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3 Ways to Feel More Confident

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Feel more confident when giving a speech, asking for a pay raise, conducting a workshop, or during an important conversation.

We discuss how to speak confidently on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

It’s a strange back-to-school season. A lot of firsts.

[Mary-Lynn] We want to share with you a story George shared with his students in his Entrepreneurial Finance class at the best school in the world – the University of Illinois.

[George] I remember the first time I taught my class. I had never taught before. I was nervous. Well, I survived the semester. The University always has students evaluate their instructors at the end of the semester. One of my students commented,

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A Simple Way to Face Adversity and Disappointment

Think NIL for BIGG SuccessWe’re BIGG fans of The Celebrity Apprentice.
On the most recent episode, The Donald fired Debbie Gibson. In her exit interview, she said:

“Did my ego like that I was fired? No. But Mr. Trump can’t fire me from being Debbie Gibson.
So nothing is lost.”

We immediately looked at each other. What a great quote! What a great attitude!

We define BIGG success as life on your own terms. It’s a process of discovery which begins with your self and expands out from there.

Once you know who you are, you can deal with adversity and disappointment much more easily. You naturally retain your sense of self-worth and confidence.

No one can take that you away from you. You’re really cool. You know it. C’mon, admit it.

But our definition of BIGG success is more than a process of discovery. It’s also a tool which helps you define your world.

The terms you use can limit you or embolden you. They can tear you down or buck you up.

That’s why we like her parting sentence – nothing is lost. You can quickly take the sentiment and turn it into an acronym – NIL.

NIL means something that means nothing. It is something of no importance, no significance.

When things don’t go your way, invoke the term NIL to empower you.

Call up the term NIL to brace you when things aren’t going your way.

You can use the term NIL to remind yourself to stick your next out.

Get over the hurt when someone disappoints you by saying the term NIL out loud.

Things won’t always go the way you want. You may face adversity or disappointment. You can’t control it all. But you can control how you respond.

So use the term NIL to help you get past it. You’ll instantly recall that nothing is lost. You will remind yourself that you’re still here. You’re still you. You’re still fighting for the life of your dreams. That’s BIGG success!

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10 Ways to Be More Confident

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What’s the difference between people who reach BIGG success and those who don’t? There are many, with confidence being one of them.

Peak performers in any field maintain a high degree of self-confidence. So today we want to share 10 techniques to help you be more confident and get you to the top of your game.

Listen to this post! Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.

1.Practice consistently to be more confident

You’ll feel more confident when you feel ready. You’ll never feel ready if you don’t put in the work.

Practice. Practice. Practice.

Peak performers go through their routines effortlessly, without thinking. The only way they get to that point is by going through the process again and again. It’s how you master your craft and perform with confidence.

2. Squelch doubt to be more confident

As humans, we tend to focus on what we can’t do instead of what we can do.

As a winner, you’ll squelch those feelings of doubt so you can focus on your strengths to finish the task at hand.

3. Watch your labels to be more confident

When you experience defeat, how do you label it? Do you think of it as a failure or a setback?

Many people tell themselves that they lack the ability needed to reach BIGG success. Nobody else has to count them out; they do it to themselves.

But you’re a winner. When you experience defeat, you won’t label it as a failure. Most importantly, you won’t ever allow yourself to feel defeated.

No, you’ll double down. You’ll work even harder to reach your goal the next time out.

You will constantly look for ways to improve your performance through preparation, concentration, skill, and execution.

4. Play to win to be more confident

Many people play to NOT lose. They focus on the negative. They react.

But you’re a peak performer. So you’ll play to win. You’ll take control of the situation. And you won’t be afraid to take chances.

5. Manage emotions to be more confident

People who lack confidence have a tough time dealing with adversity. It feels like a validation of their inferiority.

They may get upset. It often leads to anger. At some point, they feel depressed. It can lead to a pessimistic outlook.

But you’re a winner. You know you’ll be a BIGG success.

So you can keep your emotions in check. You won’t give up. You’ll focus on finding a way to overcome every adversity.

6. Remember past successes to be more confident

Many people dwell on past disappointments. It’s their excuse for not trying again. It’s one of the things that keep them stuck.

But you’re a BIGG winner. You’ll recall past successes to bring more successes your way.

You won’t get stuck in the past. But you will remind yourself of the joy and elation you felt when you won.

You’ll use this feeling to provide fuel to win again.

7. Recognize BIGG success daily to be more confident

You’re a winner. So you’ll break your BIGG goals down into meaningful milestones.

Then you’ll spend your days on those few things that will help you get to that next milestone. And you’ll celebrate at the end of the day.

You were a BIGG success today. Because you moved forward on your journey to your destiny.

