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Out With The Old, In With The New Year

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

Life Changes

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It’s part of the cycle of life – one year winds down as another one revs up. It’s an exciting time of year. We get a fresh start. Another chance.

To make the most of the New Year, take some time now to reflect. That’s a common phrase with an uncommon challenge.

To reflect is to carefully consider. As the year nears completion, here are some things upon which you might reflect.

Reflect upon the past year
One definition of reflection is a careful reconsideration of past choices, actions, and events. Think about the past year. What decisions made the greatest impact on your life? What lessons can you take away from that?

Think about the people in your life. Your family. Old friends. New friends. Co-workers. What will you do next year to strengthen your relationships? How will you meet new people?

Think about the places in your life. Your work. Your home. Your community. What did you do to improve these places this year?

When were you happiest? How can you incorporate more moments like that this year? What made you sad? Was it something you could control? Is there a lesson to bring to the coming year?

Are you proud of what you accomplished this year? As you think about it, what was your greatest triumph? What lessons can you learn from that? What was your biggest disappointment? What did it teach you?

Are you a better person now than you were at the beginning of the year? If so, congratulations! Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back. If not, why not? What will you do next year to make sure that you grow?

Reflect upon the coming year
Another definition of reflection is an idea that results from careful consideration. What bigg ideas do you have? What are you doing about them?

What thoughts flow from the lessons you learned last year? What are you doing with your newfound knowledge?

What are your goals for this year? How will you track them to be sure you’re on track? How do these goals fit your long-term vision for yourself?

What will you do to feed your mind and your spirit? Besides checking out Bigg Success regularly, of course!

How do you plan to maintain balance in your life? What will you give to those you care about? How will you advance in your career? What will you do for an escape? When will you do that?

How will you define success on December 31 of next year? What will you do to make that happen? Answer that question, work your answer, and you’re sure to be a bigg success next year!

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Are you like Santa … or Scrooge?

By Bigg Success Staff
12-20-07 

 Test Yourself

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Find out if you’re a giver or a taker with this fun little quiz. You’ll know in less than two minutes!  The give-or-take test, developed by the good people at Queendom, helps you know how you’re likely to do in your relationships. 

Healthy relationships require give … and take. Imbalance leads to dissatisfaction. You can’t just give and give and give. However, you do have to come through when people really need you.

You can’t be comfortable with others, until you’re comfortable with yourself. That’s the starting point. Then recognize your own needs and wants, as well as the needs and wants of the people you care about. Now you can judge the situation and weigh your needs and wants with the needs and wants of the person involved.

We think you’ll like this quick quiz – we did!

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The King Of Television

By Bigg Success Staff
12-20-07

Success Stories

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The King of Television

Your life has almost certainly been touched by Roger King.

Oprah. Wheel of Fortune. Jeopardy. Dr. Phil. Rachael Ray. These are all shows that Roger King helped popularize through his innovative company, King World Productions.

Roger King passed away recently, leaving a legacy of entrepreneurship and salesmanship. He, and his brother Michael, turned a fledgling family business into a dominant force in television.

Cynthia Littleton, a friend of the family and writer for Variety, has two posts you should check out for all the details of this magnificent man. Here are the links:

Roger King: Michael remembers

Roger King: A sui generis TV titan

Here are lessons you can learn from Roger King:

  • Change creates opportunity
  • Roger King saw his opportunity when the federal government changed the rules on television programming. That change opened the door for Roger to work with local affiliates of the major networks.

    When you see change occurring, ask yourself where the opportunity is. You may create your own dynasty!

  • Relationships matter
  • Roger delivered what he promised. The general managers of local television stations knew he was with them for the long haul. So when he presented something out-of-the-ordinary, they went along because they trusted him.

    The biggest asset you’ll ever have, other than yourself, is your relationships with people. Work daily to develop and maintain them.

  • Perseverance wins
  • Roger and Michael were one step away from going bust after their main distributor severed ties with them. King World was still a small company. Nobody had heard of them.

    Roger began calling Merv Griffin, the creator of Wheel of Fortune, to take the show to the evening air waves. He didn’t give up, and Merv eventually gave in. The rest is history.

    When you run into a wall, get over it, under it, around it, or through it. Don’t get discouraged – that’s a key trait of the most successful people.

  • You can change the world
  • Oprah gives Roger credit for taking her nationwide. But it wasn’t easy – especially in the south. As an example, Roger loved telling a story about one station manager who said that he could put a potato in a chair and pull better ratings.

    We know who got the last laugh! As the years passed, stations like these came pleading for Oprah’s show. Roger sold them the rights – but at a premium!

