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Take Control of Your Life with a Garden Hose

train your mind for BIGG SuccessIf you’re still in bed, you’re not alone!

We know – it sounds funny. But it’s true.

Now before you start looking under the covers, you should know this…

You’re also not alone if you refuse to fly today. Or buy a house.

No, you’re not alone. In fact, you’re one of the 17 to 21 million people – in the United States alone – who are overcome with
fear of Friday the 13th!

This phobia will cost the U.S. economy up to $900 million – just for today. Ouch!

We found these figures in an article on Friday the 13th
on the National Geographic site.

Now, BIGG Success is a community of BIGG goal-getters. So we know you’re not still in bed.

The first step to taking control

But we thought this article was worth bringing to your attention because of a single quote. Dr. Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute, said in describing people facing this phobia:

“They haven’t lost their mind. They’ve lost control of their mind.”

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control of your life. You’ll never take control of your life if you can’t control your thoughts.

So the first step in taking control of your life is: Decide. Choose to control your thoughts. Because one thing is for certain, either you will control your thoughts or your thoughts will control you.

Train your focus

Dr. Dossey continues discussing people with this phobia:

“They are focused in the wrong direction. In their mind they have a big, large, looming picture of something horrible that could happen.”

As a BIGG goal-getter, you may not see doom-and-gloom on the horizon. But do you still see BIGG success?

You must – it’s a prerequisite for reaching it. You’ll never touch something you can’t see. The dream is intangible until you make it tangible. And while the dream is still intangible, you still have to find a way to keep your faith and stay the course.

To do that, you must take control of your mind. To take control of your mind, you have to train your focus.

Your focus is like a garden hose

Train your focus? Yes. Train it.

Have you ever tried to roll up a new garden hose? The first time you take it out, it seems to have a mind of its own when you try to roll it up.

If you carefully roll it up in a neat loop, you have trained it once. The next time out, it will be a little easier. The time after that, it will be even easier.

Time after time, you train the garden hose to roll up the way you want it to. Before long, it’s easy to make it do what you want. It naturally goes in the direction you want.

Of course, the opposite is also true. Every time you let it have its way, it becomes more difficult. A garden hose can be stubborn.

So can your mind. You have to train it to go in the right direction. This training is not a one-off event. It’s something you have to do every single day.

The cycle of BIGG success

We know…we know – it’s easy to say “train your mind.” But it is anything but easy to do. We know because we’ve been there.

You will feel so beaten down at times. Keep the faith, train your focus, and stay the course!

You may feel like it will never happen. Keep the faith, train your focus, and stay the course!

You must pay a price to reach BIGG success. It’s usually not paid with money. You pay with your energy and your emotions.

Training your focus is the critical bridge between keeping the faith and staying the course. Without it, you won’t reach the BIGG success you’ve always wanted. You won’t live up to your full potential. You won’t live your dream.

We think that’s a much higher price. We’ll close with one more quote from Dr. Dossey. He describes the cycle of success:

“What you think about, you begin to feel. What you feel generates what you do. And what you do creates how you will become.”

Keep the faith, train your focus, and stay the course. It leads to BIGG success!

How do you train your focus?

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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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Positively the Worst Advice Ever if You Want to Find Your Talent

2 steps to find your talent | BIGG SuccessSaturday Night Live recently mocked the entitlement paradigm with a bit called You Can Do Anything. It’s about a talk show where the guests are encouraged to do whatever they think they can do.

No matter how good they are.
No matter if they’ve ever done it before.
It doesn’t matter.
You can do anything!

We agree.
You can do anything.
You may not do it well.
You may fall flat on your face.
You may fail.

With a little practice, you will surely get better at it.
With a lot of practice, you may even achieve some level of success.

But you won’t reach BIGG success. So “You Can Do Anything” is the worst advice you can ever receive.

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Mary-Lynn FosterI wanted to be an astronaut. But math and science were not strength. My mom said to me, “Math and science are going to be really important if you want to be an astronaut.” That was really important to me. I realized how much work it was going to take for me to be an astronaut.

Look at American Idol. The people who reach the finals, and ultimately win, have spent years honing their craft. They may be young, but most of the time, they’ve been singing for ten or more years.

Now we’re all about positive thinking. But sometimes the best thing you can discover is what you can’t do.

