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Family Traditions

family_tradition.jpgBigg success is life on your own terms. The five elements of bigg success are money, time, growth, work and play. Today we’ll focus on play.

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marylynnGeorge and I were talking recently about family traditions. Two significant terms: family and tradition. Of course, when we think of family, we think of those closest to us.

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george
Whew … I wasn’t sure where you were headed with that last sentence, Mary-Lynn!

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marylynn
See, I was nice! Merriam-Webster says it’s the basic unit in society.

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george
Tradition is the handing down of customs or practices from generation to generation.

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marylynnWe’re familiar with the old saying, “Out with the old, in with the new.” That’s all well and good, but sometimes we should say, “In with the old.”

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georgeAt my advanced age, I’m glad to hear that. I’m in! You make a great point, Mary-Lynn. We have a tendency to think “old” is unnecessary. Out of style. Out of date. That “new” is better.

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We dismiss what’s always been done. However, family traditions bind us together with our past. They are an important part of understanding who we are.

They are part of our history. We study history to provide meaning to our present and guidance for our future.

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A bigg reunion

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georgeRecently, we attended a family reunion. It’s my dad’s mom’s side of the family. The picture on our post today is from the reunion. It’s my nephew, David, with his son, Collin, my cousin Johnny and me. This reunion’s been an annual event since before I was born. It’s still going strong.

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marylynnI love it … especially the annual softball game! Your family really gets into it. There’s a lot of taunting back and forth. Although, this year, we were outgunned pretty badly.

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george
But you made the catch of the game, Mary-Lynn.

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marylynnYeah, I caught a fly ball deep in right field. I earned a new nickname – Snowcone – because so much of the ball was showing out of my glove.

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It’s always a great time for catching up with extended family that we often only see this one time of the year. It’s a great tradition!

A bigg race

We have a friend who takes his son to the Indy 500 every year. When he was a boy, his Dad took him. He looked forward to it every year. He’s continuing the tradition with his own son.

A bigg start

While we’re on this subject of tradition, think about starting your own. All traditions had to start sometime, right? Plan an event at a regular interval, like every year. It’s a great way to make sure you spend time with those who are most important to you. Everybody gets it on their calendars because it’s a regular event.

What are your family traditions?

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(Pictured in today's post: George with his nephew David, great nephew Collin, & cousin John)

5 Ways to Stop Racing in Circles So You Can Succeed Bigg

The Indy 500 is this weekend. Now we’re fans of racing, but if you think about it, these drivers are just going around in circles. They drive around the same circle again and again. The fastest one to do it 200 times … to drive 500 miles … is the winner. But they haven’t gone anywhere. They finish in the same place that they started!

 

But the winner gets to drink milk!

Of course, winning races does take you places. But outside the racing world, if we just go around in circles, continuing to do the same things, over and over again, we end up in the same place that we started.

Then we wonder why?

So we try working harder. However, we’re still doing the same things, so we just get back to the same place faster. But the problem is – we’re still in the same place! We haven’t gone anywhere.

So we just keep going around in circles, over and over again. Never making any progress. We have a lot of activity, but very little (if anything) to show for it. We can’t move past this one spot.

Speaking of over and over again, here’s a statement to read over and over again until you have it memorized …

If I continue to do what I've always done,
then the best I can expect is what I already have.

5 ways to quit going around in circles

#1 – Get out of your comfort zone.
Don’t be afraid to try something new. If you never push yourself beyond what you already know, you’ll never grow.

#2 – Identify what’s holding you back.
This could be your work place, certain relationships, personal habits, negative thinking, or any number of other things. What’s busting your dreams? What’s crushing your spirit?

#3 – Do the right things.
You know where you want to go. Everything you do should take you in that direction. Anything that doesn’t … doesn’t need to be done.

#4 – Work smarter.
Think about how you spend your time. It’s the most precious resource you have. Find ways to do the things you do more efficiently.

#5 – Get help.
Be it a coach or a mentor or some other advisor. If you’ve tried everything you know to try, bring in support. Don’t be afraid to pay for this investment in yourself. 

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Our bigg quote today is by Barbara Sher:

“Real obstacles don’t take you in circles. They can
be overcome. Invented ones are like a maze.”

So to get to the winner’s circle, avoid the obstacles you create yourself.

Next time, we ask, “Are you A leader or THE leader?” Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Bigg Fun 26

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

You can't have Bigg Success without a good laugh from time to time.  You'll find fun videos here, jokes, humorous stories and more. Send your fun stuff to bigginfo@biggsuccees.com. We’re looking for funny videos, photos, e-mails, resumes, signs, jokes, or anything else that relate to work and life.

Theme This Week

In honor of the Indy 500, this week you will find: A video of a pit crew that puts a new spin on things, a game that puts you in the driver’s seat, and a picture of a car that flushes out the competition!

Video of the Week

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Here’s a pit crew with a little too much power! Click here to see the video.

Source: You Tube 

Game of the Week

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Put yourself behind the wheel of your own race car with this fun racing game. Click here to play. 

