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Does Haste Still Make Waste?

speed Do you remember this old saying, “Haste makes waste?” It certainly rolls off the tongue. But we wonder – is it still true?

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We hear all the time that we have to move fast today to gain, and maintain, a competitive advantage. So it may seem that the old saying has become outdated.

But if we move too fast, we risk making more mistakes. Now this age-old saying may not be talking about high-level mistakes, but we wondered if it could be applied in that realm. We may squander precious resources if we don’t make the right moves in the right sequence.

Speed without direction gets us nowhere fast.

It doesn’t do us any good to go fast if we don’t know where we’re trying to go. Yet we often make this mistake. In our haste, we skip a step. Instead of “Ready, Aim, Fire”, we truncate it to “Ready, Fire.”

The result? We’re in perpetual motion, but the actions we take don’t move us toward the life we want to live. We waste a lot of time but see little advancement. We get tired, frustrated, and discouraged because we feel like we’re working our butts off but still not getting anywhere.

Direction without speed is no better.

Once we’ve decided where we want to go, we do need to move fast. Because we often miss a step here too. “Ready, Aim, Aim, Aim, Aim …” doesn’t work either.

We fail to take the first step because we get scared. So we don’t get anywhere. We allow our fears to paralyze us. Then someone gets where we need to be first and we miss our bigg opportunity.

Get where you want to be when you want to be there.

Speed and direction. We often have one without the other. But to succeed bigg, we need them both congruently.

  • Speed to direction.
    We need to move quickly to determine where we want to go. While we don’t need to move as fast here as we do once our destination is determined, it’s still important not to lollygag. We only have one life to live. So we want to discover where we want to take it as quickly as possible.

  • Direction with speed.
    Once we’ve done that, we want to get there as fast as we can. GO! FAST! Now is the time to move quickly and this is where the competitive advantage comes in.

Because as we move toward our destination, we learn about the environment we’re operating in. There may be a detour we have to take. There may be road construction we can avoid. By moving quickly, we spot these things before others so we’re able to stay ahead of them.

So speed to direction with speed for bigg success in your life! 

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One-Up Yourself for Bigg Success

one When the phrase “one-up” is used, it’s usually referring to the competition. We had an interesting discussion after working out recently.

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marylynnI was on the treadmill and noticed that I was running slower than others around me. I’m competitive but I just can’t sustain the higher speed that other people can.

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That led to today’s show topic … one-up yourself!

Think one percent better or one percent more. Self-improvement requires patience. A little bit of improvement over time makes a bigg difference.

1% a week leads to a 50% improvement

For example, let’s say you walk two miles in thirty minutes. If you can just do one percent more the next time out, you would walk 2.02 miles in thirty minutes or you might stick with the two miles and plan to do it in 29 minutes and 40 seconds. Either way, it’s a one percent improvement. If you do that every week, over the course of the year, you would have improved over fifty percent!

It’s easy to get discouraged if we don’t see results right away. We’re bigg goal-getters so we always shoot high. However, shooting too high is a recipe for de-motivation. Take baby steps rather than a leap that you can’t sustain!

There are five steps to one-up yourself:

Find the baseline. Measure where you are now so you compete only with yourself, not others. It doesn’t matter what that point is; it’s just important to know it because it’s your starting point.

Set your initial one-up goal. You may want to go faster or longer. Are you in a sprint or a marathon? Are you trying to improve quantity or quality?

Determine the time frame. Do you want to improve one percent every time, each week or some other period? Specify a time frame for your incremental improvement.

How will achieve it? What specific activity will get you that extra 1%? Let’s look at an example, using a savings goal:

Assume you have a base line, how much you’re saving now, of $500 a month. You want to save more money in the same time (each month). In other words, you want to go “faster.” So next month, you plan to save $505 next month.

Okay, so you want to save $5 more next month. How will you do it? You decide that you’ll pack your lunch one more day.

See how easy that was!

As you do it, analyze your results. If you hit your one-up goal, congratulate yourself. But then set your next one-up goal and go get it.

If you didn’t hit your goal, analyze why. Then try, try again. Don’t get down on yourself for missing your goal one time. You’ll one-up yourself next time!

One-up leads to bigg success

There are things in our lives that are sprints; others are marathons. Set your goals accordingly and one-up yourself for bigg success!

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Get in the Groove to Succeed Faster

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

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Have you ever walked out to your car to drive to work and realized that you don’t even remember getting ready for work?

Have you ever arrived at work and realized you don’t even remember the drive?

You were in the groove.

Race car drivers know that the groove is the fastest place to be on the track. They want to be in the groove because they will get to the finish line faster.

The two processes listed above are examples of us getting in the groove. The process we use has become so automated that we really don’t even think about it anymore. We’ve done these things so many times that we are incredibly efficient at them.

Our time is the most precious resource we have. So we should strive to refine the things we do over and over again until we get very efficient at them.

There’s a secret to getting in the groove with these things …

Map out the process from beginning to end.

Step 1: Think it through.
Depending on the complexity of the task, speak it out loud or write it down. Think about the order in which you do things. Don’t worry about that order now. Just think about how you actually do it.

Step 2: Do it.
Now perform the task exactly as you thought it out. Don’t try to make any changes at this point. Just perform it and pay attention.

Step 3: Find one way to improve it.
Look for steps that may be out of sequence. Consider shortcuts that don’t diminish the end result. Just look for one way, any way, to do it better.

Step 4: Test it.
Now try that one thing and see if it speeds up the process. If it does, implement it. If not, scrap it. You’re looking for the most efficient way to perform this task. Not every idea for improvement will be a good one.

Step 5: Repeat until you’re in the groove.
Keep going until you feel like you’ve perfected the process. Now you can work on performing each step along the way as efficiently as possible. Then you’ll be in the groove!

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Speed Up Your Computer

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

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Is your computer running slower these days?

SpeedItUp!

Over time, your computer begins running slower and slower. SpeedItUp is a FREE download that will speed up your computer running Microsoft XP or Vista.

SpeedItUp! works with a new technology that allows your computer to read data much, much faster – up to 300% faster, according to MicroSmarts, its developer. It also configures other settings so you can get to the internet quicker and run better overall.

It puts your computer in the fast lane!

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