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George KruegerI was a decent athlete in a much earlier era of my life. But the problem is I played all sports – football, basketball, baseball. Now, I was never going to be a great basketball player. But I could have been a much better baseball player if I had been forced to focus.

Look at Michael Jordan. In our opinion, he’s the greatest basketball player of all time. He’s also a pretty good golfer. But he tried baseball and didn’t make it.

 

Which raises the question – will you be content with success?
Or is it BIGG success you’re after?

We can only conclude the latter since you’re here with us.
So you’re a BIGG goal-getter.

Step 1

To reach BIGG success, follow George Costanza’s example. Instead of following the advice we hear all the time – think “can” – do the opposite and think “can’t”.

That’s Step 1: to find your talent.

Sometimes it pays to think about you can’t do. Because you may find it easier to spot your shortcomings than your strengths. But you’re not going to stop there!

Step 2

You’re going to quickly move to Step 2: Think the opposite. You’re not a detail person? Okay. Are you a BIGG picture thinker?

Not good at math? Are you good at English?

This is what you often see. There’s a yin and yang to talent. We tend to naturally fall into categories.

Discovering what you can’t do often helps you discover what you can do. And leads to BIGG success.

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What Won’t You Trade to Be a Success?

what won't you trade to be a BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. How cool is that? Your life, your terms.

But it isn’t a free lunch.

There’s a basic principle of negotiation – you get to set the price or the terms but not both. Unless you’re lucky enough to be negotiating with someone who doesn’t know better.

When it comes to life, most people choose to set the price. There are limits to what they will do to reach success at any level.

But you’re a BIGG goal-getter. So you set the terms, fully aware that BIGG success will set the price.

That’s why we talk about synergy – the BIGG idea behind BIGG success. You may not be able to have it all, but you can have more.

You can have more of what you want. You don’t have to accept conventional wisdom.

You can find ways to get areas of your life working together instead of at odds.

But there will still be trade-offs. BIGG success is about reaching your full potential.

It’s about feeling fulfilled when each day is done. And on this first Friday of a new year, we felt it was important to visit this subject of trade-offs.

What does life on your own terms mean to you? Think about it. Escape your current reality and dream BIGG.

Then bring yourself back to the real world. What are the trade-offs?

Sometimes we think we want something until we realize what it really means.

For example, how would you feel if you reached the heights of career success while your family felt neglected?

You are the entrepreneur of your life. You design and build the life of your dreams.

Make sure you clearly define what you really want, given the trade-offs, before you start designing and building.

Then you’ll create the life that fits you perfectly. That’s BIGG success!

What aren’t you willing to trade to be a BIGG success?

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Forget About New Year Resolutions to Be a Success

forget about resolutions for BIGG SuccessMany people make New Year’s Resolutions.
Many people don’t keep their New Year’s Resolutions.

Here’s what we say about the New Year:
Forget about it and you’ll be a BIGG success!

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A year is too long.
Think one quarter. Three months. Thirteen weeks. 90 days.

What is the one thing you would like to change in your life by then?
That’s your resolution.
Write it down. Find a picture to represent it.

Next, think about what it will take to make the change a reality.
These are your actions.

Picture yourself actually doing these things.
Can you see yourself succeeding? If not, you have the wrong resolution.
Keep repeating this process until you can see yourself succeeding at the actions required.

Then take action on your actions. Do it. Today. That’s it.
Don’t worry about 90 days from now.
Don’t think about next month.
Don’t bother with next week.
Don’t even concern yourself with tomorrow.

Just focus on today.
Begin your day by focusing on your goal.
Read your goal statement. Or look at the photo.
Then picture yourself already succeeding.
Now visualize yourself taking the actions you need to take today.

Then do it. Right now.
Win this moment. Now this one. And this one.
Keep winning moment by moment.

Take a moment now and then to celebrate your victories.
Take price in your accomplishments.
Give yourself a pat on the back.
Treat yourself in a way that won’t compromise your progress.
Keep going. Moment by moment. Day by day.
That’s it.

Oh, there is one more thing – if you slip up, don’t sweat it.
You’re only human. You had a momentary weakness.

Now foster your strength.
Don’t repeat the mistake.
Don’t use it as an excuse to give up on your resolution.

You wouldn’t do that, would you?
Because you’re a BIGG goal-getter.
Because you realize that tomorrow will be today soon enough.
And all you need to focus on is today. On this moment.
It leads to BIGG success!

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