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One-Up Yourself for Bigg Success

one When the phrase “one-up” is used, it’s usually referring to the competition. We had an interesting discussion after working out recently.

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marylynnI was on the treadmill and noticed that I was running slower than others around me. I’m competitive but I just can’t sustain the higher speed that other people can.

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That led to today’s show topic … one-up yourself!

Think one percent better or one percent more. Self-improvement requires patience. A little bit of improvement over time makes a bigg difference.

1% a week leads to a 50% improvement

For example, let’s say you walk two miles in thirty minutes. If you can just do one percent more the next time out, you would walk 2.02 miles in thirty minutes or you might stick with the two miles and plan to do it in 29 minutes and 40 seconds. Either way, it’s a one percent improvement. If you do that every week, over the course of the year, you would have improved over fifty percent!

It’s easy to get discouraged if we don’t see results right away. We’re bigg goal-getters so we always shoot high. However, shooting too high is a recipe for de-motivation. Take baby steps rather than a leap that you can’t sustain!

There are five steps to one-up yourself:

Find the baseline. Measure where you are now so you compete only with yourself, not others. It doesn’t matter what that point is; it’s just important to know it because it’s your starting point.

Set your initial one-up goal. You may want to go faster or longer. Are you in a sprint or a marathon? Are you trying to improve quantity or quality?

Determine the time frame. Do you want to improve one percent every time, each week or some other period? Specify a time frame for your incremental improvement.

How will achieve it? What specific activity will get you that extra 1%? Let’s look at an example, using a savings goal:

Assume you have a base line, how much you’re saving now, of $500 a month. You want to save more money in the same time (each month). In other words, you want to go “faster.” So next month, you plan to save $505 next month.

Okay, so you want to save $5 more next month. How will you do it? You decide that you’ll pack your lunch one more day.

See how easy that was!

As you do it, analyze your results. If you hit your one-up goal, congratulate yourself. But then set your next one-up goal and go get it.

If you didn’t hit your goal, analyze why. Then try, try again. Don’t get down on yourself for missing your goal one time. You’ll one-up yourself next time!

One-up leads to bigg success

There are things in our lives that are sprints; others are marathons. Set your goals accordingly and one-up yourself for bigg success!

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We thank you so much for spending your time reading our post today. New research shows that there is a fountain of youth. Join us next time when we tell you where to find it. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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100 Tips to Succeed Bigg!

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Today is a special blog for us – it is number 100!

Bigg Success was born on Nov 12, 2007 with our first Bigg Success Show. It’s been a bigg ride so far!

Comments from you
It’s always great to hear from you. One of our favorite comments was a listener who told us that The Bigg Success Show is her daily mojo!

We also love it when people tell us they got a good laugh. Admittedly, it’s easier to deliver a laugh on the show than in our blog – sometimes it doesn’t translate well. By the way, to hear the show, just click the  button near the top of this page.

We strive to deliver a daily lesson and a laugh in five minutes or so. We believe that it’s better not to be too serious, but still give practical suggestions. It’s been great to hear from so many of you that you did indeed use one of our tidbits.

We don’t know it all and we don’t pretend to. In fact, on the show, George said, “I usually assume that I know less than anyone in the room. Unfortunately, it usually turns out that I’m right!”We value your input and it’s so easy to give it – all you have to do is type! Just click on the article title and look for “Leave a Reply” at the bottom of the page.

Celebrating a milestone
So today is a milestone for us. When we discussed Climbing the Stairway to Success, we said you should give yourself a treat when you hit a goal. Well, we’re practicing what we preach by taking some time to savor the moment with you today.

100 tips – we’ve delivered three times our promise
We promised 100 tips to succeed bigg in our title today. We include a bigg quote in every blog. So go to our Bigg Quotes page and you’ll find a link to the blog where that quote was featured. You can count them – there’s 100!

We would count them ourselves but between the two of us we only have twenty fingers and toes!

In reality, we discuss at least three tips on every show, so you’ll find over 300 tips to succeed bigg! That’s three times what we promised! Check it out for yourself! We dare you!

Two of our favorites
You’ve heard us say that when you face an obstacle, you have to find way past it. At Super Bowl time, we did a show called Fumble Forward. We wanted to highlight one of the most famous fumbles of all time, but we couldn’t get licensing permission to air the original broadcast. So we recreated it ourselves. (Hear the clip in The Bigg Success Show. Click above.) 

Mary-Lynn said she’s never been a sports broadcaster. It was fun! Finding a creative solution to the problem was even more rewarding.

We did a show on multi-tasking – Can You Walk and Chew Gum at the Same Time? Unfortunately, George showed all of you that he can’t.
(Hear the clip in The Bigg Success Show. Click above.)

Mary-Lynn said George better give up on Dancing with the Stars!

