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Stop Giving 110 Percent to Be a Success

stop saying this to be a BIGG SuccessWe hear people say this all the time – “I gave 110 percent.”

(It’s funny – if you watch them closely, you’ll see that, most of the time, most of the people who make this claim aren’t even close. But that’s not our point today.)

This is a phrase we’d like to see just go away. It sets false expectations.

You can’t do it. You can’t give 110 percent. It’s physically impossible.

If you believe you can, you’re wrong. So stop trying.

You’re not a slacker if you don’t give 110 percent. You won’t come up short if you don’t give 110 percent.

Can you pour 8.8 ounces of liquid in a cup with an 8 ounce capacity?

Of course not. By trying, you waste valuable energy and effort.

Your capacity is 100 percent. That’s the maximum, the most you can do.

So focus on giving 100 percent to everything you do. No more. No less.


Give 100 percent to your work. By the way, 100 percent still means going the extra mile, doing those things that most people don’t do.

Because most people don’t give 100 percent. To anything or anyone. Except possibly themselves.

So you’ll be a BIGG success at work if you just give 100 percent.


Give 100 percent to your relationships. It’s the only way they’ll work.

Some people think they can build a relationship by giving 51 percent. Or 80 percent.

It won’t work. If the relationship starts to grow, it will wither up and die if both parties only give 50 or 51 or even 80 percent.

You have to give 100 percent to any relationship if you want it to bud into something beautiful. And so does the other person.

Since you can’t control them, you can only focus on your 100 percent. If you don’t get 100 percent back, then you know they aren’t committed to building a relationship with you.


Give 100 percent to yourself. You have to. It’s a requirement if you want to be a BIGG success.

Yet most people neglect this one. They give their all at work. They give their all to others.

But they don’t have any energy left to give to themselves. Don’t make this mistake.

Make sure you give your mind, your body, and your spirit 100 percent everyday.

All you can do is all you can do. But all you can do is what you must do if you want to be a BIGG success!

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Return To Sender

Today’s title is inspired by all of the thousands of people who are returning Christmas presents. Who you choose to associate with is one of the most important choices you make. Each person has his or her own personality.

And with those personalities goes certain traits – things they may say or do. Some things they say or do will be helpful. Others are harmful so you should mentally say to yourself – “No thanks, return to sender.”

  • When someone discourages you from pursuing your dreams, ask yourself, “Are they qualified?” If the answer is no, then just say to yourself, “No thanks!”
  • Dream busters, often family and close friends, tell you why your dream won’t work. Their intentions are usually honorable, but you still want to beware. They may discourage because they would be afraid to do it themselves. Or maybe they’re worried that you’ll be more successful than them.

    You should accept critical advice from people who know – experts in your chosen area. People who’ve achieved what you’re trying to do.

  • When someone tries to make you unhappy because they’re unhappy, just say to yourself, “No thanks!”
  • Negative Neds or Nellies are complainers, not doers. They focus on problems, not solutions. It seems that they’re only happy when they’re unhappy. They are major downers – negative forces that hold you back.

    If you’re the “glass-is-half-full” type, there’s nothing wrong with getting opinions from a “half-empty” person. But make sure everyone you associate with is a problem-solver, not just a problem-finder. Problems are easy to find; what’s difficult is determining the right solutions.

  • When someone tries to waste your time with endless conversation that has no substances, just say to yourself “No thanks!”
  • Energy zappers don’t respect your time. They go on and on and on and on … oops, sorry, just making the point! They take and take and take and take … okay, you’ve got the idea now! They will suck you dry and then move on. Let them!

    You want to associate with people who lift you up. Who inspire you. People like you. They’re going somewhere. They’ve done something with their lives.

Our quote today is by the Spanish author, Miguel de Cervantes.

“Tell me what company you keep and I’ll tell you what you are.”

Or as the old saying goes … you won’t fly with eagles if you hang out with turkeys!

Next time, we’ll talk about how to be a goal-getter, not just a goal-setter. Great advice for making, and keeping, your New Year’s resolutions from Ben Franklin.

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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