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Mistakes that Sabotage Success

10 Sure Ways to Sabotage Your Success

Mistakes that Sabotage SuccessListen to this post! Click Play to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 5:20)

When it comes to BIGG success, the good news is you only have to get it right once.

But there are some obvious ways to sabotage your success – both before and after – you’ve achieved it.

We’ll share ten of them today:

1) Sabotage your success by expending energy needlessly
Your energy is precious. You need all you can muster for your BIGG important things.

We call those BITs. BITs are tasks and projects which lead to your ultimate goal. Everything else is a needless expenditure of energy.

2) Take unnecessary risk and you’re sure to sabotage your success
The most successful entrepreneurs are not risk lovers. They are incredible risk managers.

Don’t take any risk you don’t absolutely have to. Find a way to mitigate it or eliminate it altogether. Then you can move forward with no fear of loss.

3) You sabotage your success when you allow yourself to get distracted
Time management is great. But even more important today is attention management. Find your focus and stay focused on it.

4) Don’t stay disciplined and you’ll sabotage your success
How well you do at work has a lot to do with what you do or don’t do after work. Temptations will always be there. They’re fun.

But you have to keep your end goal in mind. The price of BIGG success may be to say “no” to things you would love to say “yes” to.

5) You’ll sabotage your success if you worry about yesterday or tomorrow, but not today
Don’t waste a single second on what you wished you had done yesterday. And ditto for tomorrow.

Focus exclusively on today – it’s a fleeting opportunity to make a BIGG impact.

6) Live on past success and you’ll sabotage your success
Winners become losers because they focus on the last win rather than the next one.

When you win, celebrate for a time. Then focus exclusively on what you need to do to move forward again.

7) You’ll sabotage your success if your confidence turns to cockiness
The difference between the two is a fine line. Success breeds confidence.

It should walk hand-in-hand with humility and gratefulness. Then you’ll have the proper mindset to get to the next level of success.

8) Forget what you don’t know and you’ll sabotage your success
This is closely related to the last point but deserves explicit recognition. It’s easy to get caught up in your success. It’s easy to think you know more than you do.

Keep the proper perspective or you’ll take unnecessary risks. See Point 2.

9) You’ll sabotage your success if you stop being hungry
The best state of mind is happy, but not content. Stay hungry.

No matter how much success you achieve, put yourself to the edge so you continue learning.

10) Manage money improperly to sabotage your success
This works two ways – hoard it and you’ll miss out on a whole lot of happiness OR spend it frivolously and risk losing what you worked so hard to build up.

As your wealth grows, invest in professional advisors who can help you make the most of it.

How have you seen people sabotage their success?

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Work ON Your Business for BIGG Success

How to Work ON Your Business

Work ON Your Business for BIGG Success

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How do I work on my business? We often get this question from business owners. They are confused and even frustrated.

They’ve heard someone somewhere say:

“You should work on your business, not in it.”

It’s a catchy phrase, popularized by Michael Gerber in The E-Myth.

It sounds simple enough. And it is, on the surface. But once you really try to process it, you just don’t get it. You’re not alone!

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A Sign It is Time for a Career Change

A sign you need a career change for BIGG SuccessHow do you know when it is time to change careers? We found the answer thanks to a friend.

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He worked his way up in a small retail business. Now he’s a manager.

He’s an industrious person. So he started a service business on the side.

It’s been pretty demanding. But he’s made it work. Until recently…

His part-time business is doing very well. He’s attracting more clients and making more money from it.

The sign

But he’s also unconsciously demonstrating one sign that it’s time for a career change. He gets frustrated easily with his full-time job.

The hours bother him. They never did before. He doesn’t have the same patience for his co-workers. Customers irritate him more, too.

However, it goes beyond just a little frustration and irritation. He admits he has felt hurt by upset customers and employees. The things that used to roll off of him just don’t roll so fast anymore.

In those times when he’s with close friends, he expresses anger.

What it means

Subconsciously, he’s trying to rationalize his move to working his business full-time.

And he’s scared.

He’s scared because he feels like he’s setting sail and the world may be flat. It’s the great unknown.

