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3 Ways to Buck Up Your Bounce-Back-Ability

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Bounce-back-ability is your ability to come back at a higher level than where you started. We share three ways to buck it up.

We discuss how to bounce back from tough times on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of our conversation.

Tough times call for tough people. And boy, are we having some tough times.

How can you get through them?

You need entrepreneurial brain food. It’s like comfort food for the mind, and we are serving some of that up with this topic!

As the two of us discussed how to return to normal, a word popped into our conversation:

Bounce-back-ability

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What a fun word! And who the will to bounce back more than entrepreneurs? No one. But it’s important to understand: You can improve on this ability…and there’s 3 ways to do it, which entrepreneurs use to their advantage.

Even if you never want to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the term, you can use these concepts to up your own bounce-back-ability.

Before we proceed, we just want to include a caveat: If you are feeling overwhelming stress or depression, if your worries are keeping you up at night, get professional help.

Optimism

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Studies show that unbound optimists tend to outperform your everyday optimists. Never give up. Keep chasing that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

It starts with hope. If you don’t have hope, you have nothing. It’s hard to get out of bed in the morning. You can’t keep pushing on. You can’t keep getting done what you need to get done. Hope is essential.

Hope turns into believing. This is the “B” in “BIGG success”. You don’t just hope you can do it. You believe you can do it. Believe in yourself. Believe in key people around you. Believe you deserve a good outcome. Believe in something bigger than yourself. For us, that’s God.

Now the magic happens. Belief turns into trust. You trust you can do it, whatever it means to you at this time in your life. For example, you trust that you can grow your business.


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Ingenuity

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We define ingenuity as practical creativity that allows us to optimize our resource allocation. Here’s the thing about entrepreneurs:

Entrepreneurs – and remember, our definition is expansive: you MAY have a business to oversee, but you CERTAINLY have a life to oversee – are not generally resource-full. But they are very resourceful. There’s a BIGG difference between the two.

Entrepreneurs are able to do more things with fewer resources. They put ingenuity at work.

Listen to the podcast to hear how one of George’s dad’s construction workers outworked a backhoe, using ingenuity.

Resiliency

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We define resiliency as creative perseverance. You often have to get creative to persevere. Bounce-back-ability doesn’t necessarily mean in the same way.

For example, as a result of the pandemic, you may have closed your business for a period of time. You may not open it in the same way precisely. Or bounce-back-ability may mean you to get a different job or change the commitments of your job.

Bouncing back means moving on and moving up, in the long run. But it all comes down to a choice. You have to decide to bounce back. When you do this, you develop the heart of a champion. A champion who won’t stay down. A champion who will bounce back again and again, until you reach BIGG success!

Here’s to your BIGG success!
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George “The Professor” & Mary-Lynn
Co-Founders, BIGG Success

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What Motivates You?

person overlooks landscape and rainbow with title of blog post: What Motivates You?

Psychological research has identified sixteen basic desires underlying our behavior. See the list to determine what motivates you.

We discussed sixteen motivations for happiness on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion.

This show was inspired by the book, Who Am I? The 16 Basic Desires That Motivate Our Actions and Define Our Personalities*. It’s written by the late great Dr. Steven Reiss.

He found that happiness and life-satisfaction come from a sense that our lives have meaning and fulfill a larger purpose. He calls this “value-based happiness.” He has identified 16 universal desires that drive all meaningful behavior.

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3 Differences Between Passion and Purpose

the BIGG difference between passion and purposeAre purpose and passion the same? Is it just a semantic distinction?

We think not.

Your purpose may flow from your passion or your passion may flow from your purpose. In some cases, the person finds their cause. In other cases, the cause finds the person.

So they are similar, but there are important differences between the two terms.

Passion can be selfish. Purpose can’t.

You can pursue a passion for your own pleasure. It can be purely self indulgent.

[George] I love to sing. But nobody loves to hear it!

Purpose is not selfish. It involves serving others, but it’s not servitude.

It’s feeling joyful about creating joy. It’s about adding value in the lives of others while creating value in your life. It’s win – win.

Passion can be unbridled. Purpose is focused.

Passion is boundless. You can have many passions. You can spend countless hours on them.

