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Success Building Blocks: Poise

By Bigg Success Staff
09-04-08

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John Wooden was arguably the best coach in the history of college basketball. His contributions to success literature, though, possibly exceed his accomplishments on the court. He developed the Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool that will help you succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose. 

So far, we’ve discussed three rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. The third row, which sits right in the middle of the Pyramid, includes  Condition and Team Spirit.

Now we’ll move to the fourth row, which is also the second row from the top. It consists of two blocks. We’ll look at the one on the left this week.  

Poise

This success building block sits atop Condition and Skill, but Wooden points out that it also comes from Team Spirit. You’ve worked hard to master the fundamentals of your craft so you know you’re ready to execute.

You’ve practiced every situation so you will be at ease when you’re playing the game. Even when things get tough, you’ll exhibit grace under pressure. You’ll just be yourself, because you know you’re ready! This leads to a calm, cool exterior because you’re calm and cool on the inside. That intimidates rivals who aren’t as prepared as you.  

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Have you ever been to BINPAO?

By Bigg Success Staff
09-04-08

Peak Performance

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Now that all we have to do to visit another country, or even another planet, is double click our mouse, there’s no stopping us Web surfers. And, it’s time to space out, both literally and figuratively.

Millions of Americans, young and old, have diagnosed or undiagnosed attention deficit issues, leaving them with an inability to concentrate. While this is assuredly a serious issue for those with true attention-related conditions, I cannot help but wonder how much BINPAO humans have manufactured using our own devices. I have coined BINPAO here, not only because it looks cool in writing and sounds cool (especially the pow! part), but because it reflects accurately what happens to me when I begin using the Internet and all its related technologies.

BINPAO causes me to switch topics, jump around from place to place and generally. Oh wait, I lost my train of thought. See, with my browser open in several windows, I am able to compose these sentences while simultaneously checking the weather, the news from Iraq, my e-mail and more. I can switch from screen to screen in a millisecond. I can BINPAO – be in nine places at once.  For me, BINPAO is a fascinating concept. I can multitask in entirely new ways. I can be bored with what I am reading on the screen after just three or four sentences, and I can move on by clicking on a link and opening another box with a cute photo of a puppy. lol.  I can skip the really important information of the day and find out what is going on in Hollywood. omg. 

What I cannot do if I choose to enter the state of BINPAO is really get ANYTHING done—at all. I can start all kinds of stuff, just not finish one lick of it.

And studies are popping up all over on the subject of too much multitasking. CFO Magazine in July 2007 reported on multitasking in the workplace. They cite MIT and UCLA studies where researchers concluded that multitaskers do not always optimal learners or workers make. The studies pointed out that while some interruption and multitasking can bring interest to your job, too much is really that: too much. The MIT study found that one can reach a saturation point. Errors increase. Efficiency decreases. The UCLA researchers found that distracted learners still did the learning, but stored the information in different and perhaps less useful locations in the brain.

Ah, but what is an easily distractible gal to do?  It’s like putting a variety of raw meats in a circle around a hungry crocodile. Which one to grab first? Solution? Stop the click-throughs until I’m through and grab one at a time. I am an adult and can choose how long my attention span is. I need to take control of my constant clicking and realize the grass isn’t always greener on the other screen. I need to take time to absorb what’s in front of me before I move on. Maybe I’ll start by moving to the state of BIEPAO – be in eight places at once, and see where I go from there?

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Success Building Blocks: Skills

By Bigg Success Staff
08-26-08

Timeless Principles

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In our minds, John Wooden was the best coach in the history of college basketball. Even more than that, though, we love what he contributed to the field of personal success. Perhaps his greatest gift has been his Pyramid of Success, a wonderful tool that will help you succeed bigg in any endeavor you choose.  

So far, we’ve discussed the bottom two rows of his Pyramid.  Industriousness, Friendship, Loyalty, Cooperation, and Enthusiasm form the foundation. The second row consists of Self-control, Alertness, Initiative, and Intentness. We’ve now covered two of the three blocks that sit in the middle of the Pyramid –  Condition and Team Spirit.

Now we’ll move to the success building block that sits at the heart of the Pyramid, above Alertness and Initiative. 

Skills

The science of peak performance has come a long way. Wooden hits on the “flow” concept with this building block – body and mind working effortlessly, completely immersed in the moment, to accomplish some task.

He felt that his athletes needed to know the fundamentals so well that they didn’t have to think about them. They could just execute instinctively given the situation.

