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Peace on Earth Begins with You

Your important role for Peace on Earth and BIGG Success“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
Luke 2:14

That’s the message of the angels to the shepherds.
It’s the message of Christmas.

Now we’re not trying to convert anybody so please bear with us. But in this simple message lies the power to change the world for the better.

Creating peace on earth is a three-step process. And you have an important role to play. Because it all begins with you.

Recognize a power greater than yourself

We believe in God. You don’t have to. It’s your choice.

Just believe in something bigger than yourself, be it the power of nature or something else.

This step helps you approach the process with the proper humility.

Peace without begins with peace within

Christmas is the official celebration of the birth of Jesus. Jesus said, “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Do you see the implication? You can’t love your neighbor if you don’t first love yourself.

The same goes for peace. We can’t hope for peace on earth until people have peace of mind.

So start with yourself.

Peace of mind comes from living your core values.

Peace of mind results from doing all you can do to be all you can be.

If we would all focus on internal peace, external peace would surely follow.

Good will to all

In fact, it follows naturally in the message from the angels. Did you notice good will followed peace?

This is the higher calling. Once you have shown good will to yourself by seeking peace of mind, you can begin serving others.

In so doing, you’ll create good will. Good will is the most precious asset you can have. It builds your social capital.

Add value for others and you’ll create value for yourself. That’s BIGG success!

We wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas!

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A Key Leadership Trait for Uncertain and Volatile Times

enjoy uncertainty | BIGG SuccessUncertainty abounds. Volatility is the order of the day. Stress is the natural by-product.
It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life – taking control to create the life that fits you perfectly.

Entrepreneurs learn how to deal with entrepreneurial terror. Most people never experience it. Anyone who has never wishes it on anyone.

But you’re a BIGG goal-getter. You’re the entrepreneur in charge of an incredibly special enterprise – your life.

So you will learn to deal with the uncertainty, the volatility, and the stress.

But you can do even more for the most important people in your life.

You can be a source of certainty.

You can be a shelter against volatility.

You can be a partner in stress relief.

How?

In one simple term: steadfastness.

Seems like a tall order in an uncertain, volatile world?

It’s not.

You can be steadfast in two ways:

Your vision

Entrepreneurs know that they can’t predict what will happen. You have to create your future.

You should share your vision with the people who are affected by it. Your spouse. Your family. Your employees. Your customers.

Your destination can remain firm, even in times of uncertainty and volatility. Of course, the road you take to get there may change.

But keeping your vision constant gives comfort to the people who are part of it.

Your values

You can also be steadfast with your core values. Your core values are found where your passions meet your beliefs.

They define what’s most important to you. Living your core values unwaveringly calms the most important people around you.

People are soothed by predictability. By being steadfast in your vision and values, the people around you will draw closer to you.

They will help you achieve your vision within the framework of your values. Before you know it, you’ll reach BIGG success!

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Why Your Partner Must be Two Faced

two_facesBigg Success is two years old today! What a two years it has been!

Over the past two years, you’ve given us two thumbs up in so many ways. You’ve made us one of the regularly featured business career podcasts in iTunes. You’ve helped us grow the number of people who visit our site every day.

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Bigg Success is not a two-seater. We love to hear from you. We’re so happy that you’ve been here to share your thoughts with us over the past two years.

Because it takes two to tango. We couldn’t do this if it weren’t for you. We thank you so much for all your support.

Bigg success is life on your own terms. It’s two for the price of one here. We feel so fortunate to be able to work together. That’s life on our own terms!

Now on to the topic of today’s post.

There’s a two-step in selecting your partner or partners. We got lucky on this one, even though we had two left feet! It naturally happened for us.

But don’t follow our lead. You probably want to be more intentional. There’s a dichotomy at play – your partnership must be two-faced.

The first face: You and any partner should be like two peas in a pod.
Partners must share the same vision and values or they will constantly be at odds with each other. For example, business partners must agree on whether you’re in business to create current income or to build long-term wealth. Your strategies will be quite different with these two different visions of success.

You also have to share core values. You will face some tough decisions on the path to bigg success. Partners with different core values may respond differently.

The second face: Two heads are better than one.

It’s important to have a shared vision. It’s important to have the same core values. However, if you share too many characteristics, your partnership will likely fail.

You want a partner with complementary skills. If you both have the same talents and strengths, you would probably be better off with a different partner. There won’t be much synergy in your relationship.

You also want a partner with a different point-of-view. You want someone who takes a different approach. Otherwise, neither of you gets a critical review of your ideas. You needlessly waste time and money because your bad ideas don’t get filtered out before you take action on them.

We think these principles apply to any partnership.

You can extend it as far as you want. It may apply to your partner in life, a partner in business, key employees or a joint venture partner on a specific project.
 
The key to building partnerships that aren’t two-dimensional is to understand this dichotomy when you select a partner. It’s critical for creating synergy which multiplies your results more than two-fold.

Get this right and you’ll get two tickets to paradise … partnership paradise, that is. And that’s bigg success!

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Thanks so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time when we look at a killer combination – that’s two things – that lead to bigg success! Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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Success Building Blocks: Competitive Greatness

By Bigg Success Staff
09-17-08

Timeless Principles

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John Wooden, arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball, developed the Pyramid of Success.  It’s a wonderful tool to succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.

So far, we’ve discussed four rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

The fourth row, which is also the second from the top, is made up of Poise and Confidence

This week, we’ll look at the single block that sits at the top of the Pyramid.

Competitive Greatness

This success building block sits atop Poise and Confidence. Without these two, Wooden asserts you won’t achieve Competitive Greatness. But it goes beyond that – this block sits at the top because it is the result of all the rest. Putting in place all the other attributes helps you achieve this one.

The great performers bravely step forward when others are afraid. They thrive when others wither. So they want to be the point person in attacking the bigg challenge. After all, who is better suited to lead the cause? They believe it is up to them. This is their opportunity to shine … and they do! 

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Success Building Blocks: Confidence

By Bigg Success Staff
09-11-08

Timeless Principles

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We count ourselves among the many people who believe that John Wooden was the best coach in the history of college basketball. But his contributions go far beyond the court. He developed an incredible tool called the Pyramid of Success that will help you succeed in any endeavor you choose.

We’ve completed our discussion of three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition, Skill and Team Spirit.

We’ve also looked at one of the two blocks that form that fourth row – Poise. This fourth row is also the second row from the top, right below the apex of the Pyramid. This week, we’ll look at the block that makes up the other half of this row. 

Confidence

Wooden points out that, if you don’t have all three blocks in the middle row of the Pyramid – Condition, Skill and Team Spirit – in place, you’ll never have Confidence. Confidence and Poise are closely related, but Wooden felt the need to include both in his Pyramid.

When we’re confident, we respect the task at hand but we don’t fear it. We know we’re prepared. That’s why the three blocks in the middle row – Condition, Skill, and Team Spirit – are so vital. We know the fundamentals of our craft. Even beyond that, we know that we know them. That’s not a subtle difference!

There’s a fine line between confidence and cockiness. Peak performers get right up to the line, but they don’t cross over it. We don’t strive to be cocky, but it can happen over time. We have to guard against it by keeping all of the other success building blocks in mind.

With that in mind, we won’t succeed bigg if we aren’t confident. We have to win mentally to win physically. We must think we can win or we won’t. We must believe we can succeed or we won’t. When we have this mindset, we’re ready to take action. We’re ready to succeed bigg! And we can’t wait to get going! 

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