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Create Your Reality One Simple Step at a Time

one step at a time | BIGG SuccessAre you happy where you’re at? If not, what are you doing about it?

BIGG success is life on your own terms. You are the entrepreneur of your life. It’s up to you to take control of this most important enterprise.

So how do you create your reality one simple step at a time?


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Current reality

Start with an honest assessment of where you’re at. Begin by thinking about the positives.

What do you love about your life now? What are the things you want to keep?

Then move to the negatives. What is it that you don’t like about your present situation?

Are you making the money you deserve?

Do you have too much debt?

Is it the work you do?

Would you prefer to work for someone else? Or maybe for yourself?

Do you need more play time?

Don’t just settle for superficial answers. Let’s say you’re not making enough money. What does that mean?

It may mean you aren’t setting aside as much as you should for your retirement or for your kids’ education.

How much more would you need to save? While you won’t always be able to quantify your situation, you want to try to be as specific as possible.

Future reality

We like the term “future reality.” It has a certain certainty to it, doesn’t it?

It’s a term BIGG goal-getters can understand. It is the future you will create for yourself. It is where you will be someday.

Let’s continue our previous example. Say you currently invest $500 a month toward your retirement.

You determine you need to invest $1,000 a month to build a portfolio of assets that will fully support your dream retirement.

Now you’re making it real. Can you see it? You just need to find an additional $500 a month to invest.

Step into your future

The problem is it’s too much. It’s too hard to double what you’re doing now.

So most people give up. If they try at all.

They think about it but they never do anything about it. But you’re a BIGG goal-getter. So go get that goal!

But not the $500 goal. Break it down. Iterate. Step into your future one simple step at a time.

How can you get an additional $100 a month? How soon could you get it?

That’s your first milestone – to go from setting aside $500 to saving $600 a month.

You may carve it up this way – looking for additional money in increments of $100.

You’ll end up with five milestones: $600, $700, and so on up to the $1,000 you really want.

But you’re not done yet.

Actdapt!

Now the focus shifts exclusively to the first milestone. You’re going to find an additional $100 a month.

You already determined how you thought you could get it. But you don’t know what will happen until you act.

Once you act, you gain new information. Adapt. You’re actdapting!

Keep actdapting until you reach the first milestone. Then go for the second. Before you know it, you’ll be a BIGG success!

Need help planning your future? Maybe we can help.

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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 2

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverWe continue our three-part series with Howard Griffith, who is a BIGG Success!

Howard is a two-time Superbowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line. Howard is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs, “The Human Plow.”

His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl.

Last time, Howard told us about how he came to be a fullback in the NFL, even though early on in his career, he wanted to be a tailback.

Hear Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click the player to listen.

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During our interview in this podcast segment you’ll hear:

  • How hard work and Laying it on the Line kept his NLF career going.
  • How you can apply “The Drill” philosophy in your career and business to ensure you are prepared for the opportunities that come along.
  • Why self-discipline is key to achieving your goals.
  • Since Howard had the thrill of playing in the biggest arena in life (for football) the Super Bowl, twice…we find out how  preparing for that is different from preparing from any other game. Learn what kind of mentality you’ll need to prepare for your bigg game.
  • What Howard means when he says in his book that being part of a team takes a lot of individual work.

Visit HowardTGriffith.com to get your copy of the great book,
Laying it on the Line.

Next time, Howard talks about getting past obstacles that get in the way of your bigg goals. He even shares a personal story about when he almost gave up on his NFL dream…and who convinced him to push on. Also, find out why Howard says you can’t share your bigg dreams with everyone.

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What It Really Takes to be a Successful Entrepreneur

push to reach bigg successEntrepreneurs are hard-charging people. We push and push and push to reach our goals. Sometimes – most times – things don’t work out like we planned.

It takes longer than we expected. It costs more money than we budgeted. It may have been a forecasting error. We may have miscalculated the opportunity or chose the wrong strategy.

Overcoming setbacks while mere mortals give up
In the face of these setbacks, some entrepreneurs give up. They will never reach BIGG success.

