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A Mental Laxative for Bloggers

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Listen to this post! Click a player to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 4:33)

Here I sit all broken-hearted; tried to write, but can’t get started.

If you’re a blogger, do you ever feel that way?

You sit down to write. You feel ready. You know you have stuff in your brain that wants to come out. But it just won’t.

We’ve felt that way too many times to count. How do you rid yourself of the mental constipation we all occasionally experience as bloggers?

We’ll start with prevention. That’s the best cure after all! Here are four areas to check.

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What is Your Ideal Day?

Our ideal day balcony view | BIGG Success
Our friend, Jason Womack, has a fantastic new book called Your Best Just Got Better. One of the concepts in his book is the Ideal Day.

He says that “envisioning your Ideal Day can make a major impact on your creativity, productivity and quality of life.” So he’s promoting the Ideal Day Campaign.

And we’re participating! Here are our Ideal Days:

[Mary-Lynn] I open my balcony door to hear the glorious sound of the ocean. The constant motion gives me peace. I enjoy a cup of coffee as I watch the waves in amazement. I begin my day reading some inspiring work from online friends, and share those articles with others on my social media spaces. Then I get to work…forward motion like the waves…creating content and tools to help our clients move forward, to live life on their own terms. I take a break during the day to get in some exercise. I feel so much better mentally and physically when I do this. At the end of the day, I go for a stroll along the ocean with my husband and business partner, holding his hand, feeling the water touch my feet.

[George] I wake up early without an alarm and go to the kitchen to make a pot of coffee. I feed our cat Fraidy after giving him some attention. Then I grab that extra strong first cup as the coffee still percolates. I ease into the day by reading the Bible and spending some quiet time in prayer and contemplation. I see a hint of sunshine through the window and look out at the glimmer on the great expanse of water. What a wonderful day this will be! I step out onto the balcony with my computer and check my e-mail. I exchange messages with friends, colleagues and clients. Now it’s time to get to work, so I start doing the work I love. We create a lot of content every week and I’m most creative in the morning. By mid-morning, it’s time for a break. Mary-Lynn and I walk down to the white sandy beach and go for a long, brisk walk. Then it’s back to work. I spend the rest of the work day conversing, researching and planning. Mary-Lynn and I enjoy our dinner on our balcony, overlooking the ocean. I close the day with some light reading as I enjoy the sights, sounds and smells of nature.

The first thing you may notice is who makes the coffee in our house!

We wrote these independently but you’ll notice the similarity between them. That’s because we frequently discuss our individual and mutual visions.

Fortunately, we both share similar affinities and dreams. Maybe that’s why we can spend so much time together without fighting (much)!

We vacation in a coastal area every chance we get. In fact, the photo above is the view from our balcony the last time we did.

It’s also true that we live our Ideal Day most days, without the ocean. We love where we live; we have so many wonderful friends here. But down the road, we will spend much more time every year by BIGG water!

What’s your Ideal Day? Share it here or better yet – post it on your blog. Then go over to Jason’s blog and let him know.

While you’re there, you can get a free chapter of Your Best Just Got Better. You can even sign up to have your Ideal Day funded by Jason!

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Ask These Two Questions or Expect to Fail

ask these 2 questions for BIGG SuccessAn inquisitive nature is one of the secrets to BIGG success. But there are two questions which you can’t afford not to ask.

If you don’t ask these two questions, you can expect to fail. One of them will help you think bigger. The other one will help you move forward.

The question to think bigger

There’s a question children ask incessantly. They ask it so much that it can drive us adults absolutely crazy.

It’s a simple question but it packs of powerful punch. The question is:

Why?

Kids have a certain natural curiosity and a sense of wonderment about the world around them. It’s one of the secrets behind their creativity.

Yet we seem to lose it quickly. In fact, research shows that we lose most of our creativity by the time we leave the first grade.

We need to learn to ask “Why?” all over again. Only there’s not much to learn.

It’s more a state of being. But as adults, we have to begin with a state of consciousness.

We need to make asking “Why?” a habit. It won’t happen overnight. But you can develop this practice day by day.

What in your world demands asking “Why”?

The question to move forward

However, there’s another question which is just as important. In fact, it may be more important. Ask:

Why not?

What do you really want to do with your life? What’s holding you back?

