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2 Tips to Make a New Year Resolution You Will Keep

Remember school lunch?

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[George] “I remember one clearly. I was in grade school – I think fourth grade. The main item on the menu that day was a ham salad sandwich.

Most of us weren’t fans of ham salad, so we weren’t eating them. But one of my friends said he loved ham salad.

He quickly devoured the one on his plate. So another one of my friends handed his sandwich over. It was gone in no time.

But it didn’t stop there. Everybody started dumping their ham salad sandwiches on my friend’s plate.

And it became a contest. How many sandwiches could he eat?

He ended up eating 17 half-sandwiches – in other words, 8½ sandwiches total!

And the final part of the story: Lunch ended. We went back to class. It wasn’t long before my friend made a mad dash for the bathroom.

Yes, he tossed his ham salad!”

So what does ham salad have to do with making New Year resolutions? We’ll share two things:

Don’t bite off more than you can chew

Or should we say digest? We humans tend to make sweeping changes. We want immediate results.

But BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. Entrepreneurs – especially in the early stage – don’t see immediate results. They only see what they’re doing to achieve the results they want. So…

Think like an entrepreneur!

Shift your focus away from results to activities.

If you get the activities right, the results will take care of themselves.

For an easy example, let’s say you want to lose weight. Instead of putting yourself on a starvation diet, change one thing. For instance, if you eat a candy bar in the middle of the day, substitute a piece of fruit.

If you’re not exercising at all, don’t try to exercise for an hour every day. Start with fifteen minutes or so a couple of times a week.

Research shows that it takes between two weeks to a month or more for a habit to form. As you form one habit, you can start working on another one.

Small bites lead to BIGG success day after day, habit after habit.

Don’t let other people stuff you full

They have their own agenda. But you have your own. After all, BIGG success is life on your own terms!

So before you make a New Year resolution, ask a very important question:

Why?

And then expand on it:

Why is it important to you?

Why is it more important than other resolutions you might make?

These questions help establish your motivation. There will be times when it will be hard to keep your resolution. You will feel like giving up on it at times.

You must understand the reason underlying your resolution.

Don’t just think about a New Year resolution.

Feel the difference it will make.

So to make New Year resolutions you will keep, set your own agenda and take baby steps. It leads to BIGG success!

What’s your tip for making New Year resolutions?

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Why Flipping a Coin is the Key to Success in Business

flip a coin for BIGG SuccessWe all know a coin has two sides. As a personal or professional entrepreneur, you will always operate on one side or the other in your life and career.

The key to success in business lies in flipping the coin. But before we get into that, let’s talk about the two sides.

Heads is for discovery

Many people think entrepreneurship is a step-by-step process. It’s not. It’s a discovery process.

You have to uncover your passions. You need to understand your proficiencies. You must find a marketplace aligned with those passions and proficiencies.

So you must to use your whole head. By that, we mean both your right and left brain. You need to think logically and creatively.

Tails is for development

You may be the biggest and best thinker in the whole world. It won’t do you much good, though.

Entrepreneuring is also a development process. You can’t just think. You have to act.

Not just any action. You need to take on specific activities, actions designed to build your life, not just a living.

And once you identify those activities, you need to work your tail off.

Flipping the coin

So entrepreneuring is a discovery and development process. Flipping the coin is the key to success in business.

The trick lies in knowing when to do it. As we said before, this is not a step-by-step process.

Many people never get past the early discovery phase. They never flip the coin. They don’t get started. So there is no development.

Others fail because they flip to the development side too early. They don’t learn enough about themselves and their market. .

Still others struggle because they don’t understand an incredibly important concept about doing business today…

You’re always operating on both sides of the coin. It leads to BIGG success!

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The Cold Hard Truth About Entrepreneuring

BIGG Success can be an emotional rideWe love Discovery’s The Deadliest Catch. In case you’re not familiar with it, it’s a show about crab fishing in the brutal Bering Sea.

On the season opener this year, Sig (one of the captains) said something to which we can totally relate as entrepreneurs. But first a little background…

Crab boat captains fish much like entrepreneurs. They develop a theory about where the crab might be like entrepreneurs do with customers.

Based on this theory, they put out their pots – crab fishing code for the baited cages they use to lure the crabs in. Likewise, entrepreneurs use promotional messages to attract customers.

Now back to what Sig said…

He had put out pots but the first run is often disappointing. It’s really about just trying to find out where the crabs are.

On this particular string, though, they hit the jackpot with the first pot. The team celebrated! And then got back to pulling in more pots.

But the tide turned quickly. Pot after pot, they scored zero after zero. No crabs!

Sig said, “It was fun and now it’s not so fun.”

A perfect description of entrepreneuring! Entrepreneuring is a roller coaster ride.

You’re up. You’re down. It’s fun. It’s not. And it’s often a short drive between the two.

It may happen from one day to the next. Yesterday was great. Today sucks. It can even happen from minute to minute when bad news is suddenly front and center.

When you’re the entrepreneur, you often don’t see the good news. Your employees take care of that. You also may not see the little blimps.

No, it’s the big things that hit your desk – the loss of a significant customer or key employee, an impending law suit, or an unexpected bill (e.g. a tax penalty).

The sages say you shouldn’t get emotional about business. But the sages aren’t entrepreneurs. Entrepreneuring is an incredibly emotional experience.