Announcement

On February 29, we did a special leap year show about the growing trend of people traveling while working, Leaping from Place to Place.

And speaking of taking a leap, we got married that day! George said it’s great – he only has to remember an anniversary every four years!

Will you help?
We started Bigg Success to bring together a community of like-minded people who would help each other succeed bigg. We may be the conductors, but it takes an orchestra for the music to be sweet.

Here’s one thing YOU can do to help – tell everyone you know about Bigg Success!

When you hear a show or read a blog that you like, share it! An easy way to do this is to click on the “Share This” button at the bottom of each post. There are a number of options – one is to e-mail a friend.

We thank you so much for being part of Bigg Success!

Our bigg quote today is by David Joseph Schwartz, who said,

“The person determined to achieve maximum success learns the principle that progress is made one step at a time. A house is built one brick at a time. Football games are won a play at a time. A department store grows bigger one customer
at a time. Every big accomplishment is a series of little accomplishments.”

Your accomplishments may seem tiny on their own, but when you put them together, they’re mighty.

That’s the mighty tinies, not the tidy whities!

Next time, we’ll discuss five laws of stratospheric success. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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There’s an old saying that is supported by much research – people join companies; they leave their managers.With that in mind, we thought we’d share seven ways to drive your employees away.

George and Mary-Lynn are experts at driving people away. Listen to today’s show and you’ll find out why we say that!

#1 – Be indecisive.
Postpone making decisions. Send it to committee. Call in a consultant. Wait until you have ALL the information. Analyze EVERY alternative. There all kinds of ways to do this.

Instead of ready – aim – fire, you should get ready and then – aim – aim – aim …

#2 – Don’t let them know what you expect.
Don’t have a plan that you share with them. Don’t make goals or establish priorities. And don’t ever set a deadline. After all, if your people don’t know what you expect of them, they’ll never know how they’re doing. They’ll have to rely on you to tell them.

#3 – Be inaccessible.
Don’t spend too much time at the office. When you do, keep your door shut. Or, if you do keep it open, always look like you’re too busy to talk to any of your employees. They don’t have anything important to discuss anyway, right?

#4 – Be inflexible.

Always follow the rules, without exception. They’re not in place to provide a framework –they’re the law! Business must always come first – no matter what’s going on in your employees’ lives.

#5 – Be inconsistent.
What’s your mood today? Make decisions based on your emotions, not on the plan, policies, and precedents. Don’t treat all of your people all the same – show favoritism. Don’t worry about performance; take care of the people you like.

#6 – Make them feel unappreciated.
Don’t tell them when they do a good job. And when they don’t, criticize them in front of their peers. Oh, and don’t forget – be sure to openly discuss one employee’s faults with some other employee. That definitely will drive people away.

Quickly dismiss any ideas your employees have. Better yet, don’t even listen to them. And, whatever else you may do, don’t trust them with any major responsibilities.

# 7 – Don’t lead by example.
You should have one set of rules for you and another set of rules for your staff. They should do as you say, not as you do.

We need help – how can we keep from driving employees away?
Let us know by leaving a comment at the end of our blog.

Our Bigg Quote today comes from E.M. Kelly.

“The difference between a boss and a leader: a boss says, ‘Go!’ A leader says, ‘Let’s go!’”

So, if you want to drive your employees away, just keep driving them.

Next time, we’ll talk about how to reach your goals this week. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

Fumble Forward

With the Super Bowl upon us, we thought we’d discuss how to recover your fumbles and keep moving toward the end zone. One of the most famous fumbles ever occurred on September 10, 1978 in a game between the Oakland Raiders and the San Diego Chargers. It has become known as “the holy roller”.

Listen to today’s show for a recreated broadcast of that fantastic play!

The Chargers led 20 to 14. The Raiders had the ball on the Chargers 14-yard line with only ten seconds left in the game.

The Raiders quarterback, Kenny Stabler, took the snap and dropped back to pass. Woodrow Lowe, a linebacker for the Chargers, put pressure on Stabler in no time.

It appeared that Stabler would be sacked on the 24-yard line. Game over. But then …

… Stabler fumbled the ball. It rolled forward toward the 12-yard line. There was a mad dash for the ball. Pete Banaszak, a running back for the Raiders, scooped it up, but lost his footing.

He fumbled the ball! It rolled forward …

… approaching the 2-yard line. The Raiders tight end, Dave Casper tried to grab it, but he couldn’t get his hands on it!  He knocked it into the end zone.

Time was running out as the ball bounced around. Casper jumped on the ball. TOUCHDOWN!

The Raiders made their extra point as the time ran out. They won the game by fumbling forward!

You, too, can fumble forward toward your goals! We’ll discuss three ways fumble forward intelligently.

#1 – Fumble fast
Kenny Stabler saw the linebacker coming and made a quick decision – fumble! He confessed afterwards that he did it on purpose to keep the play alive.

