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A Simple Secret to Stop Feeling Depressed

How to stop feeling depressed | BIGG SuccessEverybody feels down now and then. But yesterday was Blue Monday – the day that researchers say is the most depressing of the whole year.

So if you’ve got the blues, you have a lot of miserable company!

Before we share the simple secret to stop feeling depressed, we want to clarify what this post is about.

If you feel down occasionally, this post will help. If you feel down most of the time, seek out a professional.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. The simple secret to stop feeling depressed can be summarized in just one term:

Move!

Let’s talk about four moves you can make right now to beat the blues.

Move like you mean it

Move around physically. Get up. Change your scenery.

Go for walk. Or a run. Do some calisthenics. Go workout.

Dance! Not the way you usually dance. Put on some jammin’ music. And dance like Elaine.

Move like you mean it!

Move 180 degrees

Move mentally. Have you ever noticed that one negative thought often begets another? The next thing you know you find yourself in a downward spiral?

Move 180 degrees. Every time you have a negative thought, force yourself to think about something positive in your life. And be grateful.

Start with the basics. Focus on seeing the beauty in nature. What a wonderful world we live in.

Focus on seeing the beauty within you. You are the greatest miracle in the world.

Focus on how you can help other people. Yes, get out of yourself. Do something to make someone else feel better and you’ll feel better.

Move away

We’re not talking about selling your house and moving away. We’re talking about moving away from your routine.

Routines can easily turn into ruts. And as Laurence J. Peter said, “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.”

So mix it up. Move away from your rut to a new ritual. You don’t have to do it forever. Just do it today!

Move forward

Think ahead. What do you have coming up?

You do have something to look forward to, right? If you don’t, dive in. That’s your project.

Which leads to the next point – what does BIGG Success mean to you? What will you do today to be a BIGG success?

Take action. Doing beats thinking. It leads to BIGG success!

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The Fine Line Between Living and Dying a Slow Death

Fine line | Bigg Success“Woke up, fell out of bed

Dragged a comb across my head

Found my way downstairs and drank a cup

And looking up, I noticed I was late

Found my coat and grabbed my hat

Made the bus in seconds flat

Found my way upstairs and had a smoke

And somebody spoke and I went into a dream”

~ The Beatles, A Day in the Life

Do these lyrics describe a routine? Or is this person in a rut?

It’s a fine line. Many people cross the line without realizing it.

Routines help you do all that you do more efficiently. Ruts impede your effectiveness.

Routines are processes

In your small business, you probably have certain processes. These processes are in place because you’ve found they are the fastest way to complete a task, given the expected standards.

Routines are the equivalent in your personal life.

You probably shower without even thinking about it. In essence, you’ve reached a flow state.

It’s automatic. You can multi-task effectively – plan your day while you clean up, for example.

Ruts start as routines

In your small business, you don’t develop a process and forget it. You constantly look for ways to improve it using feedback from both internal and external sources.

A rut starts out as a routine. The routine turns into a rut because we don’t seek feedback.

We stop looking for ways to improve it. We just do the same old thing, day after day, month after month, year after year.

Dr. Peter Laurence said, “A rut is a grave with the ends knocked out.” It’s a slow death.

Put life into your process

Once you understand that ruts start as routines, you can get out of a rut more easily. Put some life back into the process:

  • Start small

    Think about a seemingly insignificant routine that’s turned into a rut. For example, if you commute, to what do you listen on the drive to work?

  • Think about alternatives

    Instead of music, listen to talk. Instead of talk, listen to an informational podcast, like The BIGG Success Show.

  • Get feedback from others

    Ask others what they listen to while they drive. Expand your quest beyond your inner circle.

  • Test

    Try on different things. Maybe the first podcast won’t tickle your fancy. Don’t eliminate podcasts in general; try another one in that genre. If it’s still not your cup of tea, try a different genre.

  • Transform.

    This is the goal, right? Evaluate your progress. Is your new routine helping you grow? If not, change it up again. If so, keep going.

    Just remember – transformation isn’t an event. It’s a living process.

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Making Change Work

change2 Entrepreneurs see a problem and immediately start trying to find a solution. That’s why entrepreneurship has been defined as the science of change. And there’s a new concept starting to take hold – that we are all entrepreneurs. We must all be innovative in finding solutions for the problems that we each face.

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There is real value in seeing ourselves as entrepreneurs and in looking at change as an opportunity rather than something to be resisted. We should welcome change!

That’s a bigg step for a lot of people. But if we don’t change, it means we’re standing still. There’s an old saying that a rut is nothing more than a grave with both ends knocked out. We have to get out of our ruts; we have to change – either as a response to the change we see coming or by creating the change that we see needs to be made.

We’ve been talking about change in our last couple of shows. We started by talking about the lost art of making change. Last time, we talked about how saving our change can lead to bigg changes in our lives.  It occurred to us that we can think about change in our lives by thinking about change – pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters.

