passionate about helping drug and alcohol dependent men. About 12 years ago, our Church, (Apostolic Life a United Pentecostal International affiliate), started Life-Line Connect, on the Church property at 2701 N. Highcross Road, Urbana, IL. We started with 3 to 5 men, who commit 12 months to 18 months of their lives, devoted to seeking God in their lives, Praying to Jesus, praying with brothers in Christ, Church members and getting meaningful help to rid their lives from substance abuse. With the help from God, caring supporters from all over the USA, a caring Church membership and Many local supporters, we enjoy a 60% to 75% success ratio fo helping these men in Life-Line Connect.

    About a year ago we started an ambitious building program, for a 24 man dorm, on our Church Property. The building is complete and we now have 12+ men in the dorm and Mr. Randy Brown is interviewing new prospects on a daily basis. Life-Line Connect wants to reach and help a lot more men get help with substance abuse. This new building is blessed with community businesses, builders, contractors, laborers, carpenters, plumbers, electricians and people who have helped build this wonderful dorm. It has been a blessing to our community, with NO Financial help from the City, County, State and/or the federal government. The funding came from the generous support of the public who believe in helping needy men with their substance abuse problem. It is wonderful to witness Families being put back together, Children & spouses reuniting as families, the graduates of LLC joining the work force, helping our labor force and becoming tax payers in our community.
    – Jimmy

    • George Krueger & Mary-Lynn Foster
      George Krueger & Mary-Lynn Foster says:

      Jimmy, we are so inspired by how you are serving others through both your work and your church! Creating the dorm with other people who shared in that vision shows the true power of love and faith. Thank you so much for sharing your calling and your arena of service.


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