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How to Pivot Your Life Direction

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Mark Victor Hansen and Crystal Hansen say asking questions will pivot your life direction in amazing ways. Listen as they share how it worked for them.

Our guests today are the power couple of power couples.

Mark Victor Hansen is best known as the co-creator of Chicken Soup for the Soul*, one of the best-selling book franchises of all time.

Crystal Dwyer Hansen is an entrepreneur, coach, and author of Skinny Life: The Secret to Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Fitness*.

Together, they’ve written a new book, Ask! The Bridge From Your Dreams To Your Destiny*.

Here’s a summary of our discussion.

The Key to Finding Your Life Direction

Crystal says the difference between those who are really getting what they want in terms of success and happiness, and those who aren’t, is their willingness to ability to ask.

In looking back at their own journey’s, Mark and Crystal discovered there are 3 channels through which you can ask:

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4 Values That Lead to Success

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A famous mom says the values you instill in your children are what lead to their success. We talk about that on The BIGG Success Show, brought to you by

Here’s a summary of our discussion.

Esther Wojcicki is a proud mom. One of her daughters is the CEO of YouTube, another is a professor of pediatrics, and another is the co-founder and CEO of 23andMe. As you can imagine – parents ask her for advice all the time! So she wrote a book. “How to Raise Successful People: Simple Lessons for Radical Results.”*

Esther’s book talks about certain values that lead to success, and we’ll share some of those with you today.

The Value of Serving

Esther taught her daughters about the importance of serving the community, and she did that through action. She found ways to help and make a difference in her community, which showed her daughters what can be achieved when you truly care.

The Value of Volunteering

Esther cites studies that shows teens who volunteer better moods and stay out of trouble. She says there are too many kids these days who are focused only on themselves – what they want to buy, where they want to vacation, etc. Esther encourages parents to volunteer and fight for their communities. She says your actions can help children feel empowered to take on challenges and find a way to contribute.

The Value of Selflessness

Esther says people who think they are the center of the universe are unprepared to take on causes that could make the world a better place. Those who put money and possessions first are often unhappy and unfulfilled, because their goals turn them into narcissists. But those who put others first, are often happy and fulfilled because their goals create a life of meaning and purpose.

The Value of Community

Esther we are happiest, and most beneficial to society, when we are doing things to help others. Where can you help your community? How do you feel called to help? If you don’t know, volunteer for an hour for a local organization, go to a city council meeting, do some research on an issue that affects your neighborhood and help find a solution.

What Are Your Values?

BIGG success, for many people means more money. But it isn’t just about how much money you make, or how many vacations you take, or how many professional accolades you receive. Instead, it’s about the legacy of service that you leave. How are you helping others? How will you inspire others through your actions? How can you do more good? Focus on these things and money often follows. That’s BIGG success!

Here’s to your BIGG success!

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Co-Founders, BIGG Success

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The One Step Success System

The One-Step Success System

The One Step Success System

George & Mary-Lynn discuss the one step success system that helps you succeed BIGG! Click play to listen to The BIGG Success Show.

A one-step success system sounds too good to be true. But stick with us – you’ll soon see that it’s the only way to succeed. It’s the secret of every person who does succeed.

As we prepared for this post, we wondered: Why are the floors in a building called “stories”? We found the answer thanks to Word Detective.

It turns out that, in the fourteenth century, building practices called for a row of paintings or sculptures on each floor. Together, they told a story. That’s the story about the term “stories.”

It takes a success system to get unstuck

We can think of stories in a building as levels. BIGG success is reached one level at a time.

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The Agony of Defeat

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The agony of defeat – we’ve all felt it. Click PLAY to hear George & Mary-Lynn share how to overcome it on The BIGG Success Show podcast.

The agony of defeat was met by countless teams as another year of March Madness in the NCAA Tournament comes to a close.

That’s the nature of the game: You get 40 minutes to play basketball. When the final buzzer sounds, one team goes on, and one team’s incredible season comes to an end.

We love watching these games, mainly because the winner isn’t determined until the final seconds. Many games were won by only one basket, or even just one point.

What’s also fascinating about these games is that a team doesn’t lose because they played bad. In fact, many of them have their best game of the season – yet head to the locker room feeling the agony of defeat.

They played their hearts out but came up short.

The Agony of Defeat in Life

Narrow defeats happen to us in life too:

  • You put yourself in the running, but missed getting that promotion.
  • You had the best interview ever, but didn’t get that job.
  • You gave everything to your business, but still didn’t make a profit.
  • You put your best efforts forward, but fell short of your goal.

The level disappointment can feel like a punch to the gut. Or a kick in the head. It just hurts. Your mind races as you look back and wonder what you could’ve or should’ve done differently. But often there isn’t an answer – you did all you could, it just didn’t turn out in a victory.

All you can do is pick yourself up and go on. Learn what you can from it, and carry that new knowledge with you.

Don’t blame yourself or others. Don’t use it as an excuse to hide from the next opportunity. Don’t let it make you cynical.

As Maya Angelou so eloquently says, “While one may encounter many defeats, one must not be defeated.”

Finding Victory in the Agony of Defeat

An important step to take after a loss is to look at the BIGG picture.

  • Instead of looking at what you lost – focus on what you gained.
  • Instead of looking at what you didn’t achieve – focus on what you accomplished.
  • Instead of feeling disappointed in the outcome – focus on being satisfied with the effort you made.

As legendary basketball coach John Wooden says,
“Success is peace of mind, which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you’re capable of becoming.”

Are you giving your all to become the best that you can be? Then we’d say that’s a BIGG win – and that leads to BIGG Success!

How do you take defeat and play on?

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The Simple Secret for a Successful Career

As complex as people may like to make it, there’s a simple secret for a successful career. It can be boiled down to one sentence.

Do your best doing what
you do best.

Let’s chat about the two parts of this simple phrase, which fully explains how to have a successful career.

Do your best

You can do your best no matter what:

  • Whether you currently have your dream gig or even if you don’t
  • Whether you’re at the top of the organization or at the bottom
  • Whether you’re having a good day or a bad one

In fact, BIGG success demands that you do your best every day. Ultimately, BIGG success is the feeling of fulfillment you get from striving to realize your full potential.

Doing your best is a high standard. But it’s part of the price you’ll willingly pay to become a BIGG success.

You can start where you are. You can start today. You can do your best.

Doing what you do best

Now we come to the exponential power in this simple sentence. It’s important to do your best. But it’s not enough.

In order to be a BIGG success in your career, you need to do what you do best. Here’s the good news:

Doing your best is much easier when you’re doing what you do best.

  • You’ll be more enthusiastic
  • You’ll have more energy
  • You’ll feel at one with yourself and the world

So how do you discover what you do best? Ask yourself:

  • What do you excel at?
  • What comes easily for you that others find difficult?
  • What’s in your DNA?

These are a few of the questions you can answer to determine what you do best. But don’t just be introspective.

  • Ask your friends
  • Ask your family
  • Ask your colleagues
  • Ask your boss
  • Ask your mentors
  • Ask anyone and everyone who may be able to offer you needed insight

Once you figure it out, take action! Look for opportunities to do what you do best. And do your best doing it. It leads to BIGG success.

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