    One person can change the world. More importantly, YOU can change the world.

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Relationship Building Blocks

By Bigg Success Staff
December 14, 2007

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Timeless Principles

In the book, The Relationship Edge in Business: Connecting with Customers and Colleagues When It Counts, author Jerry Acuff and contributor Wally Wood list thirteen basic facts about people. Thoroughly understanding this list will help you with customers, employees, bosses, co-workers, business associates, friends, and even family! Here’s their list, along with our input along the way:

13 fundamental facts about human beings

  • In general, people have a desire to be important.
    You win people over by building them up, not tearing them down.
  • They want to be appreciated.
    Say “thanks” when they are helpful. Be grateful when you see them or hear from them.
  • They are not nearly as interested in you, your interests, or your concerns, as they are in themselves. Show more interest in their interests than your own.
  • Most people want two things out of life: success and happiness.
    Understand how they define success. Help them when you can – forward an article or introduce them to someone you know.
  • They want you to truly listen to them with your full attention.
    Listen attentively. With your ears and your mind.
  • People will connect with you only if they feel you sincerely value them.
    You can’t fake this one – you’ll be found out quickly. The only way to show them you sincerely value them is to sincerely value them!
  • Most people make decisions emotionally and defend them logically.
    Understand these dueling sides of our brains. They’ll like you, or they won’t, based on how you make them feel.
  • The average person’s attention span is very short.
    Keep your stories short and to the point. Respect their time.
  • People with common interests have a natural rapport.
    Find your common link. Chances are there is something you share that be discovered relatively quickly. Use that connection to, well, connect with them!
  • People want to be understood.
    Be empathetic – feel what they feel, see things from their point-of-view.
  • People are drawn to people who are genuinely interested in them.
    Demonstrate this in little ways. For example, remember their birthday. Congratulate them on a special accomplishment. Intentionally pay attention.
  • Most people love to teach.
    You’ll be surprised how much you can learn by discovering someone’s passions and interests. Let them teach you and you’ll both be happy!
  • People want to associate with others who they believe can help them in some aspect of their lives. Use your special talents and abilities to help them improve themselves. After all, you love to teach, too, right?

Of course, one-sided relationships don’t work. If you find that someone you want to connect with doesn’t reciprocate by following these basic tenets, move on to someone who will. You’re too interesting and important to do otherwise!

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Finding Balance At Work

By Bigg Success Staff
December 14, 2007

Work-Life Balance

woman balances on chairsSirota Survey Intelligence, specialists in attitude research, just released the results of a survey on work – life balance. They report that 73% of employees view their work – life balance positively. 

“Work-life balance is almost an afterthought to people who feel their employers are meeting their end of the deal by being fair, providing interesting and meaningful work, and recognition or rewards for a job well-done,” said Douglas Klein, President of Sirota Survey Intelligence. “Work-life balance becomes a real issue when employees feel that their employers aren’t holding up to their part of the partnership.”

We find Mr. Klein’s last sentence the most striking. Employees must believe their employers are responsive to their wants and needs. But what Mr. Klein doesn’t state here, and what needs to be stated, is that employers must feel the same thing – that their employees are meeting their wants and needs.

It’s about people.
Relationships. Two people learning to trust each other. It’s personal – one-to-one. It’s the only way to succeed personally and professionally. But many managers forget that there’s a person on the end of the problem du jour. Many employees don’t think enough about their manager’s goals.

It’s about people communicating.
So it begins with a desire to form a relationship, on both sides. That kernel grows to trust. Now you’re ready to communicate. To put the wants and needs of both of you on the table. To understand each other. To get what both of you want. To meet all of your needs and wants.

It takes a two-way commitment.
Both the employer and the employee have to commit to this process. It’s easy to get too busy to pay attention to the relationship. But you’ll find that a small investment of your time will yield big dividends in the future. It’s all about being effective.

For example, for employers, the Sirota research shows that 81% of the employees who say they have the “right amount of work” are satisfied at work. Only 69% of employees who report having “too much work” are satisfied with their jobs. A strikingly low 44% of employees who state that they have “too little to do” are happy about it. 

So if you can strike the “Goldilocks’ balance”, you’ll have a far more productive staff.

Now, for employees, understand that if you’re a producer, if you’ve got a great attitude, if you’re a team player, you make it almost impossible to not support you, both professionally and personally. As Klein said, “The key, then, is to balance company and personal demands within a partnership culture and a spirit of win – win.”

Focus first on delivering what your boss needs so it’s easier for your boss to give you what you need.

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