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Think Like A Black Belt

How to Conquer Fear Like A Black Belt

Think Like A Black Belt

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Fear can be so paralyzing: fear of financial problems, fear of uncertainty with a job, fear of failure! We asked Jim Bouchard, martial arts hall-of-fame inductee and author of Think Like A Black Belt, how he thinks we should deal with our fears.

Jim says you should face it head on. Sometimes success isn’t achieving your biggest goal, but rather taking the right steps to simply survive. “Do what you have to do today to be able to hang on for tomorrow”.

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When to ask for a raise for BIGG Success

The Best Time to Make a Pay Raise Request or Ask for a Promotion

When to ask for  a raise for BIGG SuccessWhen’s the best time to ask for a pay raise?

We were completely surprised by the answer.

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New research shows that, if the head of your company is a man, you’re likely to get a raise when his first daughter is born.

And female workers benefit more than the males! Women’s pay rose over one percent, almost twice the rate as men’s.

But if the baby’s a boy, you can actually expect to make less, no matter what sex you are.

So here’s the BIGG spin on this research: If your boss has a girl, jump with Joy (or whatever the new girl’s name is). If it’s a boy, run and hide!

Now is the time

The good news is that you don’t have to wait for a birth. But you better hurry!

Mark Di Vincenzo, author of Buy Shoes on Wednesday and Tweet at 4:00, says we’re in the best time of year to ask for a promotion, assuming your employer’s fiscal year is the calendar year.

The fall is generally not a good time because companies are looking to save money. January brings the start of a new fiscal year and a fresh budget.

He says 16% of all promotions occur in January.

Now think about that – each month represents about 8% of the year (1 month divided by 12 months in the year).

So January is double what you might expect.

In other words, now’s the time to get your promotion. You have two weeks if you’re reading this on the day we released it.

The BIGG spin

Okay, so that’s what the research shows. Now it’s time for the BIGG spin:

When is the best time to ask for a pay raise? After you’ve earned it!

We say that somewhat tongue-in-cheek, but we are serious. BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life.

Your career is part of that life. Therefore, think like an entrepreneur to be a BIGG success in your career!

But it begs the question: How do you think like an entrepreneur in your career?

It comes down to one thing: results. When you make a pay raise request or ask for a promotion, talk about results.

For example:

  • How much have you impacted the bottom line?
  • Have you spearheaded an initiative that increased sales?
  • Can you point to cost-savings you’ve been able to achieve for your company?

You’ll be in the strongest position if you can show quantifiable results.

How much did your efforts impact the bottom line?

You can expect a raise in proportion to that impact.

But if you can’t do that, can you tell a good story? For instance:

  • How did you make customers happier?
  • Do you have letters or notes or any other evidence to show with your request?

But so far we’ve only discussed the past. Make sure you show you’re also thinking about the future:

What ideas do you have now to improve the bottom line going forward?

Show your boss:

  • you’re not a one-trick pony
  • you’re still looking for ways to increase sales
  • you’re still trying to wring unnecessary costs out of the system
  • you are still thinking like an entrepreneurial employee

It leads to BIGG success!

What are your tips for asking for a pay raise or a promotion?

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The Simple Secret for a Successful Career

As complex as people may like to make it, there’s a simple secret for a successful career. It can be boiled down to one sentence.

Do your best doing what
you do best.

Let’s chat about the two parts of this simple phrase, which fully explains how to have a successful career.

Do your best

You can do your best no matter what:

  • Whether you currently have your dream gig or even if you don’t
  • Whether you’re at the top of the organization or at the bottom
  • Whether you’re having a good day or a bad one

In fact, BIGG success demands that you do your best every day. Ultimately, BIGG success is the feeling of fulfillment you get from striving to realize your full potential.

Doing your best is a high standard. But it’s part of the price you’ll willingly pay to become a BIGG success.

You can start where you are. You can start today. You can do your best.

Doing what you do best

Now we come to the exponential power in this simple sentence. It’s important to do your best. But it’s not enough.

In order to be a BIGG success in your career, you need to do what you do best. Here’s the good news:

Doing your best is much easier when you’re doing what you do best.

  • You’ll be more enthusiastic
  • You’ll have more energy
  • You’ll feel at one with yourself and the world

So how do you discover what you do best? Ask yourself:

  • What do you excel at?
  • What comes easily for you that others find difficult?
  • What’s in your DNA?

These are a few of the questions you can answer to determine what you do best. But don’t just be introspective.

  • Ask your friends
  • Ask your family
  • Ask your colleagues
  • Ask your boss
  • Ask your mentors
  • Ask anyone and everyone who may be able to offer you needed insight

Once you figure it out, take action! Look for opportunities to do what you do best. And do your best doing it. It leads to BIGG success.

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Take a Wrong Turn to Find Your Purpose in Life

How a soccer ball led to a woman to find her purpose in life

We caught a great feature on CBS Sunday Morning a couple of weeks ago. Their story about Luma Mufleh, highlights the BIGG difference just one person can make one they discover their purpose in life.