You’re different. You know that you must press on against seemingly insurmountable obstacles if you want to succeed as an entrepreneur. Mere mortals fall by the wayside.

Successful entrepreneurs find a way to get past it. They may climb over it or dig under it. They may get around it on one side or the other. Or they may just find a way to obliterate the obstacle altogether.

Fighting stress that crushes the average human
But you can’t push forward blindly. You have to learn and adapt and learn and adapt – every step of the way.

It requires you to work harder and longer and smarter – consistently, over time – to win the entrepreneurial game. You will get tired, but you’ll draw on reservoirs of energy you didn’t know you had.

You will get frustrated. You will feel stress that would crush the average human. But you’ll deal with it … because you’re an entrepreneur.

Living out the invisible

A friend of ours often reminds us that entrepreneurs “live out the invisible.” You make the intangible tangible. You breathe life into an idea.

Your work is the manifestation of a dream. Your job is to turn that dream into reality. It’s your calling to create value for yourself by creating value for others … because you’re an entrepreneur!

We face some major challenges in our world today. People are hurting. People need help.

Entrepreneurs are the solution. We need more entrepreneurs. We need you. You can change the world – or at least your corner of it. That’s BIGG success!

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A Lesson on Crowds from Glee

tutors on tvWe did another installment of Tutors on TV on the show today. Here’s a summary of the conversation:

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We caught a recent episode of Glee. The phenomenal Jane Lynch plays the hard-nosed, track-suit wearing cheerleader coach Sue Sylvester. Sue also does a segment on leadership and problem solving for a local television station. A quote from that show caught our attention. She said:

"There's not much of a difference between a stadium full of cheering fans and an angry crowd screaming abuse at you. They're both just making a lot of noise. How you take it is up to you. Convince yourself they're cheering for you. You do that, and some day, they will."

Isn’t that a profound way to looking at the crowd? It made us think of our definition of bigg success – life on your own terms.

The crowd could be your friends, your family or your co-workers. It may be people you just met.

There’s a lot of noise out there and sometimes it drowns out the voice that you need to listen to the most – your own!

You'll have those in the crowd that cheer. And those in the crowd that discourage.

You'll have people in the crowd that cheer while they talk with you. Then they jeer when talking about you with someone else behind your back.

You’ll have some individuals in the crowd who will literally call you out. Why are you doing it that way? Why are you doing it at all? Why do you do it differently than everyone else?

You'll also have your own cheerleaders. They lift you up during introductions at networking events. They point to your expertise on social media sites and recommend you to friends and colleagues.

Your crowd will also consist of your competition. They think they can do it better than you. They aren't better than you but they may market better than you.

And there will be those in the crowd who are just plain lazy. They will lie about you in an attempt to beat you.

You can't please everyone so crowd control is very important to help you keep pushing towards the goals you have set for yourself. Here are five tips to control your crowd:

Turn your back on the crowd

Sometimes you just have to turn away and tune them out to stay true to yourself.

Work the crowd
State your goals plainly so they can cheer you on. Make sure they know when you have achieved one of your goals.

Beware of the roar of the crowd
Be careful that you don't become addicted to their praise. Remember you are doing this for you. If you rely on their cheers, you may fall off your path.

Run with the right crowd
Surround yourself with people who are passionate about achieving their goals. We call these people bigg goal-getters.

Stand out in the crowd
Don't be afraid to be different. Show the crowd that it can be done, your way. After all it’s your life on your terms. That's bigg success!

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Thanks so much for checking in with us today. Please join us next time when we offer up some tips on cutting overhead. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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5 Activities to Be Healthy Wealthy and Wise

Back-to-School on chalkboardThis is the final show in our ten-show series on lifelong learning. Today we’ll discuss five activities that will make you healthy, wealthy and wise all at the same time.


Now we’ll warn you – these activities require some multi-tasking. We usually suggest less multi-tasking but these are things ideally suited for doing more than one thing at a time.
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