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How to Be Successful Like a Super Bowl Pro

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Hear George & Mary-Lynn share 13 lessons on how to be successful. Click play to listen to this episode of the BIGG Success Show.

Super Bowl champs know how to be successful. We take away some “How to be Successful” Lessons from the two teams in this year’s Super Bowl: the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

How to be successful like the New England Patriots

The New England Patriots lost their first game of the season, something they hadn’t done for over a decade. Worse yet, all the other teams in their Division won. So they started the season in last place.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 1: Winners start in last place sometimes.

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This kick-in-the-seat propelled them to a decisive victory in their second game. But they weren’t able to sustain the momentum.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 2: Do everything you can to maintain momentum once you get it.

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They eked out a victory in their third game, but it was a close call. Late in the game, their opponents scored a touchdown to tie the score. Fortunately for the Patriots, it was called back due to a holding penalty.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 3: Sometimes winning isn’t about what you do right; it comes from what your competition does wrong.

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Next up, a Monday Night Football game against the Kansas City Chiefs. The crowd in Kansas set a record for noise level. The large TV audience watched the Chiefs thump the Patriots 41 – 14. It was the second largest loss Bill Belichick had experienced in his time as the Patriots’ Head Coach.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 4: Even winners face embarrassing losses from time to time.

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In what may have been a precursor to #DeflateGate, Patriots’ Quarterback Tom Brady couldn’t keep his hands on the ball. He fumbled twice, one which the Chiefs recovered. He threw two interceptions.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 5: Even legends have bad days. They reboot and recover, instead of crashing and crying.

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Brady was benched in the fourth quarter. His rookie replacement quickly marched the team down the field for a touchdown.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 6: Accept that others will shine at times (usually on your worst days).

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The Monday Night massacre created speculation that the Bellichick-Brady era was over. It had been a good run: five straight Division titles, three consecutive Conference Championship appearances, and three Super Bowl victories.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 7: It doesn’t matter what the critics believe. Your belief will make the difference.

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During the post-game interview, Belichick was asked if his time had passed. He simply replied, “We’re on to Cincinnati,” referring to their next game. The Patriots won their next seven games.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 8: If you lose, shake it off and focus exclusively on your next game. Your lowest low often precedes the beginning of your run to BIGG success.

How to be successful like the Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks started their season as defending Super Bowl champs. It was their first in the 38-year history of the franchise.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 9: Recognize that there’s a long, winding, bumpy road to BIGG success. But you don’t have to take 38 years!

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They opened the season with a decisive victory, but they struggled to a 3-3 record, including a rare loss at home to the Dallas Cowboys. The press wrote the Seahawks off. They didn’t listen. They finished the season with a 9-1 run.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 10: Contrary to the popular saying, success does NOT breed success. It creates fertile ground for failure OR success. You determine which way it goes.

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The Seahawks breezed through their first playoff game. It was quite a feat. In the preceding decade, no defending Super Bowl champ had won a post-season game. Four of them hadn’t even made the playoffs.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 11: When you’re the market leader, your competition brings its A-game.

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The Seahawks faced the Green Bay Packers for the Conference Championship. Interestingly, like the Patriots, the Packers had a slow start to their season, creating angst in their fans.

  • “How to be Successful” Lesson 12: Winners lose, but they don’t quit. They adapt quickly and push harder.

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The Packers dominated the first half and held their own for most of the second. With just three minutes left, the Seahawks were down 19-7. The Seahawks made one of the greatest comebacks in NFL history. They tied the score to send the game into overtime. Then scored the game-winning touchdown on their first possession.

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Keep these thirteen lessons in mind for your BIGG success!

What “how to be successful” lessons have you learned from watching sports?

Why Talented People Often Fail to Be a Success

what it takes to be a winner | BIGG SuccessWith the Super Bowl coming up this weekend, we’re thinking about winners and losers.

We talked with a two-time Super Bowl champ, Howard Griffith, on the show a while back. You can hear what it takes to be a winner straight from the source!

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Today, we want to talk about an interesting phenomenon – the most talented people often fail to be a success. Let alone a BIGG success!

We’ve all seen them.
They seem destined to succeed.
They look the part.
They have people who believe in them.
People who say they are the next BIGG thing.

But success never comes.
Why do they fail to be a success?
How can you increase your odds of being a BIGG success?

You have to have to will the win.
Almost everyone thinks they have it.
But let’s dive into this a little further.

Do you have a hunger for BIGG success that can’t be satiated?
It’s a force inside you.
It constantly drives you.
It presses you to boldly go to places you’ve never gone before.
It pushes you out on a ledge without a safety net.
Then you’re a winner!

Are you consumed by this desire to succeed in a BIGG way?
You think about it all day, every day – from the minute you wake up because you have to get going, to the time you can’t get to sleep because there’s still so much you want to accomplish.
Then you’re a winner!

Do you have to do it, do you just have to be a BIGG success?
You cannot accept not winning.
You cannot accept some modicum of success.
You need BIGG success!
You need to stand out in the crowd.
You need to get through the noise.
You need to win BIGG!
Nothing less is acceptable.

How do you know if you have this winner’s mindset? Ask yourself two questions.

How do you handle adversity?

When things don’t go your way, when you appear to be losing, what do you do?

Because you have a choice to make.

