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The Single Biggest Reason People Fail to Reach Success

what road construction has to do with BIGG SuccessWe were traveling down a busy road in our area recently. It’s a two-way road with two lanes going in each direction.

A sign indicated there was “Road Work Ahead” – one lane on each side was shut down for about a mile. There was a worker with a “Slow” sign at the point where the lanes merged. There was another worker at the other end with the same sign, directing traffic in the opposite direction.

So here we were – driving through the construction zone. Suddenly the person in front of us stopped.

But why? We didn’t understand. However, we quickly discovered the reason.

He was looking at the worker holding the sign for traffic going the other way. On the back of the “Slow” sign was the word “Stop”.

So he stopped – even though the sign was not meant for him. The worker in frustration quickly waved him on.

Don’t hurry to stop

Unfortunately, most people don’t get waved on so quickly and readily in life. So they just stop and they stay stopped.

It’s the single biggest reason people do not reach success – they are in a hurry to stop.

They stop when they’re not supposed to. They haven’t reached their destination, but they still stop.

They stop because they see a sign – even when the sign isn’t meant for them.

They listen to other people who tell them to stop. They just don’t realize the advice isn’t for them or that the people they’re listening to don’t know what they’re talking about.

They stop because they think they’re being safe. In reality, they’re putting themselves and others at risk.

They stop because they run into obstacles. The problem is many of these blocks are self-created.

They hurry to stop.

Hurry to go!

BIGG goal-getters do the opposite. They hurry to go.

Things didn’t go as planned? Learn, adapt and go!

Someone said something discouraging or disparaging? Use it as fuel and go!

Go! To understand your environment better.

Go! To push past the obstacles.

Go! To prove people wrong.

Go! To reach BIGG success!

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The Key to Success in Just One Step

just one step leads to BIGG SuccessWe recently talked about how to conquer a paralyzing pair of fears. We closed by implicitly sharing the key to success. Today, we want to make it explicit.

We constantly see overnight successes. Yesterday, they were just part of the crowd. Now, they are the new sensation.

From the outside looking in, it appears as if they had a meteoric rise to the top. But as we know, perceptions can be deceiving.

Look closer and you’ll see a lot of hard work. Is that the key to success?

It’s certainly part of the recipe. But it’s too complicated for our purposes here.

Upon deeper inspection, you realize that these overnight stars have usually been honing their craft for years. Is time the key to success?

Once again, it’s almost always part of the mix. It takes more than 10,000 hours as we’ve learned. But even this goes beyond the real key to success as we want to explain it today.

Is it vision or goal-setting? These are certainly important, but once again it goes beyond what we want to talk about today.

We want to keep it simple. What is the simple key to success in just one step?

That’s it! One step.

You can be a BIGG success if you just take one small step. That’s it!

Most people never really do. Or they do but then they don’t follow up with another one.

But you’re not most people. You’re a winner.

So like other people who reach BIGG success, you will take one small step, then another, and another.

You will take thousands upon thousands of step in pursuit of your dream life. But you’re not worried about how many steps it takes. You focus all of your attention on the next one.

One step at a time. One after another. Step after step, you will inch closer to the success you dreamed of.

You will face obstacles along the way. You may step over them, through them, or around them. It doesn’t matter. The results will be the same. You will get by them one step at a time.

You will get frustrated and even fearful at times. Don’t worry. Just take one small step.

You will grow tired. Take a break, relax, and refresh yourself. Then take one small step.

What one small step will you take today?

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The Swinging Bridge to Success

the swinging bridge to BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control to build the life of your dreams.

You are where you are. You want to be where you want to be.

That’s the easy part. The hard part is getting there.

Because there’s a BIGG canyon between the two.

Picture it – you’re standing on a cliff.

You want to get to the other side. But how?

You have to build the bridge. No one will build it for you. You have to do it.

Only you don’t have the right materials to build a sturdy bridge. Nope – this bridge from where you are to where you want to be will be a swinging one.

So you go about building the bridge. And then you start to walk across.

Only, even then, even after all the work you did to build the bridge, the journey won’t be easy.

Winds

The winds will be strong. Occasionally, they’ll be at your back. Enjoy it while it lasts!

Sometimes, the winds will be in your face. You’ll have to summon even more energy to keep pushing ahead.

Then there are the crosswinds. They make the bridge swing from side to side. You have to hold on tight to keep from falling.

People

At times, there will be other people on your bridge. As they put one foot in front of the other, the bridge will sway.

They’re making it harder on you to make progress. They don’t mean to; they’re just trying to get across the chasm.

Others, well…they are intentional. They actively make the bridge swing; they want to throw you off.

They don’t want you to succeed. Beware of these people.

Energy

You expended a tremendous amount of energy to build your bridge. Now you just have to get across.

But you’re tired. It’s only natural.

You have to make sure you have enough provisions to keep your strength up. And occasionally you just need to stop and rest.

But then you’ll get back to your journey. Because you’re a winner!

You will keep going.
You will make it to the other side.
You will get from where you are to where you want to be.
You will reach BIGG success!

What obstacles have you faced on your swinging bridge to BIGG success?

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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 3

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverWe wrap up our three-part series with BIGG Success, Howard Griffith.

Howard is a two-time Super Bowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line. He is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs of all time. 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 how hard work was key for keeping his NLF career going, and how you can apply “The Drill” philosophy in your career and business to ensure you are prepared for the opportunities that come along.

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 segement:

  • Howard talks about how you can get past obstacles to get from where you are now, to where you want to be.
  • Why Howard says why preparation is so important to achieving your goals, and how he prepared to achieve his.
  • Howard talks about how he got past doubts in his career, and shares a true life story of when he was cut from the Buffalo Bills, what his dad said to keep him from giving up on his bigg dream.
  • Why Howard says you can’t share your dreams with everyone.

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

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00694-042811.mp3

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.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00693-042711.mp3