You’re the quarterback of your life. Sometimes your only play is to fumble. Admit that you don’t have a better answer. But learn from it, so you can keep fumbling forward.

#2 – Fumble cheap
Stabler was faced with a tough situation. The clock was running out; the game was over if he got sacked. He didn’t have anything to lose by fumbling.

Learn from him. Test your ideas before going all out. Step into them so you won’t lose much if it doesn’t work. Minimize your downside so you can keep fumbling forward.

#3 – Fumble often
Try and try again. The more things you try, the more likely you are to succeed. You have to take risk to succeed. When you take risk, you will fumble occasionally. Learn from it and then fumble forward.

If you enjoyed today’s blog, be our quarterback – pass it to a friend!
We’re counting on you for the blitz!

Our Bigg Quote today is by the author, John W. Holt, Jr.

“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking risks, and that
means you’re not going anywhere. The key is to make mistakes faster
than the competition, so you have more chances to learn and win.”

So, go ahead – fumble forward, but keep your eye on the end zone. The next thing you know, you’ll be popping the champagne bottles!

Next time, we’ll give you some advice on how to be a terrible boss. You’ll learn how to drive your employees away! Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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The Marshmallow Test

The Marshmallow Experiment was conducted in the 1960s by Walther Mischel at Stanford University. It was popularized by Daniel Goleman, perhaps best known for his books Emotional Intelligence and Social Intelligence.

The test
The researchers gathered a group of four-year olds in a room. A researcher set a marshmallow in front of each kid. The kids were told that the researcher needed to run an errand. If the kid didn’t eat the marshmallow before the researcher got back, the kid would be given a second marshmallow. However, if the kid ate the marshmallow, he or she would not get another one.

Picture yourself at four-years old.
Could you have resisted that tasty marshmallow?

Some ate their marshmallow before the researcher even got out of the room! Others seem to have no problem not resisting the temptation. Some turned their back on the marshmallow. Others sang a song or distracted themselves in other ways. One kid reportedly even licked the table around the marshmallow!

The reward for waiting was pretty good – a 100 percent increase in marshmallows! Interestingly enough, ALL the kids expected a second marshmallow – even the kids who ate theirs!

The follow-up
The researchers tracked these kids in the subsequent years. They surveyed their parents and their teachers. They found that, in general, the kids who had been able to resist the marshmallows were better adjusted and more dependable.

They were more competent socially and more self-assertive. They were able to cope with frustration and stress much better. They embraced challenges rather than seeing them as a huge obstacle. They also scored 210 points higher on their SAT exams.

So what’s your marshmallow?
We’ve all heard about rock-n-rollers who came to fame and fortune early. They make a lot of money; then blow it all. They think it will always be there.

Some time later, we hear they’re out touring again, because they’re out of money. They have to start over because they don’t have any marshmallows left. Obviously we’re stereotyping rock-n-rollers … they haven’t all fallen into this trap.

Here’s the ironic thing — by resisting that treat now, you can have more later! Here are some thoughts to help you get the most marshmallows.

#1 – Keep your eye on the final prize.
Focus on what you ultimately want, not your marshmallows. What’s your dream life? Keep that in front of you. You’ll resist the marshmallows now so you get more later.

#2 – Find techniques that work for you.
Just like with the kids, we each need to find what works best for us. For example, you may find that paying yourself first helps you resist your marshmallows. Many people have found that as long as they don’t see the money, they don’t miss it.

Other people won’t buy anything unless they have the cash to pay for it. This simple requirement helps them resist many marshmallows.

Mary-Lynn shared her technique – she focuses on her needs, rather than her wants. She’s ready for a new smart phone. She wants an iPhone, but she’ll get a phone that’s a couple of hundred dollars less. It suits her needs just fine.

 

How do you resist the marshmallows in your life? Leave us a comment.

#3 – Reward yourself when you reach a desired goal.
A couple of days ago, we talked about The Stairway To Success. We discussed the steps that will get you to the top of your stairway. When you reach a desired goal – reward yourself.

Don’t overdo it – you do want to enjoy a marshmallow now and then … just don’t get so full that you can’t make it up the stairs!

 

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It’s a great tool to help you set your marshmallow marks – those points where you give yourself a treat! Just sign up for the Bigg Success Weekly newsletter – It’s FREE, too!

Our Bigg Quote today is by the great Brian Tracy:

“The ability to discipline yourself to delay gratification
in the short term in order to enjoy greater rewards in the
long term is the indispensable pre-requisite for success.”

So plan your life and live your plan …. and go ahead, have a marshmallow now and then!

Next time, we’ll answer a question from one of our listeners who wants to know if he should count on his employer’s counter offer.

