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Act Quickly but Do Not Hurry

ambush_at_aiMost of you are probably familiar with Joshua fighting the battle of Jericho: “And the walls came tumbling down.”

Shortly thereafter, he was involved in another, less known but no less historic battle – the ambush at Ai.

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The Ambush at Ai

Joshua found himself in a valley near the city of Ai. The king of that city had heard about Joshua – word about the battle of Jericho had spread throughout the land.

Now Joshua was in the king’s neighborhood. And the king saw his chance to wipe out Joshua and all the people with him.

So the king hastily gathered every single one of his warriors together to go after Joshua’s brigade. The king wasn’t going to take any chances. He would destroy all of them.

The gates of the city flew open. The king’s entire army rushed out.

Joshua and his people saw this mighty group approaching. But they were in a valley – with the king’s legion of soldiers in front of them and a large hill behind them.

What should Joshua and his people do? What would you do?

They did what any rational human being would do under those circumstances. They ran like mad!

The king pursued them. Victory was clearly in sight.

How did Joshua – the master blaster who brought down all the walls of Jericho with just trumpets – find himself in this situation?

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He planned it!

That’s right – he took time to plan. Then he clearly communicated his plan to his troops and they quickly took action on it. Here’s how it went really down:

Just like Jericho, Ai had these massive walls all around it. So, under the cover of darkness, Joshua had sent 30,000 of his troops to hide behind the city of Ai. Then he sent another 5,000 to hide beside the city.

Joshua moved the rest of his troops on top of the hill. The king may have seen this group but he just thought they were moving through the area.

He found out differently the next day.

Joshua and his band of fighters had moved down the hill into the valley. The king knew they were coming; he would respond with all his might!

So he quickly gathered all of his warriors together. The gate of the city flew open. The king marched out with his entire army.

Joshua saw the king coming. He fled!

The king pressed on, barking out orders to hurry. Joshua was right where the king wanted him. This was to be the end of Joshua and the king would be famous for taking down the miracle man.

Joshua kept retreating. The hill was approaching. The king knew he had Joshua trapped. It was only a matter of time now.

“Hurry, hurry”, the king shouted to his men.

Suddenly Joshua turned his brigade toward the advancing throng. The king signaled his army to stop.

His mind was racing: “What was Joshua doing? There’s no way his small group can take on my mighty mass of men. This guy must be crazy.”

The king didn’t see what had happened behind him. He and his troops rushed out of the city in hot pursuit of Joshua. After they were out, Joshua’s 5,000 soldiers rushed in. They sent smoke to signal Joshua and the other troops. Ai belonged to them.

Upon seeing the smoke, Joshua turned his people around. The troops who were hiding behind the city rushed out.

So when the king turned around to seek advice from his inner circle of soldiers – to see what they thought Joshua was doing – he saw 30,000 soldiers nearly surrounding him on two sides.

He looked back toward Joshua. He and his throng had the king surrounded on the other two sides. The king and his army were trapped.

The ambush at Ai. The king – who thought he would wipe Joshua out – got wiped out himself. Joshua and his people had conquered another city.

The king was reactive. He didn’t have a plan. He just acted – quickly and in a hurry. He died.

Joshua was proactive. He carefully crafted a plan which he communicated to every one. He implemented it step-by-step. He conquered. He acted quickly, but he wasn’t in a hurry. That led to bigg success!

 

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These 5 Factors Make You a Bigg Dog

dog_daysToday we’re wrapping up our five-part Dog Days series. Mark Twain said:

“It’s not the size of the dog in the fight; it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Bigg dogs aren’t bigg because of their size. They’re bigg because of their attitude.

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There are 5 C’s that put the fight in the dog:

Calling

Bigg dogs just know they were put on this earth to do something special. They can feel it deep in their gut. It consumes them. They have to live up to their full potential. It drives them each and every day.

Courage

Sure, bigg dogs have fears, but they don’t let their fears drive them. They conquer their fears by confronting them head on. That’s one of the first victories we experience in our quest for bigg success: victory over our fears.

Confidence

They have confidence that their time will come. They don’t doubt that they will find their bigg opportunity. They know they will have their moment in the spotlight. They believe they will live their bigg dream.

They also have confidence that they will be ready. They know they will do whatever it takes to prepare for it. They will work harder and smarter than anyone else to be ready when their time comes.

For these reasons, they have confidence in themselves. They have prepared – mentally and physically – for this day that they knew would come. Now that it is here, now that the game is on the line, they want the ball. They are the go-to person and they will find a win to win.

