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5 Ways to Stay Optimistic in Pessimistic Times

Image of woman looking hopeful with the blog title:How to Stay Optimistic in Pessimistic Times

As the pandemic continues to impact our lifestyles and businesses, it’s getting harder to stay optimistic. Here are 5 ways to stay positive.

On the BIGG success Show hear us share the strategies we are using to stay optimistic during these pessimistic times. Here’s a a summary of that discussion…

We’ve seen posts from friends, and we’ve talked with entrepreneurs who are down and out.

The pandemic continues to wear on, in addition to social unrest, a severe economic downturn, political and social strife, a major energy crisis in our biggest energy state… all hitting us all at once.

How do we rise above the struggles and negativity, and stay optimistic and hopeful for the future?

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3 Ways to Endure Tough Times

Man rolling large wheel uphill with the blog title 2 ways to endure tough times

When tough times bring stress and anxiety, use these three attitudes to improve your mindset and take on the challenge.

Tough times, stress, anxiety, financial worries, how do you deal with it? Hear us discuss three attitudes that will help on The BIGG Success Show Here’s a summary of that discussion.

During tough times, especially tough economic times, business owners and individuals feel a LOT of anxiety over things like incoming bills and meeting payroll. To add to that you’ve got all this uncertainty…one day the stock market’s way up, the next it’s way down.

There’s a lot of things you can do in tough times – especially tough economic times – but there’s a few that we’re going to zero in on today that will help you persevere in any tough situation.

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Worry Your Way to Success

Normally we advise people to stop worrying. But some people just can’t do it.

In fact, there are people who are only happy when they’re worrying.

If you fit into one of these two categories, this post is for you. We’re going to give you three things to worry about.

Worry about what you can control

You can’t control the economy. So worry about your personal economy.

You can’t control your spouse or your kids. Worry about how much love you give them.

You can’t control what happens to you. So worry about how you respond.

So stop worrying about anything and everything you can’t control. And start worrying about what you can control.

Worry only about the next level of success

If you’re unemployed, don’t worry about becoming the CEO. Worry about getting a job.

If you just started a business, don’t worry about selling out for millions. Worry about reaching break-even.

You know what it will take to get you to the next level. Worry about the things you need to do to get you there. Don’t worry about anything else.

Don’t worry about BIGG success. Worry about your next success.

You will never achieve the ultimate if you don’t focus exclusively on the next level.

Worry about not getting it done

Don’t worry about all the things that could happen. Worry about what you’re making happen.

Don’t worry if all doesn’t go as planned. Worry about how you will get back on plan.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. If worrying makes you happy, then worry away in a focused way. Even worrywarts can reach BIGG success.

At least that’s what we think. What do you think? Can you worry your way to success?

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Stop Worrying and Be a Success

distraction | BIGG SuccessWhat’s the single, most destructive distraction on your path to success?

This may surprise you.

It’s not social media. Or the internet. It’s not your phone or your e-mail.

It isn’t music. Or even TV.

It’s worry.

We saw this great photo when we were working on a post about money problems. The author of the note nailed it. Worry keeps you from what’s important.

That’s why it’s the most destructive distraction of them all. Worry is a roadblock on your path to BIGG success.

Worry attracts more of the same

Your mind can work for you or against you. Worry is a distraction that leads to attraction. Unfortunately, it’s won’t attract what you want. Worry will only attract more of what you worry about.

Worry is an actionless activity

Have you ever known someone who only seemed happy when they had something to worry about? How successful were they?

We’ve known good people who were like this. Unfortunately, none of them have ever achieved any significant level of success.

Why do you suppose this is? Could it be that all they did was worry? They never actually did anything to turn their worry on its head.

3 steps to stop worrying

Worrying accomplishes nothing. As a BIGG goal-getter, when you feel yourself start to worry, remember these three steps:

  • Focus on what’s important

    BIGG success is life on your own terms. If you’re worrying about something that won’t move you forward on your path to BIGG success, stop!

  • Think solutions, not problems

    Here’s something we will guarantee you: If you only think about problems, you’ll get more problems!

    Spend the overwhelming majority of your time thinking about solutions. Then you’ll wind up with more solutions.

  • Act!

    Thinking alone won’t do you any good. You have to take action. Once you have a solution that you think will work, act immediately!

    Your solution may not work. That’s okay. By acting, you’ll gain valuable insight into the situation. Before you know it, you’ll be back on the path to BIGG success!

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These People Just Do Not Get It

optimists There is a group of people that most people just don’t understand. They face the same problems we all face …

… but they just don’t get it. They don’t get how bad these problems are this time around.

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When they listen to the news, it’s the same news we all hear.

But they just don’t get it … how bad the news really is.

They have the same concerns for themselves and their families that we all have. But there is one difference between this group and the majority of people …

They think their lives are going to get better this year! The future is bright. So bright, they probably wear shades! They think the economy will turn around.

And there’s a startling number of Americans who think this way. In fact, according to a recent survey, more than one-third of all Americans are in this group. And only one out of five people said they worry about the economy on a daily basis.

Are they tuning out?

So what do you think? Are these people who think their personal situation will improve this year nuts? Or do you think they’re onto something? Or maybe they’re on something?

Here’s what they may not be on … they may not be reading, watching, or listening to the news! Bad news does seem to be good news to the news media. We’ve spoken with a large number of people over the last month or so who say they’ve tuned out the news.

Sometimes that’s a good coping mechanism. If you’re tired of hearing gloom and doom, it might be more productive to focus on something more positive.

Challenge spells opportunity

We put ourselves in this group of optimistic people. We think things will get better this year. That’s not to say we won’t still see some hiccups, but it appears that there is significant strength just below the surface.

While we face some major challenges right now, that spells opportunity for bigg goal-getters. But don’t expect to win a spelling bee if you spell it that way!

Getting real

The article we mentioned earlier cites some of the benefits of being an optimist. On average, optimists get sick less, live longer, and appear to have a higher quality of life.

This is consistent with other research we’ve seen on the benefits of being an optimist. Seeing the glass half-full does seem to pay off. But while it’s important to look for the silver lining in any dark cloud, and we don’t think it pays to be pessimistic, we also think that we should be realistic.

We have to sort through all the information in front of us to try to determine what the objective reality is. To make sure that our perceptions aren’t creating a bias as we look at a particular situation.

Because we’re more likely to make mistakes if we’re overly optimistic. We’ll see opportunities that aren’t really there. And unfortunately, we must admit that we’re speaking from experience here.

But pessimists miss out on opportunities because they either don’t see it or they don’t act on what they see.

Bigg goal-getters are an optimistic group. While one-third of the people in this survey said they think things will get better this year, we bet that the overwhelming majority of our community would put themselves in that category.

And that’s a good thing … as long as we filter our optimism with a healthy dose of realism. Be positively real. That’s the recipe for bigg success!

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Thanks so much for reading our post today. Join us next time when we discuss why you should stop trying to fit into the world. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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