Purpose is singular. To fulfill a purpose requires focus. It requires you to choose. But the decision is an easy one when your purpose is compelling.

Passion is what. Purpose is why.

Passion focuses on nouns. What do you love? It’s about the objects of your desires.

Purpose is your motivation, your why. It brings in action so it focuses on verbs. Purpose completes you.

Together, passion and purpose lead to BIGG success!

Do you see any differences between passion and purpose?

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Why Your Boss Holds You Back – Part 2

what to do if the boss holds you back | BIGG SuccessToday, we’ll wrap up our mini-series on why your boss holds you back. Last time, we talked about the secret motivation of your boss.

It’s the reason why – in spite of all the hard work you do, in spite of the results you deliver – your boss doesn’t want you to get promoted.

Simply stated, he or she has a vested interest in keeping you right where you’re at.

So what can you do about it? What are your options?

We’ll share three of them today.

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Go for it anyway

Tell your boss you understand the concerns. But you want to be sure you’re ready when the right opportunity does present itself. You’d like to practice interviewing.

Even that may not get the job done.

So let’s assume the opportunity is out-of-town. If need be, and if you feel really strongly about your fit with this particular opportunity, offer to pay for the trip yourself. Take an extra few days and call it a mini-vacation.

We have a friend who did exactly this. He got his boss to set up the interview. He didn’t go to practice. He went to get the job.

And he did! You can do it too!

Jump ship

You may not be able to get a better gig with your current employer. But if you’re feeling like you’re hitting your head on a ceiling, start looking for a place with a higher ceiling!

Expand your outlook to other companies.

Reach out to select individuals in your network.
None of them will likely be the person who gives you a job.
But one of them is likely to know someone who might.

When you chat with them, just let them know that you’re quietly exploring your options. You’re doing great where you are. You love the place.

But you’re ready for a bigger challenge and it doesn’t seem forthcoming where you’re at.

Strike out on your own

The best way to have a boss who never holds you back is to be your own boss. But be ready – this boss may be your toughest task master!

Before you launch, be sure you’re ready for the rigors of entrepreneurship. It may pay to spend a little time preparing before you give up the day job.

And don’t think it has to be an all-or-nothing proposition. If you have enough energy to take on a job with more responsibility, you should have enough energy to start a part-time business.

You can build it part-time until your free cash flow replaces your current job.
Then you can launch full-time and let the sky be your limit. Now that’s BIGG success!

If you have more questions than answers about being your own boss, maybe we can help.

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Before You Give Up on Your New Year Resolution

five steps to achieving your goals for BIGG SuccessIt’s that time of year – the time when people give up on their New Year’s resolutions.

Are you one of them? If so, we want to share five steps to take before you stop trying to achieve this goal.

Ask “why”

Ask yourself why you made the resolution in the first place. You had a good reason, right?

If not, go ahead and give up on it. But if so, remind yourself of the reason behind it.

Live success

Now picture yourself having already achieved it. Don’t just see it.

Experience it in your mind. With all your emotions. How do you feel?

You’re struggling to win in the real world. So live the success you hope to achieve in your mental world.

It’s where all victories begin. Now use this motivation to inspire you to press on.

Ask “why” again

Now ask yourself why you’re struggling. In fact, don’t just ask it once.

Ask “why” five times. It will help you get to the root of the problem.

Maybe you were too ambitious. Back down a little.

Maybe you’re discouraged. You had done so well. But yesterday you fell off the wagon. You’re only human. That was then; this is now.

Maybe you were tempted. How can you remove the temptation in the future?

Instead of just giving up, work on finding out why and then correct it. As you focus on a solution, you’ll feel more energy to keep going.

Reach out

Too many people fail because they go it alone. Don’t make that mistake.

Reach out to people who care about you. If you can’t think of anyone, tell us about it.

Win today

You’re a BIGG goal-getter. That can be a stumbling block.

Just think about today. What do you need to do today to keep your resolution?

Then forget about everything else. Don’t worry about tomorrow, or next week, or next month.

Just focus on doing it today. It leads to BIGG success.

Are you struggling to keep your resolution? Care to share? We care!

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