Contemplation

Bigg dogs are thinkers and doers. They are always on the look out for opportunities that match their passions, preferences and proficiencies. When they see potential customers with a problem, they know they may be on to something.

They determine how easy these customers are to identify and reach. If it can be done, that spells opportunity.

Then they look at competitors. They know they don’t want to go head to head with large companies. They also look at competitors of all sizes.

If there aren’t any large companies dominating the niche and if there aren’t too many competitors in total, they get going!

Contempt

They know they will face adversity. They show scorn in its face. They press on to bigg success and that what makes them bigg dogs!

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A lot of us have seen our portfolios take a huge hit. Please join us next time when we’ll talk about investments that don’t lose value. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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The Power of Momentum

momentum.jpgBigg success is life on your own terms. As we’ve discussed before, the “terms” in our definition of bigg success means several things. One of the ways we can look at “terms” is in time frames.

Sometimes when we think about life on our own terms, it’s hard to see how to achieve something that bigg. Want to know how we respond to that?

We say, “Don’t try!”

Before you click away, give us just a second to explain. What we mean is …

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Don’t try for the bigg goal all at once. Break it up into little actions. Give yourself a due date for completing each action. Suddenly that bigg goal isn’t so bigg at all. You advance toward it action by action. Those little actions are milestones. You can think of the period of time between due dates for your milestones as terms.

Vision to Victory

We introduced this subject last time when we talked about how to ramp up your savings, but we left out something really important. You must have a clear vision of bigg success in your mind. What exactly does life on your own terms look like?

Then, as you map out the actions required to get there, it’s crucial that each action build upon the previous action. “Success breeds success,” as the saying goes.

So when you succeed with one action, you’re more likely to succeed with the next. It’s all about momentum.

Momentum is a precious thing

Once you get momentum, you want to do everything you can to keep it because it works both ways. We think of an interview with an excited football player whose team had just won a bigg game. He described their victory by saying:

“We had the momodum, but then we lost the momodum. Fortunately, we were able to get the momodum back!”

He may have been too excited to get the word “momentum” right, but he certainly understood what it was all about. It’s something we see all the time in sports.

It doesn’t just happen on the playing field. We think it’s particularly important to understand this right now. Things haven’t been going the way a lot of people would like lately. We just have to work all the harder to get the momentum (or should we say “momodum”) back.

Life may throw you something unexpected. That’s part of the price of bigg success. That’s okay. You know you can do it. You know you will win. In those moments when things don’t go your way, don’t get discouraged. Overcome your fear. And charge back.

Get momentum working for you again because success does breed success. Build a cumulative advantage to turn success into bigg success.

Build success into bigg success

You do that by staying hungry. We’ve said before that bigg goal-getters are usually happy, but never content. That’s one of the secrets to building on your success.

Another secret is to understand the fine line between confidence and cockiness. Stay humble, but be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

Perhaps most important, stay focused to gain a cumulative advantage. Make sure your milestones work together so you get where you want to be as fast as you can get there. Then focus exclusively on reaching your next milestone.

If you’ve done everything you can today to get to that next milestone, then you are living your life on your own terms right now. You may not have reached your destination, but you’re well on your way to bigg success!

How do you stay focused on what you need to accomplish today?

Share that with us by leaving a comment below, calling us at 888.455.BIGG or sending us an e-mail at bigginfo@biggsuccess.com.

Thanks so much for spending your time with us today!

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Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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Are You Afraid of Success?

afraid We won’t name names. However, we’ve all seen it – usually with a celebrity – a person who is on the verge of bigg success, but then they go through a meltdown.

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We wonder what could have caused it. Usually, it’s a very individual thing but there are some common reasons:

#1 – Self-doubt
You’re not sure that you can handle bigg success. You worry about what you don’t know. You dwell on what you don’t have (a common worry is not having the right degree). You tell yourself all the reasons why you don’t deserve this level of success, even though you’re so close to it.

#2 – Fear of loss
If you become more successful than your friends, what will they think? Will they still be your friends? Will they be jealous of your success? You know the answer to these questions already. What kind of friend wouldn’t be thrilled with your bigg success?

#3 – Fear of embarrassment
This fear is a carry-over from childhood – that adolescent fear of standing out from the group. You’re afraid of what people will think if they see you fail. Which leads us to …

#4 – Fear of failure
You may think that it’s better to have never experienced bigg success, than to have it and then lose it. Somehow it’s better to never get there. But why do you assume it will be fleeting?