In the meantime, we’re off for a cup of hot chocolate … topped with marshmallows, of course! Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Achieving the Impossible Starts with a Dream

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Leadership Skills

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Setting really good, achievable-yet-stretching goals for ourselves isn’t easy. It’s even harder to set goals for your team.

Here’s an idea that would also apply to your individual goals as well. Set goals based on your “most likely” scenario. But don’t stop there. Now set goals for your “best-case” outlook.

Look at your two sets of goals. Now direct all the resources at your disposal for the best-case. You might fall short in the end. However, in all likelihood, you’ll achieve more than you would by just having one set of goals.

When we start to focus our minds on how to achieve any goal, we start finding ways to make it happen. If we set small goals, we achieve small things. If we set bigg goals, we achieve bigg things.

Don’t believe it? Think about Jack Kennedy and the man on the moon, Neil Armstrong. He took a giant leap for all of us when he walked on the moon. Jack Kennedy didn’t have to set a goal of walking on the moon. It was risky – many people thought it was impossible. But he did it anyway – he knew it was important for his country to show the world and, even more importantly, its own people what was possible.

By focusing on a bigger dream, his team got excited about his vision and made it happen. If he had set smaller goals, there wouldn’t have been the same level of enthusiasm. So share a bigg vision with your team, get their buy-in, and go for it! 

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A Great Way to Track Your Goals

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There’s a great online application to track your goals simply and easily over at Joe’s Goals. They’re still in limited testing. Right now, you can test it out for FREE, although they have a suggested donation of $12.

With Joe’s Goals, you can add as many goals as you want. You can create and manage a to-do list. They also allow you to develop a scoring system for each goal so you know how you’re doing. You can get reports on your progress. You can even share your goals with other people.

Joe’s Goals is a great tool to help you visually see how you’re progressing toward your goals. Check it out!

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Believe and the Sky is Your Limit

By Bigg Success Staff
05-28-08

Timeless Principles

Do you believe you will succeed?

Really, truly believe it?

Beyond a shadow of a doubt believe it?

You must believe that you can succeed in order to succeed.

You have to believe that you can accomplish something in order to accomplish it.

You must believe that you can reach your goals in order to reach your goals.

You have to believe in yourself.

You must believe that you are in full control of your own destiny.

You have to believe that you, and you alone, determine your ultimate destination.

You must believe that you will persevere in order to persevere.

You have to believe that you will overcome so that you overcome.

You must believe that you can reach the sky in order for the sky to be your limit.

Believe!

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Reach Your Goal Faster With These 4 Tips

By Bigg Success Staff
05-21-08

Peak Performance

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Horsepower equals speed to race car drivers. Generally speaking, the higher the horsepower of a car, the faster it will go.

When you’re trying to get the checkered flag in your profession, it pays to rev up your horsepower. Here are four tips to do just that:

Focus on core skills.
You need to improve and refine the core skills required for your craft. Of course, you’ll work on these on the job. But it’s also important to work on them away from the pressures of the job. Keep learning about your trade.

Here are a few, of the many, ways you can do this:

  • Subscribe to trade journals
  • Take industry-specific classes
  • Attend conferences and conventions
  • Subscribe to industry blogs
  • Network

Work on soft skills.
These skills are just as important as the key skills of your profession. You have to be able to communicate effectively to rise to the top faster. So work on building your communications skills and people skills – both at work and away from the office.

You may take a class, join a club (e.g. Toastmasters), write a blog, or any number of other things. These skills will be ever more important as you rise to positions of great responsibility.

Push your limits.
It’s important that you get to the edge of your comfort zone every day. Then go just a little bit further. It’s at this point – where what you know intersects with what you don’t know – that you grow.

So if you’re not reaching that point, you’re not revving up your horsepower. You’re just racing along with the same old engine. You have to push yourself until you’re uncomfortable to gain an edge.

Learn and adjust.
When you push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will make mistakes. If you want to get to your goal as fast as possible, it’s important that you learn from these mistakes and then make the necessary adjustments so you don’t repeat them.

When you master this, you’ll realize that the faster you make mistakes, the faster you learn. Which means you’ll reach your destination faster.

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Defining Success at the Highest Level

By Bigg Success Staff
04-30-08

Life Skills

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Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has created entire islands. He is building the world’s tallest skyscraper.

His horses have won many of the biggest races around the globe, but victory in the biggest race of them all has eluded him.

He hasn’t won the Kentucky Derby.

His “run for the roses” highlights an important principle – we can invest a great deal of time and money to pursue a goal, but still far short.

It’s a major accomplishment just to get a horse qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby. In the most competitive endeavors in a hyper-competitive world, it takes a certain amount of luck to win the bigg prize.

That’s why it pays to define success properly. If you’ve done everything you can possibly do to become everything you can possibly be, you’ve succeeded!

All you can do IS all you can do, but all you can do is what you must do.

If you can honestly say to yourself that you’ve given your “all”, you’re a winner!

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