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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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Success is a Journey Full of Stories

the stories of your life for BIGG SuccessHere’s a fun, little fact you may not know. Have you ever wondered why the floors of a building are called “stories”?

It goes all the way back to the fourteenth century, according to Word Detective. Back then, building practices called for a row of paintings or sculptures on each floor which told a story.

Hence, the levels of a building came to be called “stories”. It’s the reason why many churches have stained glass windows.

BIGG success is reached one floor at a time. You won’t find an express elevator that takes you to the top. There’s not even an escalator.

You have to personally climb the stairway to BIGG success. You do it one level at a time. You get to the next level by taking the next step.

It’s not easy. Matter of fact, that’s too much of an understatement – it’s downright hard at times.

You’ll get tired. You’ll feel like you’ve used your last ounce of energy. You’ll get discouraged.

But you won’t be defeated. Somehow, some way, you’ll keep climbing. Step after step. Floor after floor. Until you reach your dream.

But here’s some consolation for the journey: You’re creating a story, your story. You’re not a one-hit wonder. Just like the buildings of our ancestors – you’re developing a series of stories, one layered on top of the next.

Question: What’s a story without conflict? Answer: Boring!

BIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s a destination, a point you’re trying to reach, a dream you want to live out for real.

But success is a journey too. It’s a journey that prepares you, each step of the way, for your ultimate success.

You will face strife on the journey to success. The strife will make you stronger. It will prepare you for the BIGG things ahead for you.

So keep climbing. Keep building. Press on. So you’ll live happily ever after. It leads to BIGG success! The end.

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The 2 Main Criteria of Success

The two main criteria of success | BIGG SuccessIn his wonderful book, Success is Within You – an oldie but a goodie – Howard Whitman uses an analogy to illustrate a point about what he calls the “two main criteria of success.”

He talked about the straw and the ice cream soda. He says:

“If you want to fully an enjoy an ice-cream soda it is nice to have both. But if you are to have one only, it is certainly far better to have the ice-cream soda than to have only the straw, for the straw is quite worthless alone.”

What is the straw? When other people think you are a BIGG success.

The ice cream? When you feel like a BIGG success.

Other people will place their success criteria on you. But BIGG success is life on your own terms.

It’s all about YOU! It’s singular, individualistic.

And that’s the way it should be.

Only you know (or can know)…

  • what makes you happiest
  • how you want to spend your most valuable resource, time
  • where your passion lies
  • what you need to achieve to feel good about yourself
  • how you measure success (fame, fortune, status, power, peace of mind)
  • what fulfills your purpose

And that’s as it should be.

Because recognition and adulation from others is great. But they are empty on their own.

You’re the supreme judge of your own success. Your opinion is the ice cream soda. It’s the only opinion that really matters.

What does life on your own terms mean to you?

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