Posts

bump in the road sign

The Value of Bumps in the Road

bump in the road sign

Value the bumps in the road on your journey to BIGG Success. Listen to George & Mary-Lynn discuss this on The BIGG Success Show podcast. Click PLAY (Duration 4:25)

BIGG Success is life on your own terms. It means choosing your path, and putting up with all the bumps in the road that come along while on your journey.

If you feel like the road you’re on is getting too bumpy, take some time to listen to the other people in your life. You’ll hear them talk about their bumps too. No path is bump free.

The Bumps Others Face

[Mary-Lynn] One day I was feeling a little beat up as an entrepreneur. The work is never done, and the burden of uncertainty can be incredibly stressful. Sometimes it chips away at my confidence. Then, throughout the week, I heard other people talk about their bumps in the road. It’s not that misery loves company, it just really put things into perspective.

We heard a professional that we admire lament how she loves her job and is very good at it, but she keeps getting passed over for promotion because there seems to be a political line to the top.

A successful entrepreneur talked with us about how she’s having a very hard time getting her team motivated to take initiative.

A close friend was hired by a company to give expert advice, unfortunately he’s frustrated because they won’t implement the ideas he presented to help them grow.

Another friend has to deal with a terrible manager at work who plays head games.

The bottom line is that you set the terms, BIGG Success sets the price.

The Value of Your Bumps

The bumps in the road are part of the price. The bumps may be stress, feeling underappreciated, struggling to get others to work as hard as you, the difficulty of getting people to see it your way, or dealing with unqualified managers.

But there’s a reason why you put up with the bumps. There’s something you absolutely love about what you’re doing: the people you get to connect with, the profession, the thoughtful advice you get to offer, the pride of ownership.

When the bumps in the road are slowing you down, realize that you aren’t alone. Think about what really made you choose this path. What makes this worth it for you? What is it that you truly value about the lessons you’re learning along the way? Then tighten up your laces and continue on. It leads to BIGG Success.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00878-091713.mp3

Decide what to do next

Decide What to Do Next

Decide what to do next
Listen to this post! Click play to hear George & Mary-Lynn on the BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 6:08)

Hey – want to go out for lunch today?

Sure. Where do you want to go?

I don’t know…where do you want to go?

I asked you first!

Um…well let’s see – we could…

And the conversation continues.

How long does it take to make a decision?

Too long, in many cases. After all, this isn’t a BIGG decision. But we’re not through yet…

What are you going to have?

I’m thinking about the special, but I should get the salad.

I know – the special sounds so good. But the last time I was here, I had their signature sandwich and it was fantastic!

Oh, I hadn’t noticed that.

Here comes our server. Do you know what you want?

No – let’s tell ‘em we need more time.

Why does it take so long to make a simple decision – like what you want for lunch?

It’s the perfect example for a challenge we see many people facing today.

Brain static
“I have too much static in my brain.” That’s how one entrepreneur described it to us.

It’s a common theme – we hear it over and as we talk with people who are considering a career change, starting a business or trying to grow an existing business.

Brain overload

Our brains are overloaded. We’re overwhelmed with options.

Which one should we choose?

We’re afraid of making the wrong decision. We’re afraid to choose because another choice might have been better.

The great unknown

And especially when it comes to changing careers, starting a business, picking a strategy to grow a business and other major decisions, we’re afraid of the great unknown.

We can’t see what might lie ahead. And things change so fast these days.

Sure, you can set goals. But how do you hit a moving target?

Change creates uncertainty. Making decisions in the face of uncertainty is scary.

The result? Buffering Brain

The result of all of these choices, complexity, changes, and uncertainty?

Many people freeze up. They don’t make decisions; they defer them.

They end up in this infinite loop – kind of like the little wheel you see when a video is buffering. And it never loads – it just keeps spinning and spinning and spinning.

They’re suffering from one of the worst ailments we face today…

Buffering Brain Syndrome!

We’ve been there. We felt this way when we moved from separate careers in the bricks-and-mortar world to BIGG Success. We felt this in our early days as we weighed our options to offer products, programs and services.

Fortunately, we developed a process which we’ve been able to use on more recent decisions – like turning our podcast, The BIGG Success Show, into a syndicated radio show, BIGG Success in a Minute and starting The BIGG Success Enteprenurturing™ Center.

How did we do it? What’s the cure for Buffering Brain Syndrome? How can you decide what to do next?

We answer that question in a FREE special report we just created. It’s called DECIDE! 5 Keys to Know What to Do Next. In it…

  • We discuss five things you’ve been told true which hold you back today.
  • We also share the single, simple secret to making decisions today about what to do next.
  • And, as the title says, you’ll discover five keys to moving forward in spite of the clutter, complexity, change, and uncertainty.
  • So you know you’re making the best decision for you.
  • So you can feel completely confident that you’re making the right move.
  • And so you can move forward with no fear.

So what’s your next step?

Get instant access to DECIDE! 5 Keys to Know What to Do Next by simply entering your name and e-mail in the box below.

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00867-062613.mp3

Think Like A Black Belt

How to Conquer Fear Like A Black Belt

Think Like A Black Belt

Listen to this post! Click the player to hear George & Mary-Lynn talk with Jim Bouchard on The BIGG Success Show Podcast (Duration 3:52)

Fear can be so paralyzing: fear of financial problems, fear of uncertainty with a job, fear of failure! We asked Jim Bouchard, martial arts hall-of-fame inductee and author of Think Like A Black Belt, how he thinks we should deal with our fears.

