Yes and no. Let’s tackle the “no” first.
On a recent post, we asked: Must you sell your soul to be a BIGG success?
Some beliefs are sacrosanct. These core beliefs are part of a dynamic duo.
You need a vision. It is the star toward which you press.
Your core beliefs are your compass. They help you see the boundaries over which you must not cross.
If you do, any success you achieve will have little meaning. You will have lost yourself in your quest for success.
Discovering yourself is BIGG success.
But beliefs can work against you. These are beliefs you must give up to be a BIGG success.
We’ve all heard it said over and over: Perception is reality.
No it’s not.
The world is not flat. Yet many people said it was. It kept mankind from exploring new worlds for century upon century.
Perception may be reality. Or it may not.
Stated directly, your perception may be wrong. If you want to be a BIGG success, you must always guard against misperception.
You must discover the objective reality.
You will only make the right choices when you aren’t mislead.
You can only make the best decisions when you aren’t misguided.
Yes, your beliefs can work against you. Give up mistaken beliefs to be a BIGG success.
These are really a special form of mistaken beliefs. But they are so pervasive that we felt they deserved a special mention.
Robert Anthony said, “You can have anything you want if you are willing to give up the belief that you can’t have it.”
Do you believe that you can’t get a promotion? You’re right.
Do you believe that you can’t succeed in business? You’re right.
Do you believe you are a loser? You’re right.
Do you believe you’re a winner? You’re right.
Tell your mind what you want it to think. Internalize those thoughts into beliefs. And your mind will begin to find ways to prove you right.
Even if you’re wrong!
Even if you told yourself you couldn’t do it when you could have!
You can achieve everything in your wildest dreams. But you won’t if you believe you can’t. Your mind will work to keep you stuck right where you are.
It’s your choice.
Choose disappointment, defeat and despair.
Choose to lose.
Choose a life of hardship and pain.
Choose enthusiasm, energy and elation.
Choose to win.
Choose BIGG success!
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Anita Bruzzese is the author of 45 Things You Do That Drive Your Boss Crazy. We were fortunate to meet her at a conference we attended a few months back. She had a great post recently, where she discussed a game she played with her kids called, “Which would you rather?”
With this game, you present your fellow players with a choice. For instance, I asked Mary-Lynn which she would rather give up for a month – chocolate or her cell phone.
That was a tough question, but I would give up chocolate. My phone is my mobile device; there’s no way I could live without it for a month!
Hmmm … Mary-Lynn with no chocolate. I’d plan to be away that month!
A fun way to keep a conversation going
When we discussed conversation continuers recently, we said that games are one way to keep a conversation going. This is a great example of a game you could play to do that. For example, you could ask …
Who would you rather work for – a boss who’s super-demanding or a boss who’s never around? Anita posed more great questions in her post.
If you check out her post, you can see how I answered the questions she asked.
A fun way to improve strategic decision-making
Decision trees are a great way to visualize possible business strategies, since a business can be thought of as a series of either / or options. Sounds like a ramped-up version of “Which would you rather”, doesn’t it? Question 1 leads to Question 2 and so on.
For example, let’s say you plan to start a restaurant. Play “Which would you rather?”
- Which would you rather open – a big restaurant or a small restaurant? Let’s say you choose bigg … with two g’s of course!
- Which would you rather be – part of a franchise system or an independent? You really want to create your own brand, so you want to be independent.
- Where would you locate – in a strip center or a free-standing building? You could do some research to determine which one seems to work better for restaurants like the one you plan to start.
We could keep going, but you get the idea. The reason you create the decision tree is to see the impact of your choices. For instance, if you chose “franchise” for the second question, they may specify whether you’re inline or free-standing.
A fun way to teach your kids critical entrepreneurial skills
Play this game with your kids and help them develop critical entrepreneurial skills! Just add the “decision tree” dimension one question at a time. So instead of asking your kids to think of one question, ask them to think of three – the initial question and a follow-up question for each of the possible answers. They’ll be thinking like an entrepreneur in no time!
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Next time, we’ll examine a highly-touted way to pay off your mortgage early. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!
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