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Plan to Keep Ripples from Creating Tidal Waves

money_trapPicture yourself standing beside a bigg lake. It’s a gorgeous day. The sun is shining. There is no wind. The lake is as calm as can be. It looks like a solid sheet.

You toss a small pebble into this bigg body of water. As it splashes into the water, it creates a ripple – a ripple that flows out from the center where the rock hit the water in all directions.



The same thing can happen in your schedule. You have your day all mapped out. Then something unexpected hits it. It ripples out and can affect your whole life, for the day or longer.

In our interconnected world, it may be a ripple in someone else’s schedule that creates a ripple in yours. Your spouse has to work late so you need to make dinner.

A co-worker has a sick kid so you need to double up on a project. A client calls and you have a great opportunity but the work has to be done right away.

That’s exactly what happened to us recently. We had too many projects on the table already. We had another who needed a proposal revised.

Work can affect home. Home can affect work.

If you’re not careful, a little ripple in your schedule can create a tidal wave in your life.

If you schedule yourself for every minute of every day
, a little ripple can create a tidal wave. Plan for the unplanned. Allow time in your schedule to react to the inevitable situations that will arise.

Similarly, if you don’t allow for extra time on every project, a little ripple in your schedule can create a tidal wave in your life. Plus X your schedule. Budget more time than you think it will take.

Bigg goal-getters tend to be a pretty optimistic bunch. We think we can do more than is humanly possible. Try to discover your natural optimist bias.

For example, you may find that you think it will take two hours but it actually takes three. You think it will take two days; then you do it in three.

By tracking expectations and comparing it to the actual, you’ve learned that you need to plus 50% your schedule. If you get done earlier than you thought, you know you won’t have any trouble finding something to do.

If you don’t give yourself some down time
, you can expect a little ripple to create a tidal wave. Rest and relaxation are extremely important. Variety is invigorating.

Give yourself some time to recover. Even so called wasted time – just pure do-nothing downtime – is valuable sometimes.

Similarly, if you don’t take care of yourself, a little ripple in your schedule can create a tidal wave in your life. Do something, anything, physical. It can make a tremendous difference in your ability to deal with ripples.

If you’re like us, we often grab a quick bite to eat while we keep working. You may do that now and then, but force yourself to get away from it all once in a while.

And give yourself some time to wind down before you go to bed. Otherwise, it’s hard to shut the brain off.

If you don’t tend to all areas of your life, a little ripple can create a tidal wave. If you’re so busy doing everything you do, you may not be tending to important relationships.

When a little ripple comes along, the connection is missing that keeps it a ripple. So it turns into a tidal wave.

There will be ripples on your path to bigg success. Ripples make calm waters more interesting. Keeping them from turning into tidal waves leads to bigg success.

How do you deal with ripples?
Tell us by leaving a comment, e-mailing us at or leaving a voice mail at 877.988.BIGG(2444).

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A Day at the Lake

catBigg Success is life on your own terms. The 5 elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today’s focus is play.

Bigg goal-getters work very hard to achieve their goals. It’s important to take time to rejuvenate yourself so you can keep making your bigg dreams come true.



If you can’t steal away for a day, steal away for an hour

One way to do that is to take a daycation – spend a day enjoying one of your favorite activities. Take in a ball game. Go for a hike. Enjoy a drive.

Sometimes you can't take an entire day away from work. Synergize – look for a way to fit in some fun with the work even if it’s just for an hour!

We find it therapeutic to be around bigg water. So after a few meetings recently in Chicago, we spent time walking along Lake Michigan before driving home.

Experience nature with all your senses

When you do stop to enjoy nature, use all of your senses to really take it in. Looking out, we could see almost nothing but water.

There was a sail boat on the horizon; a seagull bobbing on the waves.

We could hear the waves, coming into shore in rhythm and washing back out.

We could feel the breeze, the moisture in the air and the warmth of the sun. A splash from a wave hit our hands. It was cold!

Every once in a while, there was that fishy smell with which we’re all familiar. It’s a reminder of the life we can’t see beneath the surface.

As we breathed in the smell of the air, the taste in our mouth changed.

It was wonderful. It makes your problems seem insignificant when you experience a body of water as massive as this.

It's always hard to leave, but we were re-energized in a short time because we really took it all in with all of our senses.

Bigg goal-getters give their all to achieve their bigg dreams. But you have to take time to "stop and smell the roses" (or the fish) to keep pushing towards bigg success.

What is your favorite activity? How do you take it all in?

Tell us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 877.988.BIGG(2444) or e-mailing us at

See a short video mix of the sights and sounds we enjoyed at Lake Michigan.



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