Why not ask yourself “Why not”?

Why not go for it? Why not try? Why not just do it?

Why not stop regretting? Why not start living?

Why not give up the grind? Why not pursue your passions?

Most people are driven by fear. So ask yourself “Why not” so you really start to understand what you’re afraid of.

Many people tend to magnify the negative possibilities. They quickly get too scared to try to do anything to make their lives better.

People who reach BIGG success understand the negatives. They quickly work to minimize the negatives so they can take action without much risk.

Why not start living life on your own terms today? If you’re not sure where to start, maybe we can help.

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A Simple Way to Improve Your Creative Thinking Skills

think through the eyes of a child for BIGG SuccessCreativity is a critical skill today. Both persistent problems and new problems require innovative solutions.

You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “If at first you don’t succeed – try, try again.” It’s not that hard to come up with a solution.

The second one is harder; the third even more difficult. In order to “try, try again”, you have to be able to think creatively.

Through the eyes of a child

Why is it that many people just don’t seem to be creative? Is it a natural ability or is it an acquired skill? Here’s one expert’s answer:

“When children are very young, they all express creativity, but by the end of the first grade, very few do so,” says Robert Epstein, former editor-in-chief of Psychology Today and author of The Big Book of Creativity Games.

So how do you become more creative? Go back to kindergarten!

Improve your creative thinking skills by allowing yourself to daydream. Don’t force yourself to stay on task.

Ask questions, even if they seem silly. Have you ever grown tired of the incessant “Why” question by a toddler?

Drive people crazy! Act like a toddler again. Ask “Why.”

But don’t stop there. Take a note from Robert Kennedy and ask, “Why not?” Then let your imagination run wild!

Albert Einstein, the person most branded with intelligence, recognized that it was much less important than imagination.

So pour yourself a glass of milk. Pull out a few cookies. Then think like a kid!

Note: The quote above comes from a great article on creativity. It has to be purchased. It’s long. But it’s a great read so we highly recommend it to you.

A child learns a lesson in business

Bill Rosenberg was nine-years old. He often tagged along to work with his dad, who owned a grocery store in Boston.

One hot summer day, Bill’s dad made the boy responsible for selling watermelons. If the nine-year old didn’t sell them, they would go bad.

Bill set up a stand in front of the store. He stood there. And stood there. And stood there.

People weren’t buying! The young man realized he needed to get creative.

He positioned himself by the streetcar stop. He barked out, “Bring a watermelon home! Surprise your family!”

People were impressed with the boy’s enthusiasm. Before long, all the watermelons were gone. Bill was a BIGG success!

What happened to Bill Rosenberg? He went on to start Dunkin’ Donuts, a chain that sells over $5 billion of food and coffee through its nearly 9,000 stores. Source: Time to Make the Donuts, William Rosenberg

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The Fastest Way to Be a Success

The fastest way to be a BIGG SuccessIt will probably sound a bit odd, at least at first.

It’s certainly counterintuitive, at least in part.

But it is the shortest distance between where you are now and the BIGG success that you dream about.

It requires you to be able to hold two conflicting ideas in harmony. So what is it?

Eliminate possibilities while keeping your options open.

Eliminate possibilities

When it comes to choosing your path through life, you are inundated with choices.

Every idea seems like a good idea. But most of them aren’t.

The key to reaching BIGG success as fast as possible is to eliminate your choices as quickly as possible.

We learned this from a venture capitalist. He said his job is to “get to no as fast as possible.”

Then you can move on to the next idea. Keep going until you have trouble saying no.

Then you can focus on the few ideas that are truly gems. Did you notice the key term in that last sentence?

Focus. That’s the reason to eliminate possibilities – to allow you to focus your precious resources on a few great ideas at a time.

Keep your options open

Now you’re ready for the conflict. As you develop the idea, you will gain more information.

Just what you needed, right? You did such a good job eliminating possibilities. Now you know more so you have more.

And that’s good news. It’s how you will deal with the unexpected.

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. As an entrepreneur, you know you can’t predict the future. You create it.

You create it. with creativity. Your creativity helps you see new options to get to BIGG success faster.

Creativity. That’s what this second part is all about. It keeps you from hitting your head up against the same wall over and over.

Creative focus will help you reach BIGG success!

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