Just like great athletes, we need to know the fundamentals of our game so well that we can quickly pull them out when they’re needed. We’re prepared to deal with any situation because we’ve practiced it over and over again. We know what to do without thinking about it and we’re able to perform at our highest level at every moment.

We’re in the flow, or the zone. We know what we know so well that we don’t have to think about it. When we see it in others, we admire it. When we feel it ourselves, it’s one of the greatest experiences we can have!

Hear today’s lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show.

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25 Ways to Reach the Top of Your Chosen Profession

By Bigg Success Staff
05-15-08

Peak Performance

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When peak performance is discussed, it’s often about athletic pursuits. However, it can also apply to any of us seeking the most of our chosen professions. Just like athletes, we have to prepare mentally and physically to reach the top.

Mindset
#1 – Find your passion.

#2 – Define your vision of success.

#3 – Find your opportunity / niche.

#4 – Set goals that lead to your vision of success, step-by-step.

#5 – Get started … take action.

Feed your mind
#6 – Read, listen to, or watch something that inspires you every day.

#7 – Read great works of literature and listen to great music.

#8 – Learn a little bit about a lot of things.

#9 – Take up a creative hobby to learn to be more creative.

#10 – Talk to people. Learn about their personal and professional interests so you learn.

Fuel your body
#11 – Eat right.

#12 – Exercise.

#13 – Get enough sleep.

#14 – Balance your personal and professional lives.

#15 – Give yourself down time, whatever that means to you.

Practice
#16 – Participate in classes, workshops, seminars, etc. in your chosen field.

#17 – Also take every opportunity to build your soft skills.

#18 – Get a mentor / coach.

#19 – Rehearse in front of a mirror.

#20 – Role-play.

Improvement
#21 – Learn from your mistakes.

#22 – Learn from your successes.

#23 – Learn from the mistakes of others.

#24 – Learn from others’ successes.

#25 – Focus on the next iteration … work to be a little bit better today.

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As He Retires, Brett Favre Teaches Us A Lesson On Peak Performance

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Brett Favre will be remembered as one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time. He holds NFL records for passing yards, completions, touchdown passes, consecutive starts, and career wins. This three-time MVP took his team to two Super Bowls, and won the bigg prize once.

He knows about peak performance.

But as much as we have enjoyed watching him on the field (except when he beat the Bears), we found his press conference fascinating because it revealed an important lesson on peak performance.

Do you have the passion to prepare?
He best summarized his decision to retire, when he said,

“I don’t have the passion to practice and prepare.”

That’s the lesson we can learn from Brett.

We talk about passion quite a bit here at Bigg Success. We don’t always make this important distinction – it’s not about the passion to play the game; it’s the passion to prepare for it that really matters.

Brett mentioned this very thing in the press conference. He said if all you had to do was show up on Sunday, more people would play. He’s absolutely right – and it goes beyond football.

You need the passion to prepare. To keep fit – physically, mentally, and emotionally – and to practice, practice, practice.

It’s not passion for what you do. It’s passion for the things you have to do to get to do what you want to do. Isn’t that a bigg to-do list?

To discover your passion, envision 11 HOW you would spend your time and money if neither time nor money was an issue]. You have to enjoy the process because playing the game is a small part of it.

Are you having fun as you prepare?
Brett said that on Saturday nights, he was watching tape. On Sunday evenings, just hours after the game, he was already preparing for the next one. He had never done that before.

He wasn’t relaxing and enjoying it. His work was becoming work. He said he worried that it would affect his teammates and his family. 

How’s your balance?

If you can’t perform at peak level, and still maintain some balance, it’s probably time to move on. Preparation for peak performance takes time away from other things in your life.

Brett mentioned that he can vividly remember every game, down to individual plays, as far back as high school. But that’s his professional life. He went to say that there are things that have happened outside of football that he doesn’t remember at all. He’s not willing to miss out on them anymore.

We congratulate him on a great career. We thank him for going out with the same style that he played the game and teaching us a lesson in the process! We wish him bigg success as he moves on!

Our bigg quote today comes from Brett Favre quoting his wife, Deanna Favre, quoting Byrd Baggett:

“Look at life through the windshield, not the rear-view mirror.”

Peak performers know how to drive toward their goal – a skill that can be transferred to any field. So find your next destination and next thing you know, you’ll pass everyone on the road!

Next time, we’ll answer a question from one of our listeners who has an idea for a business, but doesn’t know what to do next. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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