8. Lean on your network to be more confident

You’re a winner. So you’ll reach out for help to get to where you want to go.

You will look for people who have already done what you want to do and learn from them.

9. Use success talk to be more confident

As a winner, you’ll monitor your own talk. You’ll say things like “I can” and “I will”.

You won’t speak more harshly to yourself than you would to your best friend or loved one.

You won’t allow words that are negative or downgrading into your head. Your self-talk will be both instructional and inspiring.

10. Look successful to be more confident

You’re a BIGG winner. So you’ll look the part.

You’ll stand up straight. You’ll walk with a bounce in your step. You’ll keep a smile on your face.

Act confident and you’ll be more confident. It leads to BIGG success!

What makes you feel confident?

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Success Does NOT Breed Success

golden egg | BIGG SuccessMia Hamm, the amazing soccer player, said, “Success breeds success.”

With all due respect, we disagree.

Success does not breed success.

At least not directly.

And in some cases, success actually breeds failure.

Success breeds success, but only indirectly

Success breeds affirmation. You’re on the right track. You’re doing the right things.

Success breeds confidence. You did well. You’re going to reach BIGG success.

Success breeds enthusiasm. Achieving a goal is fun. It’s easy to get excited about reaching for even bigger goals.

Success breeds energy. You can’t wait to get started on your next goal. You’re all pumped up, ready to go!

Success breeds all of these factors. You bring them all to your next BIGG thing.

How can you help but win? But sometimes it doesn’t work out that way…

Success breeds failure

Sometimes, success leads to failure. This happens indirectly as well.

We’ve seen it happen many times. We help small business owners start a second business.

We share with them the 15 most common mistakes that people make when starting a second business.

Seven of them are related to this attitude of success breeding success. Specifically, they get too confident.

They make poor decisions or execute poorly because of this over-confidence. It leads to failure.

It’s tougher to fail after an initial success than before. Generally, there’s more at risk financially.

And it’s especially difficult emotionally. You start to question whether the first time was just luck.

So success can breed success indirectly. But be on the alert for over-confidence so your success breeds BIGG success!

Thanks so much for checking in with us today. Until next time, we wish you BIGG success!

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You Can Be a BIGG Success Today

giving your all to achieve bigg success | BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. You’re the entrepreneur of your life.

You may or may not be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word. But you do own your life.

Hear George & Mary-Lynn discuss today’s post on The BIGG Success Show podast. Click a player below to listen while you read.


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Destination BIGG success

BIGG success is a destination. You create a vision of the life you want. Then you start driving to it.

Hour by hour…

Day by day…

Week by week…

Month by month…

Quarter by quarter…

Year by year…

…you strive for BIGG success. More specifically, you push to get to the next milestone.

The ups and downs of BIGG success

But it can be challenging to get from where you are to where you want to be.

Frustration.

Stress.

Doubt.

Fear.

Joy.

Faith.

Confidence.

Success!

They’re all part of the journey.

The ups are easy. You can do no wrong. You are invincible. The world is your oyster.

The down times? Well, the only easy thing is quitting.

The high cost of quitting

Yet quitting isn’t easy. Because you have to live with it for the rest of your life.

You will always wonder what might have been. You can’t bear the thought.

It’s the reason you are an entrepreneur. Failure was acceptable. Not trying – well, just the thought of not going for it caused that feeling in the pit of your stomach.

Yes, it was scary. Yes, people said you wouldn’t make it.

But you didn’t care. You had to go. You had to try. You could feel in the depths of your soul that you were put on this earth to do something special. And by gosh, you were going to do it.

So you did.

But today sucked. Again.

You feel like you’ve been hit by a truck. You’re exhausted. You’re discouraged.

And it would be so easy to give up.

But you know you won’t. Because you’re a BIGG goal-getter. So you have to see this thing through. Because it’s what you were meant to do.

The victory is in the challlenge

And then you realize something important…you already are a BIGG success.

You can’t control the result. You can only control the activity.

And today – just like yesterday and every day before – you gave it everything you had. So you’re a BIGG success.

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

Then it hits you – the victory is in the challenge!

BIGG success is a journey

Sure, BIGG success is a destination. But it’s also a journey.

And every single day, you’re learning new things and developing new skills. It’s growth – one of the five elements of BIGG success along with money, time, work and play.

Money and time are your two resources; work and play your two opportunities. Growth bridges the chasm.

Growth starts as an opportunity. You’re capitalizing on it. You’re growing.

By growing – by gaining new knowledge and insight, by adding skills and experience – you’re developing the skills to get past ANY problem you face.

Growth is becoming a resource. By discovering how to overcome any problem, you’re also learning how to triumph over EVERY problem you will ever face.

Yes, you WERE a BIGG success today. And Destination BIGG success is just around the corner!

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