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Do you want to be a BIGG success? Then work hard.
Hard work is the great separator, right? Work ethic is part of the fabric of BIGG goal-getters like you and us.
Well, we have some bad news for you – hard work doesn’t cut it anymore. It did back in the day. But now…
The world gets smaller by the day. The marketplace gets more competitive.
A lot of people work hard.
So what can you do to separate yourself from the pack?
Without focus, you can work hard and go nowhere. The same goes for working smart.
So what do you focus on? BITs and pieces!
Do you focus on your vision of BIGG success? No. It’s your destination, your long-term goal, your main accomplishment.
You need it for direction. But it’s far too BIGG to be your focus day-to-day.
You need to break it up into sub-levels. These sub-levels are major accomplishments on your way to your main accomplishment. But even they’re too much to worry about today.
Picture yourself at the bottom of a stairway in a skyscraper. Let’s pretend it’s a straight climb to the top.
You can see step after step, then a landing. Then you see more steps and another landing. On and on, all the way to the top – the roof, your long-term goal.
Each landing represents the next plateau, the next level of success on your way to BIGG success.
Each step symbolizes the tasks you need to complete to get to that next plateau.
The steps are BITs. BITs is our acronym for BIGG important things!
BITs should be your focus. BITs are the little things which make a BIGG difference.
What do you need to do today to move one step closer to your next plateau, the next landing on the stairway? That’s a BIT.
Don’t let anything stop you from doing it. It’s absolutely vital that you get it done. Not tomorrow. Today!
We won’t kid you – this isn’t easy. Entreprenurturing™ means giving it to you straight. So here we go…
There will be plenty of distractions! They’ll be in your face. You can’t avoid them.
Distractions don’t just roll out of bed and come see you. They get all gussied up! They look so appealing and fun.
Some of them won’t even seem like distractions. You’ll feel a sense of obligation. You’ll feel guilty about saying “No”.
We know all too well the lure of distractions. We’ve gotten pretty good with the easy ones – e-mail, social media and those sorts of things.
We still struggle with the people-side of distractions at times. That’s where the guilt we just talked about comes in. But we’re learning to set clear boundaries.
So here’s a challenge: Start every day this week by writing down up to three BITs. Then make sure you don’t stop until you’ve done them.
But BITs aren’t enough.
We want to correct a misperception many people have. Heck, we sometimes think about this wrong as well. Here’s what we’re talking about…
Most people tend to equate working hard with working long. It’s important to realize they are two distinct things.
Working hard is critical to your BIGG success.
Working long may be detrimental to your BIGG success.
The famous Berlin study compared the work habits of the most successful violinists with those of average violinists. Here’s what the researchers found:
- The two groups worked about the same amount of time on their craft (about 50 hours a week)
- The best violinists worked harder in the time worked (i.e. they stretched themselves more by a significant factor)
- The best worked in two intense spurts of about two hours each (one in the morning and one in the afternoon) while the average players spread their work throughout the day
- The best players spent significantly more time in leisure activities
- The best players slept an hour more per night
What’s the moral? You can do more by working less if you focus!
To keep your focus, work on your BITs in pieces.
Spend two hours in the morning on your BITs. Then get away from them. Knock out the urgent stuff. Go exercise. Take a lunch break.
Then come back and work on your BITs for two hours in the afternoon. Take care of the non-essentials. Then spend some time with your loved ones. And get some sleep for crying out loud!
Then repeat it tomorrow. Day after day, you’ll move closer and closer to BIGG success while still having time for you and your loved ones.
We’re not preaching to you. We’re preaching to ourselves. We love our work. We struggle with balance.
But we have found we can get more done by not working so much. It’s important to live on human time.
BIGG success is life on your own terms. The BIGG idea behind BIGG success is synergy.
That’s exactly what this study shows – you can have it all if you focus on your BITs in pieces! It leads to BIGG success.
Do you struggle with this too?