Source: 4Arcade

Picture of the Week

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This vehicle isn’t Indy Racing League approved because it’s gone to pot!

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How Fast Can You Type?

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

Test Yourself

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Speed isn’t everything, but learning to type faster is definitely an asset! Test how fast you type with this quick typing test  from CalculatorCat.

You’ll know in a hurry how many words you can type in a minute.

Before you go, here are some quick tips to type faster:

  • Relax.
  • Sit up in your chair.
  • Put your feet flat on the ground.
  • Get comfortable with your arms, elbows, and wrists. Your arms should hang down comfortably, elbows resting on your chair, with your wrists on your keyboard.
  • Look at what you’re typing, not your keyboard.
  • Don’t hit the keys too hard or too soft.
  • Don’t force it. Just type as quickly as you can.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!

On your mark, get set….GO!

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Success in Your Own Business Requires a Good Pit Crew

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

Bigg Success in Business

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Every driver in the Indy 500 realizes the importance of a great pit crew. A pit crew can mean the difference between victory and defeat. As the owner of your own business, you also need a good pit crew. You’re the driver, but your crew gives you the edge you need.

Your professional advisors are:

Your accountant
Your accountant will help you determine the best entity for your business, along with your attorney, for tax purposes. They will also help you set up your books so you know how you’re performing. They can help you determine your best tax strategies. They can refer you to other advisors and capital providers.

Your attorney
Your attorney will recommend the best entity in which to hold your business to minimize your liability and accomplish your goals. They will also help you understand the formalities that need to be maintained to protect your personal liabilities. They will advise you on your business dealings and help you when the unexpected situation arises. They can also refer you to other advisors and capital providers.

Your insurance broker

Your insurance broker will help you maintain adequate coverage for your assets and will also help you manage your risk. They will recommend the types of coverage you need as well as the level of coverage you should maintain. They will help you understand where your unexpected losses might occur and help you develop programs to reduce the risk of loss.

Your financial planner

Your financial planner will help you plan for your retirement. They will help you determine which plan is right for you, your company, and your employees. They will help you set up and maintain this plan. They can also help you determine the best allocation for the assets in your portfolio so you achieve the greatest return given the risk you’re willing to accept.

Your coaches

Your coaches will prod you on when you’re up and lend support when you’re down. They will give you someone to be accountable to so you accomplish what you set out to do. They will give you an outsider’s perspective – an objective look – at this business to which you’re so close. They will help you get to the next level of success.   

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Get in the Groove to Succeed Faster

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

Life Skills

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Have you ever walked out to your car to drive to work and realized that you don’t even remember getting ready for work?

Have you ever arrived at work and realized you don’t even remember the drive?

You were in the groove.

Race car drivers know that the groove is the fastest place to be on the track. They want to be in the groove because they will get to the finish line faster.

The two processes listed above are examples of us getting in the groove. The process we use has become so automated that we really don’t even think about it anymore. We’ve done these things so many times that we are incredibly efficient at them.

Our time is the most precious resource we have. So we should strive to refine the things we do over and over again until we get very efficient at them.

There’s a secret to getting in the groove with these things …

Map out the process from beginning to end.

Step 1: Think it through.
Depending on the complexity of the task, speak it out loud or write it down. Think about the order in which you do things. Don’t worry about that order now. Just think about how you actually do it.

Step 2: Do it.
Now perform the task exactly as you thought it out. Don’t try to make any changes at this point. Just perform it and pay attention.

Step 3: Find one way to improve it.
Look for steps that may be out of sequence. Consider shortcuts that don’t diminish the end result. Just look for one way, any way, to do it better.

Step 4: Test it.
Now try that one thing and see if it speeds up the process. If it does, implement it. If not, scrap it. You’re looking for the most efficient way to perform this task. Not every idea for improvement will be a good one.

Step 5: Repeat until you’re in the groove.
Keep going until you feel like you’ve perfected the process. Now you can work on performing each step along the way as efficiently as possible. Then you’ll be in the groove!

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Get a Grip to Be a Bigg Success

By Bigg Success Staff
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Career Builders

Race car drivers know that their tires need to get a good grip on the track. We also need a good grip – a grip on what’s most important. Then focus on that one thing.

One task at a time
Keep one task in front of you and get it done. Then move on to the next. It’s hard to work efficiently when you’re trying to do more than one thing at a time. Get a grip – focus on the most important task you need to accomplish – and then move on to the next one.

One goal at a time
What’s the next step that leads to the life of your dreams? Focus solely on accomplishing that one thing. If you have too many goals, you won’t achieve any of them. Get a grip – work on getting to the next level – and then move on to your next goal.

One change at a time
Take a clue from crafty old Ben Franklin. He had a list of thirteen virtues that he wanted to make part of his life. He found that he didn’t see much, if any, improvement when he tried to change them all at once. So he decided to focus on only one of them each week. When he started doing this, he saw meaningful progress.

One day at a time

Yesterday is gone forever. Learn from it and move on. You can’t change tomorrow unless you change today. So focus on making the most of today. That’s not that hard. If you focus on the most important things today, you’ll keep moving closer to bigg success!

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