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4 Rewards of Finding Your Purpose

your purpose in the maze of life | BIGG SuccessWe love Julia Cameron. We’re especially BIGG fans of her book, The Artist’s Way. And we love this quote by her:

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do. When we do what we are meant to do, money comes to us, doors open for us, we feel useful, and the work we do feels like play to us.”

We’ll share a few thoughts on this quote in the context of BIGG success.

“What we really want to do is what we are really meant to do.”

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about taking control to design and build the life that fits you perfectly.

Before you can design and build it, you must discover “what you really want to do” which is “what you are really meant to do.”

You must find your purpose. Your purpose is found at the intersection of your passions, your proficiencies, and your preferences.

Deep down in your soul, you know you’re here for a reason. What is it?

“When we do what we are meant to do…”

We love that Julia Cameron said “when” and not “if”. However, you have to look at the context to understand this important term.

BIGG success is about entrepreneuring your life. You may never be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense of the word.

But you are the entrepreneur of an incredible important enterprise – your life. You own your life.

Ownership starts with a decision – a decision to take full responsibility for your journey. A decision to stop accepting the status quo. A decision to live out your destiny.

“When” you do that, rewards follow. That’s the reason she said “when”. There’s an implicit assumption that you will do it.

But the decision is just the starting point. You must act.

The best decision in the world is worthless without subsequent movement. Take a step toward your dreams.

It can, and probably should, be a small step. But small steps lead to BIGG success.

The rewards

Before we get into the specific rewards, it’s important to understand that many of them may not be immediate.

However, here’s something to really understand about your journey to BIGG success:

The journey is the reward.

Almost all of the most successful people all grew immensely to reach BIGG success. Growth is one of the five elements of BIGG success along with money, time, work, and play.

Money and time are your two resources; work and play your two opportunities. Growth begins as an opportunity; if you capitalize on it, it becomes your most valuable resource.

The author of the quote lists four rewards to living your calling:

  • “Money comes”

    In the dance of life, money follows your lead. You win by picking the right dance contest.

  • “Doors open”

    You must position yourself in the right room to be by the door when opportunity knocks.

  • You “feel useful”

    At its essence, BIGG success is a sense of fulfillment given your opportunity cost. When you live your purpose, you maximize your fulfillment while minimizing your opportunity cost.

  • Work “feels like play”

    The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is synergy. When work feels like play, you know you’re in the right place. Every day, all day, is a play day.

If you aren’t sure how to find your purpose or you’ve tried unsuccessfully, maybe we can help.

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4 Secrets for Learning New Tricks

dog_daysToday’s post is the second in a five part series on Dog Days. There’s an old saying, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.” If that’s true, then one secret to learning new tricks is …

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Don’t be an old dog!

Of course, we can’t control that in a physical sense. But that’s of less importance than keeping ourselves young in mind and spirit.

We must rediscover that sense of wonder we had when we were young.

Before we were afraid to try new things.
Before we were scared of taking risks.
Before we worried about being embarrassed.

When we were fascinated by new things.
We were captivated with new experiences.
We were curious about the world around us.
We made new discoveries day by day.

Then we grew up and became old dogs.

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marylynn
I told George to speak for himself on that one!

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george Boy, I inadvertently insulted myself on two fronts … in a single sentence I managed to call myself “old” and a “dog”. My point is that sometimes we learn the wrong lessons.

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Picture this: A dog goes for a walk and steps on a bee. It hurts. But instead of watching out for bees when he goes for walks in the future, he refuses to walk at all.

Let’s bring it back to human terms. Maybe you stuck your neck out on an opportunity that didn’t work out the way you planned. So now, when a new opportunity presents itself, you roll over and play dead!

It’s time for some new tricks. Experience is a great teacher, but it’s curiosity that leads to innovation.

The dog trainer

Trainers can work wonders with dogs. The same is true for us humans.

Look for a coach or mentor who has done what you’re trying to do. Someone who has walked the path you want to go down.

Your coach can teach you the tricks you need to get where you want to be. From his or her experience, combined with your own, you can discover how to reach bigg success faster.

A doggy treat

Dogs get a treat when they learn new tricks. Likewise, give yourself a reward every time you learn a new trick or reach a new plateau.

Bigger tricks deserve bigger treats. Sounds kind of like Halloween, doesn’t it? Only here it’s trick for treat.

When you really move that proverbial needle, when you stretch yourself and accomplish something significant for your bigg success, give yourself a treat that has particular meaning for you.

The dog and pony show

Don’t get stuck doing that same old dog and pony show. Stretch your mind by exploring new things. Study things outside your area of expertise.

You’ll find that you bring new perspectives back to your main area of expertise by exploring outside of it. You’ll discover new solutions to old problems.

So we think you can teach an old dog new tricks. In fact, an old dog has to learn new tricks to reach bigg success!