But it really isn’t. He’s been working his business part time. It’s growing nicely. It should grow even faster when he devotes more attention to it.

And you know what? If he sees he may be a little short on cash, he can always get a temporary gig.

He could work part-time for a while if need be. And if things really don’t work out, he can always get a job.

Heck, he could probably even get his current job back.

We tend to think it’s all-or-nothing. We tend to overemphasize the risk. We tend to limit our options. We tend to think we can’t go back.

But you can probably walk back over the same bridge as long as you don’t burn it.

When you’re traveling down a road, you’ll probably see a sign if the road is closed ahead. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen that way with your career.

But there are signs. They’re usually just more subtle. It’s a feeling – or the lack thereof – that used to be there.

Ignore them to your own detriment. Pay attention to them for your BIGG success!

What signs you have you noticed when you changed careers?

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5 Ways to Fail at Perfectionism

We both claim the label “perfectionist” honestly. So today, we want to talk about five ways to overcome perfectionism.

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Understand why you can’t afford it

Entrepreneurs can’t afford to be perfectionists. Perfectionism will keep you from launching your product, starting your business, beginning a marketing campaign, and everything else you need to do to grow your business.

You don’t have to get it perfect. You just have to get it done.

We see this with the lean startup movement. Start sooner, rather than later. Get a product launched; don’t worry if it’s not perfect. Just make it good.

Because you will learn more once you start. Then you won’t waste time perfecting things that aren’t important to your customers.

Make it visual

Perfectionism is a tough habit to break. It’s something we perfectionists admire in ourselves and in others.

But it can get in the way of progress. So make a list of ways perfectionism has hurt you or could hurt you in your present endeavor. Post this list in a conspicuous place, like above your computer screen. When you feel yourself putting in extreme effort for minimal returns, look at the list to remind yourself it’s time to move on.

Think “good enough for who it’s for”

[George] “My dad was the poster boy for perfectionists. I could tell you story after story. But every once in a while, he would say, ‘It’s good enough for who it’s for.'”

[Mary-Lynn] I love that quote; it makes me laugh. But it makes an important point – Do your best. Give it your all. But default to getting it done for the people who need it done.

Set a deadline and keep it

Having a deadline focuses your attention on getting it done the best you can, given the time frame you have established. If possible, get your project done and then go back and improve it. But make sure you stick to your deadline.

Enlist support

Have someone who is not a perfectionist look at your work. If they suggest improvements, go ahead and make them. But if they tell you that it’s good enough, then consider it done and move on!

Use these five techniques to fail at perfectionism! It’s a failure that leads to BIGG success!

Are you a perfectionist?

This show wouldn’t be good enough if we failed…

Until next time…

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Why Now is the Time to Do Nothing

give yourself a time out for BIGG SuccessAre you ever not busy?
Burn now.

Do you feel that you always have to be productive?
Burn now.

Are you constantly pushing to get to the next level?
Burn now.

Do you jump from one task to another?
Burn now.

Are your evenings and weekends crammed with chores?
Burn now.

Sometimes, you have to burn now to prevent burnout.

You don’t have to be busy now.
It’s okay to not be productive now.
You don’t have to push right now.
That next task can wait now.
The chores don’t have to be done now.
You could use some downtime now.

Occasionally, you have to waste now.
A wasted now is not a now wasted.

You’ll be happier if you don’t do anything now.
So be happy now.

It’s good for you now mentally.
Let your mind flow now to place it doesn’t often visit.

You’ll benefit now physically.
Give your body a break now from the whirlwind pace you keep.

You’ll be better off now emotionally.
Feel the experience of nothing now.

It’s good for you now spiritually.
Commune now with a power greater than yourself.

We know…there’s so much to do.
Don’t do it now.

We know…there are problems that need to be solved.

Let them go now.

You need a break now.
Slow down now.
Relax now.

Give yourself a time out now.
Get in touch now with your child-like nature.
Imagine a better time and place now.
Get in touch with your future now.

Burn now.
Give yourself permission now.
Now is the time to do nothing!

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