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Walt Disney and His Special Secret to Success

special secret to BIGG Success“Somehow I can’t believe that there are any heights that can’t be scaled by a man who knows the secrets of making dreams come true. This special secret, it seems to me, can be summarized in four C s. They are curiosity, confidence, courage, and constancy.”
~ Walt Disney

BIGG success is life on your own terms. We love Walt Disney’s terms of success. We thought we’d share a few thoughts on each of them:

Curiosity

Innovation stems from imagination. And curiosity is the source of imagination.

Walt Disney was certainly innovative. Just read his Wikipedia bio and count the number of times you see “first” associated with him.

Perhaps Disney’s secret to success lies in maintaining the child-like curiosity of his most ardent fans!

Confidence

Confidence must be built and maintained. Success breeds confidence, not success.

Confidence flows from belief. Believe in the goodness and importance of your vision. Most of all, believe in your ability to make the fairy tale come true.

Courage

For most people, the single biggest barrier to success is fear of failure. Winston Churchill said, “Success is never final, failure is never fatal. It’s courage that counts.”

It doesn’t take courage to act when you’ve won. It takes courage to keep going when you’ve suffered a defeat.

Disney’s first studio went bankrupt. The company we know was his second attempt.

Constancy

In an uncertain world, one of the greatest traits an entrepreneurial leader can demonstrate is constancy. People crave constancy of vision and values.

And you need it too. It reminds us of our favorite quote, by B.C. Forbes:

“It is when things go hardest, when life becomes most trying, that there is the greatest need for having a fixed goal, for having an air castle that the outside world cannot wreck. When few comforts come from without, it is all the more necessary to have a fount to draw from within. And the man or woman who has a star toward which to press cannot be thrown off the course, no matter how the world may try, no matter how far things seem to be wrong.”

What’s your special secret for BIGG success?

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Strategies for Becoming More Confident

By Bigg Success Staff
09-11-08

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The difference between those who are successful and those who succeed bigg is confidence. Elite athletes and those who are peak performers in their career have high self-confidence.

Here are some of the techniques they use to be at the top of their game:

Practice Consistently

The only way to be ready to "step up" is to put in the work. When the game is on the line, the Yankees are always happy to see Derek Jeter at the plate. When the pressure is on, Derek shines. Experience, along with countless hours of practice, allows us to master our craft and perform confidently.

Disregard Doubt

If we focus on what we can do, rather than what we cannot do, we can overcome self-doubt. Where is the benefit of worrying about the unknown? Winners push down feelings of doubt, by focusing what they know they can do to finish the task at hand.

Try Harder

If we label a defeat as a "failure", we are telling ourselves we lack ability and count ourselves out. Confident people never admit to defeat or feel defeated. They just try harder to achieve their goal next time. They look for ways to improve their effort through preparation, concentration, skill execution, or other factors.

Play to Win

When we play not to lose, our focus is negative and reactive. When we play to win, we aren't afraid to take chances and take control.

Manage Emotions

When we face adversity without confidence, we tend to get angry, upset, depressed, or pessimistic. When things don't go our way and we are confident, we don't get emotional, we don't give up, and we find a way to overcome the situation.

Success Breeds Confidence

Bring more success your way, by recalling your past successes. Remember your accomplishments and that feeling of success. Remind yourself that you can do it!

Find Success

Confident people recognize their accomplishments on a consistent basis. They set small achievable goals along with bigg ones. They structure success into their daily lives by setting and accomplishing meaningful, attainable goals.

Success Networks

Confident people reach out for help to get to where they want to be. If you want to learn how to do something, find someone who is successfully doing it and learn from them.

Success Talk

Confident people say the words "I can" and "I will".  Their self talk is never doubting and negative, but rather instructional and motivational.

Look Successful

Act confident to feel confident, even if things aren't going your way. Confident people always stand up straight, walk with a bounce in their step, and keep a smile on their face. Acting confident helps you feel confident which makes you look confident. 

*Improve your self-confidence by identifying your abilities and positive attributes. Complete the Finding Your Self-Confidence worksheet.

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