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Thanks for sharing your time with us today. Please join us next time when we’ll discuss relationships in a dog eat dog world. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Three Levels of Freedom – Part 3

freedomThis is the final installment of the three levels of freedom. First, we talked about freedom of: those basic freedoms that we who live in the developed world take for granted.

Then we talked about freedom from dependence on others, addiction to things and limiting thoughts. Now we’re ready to discuss the highest level of freedom: freedom to.

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Freedom to live your life on your own terms

This is what Bigg Success is all about. It’s the freedom to live your life on your own terms.

As we get freedom from, our confidence grows. We conquer our fears one at a time. We start a new dialog with ourselves. We tell ourselves we do deserve better. We tell ourselves we will do better. We stop listening to what other people say or worrying about what they think.

It’s liberating.

Who cares that your neighbor just bought a hot little sports car?

Not you. You have bigg plans and a new car isn’t part of them right now.

Who cares that your college classmate just got a great promotion?

Not you. You have your own bigg dream to pursue.

You’re the entrepreneur of a very important enterprise – your life. You call the shots. Successful entrepreneurs find a way to press on, to endure. You’ll do whatever it takes – as long as it’s legal and ethical – to live your life on your own terms.

Every day, you’re free to give it all you have. And that’s a level of success you can revel in. At the end of the day, you can be at peace with yourself if you’ve given your all that day to move you toward the life you dream of living.

Until tomorrow.

Bigg goal-getters are usually happy, but they’re never content. Be happy today while eagerly anticipating all the bigg things you will accomplish tomorrow.

Freedom to relish in the success of others

You also have the freedom to help other people live their life on their own terms. But there’s a step in between.

As we get beyond our limiting thoughts, as we start to conquer our fears one by one, as we move past the freedom from level, we gain that confidence that is so crucial to bigg success.

The way we think starts to change. We see the potential within us. We come to appreciate our uniqueness.

Small-minded people get jealous of others and their achievements. As a bigg thinker, you welcome the success of others. You applaud it. You feel the freedom to relish in it.

Freedom to help others live their lives on their own terms

Now you’re ready for the highest level of freedom to – freedom to help others live their lives on their own terms. You’re ready find synergies with other people.

You can look for ways to combine your respective strengths while shoring up your shortcomings. You know that by working together, you can accomplish far more than either of you can accomplish by yourselves.

The reward? You both reach bigg success even faster!

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Thank you so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time as we continue this discussion of freedom. We’ll talk about financial freedom. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Increase Your Sales without Spending a Dime on Advertising

hilton We were at the Hilton in Las Vegas recently for the New Media Expo. When we checked in, they offered us an upgrade for $25. We thought that an “upgrade” just meant a better room. But we knew we weren’t going to be in the room much. We’d be at the conference all day and meeting up with people in the evening. So why upgrade?

 

One evening, we were at dinner with some friends. One of them had upgraded. She got access to the spa and fitness center, a private breakfast, and more! As our friend described it all, we wished we would have gone for it!

However, the employee didn’t talk about the benefits (or even the features) when he offered us the upgrade. He didn’t give us a single reason to do it.

But at least he offered it; some employees don’t even do that. Or there’s the other extreme – selling so aggressively that you begin to wonder if what you were thinking about buying is any good at all. You start to question the company and its products or services.

We don’t know if Hilton…

  • has an incentive to reward employees who are successful at selling upgrades.
  • explains why upgrades are good for customers, employees, and the company.
  • Thoroughly trains their employees to present the benefits of upgrades.


We do know that …

  • We would have bought if the upgrade was presented how our friend presented it.
  • “What’s in it for me” applies to employees too!
  • We still love Hilton!

The power of offering more

Every sale presents opportunities for more sales. One of those opportunities is upselling – selling more of the same thing. According to the great book Yes! 50 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Persuasive, customers like choices “that fall between what they need at a minimum and what they could possibly spend at a maximum.”

The authors say that if you give your customers two choices, they will likely choose the least expensive one. However, you’ll make more sales than if you don’t offer a second choice at all.

The magic of 3

When you add a third product or service to the process, magic begins to happen. When that third product costs more than the other two choices, customers tend to go for the moderately priced product instead of the least expensive.

georgeOne of my businesses was a heating and air conditioning business. We had always offered our customers service agreements – we would schedule preventive maintenance of their furnace and air conditioner. We expanded that offer to include predictive maintenance (we automatically replaced inexpensive items that regularly broke down) and an all-inclusive program (our customers didn’t pay for anything else). We found that we sold more agreements than we did before. About 8% of our customers bought the high-end service, around 12% bought the low end package, and the rest bought the middle one!

marylynn So it pays to present your customers with a good – better – best offering. Your sales will skyrocket … as long as you can get your employees to tell your customers about it! Do you have any examples to share of good or bad upselling? How about some suggestions on how your business upsells to customers? Share your stories with us by leaving a comment.

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