Her story really touched us. So we want to share part of it with you today. We highly recommend that you watch the whole segment online.

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Purpose is at the intersection

We talk a lot about finding your passion here at BIGG Success. But passion is only part of the equation if you want to make it your life’s work.

You have to find a group of people with a need for it. In other words, you need to find a market in other words.

That’s where you find your purpose in life – where your passions intersect with a market.

The secret rarely shared

But there’s something we often neglect to mention. And we’re not the only ones. Most people never talk about it. So we want to share this secret that often gets overlooked:

You may not find your purpose. It may find you.

A wrong turn leads to a BIGG discovery

You may take a wrong turn and run right into it. That’s what happened with Luma.

She was on her way home from work one day when she took a wrong turn. She wound up in the parking lot of an apartment complex. She was moved by what she saw through her car window.

A group of kids were playing soccer. Well, kind of. They were using rocks for goals. They were barefoot.

Now there’s a part of the story we haven’t told you yet. As fate would have it, she was a soccer enthusiast.

She played as a kid. She participated in intramural soccer in college. She had even coached a girls’ soccer time after graduation, according to Wikipedia.

BIGG ideas start small and simple

So she had a BIGG idea. It started small and simple as they often do.

A few days later she returned with a soccer ball. The kids rushed over to her immediately. She struck a deal – they could have the ball if she could play with them.

She knew these kids looked different. She had seen kids like this in her home country, Jordan, and other places. But never in the U.S.

She came to learn that they were children of refugees. They and their families were victims of persecution in war-torn areas of the world.

Some of them had witnessed terrible brutalities, like a mom or grandma being raped. This was one of 350 such communities the U.S. government has set up for these escapees.

These kids were poor. They were having trouble fitting in.

She realized that a soccer team would help them feel like they belonged. So she used her own money to form The Fugees, the name chosen for the team. She struck a bargain for some t-shirts that served as uniforms.

But she quickly realized that soccer wasn’t enough. These kids – many of them teenagers – couldn’t read or write. Neither could their parents.

So she quit her job and started Fugees Academy. She found her purpose in life – giving these kids an education.

The vision expands

And she still has BIGG dreams. In fact, her vision has expanded.

She purchased 19 acres that were in foreclosure. She purchased the land with donations.

Now she’s raising $5 million to build the real deal – a school for kids in Grades 6 – 12. But more than that, she hopes to be a model for educating refugee kids all over the country.

She took a wrong turn to find her purpose in life. Now she’s making a BIGG difference.

You can too. Keep your eyes and ears open to find your life’s work.

Because you may run right into your purpose, even if you’ve made a wrong turn. It may just lead you to BIGG success!

You can help. Make a donation to Fugees Academy through their website.

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The Recipe for Success with Your Partner and Key People

The recipe for BIGG SuccessCatherine Morgan over at the PointAtoPointBTransitions blog recently wrote a great post about using your “lens” in your decision making process.

When evaluating opportunities, she encourages us to use our “lens” to find the right fit and to filter out those that aren’t.

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Catherine provides a couple of examples: A client who is using his lens to evaluate his next career step and a solopreneur who is using her lens to find companies with the budget for her core services.

Our lenses

We thought we’d share our lenses with you because it will help illustrate the recipe for success in your relationships.

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Mary-Lynn FosterI look for win/win and have the courage to walk away when that doesn’t end up in the equation. I take time to consider the opportunity. I weigh out the good and the bad. I’m careful to not inject “good” where it isn’t simply because I want it to be there. I’m equally cautious to not put something in the “bad” column because it takes me out of my comfort zone. In the end, my decision is based on what is right for me, and I’ve learned this through past decisions that were both correct & incorrect.

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George Krueger I’ve learned the hard way that I’m terribly optimistic. So I look at the downside of opportunities. The faster I can get to “No”, the better. If the risk can’t be reduced to an acceptable level, I pass. If the risk is tolerable, then I weigh it against the financial and non-monetary rewards.

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The power of different lenses

Mary-Lynn FosterSo, we both see opportunity through very different lenses. You can see I bring more emotion into it, while George is highly logical.

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So you might think the two of us would have a challenge coming together when we’re making decisions as a married couple or as partners in BIGG Success.

But the opposite is actually true. The two approaches help us make better decisions.

They’re part of the recipe for success with your partner and other key people in your life. And that’s the point we want to make today.

In your quest for BIGG success, you need to align yourself with people who approach challenges and opportunities from a different mindset.

But you can’t leave these critical ingredients out…

Now, we hasten to add – you need a shared vision and values with these key people in your life and your business. Otherwise, it won’t work.

But once you have that foundation to build upon, differences create more value.

Now, it can lead to some pretty spirited discussions. Arguments even!

But healthy ones at that. As long as you add one more vital ingredient to this recipe for success – respect.

You have to respect where the other person is coming from and what they’re saying even if you don’t agree.

So mix a little respect with a shared vision and values and then spice it up with some differences. It’s the recipe for BIGG success!

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