A penny for your thoughts

The change process begins with a penny for your thoughts. It’s important to generate ideas about where you want to go. Then check the validity of your idea to see if it plays to your strengths. If it passes that test, look at the customers (or employer) you plan to serve as well as the competition already serving them to see if this is a good opportunity.

If I had a nickel for every time …

But the idea itself isn’t worth much. It’s the actions that follow the idea that make it valuable. So think about the saying, “If I had a nickel for every time I (fill in the blank).” We’re usually making a joke or lamenting something we’ve done too many times to count when we say this.

But there’s some bigg wisdom in this little saying. It’s the key to moving the idea from inside your head to something tangible. It’s about inputs. You can’t control the outcome, but you can control your actions.

So if you think about the actions necessary to bring your idea to fruition and then mentally think that you’re getting a nickel every time you act, you begin to see that your inputs create the output you want. The more you perform, the more you eventually get back.

A dime a dozen

As you come up with your ideas and begin to implement them, stand out. You don’t want to be a dime a dozen. You need to be unique. If you don’t find a way to differentiate yourself from the crowd, you can’t expect to be seen as outstanding. Find your niche. Entrepreneurs do it. So must we.

Two bits

One bit isn’t good enough. Have a back-up plan. If your tactics don’t work, what will you do next? This is the advantage of action. You learn. Notice that we didn’t say you fail. But you may not succeed bigg at first. You must adapt. Think about how you will need to adapt before you have to.

So there it is … the change process. Making change work leads to bigg success. 

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70,000 dollars feeds 5,000 families

How $70,000 Delivered 5,000 Families from Drought and Hunger

70,000 dollars feeds 5,000 families

Bloggers from all over the world wide web are discussing poverty today in the hopes that conversation for a cause will lead to a cure. We’ll share how $70,000 had an impact on drought and hunger.

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marylynnWe chose to participate because we believe in the cause and we believe in the power of people working together with a purpose.

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georgeWe remembered an inspiring Wall Street Journal article [pdf] written by Roger Thurow. It highlights how seemingly small things can make a bigg difference in the developing world. We love success stories and this one is awesome!

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$70,000 feeds 5,000 families

A group of farmers in Ohio raised $70,000 and sent it to another group of farmers in Kenya. The project is part of the Foods Resource Bank, an organization that fights hunger by connecting churches here with groups in need around the world.

The Ohio farmers decided to send money, rather than food, so the farmers in Kenya could decide how to use it best. They spent the money to build a number of small dams and retention ponds to catch water in the rainy season so they would have water year-round. With that water, five thousand families have been delivered from hunger.

Everybody wins

Here’s an example of the impact made by just one project. The farmers in Ohio sent $3,000 to the farmers in Kenya, who hired an engineer. With the plan in hand, the Kenyan farmers built the dam with their own labor and materials.

Now their village has water – for themselves, for their cattle, and for growing crops. The women of the village used to walk about ten miles to get water. Now their time is being used much more productively.

With the water problem solved, the village switched its focus to better roads. These roads are the link to nearby markets where the farmers can sell their surplus produce. But they had deep ruts which made them nearly impassable.

It used to take two hours to get to the market by bike, which is the main form of transportation there. Bikes cost $6 to rent. With the improved roads, it only takes a half-an-hour now to get into town and bike rents have fallen to $3.

Talk about win / win! The farmers are paying 50% less to rent a bike. But the person who rents the bikes is making 100% more, because the bikes get returned so quickly. Everybody wins!

Farmer increases income over 400%

The article also highlights one Kenyan farmer. With the water nearby thanks to the dam, he was able to dig his own water retention pond, which he uses to irrigate his crops. His income has grown from less than $100 a year to $500 per year!

That’s an increase of over 400%!

Now he’s plowing his extra profits back into his business. He bought a generator and mechanical pump to double his cultivated land. He also planted 400 mango trees.

Entrepreneurship at its finest!

How it started

All of these wonderful things started with the vision of one man – the pastor in the village. Originally, he reached out for food from the large international agencies. But he feared that his people would become dependent.

So he formed a development group that created a list of needs – water was number one on the list. He sent that list to a number of organizations, including the Foods Resource Bank. They got the farmers in Ohio involved.

Takeaways

We found this story so inspiring because it shows that a small amount of money with a large amount of focus can accomplish bigg things.

We liked how farmers here supported farmers there. We can all use our passion, knowledge, and skills to help people like us in other parts of the world.

It also shows the resourcefulness of people. Get resources to people on the scene. They will find a way to overcome their biggest obstacles with their ingenuity and industriousness. The accomplishments can be phenomenal!

You, too, can make a difference. Donate money or make microloans to people in need with good ideas. Reach out to organizations that have the infrastructure in place to help people in need.

It only takes one person.
Each of us can make a bigg difference in helping other people around the world be a bigg success.

Next time, we’ll talk with a man who left a high-paying job with a prestigious law firm to do his own thing. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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