The net result is that we talk ourselves out of succeeding bigg. We accept that it’s better to be part of the crowd than to blaze our own trail. We feel more comfortable. It seems less risky. But we’re wrong!

How to conquer your fear of bigg success

#1 – Self-talk is so important.

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marylynnAs a first-time entrepreneur, fear has crept in on occasion. I’ve been lucky to have George around. He’s helped me understand that negative self-talk isn’t going to help you succeed. You have to turn it around.

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georgeEven as an experienced business owner, I still have to battle that little voice that impedes bigg success. You just have to constantly keep telling yourself why you will do it.

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Think of all the things you’ve done right to get this far. Remind yourself of the obstacles that you faced and how you overcame them. Focus on the things that have already gone your way.

#2 – You don’t have to get it perfect; you just have to keep going.
It certainly hasn’t been perfect up to this point, has it? So why would it have to be perfect from here on out? Enjoy the journey. Enjoy the growth you’re experiencing.

Every time we reach another plateau, we celebrate our victory. Then we look back and realize the victory had already occurred. We grew. We learned so much. That’s the real joy of bigg success!

#3 – Success comes one level at a time.
Sure you have to keep your eye on that ultimate goal. But you get there one step at a time. You only have to take the next step.

You’ve learned enough to know how to do that. Perhaps more importantly, you’ve already learned how to find out anything you don’t already know.

#4 – Surround yourself with people who have made it.
We can’t possibly over-emphasize this point. Develop a support network of mentors and coaches. People who were once where you are now, but are now where you want to be.

Don’t be afraid to take those little steps that lead to bigg success!

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Evidence shows that more and more of us are running two businesses simultaneously. Next time, we’ll get some tips from an expert who’s doing just that. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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Business Owners Must Be Duplicitous

By Bigg Success Staff
06-05-08

Bigg Success in Business

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You may get conflicting messages about being in business. You hear that you need to be passionate about what you do. You’re also told to approach every business decision rationally.

So which is it – love or logic?

Love
As an entrepreneur, you need to love what you do. If you don’t love it, you won’t be able to make it through the inevitable tough times. So get into a business about which you have a passion.

  • Then take pride in your accomplishments. Celebrate them like you’ve just won the Super Bowl. Be human in defeat. Learn from it and then move on. Practice the 24-hour rule – give yourself 24-hours to enjoy victory or recover from a loss. Then move on.
  • Be stubborn about what matters. There are things that are important to your success. They are your core values and purpose. Don’t ever agree to compromise on the things that are important, but be quick to concede if a better idea comes along that’s not in conflict with these core values and your purpose.
  • Finally, don’t fear the fear. As a business owner, you will face fearful times. That’s okay. Successful entrepreneurs have faced the same fears; they just overcame them. You’ll need to do the same. Press on.

Logic
Emotion clouds your judgment. You have to get beyond your emotions in order to succeed in business. You have to be calculating, weighing the pros and cons of a given strategy against your goals and the pressures of the market.

  • Separate your ego from your business. Entrepreneurs often get in trouble when they start creating monuments to themselves with the resources of their businesses. Don’t make that mistake! Every business decision should move you one step closer to your dream life.
  • Admit your mistakes. If you don’t admit them, you’ll never learn from them. Unsuccessful business owners often devote even more resources trying to turn a bad decision into a good one. It rarely works. Admit your mistake and move on.
  • Aim before you fire. This is one of the best ways to make sure you’re not acting emotionally. Get ready … aim … fire. Business owners who fail often get caught up in the moment and forget this crucial step.
  • Focus on results. Measure everything you accomplish against your goals. Have you exceeded them or fallen short? Why? Answering those questions along the way will take you a long way toward the success of which you dream.


Example

An example of love and logic at play is to remember why you got into business in the first place. You had a goal in mind. You had a plan on how to achieve it. Along the way, you gained new insight and information. You changed your plan, but the goal is still the same. You’re practicing love and logic at the same time!

The bottom line is that it pays to be emotional and unemotional at the same time about your business … be irrationally rational!

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Defining Success at the Highest Level

By Bigg Success Staff
04-30-08

Life Skills

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Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum has created entire islands. He is building the world’s tallest skyscraper.

His horses have won many of the biggest races around the globe, but victory in the biggest race of them all has eluded him.

He hasn’t won the Kentucky Derby.

His “run for the roses” highlights an important principle – we can invest a great deal of time and money to pursue a goal, but still far short.