It forces you to reach deep down within yourself, to draw upon resources you didn’t even know you had. It makes you stronger and tougher.

Just realize this – you’re not alone. Every entrepreneur rides this roller coaster.

So when you feel lonely, reach out to a fellow entrepreneur. Reach out to us. We all need to support each other through difficult times.

It will help you get through the down cycle. It’s how you keep pushing.

Remember, the downs are usually followed by an uptick. And the journey is worth it because it ends with BIGG success!

How do you handle the down times?

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The Lottery Entrepreneurs Sponsor

winning your lottery for BIGG SuccessWe’re both addicted to news. And last week the news was full of talk about the mega-million dollar lottery.

Did you play? Millions did as the payoff hit a record level.

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What would you do with that kind of money? It was the subject of much conversation as people talked about how their lives would change if only…

…my financial situation wasn’t holding me back
…I could buy whatever I want
…I was rich

Then…
…I’d be popular
…I’d be famous
…I’d have everything I ever wanted and more

Millions of people mentally escaped their everyday lives, if only for a short time. They could see themselves getting out of the drudgery, leaving a life of turmoil and stress behind, and living out their dream.

And it’s a positive thing. Many people just assume that tomorrow will be no better than today. To change that, you must first see a brighter future for yourself.

Unfortunately, the masses stop there. But you aren’t part of the crowd. You’re a BIGG goal-getter. You’re a winner.

So you will take charge to create your dream life. You are the entrepreneur of a very important enterprise – your life.

Today, we want to talk about an option you may not realize you have – you can sponsor your own lottery.

Let’s talk about the differences between state-sponsored lotteries and your lottery. For simplification, we’ll just refer to state-sponsored lotteries as “the lottery.”

Fantasies versus reality

The lottery deals in fantasies. As we said earlier, millions of people were thinking about what they would do if they won.

As an entrepreneur, your lottery deals with reality. You help people solve their most pressing problems.

Luck versus a guarantee

The lottery is based on luck. People pay money for the remote chance of winning.

As an entrepreneur, your lottery guarantees that the fortunate people you serve will win. All they have to do is accept the solutions you offer.

No value to most versus value to all

The odds of winning this lottery were about 1 in 176 million. The lottery offers no value to most of the people who play.

They give up their hard-earned money for what turns out to be a worthless piece of paper.

As an entrepreneur, you know that you have to add value in the lives of others to create value for yourself.

You provide the right solution for a small price. So with your lottery, everyone wins!

State-sponsored lotteries capitalize the fantasies of the multitude to reward the few.

As an entrepreneur, you do the exact opposite. Entrepreneurs invest to make everyone’s dream come true. That’s BIGG Success!

What differences do you see between lotteries and what entrepreneurs do?

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Conquer This Paralyzing Pair of Fears

overcome paralyzing fears for BIGG SuccessMany people are too afraid to succeed. They are driven by the fear of failure.

The fear of the unknown is a frequent companion to this fear of failure. With this pair, it’s easy to get stuck like a wooly mammoth in a tar pit.

Only with humans, it leads to emotional death rather than a physical one.

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life – taking control to create the life of your dreams. Your life is your enterprise and you are the owner.

Do entrepreneurs experience this dismal duo – the fear of failure and the fear of the unknown?

Certainly.

As the entrepreneur of your life, how can you conquer these frightful fears? Let’s take them one at a time.

The fear of failure

You probably won’t really think about it this way. But you’ll feel it when it happens.

It will eat at you. You’ll have a sick feeling in the pit of your stomach. It will spur you to overcome inertia and take action.

Once you sense it, you will use the replacement technique. You will replace one fear with another.

Wait just a minute…isn’t fear something you need to stare down? Can fear be positive? Can fear drive you forward?

Absolutely.

You will replace your fear of failure with the fear of not trying.

More specifically, you’ll know you’re ready to do something BIGG when your fear of not trying overwhelms your fear of failure.

It’s really a conscious choice. You get to choose your regret.

The regret menu only has two items on it. You can regret what you did or you can regret what you didn’t do. Order one and it will be yours.

Most people don’t think about the second one. They are driven by the first. If they try something and fail, they’ll feel regret.

But both research and anecdotal evidence from people close to death show that regrets about what you didn’t do are tougher to overcome.

John Greenleaf Whittier said it best:

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are these, “It might have been.”

You’re not most people. You’re a winner. You will be driven by what might be.

You can live with failure. You cannot accept not trying.

But it’s more than just that…

The fear of the unknown

We live in incredibly uncertain and volatile times. It terrifies the average person.

But you’re no ordinary human being. You’re extraordinary.

You accept the fact that you can’t predict the future. You have to create it yourself.

This isn’t a naïve point-of-view. In fact, it’s quite sophisticated. Because with this realization, like all successful entrepreneurs, you focus on the downside.

More specifically, you work to limit the risk of trying something. You begin actively engaging your mind with how to make it work.

Note that, while you’re doing this, most people are still listing off all the reasons that it won’t work. They continue to convince themselves that they would be a failure. And they will be.

But you’re busy mitigating the risk. Once you get the downside to an acceptable level, you give your idea a try.

You start small. You test it. You’re still in the research & development stage.

You’re learning while most people are worrying. Learn. Grow. Prosper. It leads to BIGG success.

How did you conquer your fears?

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