Jim says you should face it head on. Sometimes success isn’t achieving your biggest goal, but rather taking the right steps to simply survive. “Do what you have to do today to be able to hang on for tomorrow”.

Read more

The Life of Your Dreams Comes in 4D

the life of your dreams for BIGG SuccessBIGG success is life on your own terms. It’s about entrepreneuring your life.

Even in times of great uncertainty, you can take control to build the life that fits you perfectly.

Your life is your enterprise. You are the entrepreneur in charge.

Whether or not you ever plan to be an entrepreneur in the traditional sense, you own your life.

People often wonder: What are the steps to building a successful life? Or a successful business?

There aren’t any. Entrepreneuring is circular, not a sequential.

The process involves 4 D’s:

Listen to this post! Click a player to hear George & Mary-Lynn on The BIGG Success Show Podcast.


iPhone /iPad Podcast Player

[haiku url=”http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00751-110811.mp3″ title=”The BIGG Success Show #751″]
Discovering

There’s a lot of discovery required to entrepreneur your life or start a business.

You have to discover who you really are:

  • What are your passions?
  • What are your likes and dislikes?
  • What are your strengths?
  • What are your weaknesses?
  • What are your core values?

You have to discover where opportunity lies:

  • Who needs what you can provide?
  • When it comes to business, where are the customers who are being underserved or not served at all?
  • In life, who are you uniquely suited to help?

Designing

This builds upon the passions, preferences, and proficiencies we discussed earlier. You’ll discover your purpose where the three of them intersect with opportunity.

It will help you determine your destination:

  • Where do you want to go?
  • How do you plan to get there?
  • What milestones will you create to keep you on track?
  • What activities are required?

Don’t get bogged down with the details. The main thing is to determine where you want to end up.

  • What will your life look like?
  • What will you do with your time and money?

Deciding

At some point, you have to stop thinking. Just kidding!

You have to stop planning. Stop analyzing. Stop considering options. You have to decide.

You’ll take all the options and pick one. Pick the strategy you believe is most likely to lead to BIGG success.

This sounds so simple, but it’s the place where a lot of people get bogged down. Because it’s hard. You’re eliminating options. You’re committing.

Doing

Now it’s time to go. Test out your strategy. But the part we’ve left out may be the most important…

As we said before, entrepreneuring isn’t sequential. This process is constantly looping.

When you start doing, you will simultaneously start discovering things you didn’t know before. You may loop back to designing or deciding.

That’s why you’ll note we put the “-ing” at the end of each word. They aren’t a one-time thing; it’s a never-ending process.

A never-ending process that leads to BIGG success!

Where are you in the 4D entrepreneurial process?

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file | podcast:
http://traffic.libsyn.com/biggsuccess/00751-110811.mp3

Image in this post from stock.xchng

Think Like an Entrepreneur

a chess game which has similarities to having to think like an entrepreneur“Failing to plan is planning to fail.” ~ Ancient Proverb.

“Begin with the end in mind. Then put first things first.” Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People*.

___

___

In business school, we’re taught to define our goals, given our available resources, and then find the critical path to reach them. This is called causal or predictive reasoning, according to Saras Sarasvathy.

She teaches entrepreneurship at the University of Virginia and is the author of Effectuation: Elements of Entrepreneurial Expertise and recently released an updated version of this book in paperback.

She says that successful entrepreneurs don’t think like MBAs. In fact, they do the opposite. They use effectual reasoning. Entrepreneurs who reach bigg success use the resources available to them. They let goals manifest themselves over time given their creativity, direction and connections.

Entrepreneurs think differently than MBAs

There’s a great article on Harvard Business  site about Dr. Sarasvathy’s research. It asks if MBAs or entrepreneurs are better suited for today’s business realities. Bill Taylor, the author, says it simply:

  • MBAs focus on the upside; entrepreneurs focus on the downside.
  • MBAs assume it’s a zero-sum game; entrepreneurs think win – win.
  • MBAs thrive on certainty; entrepreneurs thrive on uncertainty.

___

george I’m even more confused than usual. I just don’t know what to think since I sort of fit into both categories!

___

___

marylynn
Do you feel like you’re getting pulled in both directions at once, George?

___

___

george
I feel like I’m getting stretched like Stretch Armstrong!

___

___

marylynnWell, there is an answer. You just have to know when to use causal reasoning and when to think effectually.

___

We define bigg success as life on your own terms. You are the entrepreneur of an incredible enterprise – your life – whether or not you’re an entrepreneur in the traditional definition of the word.

That’s why we think this research is so fitting not just for business owners, but for everyone:

When things are uncertain, think like an entrepreneur.

It appears that, in the years ahead, we need to expect more of the unexpected. Entrepreneurs don’t bother trying to predict the future; they create it.

How do they do that?

They act and adapt.

They use the resources they have to try something. If it doesn’t work, they take the knowledge they gained and try something else.

If it does work, they keep pushing it. As their enterprise grows, when there is more at stake, they may switch to more causal reasoning. Or they may jump ship and start the whole thing over!

Because to many entrepreneurs, the journey is the reward. That mindset often leads to bigg success.

Thanks so much for reading our post today. Please join us next time as we discuss when the dream becomes a nightmare. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

Direct link to The Bigg Success Show audio file:
http://media.libsyn.com/media/biggsuccess/00447-072809.mp3

A link with a * denotes an affiliate link. That means if you click that link and make a purchase, we will make a nominal fee for making the referral.