It’s a major accomplishment just to get a horse qualified to run in the Kentucky Derby. In the most competitive endeavors in a hyper-competitive world, it takes a certain amount of luck to win the bigg prize.

That’s why it pays to define success properly. If you’ve done everything you can possibly do to become everything you can possibly be, you’ve succeeded!

All you can do IS all you can do, but all you can do is what you must do.

If you can honestly say to yourself that you’ve given your “all”, you’re a winner!

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Get Your Poles in Position to Achieve Your Dream

By Bigg Success Staff
04-30-08

Timeless Principles

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On horse racing tracks, jockeys use the poles to determine how far they are from the finish line.

Now isn’t that interesting?

The poles don’t tell them how far they’ve come; they tell them how far they have to go.

So it is with us as we strive for bigg success. We need to focus on the next pole, knowing that we’re that much closer to the finish line.

We have to keep our focus forward, not backward. Any defeat we faced yesterday is irrelevant today, as long as we learned from it. Any success yesterday is fleeting if we don’t perform again today. Sure, we should take time to celebrate our victories, but then we must move on.

So picture the life you want and designate markers that help you get there. Then focus only on the next one, knowing you’re one step closer to your dream.

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Training for Bigg Success

By Bigg Success Staff
04-27-08

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Todd Pletcher is a dominant force in the horse racing world. He’s been selected as the outstanding Trainer of the Year for each the last four years.

He also holds the single season earnings record, set in 2006 with purse earnings totaling nearly $28 million. That same year, he broke a record set nineteen years earlier by the legendary D. Wayne Lukas – most stakes wins in a year.

Starting young
Todd found his passion early in life. You might say that training horses was in his blood. He began at the age of 7, working for his father. He continued working part-time all the way through college, spending summers training horses.

During that time, he worked for several legendary trainers, including the man whose record he broke in 2006, D. Wayne Lukas.

He went to work full time for Lukas after graduating from college in 1989. Six years later, he broke out on his own, winning his first race early in 1996.

Winning the bigg one
Today, at 40, Todd’s stable is considered the hottest in the industry. In great demand by horse owners, he dominates nearly every single race in which he competes.

Except for three. You see, for all his success, he has yet to win a single Triple Crown event. Nada. Nothing. A bigg goose egg. Zero.

No Kentucky Derby wins. No Preakness victories. No takes at the Belmont Stakes.

In fact, he also holds the record for the most Triple Crown losses without a victory.

Some people think he can’t be considered the greatest trainer in history if he can’t win the bigg one. After all, the masses may not know much about horse racing, but they do know about the Kentucky Derby.

Todd takes it all in stride. Sure, he’ll be happy when he gets a win under his belt and squelches the critics. But until then, he’ll just keep doing his job. He knows he can’t fully control the ultimate outcome of the race, but he can give it his best shot each and every time out.

So here’s our bet … Todd Pletcher will win the bigg one and those roses will smell better than he ever imagined!

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Sources

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Todd Pletcher page, Wikipedia

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Keep Your Troops Focused on Victory

04-07-08
By Bigg Success Staff

Leadership Skills

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As the leader of your troops, you have to keep your group focused on what you’re trying to accomplish. Few things will discourage your team faster than feeling like their leader isn’t committed to the cause.

So you need to demonstrate to your troops how important you believe it is to succeed. Here are four ways to do just that: 

Keep the spotlight on
Keep your vision of success in front of your troops at all times. If it’s not important to you, it won’t be important to them.

You demonstrate how important it is by keeping the spotlight on it. Keep it at the forefront of your mind so it will be at the forefront of theirs.

Report progress
Let your troops know how things are going. They’ll make assumptions if you don’t. If you’re ahead of your plan, congratulate them and encourage them to keep going.

If you’re behind, discuss how to make up for the deficiency and the consequences of not doing so. Remind them why success is so important.

Direct needed energy and resources

There are a lot of things that you would like to accomplish. However, you’ve defined success so now you need to show you’re committed to achieving it.

To do that, steer all the energy and resources of your team toward that vision. If you can succeed without doing this, you haven’t been ambitious enough in your vision.

If you set the vision, but then don’t devote the required energy and resources, you’ll rob your team of victory. Give them what they need so they accomplish what you need. 

Don’t let anything distract you.
Along the way, there will be many distractions. Don’t make the mistake of reacting to things that only divert resources from the victory you defined.

That will discourage your troops. People follow leaders who know what needs to be done and then focus single-mindedly on achieving it.

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