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Little Things Make a Bigg Difference

little_big.jpgBigg Success is life on your own terms. Today we want to focus on growth, one of the five elements of bigg success.

Little things can make a bigg difference on our path to bigg success. Oftentimes, they’re mostly attitudinal adjustments. We’ll discus six of these little things today.

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Instead of taking an extra fifteen minutes, give an extra fifteen minutes.

Over the course of a year, if you were to show up fifteen minutes earlier and stay fifteen minutes longer, you’d have 120 more hours of productive time. That even allows for four weeks of vacation!

This doesn’t have to be work. It really depends on your objectives. You may get home fifteen minutes earlier, put an extra fifteen minutes into studying for that certification you want, or work on building relationships for an extra fifteen minutes a day.

Instead of telling someone about you, ask about them.

Ask your spouse or significant other about their day. Ask that person you just met about the work they do.

This makes a bigg difference in so many ways. It’s amazing how much we can learn from others. By letting the other person tell you about themselves, you learn about yourself and your world.

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marylynnI find this ironic. You seem more interesting when you let the other person talk about themselves. They find you more interesting because you’re letting them talk.

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georgeYou always tell me, Mary-Lynn, that the less I talk, the more interesting I am!

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Instead of sitting back, lean forward in your chair.

This is somewhat related to the last one. One benefit is that you’ll stay awake! But the other benefit is that you will be more engaged with the person with whom you’re talking. You appear more interested. So they feel better about themselves.

Instead of walking around with a frown, flash your bigg beautiful smile!

When you smile, it makes people wonder what you’re up to!

Tony Robbins says: “Motion creates emotion.” Even when you don’t feel like smiling, by telling yourself to smile you’ll soon see the world in a different way. Even in the worst of times, we can find something to smile about.

Instead of seeing the bad, see the good.

This applies in so many ways. We’ll just discuss a couple.

How about the people around you – like your co-workers? Look for their good traits. See what they do well. Compliment them on it.

How about your company? Don’t focus on all the things you don’t like about it. Focus on the things your company is doing well.

Along that line …

Instead of focusing on the problem, think about solutions.

There are a lot of problem-finders in the world; we don’t have enough problem-solvers.

It’s easy to find a problem; it’s a lot harder to SOLVE IT. But bigg goal-getters know that’s how you find bigg success!

What little things have made a bigg difference in your life?

We’d love it if you’d share that with us. You can do that by:

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  • e-mailing us at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com
  • calling us at 888.455.BIGG (2444)

Phil Gerbyshak called us with a comment on our Lone Wolf or Lead Wolf show. He said:

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phil_gerbyshak“For a long time, I lived as the lone wolf but, in the last few years, I’ve realized that being the lead wolf is a lot more fun, a lot more rewarding, and a way to get a whole lot more done and experience some bigg success. So thanks for inspiring me with this article and podcast and for all you do to help us be a bigg success. Make it a great day!”

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Thanks Phil! You make it great every time we hear from you!

And thank you for reading our post today. It’s no little thing to us. We hope it makes a bigg difference for you!

Please join us next time when we talk about why, when it comes to your career, the second time’s a charm. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Quit Jumping on Me Like a Dog!

We send out a Bigg Salute to Chris Brogan for coining this phrase and letting us run with it. He was describing a situation with an overly aggressive salesperson he had just met. This person was trying to win Chris’s business. As Chris said, “This guy wouldn’t quit jumping on me like a dog … and my tail wasn’t wagging!”

So if you don’t want to “jump on people like dogs”, here are four tips to keep in mind.

#1 – Don’t get too revved up.
It’s understandable that you’re excited about what you do. But they may not be as excited as you. At least not at this point. Look for cues. If they’re responsive to what you’re saying, then keep going. But if not, back off.

#2 – Don’t just pitch, pitch, pitch.

When you meet someone for the first time, get to know them. Start building a relationship. What are their interests? If you start the conversation by talking about them, you will almost certainly be invited to tell them what you do. When you are, keep it short. What’s your elevator speech?

#3 – Don’t go for an immediate sale.

Know what you want to accomplish, but keep it reasonable. It’s a step-by-step process. If you exchange business cards, and have a brief conversation, that may be a great start. Now you can follow-up and try to get to the next step.

#4 – Assume that now is a great time for them to talk to you in depth.

You don’t know what’s on their mind. What kind of day they’ve had. What kind of mood they’re in. Wouldn’t you rather talk to them about what your offer when they can give it the attention it deserves? Talk to them when they can give you 100% of their attention!

What internet marketers know about building relationships

Internet marketers ask us to “opt-in” … they get our permission to market to us by asking for our e-mail. You can do the same thing in person. Tease what you can do and then ask for permission to follow-up. If they say “No” … don’t sweat it. Someone else will say “Yes!” 

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Our bigg quote today is by Bob Burg:

"The successful networkers I know, the ones receiving tons
of referrals and feeling truly happy about themselves,
continually put the other person's needs ahead of their own."

So don’t jump on people like dogs because that dog won’t hunt!

Next time, we’ll discuss how to get in the loop to gain a competitive advantage. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Review: The Ripple Effect

By Bigg Success Staff
04-15-08

Bigg Book Review

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A small stone thrown into a giant lake creates a ripple. Similarly, our actions also create ripples in the lives of others. There are consequences to our actions – whether good or bad – for both people we know and people they know.

So says Steve Harper, author of the wonderful book The Ripple Effect: Maximizing the Power of Relationships for Your Life and Business. In his book, he shares a plan to harness the power of the ripple effect to positively impact the lives of others, and in so doing, to improve your own life.

He knows first-hand about the benefits of the ripple effect. He built his career on these principles. As a serial entrepreneur, he used them to build several companies from the ground-up. Now, he is a professional speaker and strategic consultant who helps his clients use these very techniques.

He says the return on selflessness is astonishing. That’s why this is a great book for entrepreneurs, executives, and sales people. However, it’s a fantastic resource for any and all of us who have any human contact. That includes most of us!

In case you’re still not convinced, here’s an outline from the Table of Contents:

Part I – Developing a Relationship Mindset
Learn about the benefits of building relationships and why understanding yourself better helps you understand others better.

Part II – Planning a Relationship Strategy
How to leverage your relationships and make the most of your opportunities.

Part III – Practicing Relationships
Learn how to take relationships to the next level as well as techniques to build relationships.

So check out The Ripple Effect  Don’t take our word for it – test drive it yourself!

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