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Change Your Mind to Reach Bigg Success

music-lessonsThis is our second installment of Music Lessons. Today, we’re going to look at a song by Sister Hazel.

Their tour starts today so Hazel Nuts are going gaga. Their new album, Release, has been a hit. It’s the #1 rock album in iTunes.

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But our focus today is on an older song of theirs, Change Your Mind.

Want to feel better about today?

Then change your mind! That’s the general message of the song. It sounds so simple, but it really is a great prescription.

The song starts out, “Did you ever think there might be another way to just feel better, just feel better about today?”

It highlights that all change starts from within. We have to think there is a better way. We have to think differently than we have before to feel better once more.

Decide to persevere

The song continues, “If you never want to leave to turn and go away, you might feel better, might feel better if you stay.”

Those may be the most powerful words in the whole song. Change your mind by deciding to stay.

When the going gets tough, the tough stay and fight. Doesn’t have the same ring as the saying we’re used to. But flight is often what keeps us from achieving our dreams.

The tough persist. They don’t give up. The tough resist the natural, human tendency to see the grass as greener on the other side of the fence.

Decide to take it all in

The next verse starts with some great questions:

“Have you ever danced in the rain?
Or thanked the sun just for shining?
Or the sea?”

Then they tell you why it’s so important to ask those questions: “Take it all in, the world’s a show. And yeah, you look much better, look much better when you glow.”

Isn’t it true? When troubles mount, when a challenge looms large, doesn’t it help to just get away for a few minutes and calm down? When you experience the magnificence of nature, the issues you face seem so much smaller.

Decide to give up … with a twist

There’s a great twist in the next verse. They say: “If you’ve had enough of all your tryin’, just give up … the state of mind you’re in.”

They don’t say to give up. They say to change your mind! Look at things in a new way and try, try again!

They continue by saying: “If you’re tired of fighting battles with yourself, if you want to be somebody else, change your mind.”

Stop. Stop beating yourself up. Stop wishing you weren’t you.

You are a special person. Change your mind and show the world your gifts.

An unusual call to action

They close the song with what may be the most unusual call to action we’ve ever seen: “What ya say we both go and seize the day. ‘Cause what’s your hurry, what’s your hurry anyway.”

Get going. Do it now. But don’t get in such a hurry to reach your destination that you don’t enjoy the journey along the way. Enjoy the good times and the bad. Enjoy the people you love.

Because when you do reach your destination, when you’re living the life of which you dream – life on your own terms, you’ll look back and realize that your journey is part of the prize!

Change your mind! It leads to bigg success!

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Since we’re nearing Halloween, next time we’ll haunt you with a tale of four wicked witches that often prevent you from reaching bigg success. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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The Magical Money Illusion

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

Status – a high rank or standing within a group of people – is a good thing. It means prestige, importance and respect.

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But status also can work against us. Sometimes in our quest to show off our net worth, we lose our self-worth. We worry about our image instead of our essence.

We give off the illusion of money when often the money isn’t there. It’s the magical money illusion. Even though we make a lot of money, it all goes out the door trying to give off the illusion of wealth.

This is one of the lessons we’ve learned from recent history. Now we’re going back to timeless principles of saving money and using debt sparingly.

For some reason, there seems to be a natural human tendency to compare ourselves to others. We found a great article that describes two experiments that tested people’s desire for relative affluence.

Earn $2,000 more!

The first one was conducted in the early 1990s. Participants were presented with two job opportunities in the same industry.

With the first option, they would earn $35,000 a year while their colleagues earn $38,000. Under their second choice, they would earn $33,000 while colleagues earn $30,000.

Most people chose Option 1. However, here’s where it gets interesting:

Two-thirds said Option 2 would make them happier.

We think more money will make us happier. However, this research shows that, for a lot of people, making more than their peers is what really does the trick.

Half the money is just fine

Let’s look at a second study. Its participants were a very bright group – the faculty, staff and students at Harvard University.

They were also presented with two options. The researchers took special care to make it clear that the prices paid for goods and services would be the same in both cases. In other words, more money would mean more and/or better stuff.

Under Option 1, they were offered $50,000 per year while others were only making $25,000. With Option 2, they would earn $100,000 a year while everyone else earns $200,000.

56% of the participants chose Option 1! They gave up $50,000 in income in order to make more than their peers.

It’s the Jones Effect. They’re happier making more comparatively but less absolutely.

Isn’t it amazing that really bright people making choices that seem illogical?

How do you move past this natural inclination to compare yourself to others? How do you do what’s really best for you?

Change the focus of your comparison.

Instead of focusing on what you make or what you have compared to others, concentrate on what you need to live the life you desire.

When you live your life on your own terms, you’re liberated from all of that. You focus on what you make relative to you what you need to make. Others disappear from the calculation.

You focus on what you want relative to what you have. Who cares what anyone else has.

You focus on what you know, not on what other people think. You create the life you want and you make sure it’s sustainable. That’s financial freedom. That’s peace of mind. That’s bigg success!

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