  • Option 1: Beat yourself up

    Start a dialog inside your head, or even out loud, about what you don’t know, who you don’t know.

    Tell yourself you’re not good enough, you don’t have what it takes to be a success.

    Watch the conversation quickly spiral downward. Look at people you know who have succeeded. Get jealous. Tell yourself how easy they have it.

    People like them; they don’t like you.

    And then just give up. Stop trying. Quit. This is one way you could go. It’s the loser’s way.

  • Option 2: Double down

    But you’re a winner! So when you run into an obstacle, you will double down. You will reach deep within yourself to find a reserve of strength you didn’t even know you had.

    You will use this strength to get back up. You will huddle up with key people in your life. You will talk to your coach to see how to adapt.

    Then you will run another play. You will keep pushing for the end zone. Play after play, you’ll seek to find your best self. You’ll give everything you have to compete for the BIGG win.

The 2nd question to ask to know if you have the winner’s mind is the second side of the coin.

How do you handle success?

When momentum swings your way, what do you do?

Again you have a choice to make.

  • Option 1: Playing not to lose

    You can start playing to not lose. This isn’t a conscious decision; it’s a sub-conscious reaction.

    You start playing it safe. You stop making the aggressive plays it took to get momentum on your side.

    You let fear drive you.

    “Oh-my-gosh, I’m doing it! I’m winning! Wow! I had hoped for this, but I wasn’t really expecting it.”

    And guess what happens?

    Before you know it, you’ve lost the momentum you worked so hard to gain. It’s even harder to get back. You end up losing the game.

  • Push even harder

    But you’re a winner! When success comes your way, you will push even harder.

    You have the eye of the tiger, that killer instinct.

    You will keep playing aggressively because you know you will win. It’s only a matter a time before you win the game. That’s BIGG success!

If you were inspired by today’s show, please share it with your friends and followers.

Thanks so much! Until next time, here’s to your BIGG success!

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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 3

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverWe wrap up our three-part series with BIGG Success, Howard Griffith.

Howard is a two-time Super Bowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line. He is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs of all time. His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl.

Last time, Howard told us how hard work was key for keeping his NLF career going, and how you can apply “The Drill” philosophy in your career and business to ensure you are prepared for the opportunities that come along.

Hear Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast! Click the player to listen.

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During our interview in this podcast segement:

  • Howard talks about how you can get past obstacles to get from where you are now, to where you want to be.
  • Why Howard says why preparation is so important to achieving your goals, and how he prepared to achieve his.
  • Howard talks about how he got past doubts in his career, and shares a true life story of when he was cut from the Buffalo Bills, what his dad said to keep him from giving up on his bigg dream.
  • Why Howard says you can’t share your dreams with everyone.

Visit HowardTGriffith.com to get your copy of the great book,
Laying it on the Line.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
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A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 2

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverWe continue our three-part series with Howard Griffith, who is a BIGG Success!

Howard is a two-time Superbowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line. Howard is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs, “The Human Plow.”

His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl.

Last time, Howard told us about how he came to be a fullback in the NFL, even though early on in his career, he wanted to be a tailback.

Hear Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click the player to listen.

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During our interview in this podcast segment you’ll hear:

  • How hard work and Laying it on the Line kept his NLF career going.
  • How you can apply “The Drill” philosophy in your career and business to ensure you are prepared for the opportunities that come along.
  • Why self-discipline is key to achieving your goals.
  • Since Howard had the thrill of playing in the biggest arena in life (for football) the Super Bowl, twice…we find out how  preparing for that is different from preparing from any other game. Learn what kind of mentality you’ll need to prepare for your bigg game.
  • What Howard means when he says in his book that being part of a team takes a lot of individual work.

Visit HowardTGriffith.com to get your copy of the great book,
Laying it on the Line.

Next time, Howard talks about getting past obstacles that get in the way of your bigg goals. He even shares a personal story about when he almost gave up on his NFL dream…and who convinced him to push on. Also, find out why Howard says you can’t share your bigg dreams with everyone.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00693-042711.mp3

A Super Bowl Champ Lays it on the Line Part 1

laying-it-on-the-line-bookcoverToday we begin our three-part series with Howard Griffith, two-time Superbowl winner, Studio analyst for Big Ten Network, co-host for ESPN Radio Chicago, entrepreneur, speaker & author of the book Laying it on the Line.

Howard is regarded as one of the NFL’s best blocking backs, “the Human Plow” and he holds the NCAA record for most touchdowns in a game. In fact…he’s made a career out of breaking records!

His book Laying it on the Line charts his football and life journey from Chicago’s south side to the Super Bowl and it’s a fascinating story!

Listen to Howard talk with George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show podcast! Click the player

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During our interview in this podcast segment:

  • Howard talks about his struggle in high school being able to play the position he wanted to play…which wasn’t fullback!
  • Howard tells us how and why his attitude changed about the position he would play after getting drafted out of the University of Illinois in to the NFL. He offers great lessons in life and personal growth.
  • Also, find out how you need to shift your thinking to excel in your career.

Visit HowardTGriffith.com to get your copy of the great book,
Laying it on the Line
.

Next time, Howard tells us about how we can apply “The Drill” philosophy in our career and business, how self-discipline is key to achieving your goals, and how preparing for the Super Bowl is different than preparing for any other game.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00692-042611.mp3