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Is Your Star Shining Bright?

Today, we want to share the timeless secret to overcoming all the odds. We’re mixing it up a little … we usually end with our bigg quote. We’ll start with it today because it’s central to our discussion.

It’s our favorite quote here at Bigg Success, by the author, B.C. Forbes.

“It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is the greatest need for having a fixed goal, for having an air castle that the outside world cannot wreck. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw from within. And the man or woman who has a star toward which to press cannot be thrown off the course, no matter how the world may try, no matter how far things seem to be wrong.”

So what’s the timeless secret to overcoming all the odds? Here it is …

You can overcome all adversity by knowing your bigg purpose.

Why, you ask, is it so important to have a star toward which to press? A bright star that’s constantly in sight.

  • It helps keep things in perspective.
  • By keeping your bigg purpose – your star – shining bright, little things don’t matter as much. You’re able to let them roll off you. They don’t bother you so much. You have bigger things to which to tend. You can make the right decisions much easier.

  • It provides a fixed point of reference for all the movement around it.
  • The biggest star of all, the sun, doesn’t move. The planets do, revolving around the sun. There are asteroids and all kinds of other things in space in constant motion.

    Back on Planet Earth, there is also constant movement – it’s called change. It’s everywhere – happening faster and faster. You can’t control everything, but your response is much clearer when you have a star toward which to press. You adapt … your bigg purpose stays in place.

  • It serves as an internal reserve to counteract external forces.
  • Friends, family, and colleagues usually have the very best intentions. In spite of that, sometimes they say things that may create doubt. You may become so afraid that you don’t take any risk; you don’t stick your neck out, which ultimately means you don’t accomplish what you want.

    There’s comfort in your star. You know what you’re trying to accomplish. That inner sense keeps you pushing on to the life you want.

The Iron Man Dad
We were e-mailed an inspiring story about living with purpose a while back. Dick Hoyt’s son, Rick, was born with cerebral palsy. Due to some complications at birth, the doctors told Dick that Rick would never talk or walk. That day, Dick found his star – to make life for Rick as normal as possible.

Time passed and Rick graduated from high school. He went on college and earned a degree in special education. While there, he helped his school, Boston College, develop a computer system that enables people like him to communicate.

Here’s where the story gets even more interesting …
Rick heard about a fundraiser – a five-mile run to benefit a young man who was paralyzed. Rick told his dad that they had to help. So Dick pushed Rick in a two-wheel running chair.

That wasn’t enough for this dynamic duo. They moved on to marathons – that’s over 26 miles! Then triathlons. Finally, they signed on for the Iron Man competition.

Dick attaches a tow line around his waist and pulls Rick for the 2.4-mile swim. Then, using a specially built bike, Rick sits in a seat in front of Dick for the 112-mile ride. Finally, Dick pushes a three-wheel chair for the marathon portion of each event.

Now, nearly 1,000 races later, would you say Rick has a normal life? It’s extraordinary. Dick Hoyt set out to create a normal life for his son. He accomplished that, and inspired an entire world!

Do you have a star toward which to press? Look for your star today so you can endure – even in the most difficult of times.

Next time, we’ll talk about the greatest miracle of all. You might just be surprised when you hear what it is. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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The Home Stretch

By Bigg Success Staff
December, 06 2007 

Work-Life Balance

We recently discussed how pushing yourself to your limits leads to your 7 peace of mind]. “Brazen Careerist” blogger, Penelope Trunk, wrote a related post recently called “Don’t get too comfortable at home after work.”

She cites the book, Satisfaction: The Science of Finding True Fulfillment written by Gregory Berns. Berns is a professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Emory University and Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. Now that’s a title!

In his book, Berns discusses the mood-lifting chemical reaction that occurs in your brain when you stretch yourself. Trunk asserts that you won’t be happy if you only push yourself at work. You also need personal growth at home. Otherwise, you’ll feel a void. Her post is ripe with ideas. We think you’ll enjoy reading it. Here are some thoughts on how to begin.

Shake up your after-work routine
Start with little changes. Make it a habit. You’ll soon feel excited about your new routine. Then you’re ready for bigger and better things.

  • Instead of sitting, stand. When you would usually stand, walk.
  • If tonight is pizza night, order a Hawaiian pizza instead of pepperoni.
  • Instead of staying at home, go out. Instead of going out, stay in.
  • Watch an educational show instead of that show you normally would view.
  • Eat dinner at the table, instead of in front of the television.
  • Instead of surfing the internet, browse materials at your local library. You remember the library, don’t you?

Without balance, you can’t be whole. It’s analogous to taking elective courses. They round you out. You become a more interesting person because you expand your point-of-view.

Without growth, in all areas of your life, you won’t feel fulfilled. Begin with baby steps. Make stretching yourself, at work and at home, a habit. Start today!

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Destination Peace of Mind: These 4 Things Insure Success

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Yesterday, we discussed our favorite definition of success. It came from the book
They Call Me Coach by the great John Wooden. To paraphrase:

Success is peace of mind which is the result
of giving your all to reach your full potential.

Today we’ll look at the four things you must do daily for your peace of mind.

  1. Always value your values.
    We almost didn’t include this, because it seems so obvious. It should be an unstated assumption, right? Then, we remembered what happens when you assume. Remember that old saying?

If your actions conflict with your core values, you definitely won’t have peace of mind! You have to respect the person you see in the mirror.

  1. Get over today tomorrow.
    If you feel good about today, congratulations! Revel in it … tonight. If you feel lousy about today, lick your wounds … tonight.

But when you wake up in the morning, it’s a new day! So wipe the slate clean and get on getting on to all you know you can become.

  1. All you can do is all you can do, but all you can do is what you must do.
    Let’s dissect this sentence. The first half is your comfort. The second half is your challenge.

Take comfort even if you fell short of your mark. You can’t possibly give more than “all”. You should feel good about your effort. But wait!

The challenge is giving your “all” because success does comes with a price. “All” is a pretty high bar! Only you know if you truly did give everything. The worst person to lie to is yourself. That’s a recipe for perpetual failure.

Did you give your all today? If the answer is yes, congratulations. If no, tomorrow is a new day. You get to try again.

  1. Take it to the limit.
    Most of us have an inherent desire to grow. Otherwise, we get bored. Growth occurs at the point where what you know intersects with what you don’t know. As you push yourself beyond that point, you grow. And with growth comes meaning. You feel fulfilled. You are at peace.

Our quote today is by the legendary baseball player George Moriarty.

“Who can ask more of a man, than giving all within his span?
Giving all, it seems to me, is not so far from victory.”

So give your all today, for your peace of mind.

By the way, if you listen to today’s show, you’ll hear our friend “Ted” reading this quote. We think you’ll find success quotes are much more fun this way. You may even want to get in on the act! Check out our BIGG Quotes page for details.

In our next blog, we’ll take a new approach to finding your dream. It’s a two-part series that will take you back to the past, and then look forward to your future.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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