Charlene Norman en Business Hub, Professions, Workers, Careers, Entrepreneurs Partner • Bullet Proof Consulting 1/12/2017 · 2 min de lectura · +600

Go BIG or Go Home!

Go BIG or Go Home!  

Isn’t it funny how we think we get smarter as we age? Truth is, if we are brutally honest, we are a lot more opinionated, a bit more mellowed and a lot less gonad-ed.

I re-learned a lesson the other day.

When I was younger, I often heard an expression. Girl, you gotta grow a pair. So, I did. They were huge. (So I was told.) And they accounted for much of my success up to about age 40. However, like all of us, I got lazy. Either life got in the way or I just got comfortable. Somewhere along there I forgot one of my favourite sayings. Go BIG or Go Home!

The lesson I re-learned the other day scared me to my core.

It was kinda like talking to that prospect you just can’t seem to turn into a customer.  Y’know the one. The onerous one that gets to the point of maybe, well I, well, I am just not sure. That frustrating point.

When those points come up for me, a little voice inside my head pops up and says, “the way to get him or her to a 

YES, is YOU now need to put up or shut up.  You know that your solution is fantastic.  However, they have to trust you and they sort of do but are dragging their feet. So it is time for YOU to assume the whole trust issue and put your money where your mouth is."

In this example, for instance, I ask the prospect directly what the risk is that concerns them the most. Then, I eliminate that risk. TOTALLY.  It might mean I deliver everything with no advance fee. It might mean payment becomes an on delivery thing.  It might be my guarantee is stuff I rarely guarantee ever. I do it because I believe a million percent in my services and myself and because I can remove all traces of risk for the prospect. It also means I might have to do business in a completely different manner from how I have ever done it before.

I call it 'calling my own bluff' and it has never, ever, ever failed me or my clients.

And yes, it is bloody scary. Every single time.

The other day I told myself, Girl, you gotta grow a pair. It’s time to Go BIG or Go Home!

You see, right now, I am starting something I have fantasized about for almost 35 years. It will be done in a way I have never ever considered. It means I am going to take on a role I have absolutely no experience in within a framework I have done millions of times very successfully. I am scared shitless.

I found my original pair. Let me tell you the most remarkable thing about my find. They never left me! And they are as shiny and heavy and big as they were when I was twenty. Best of all, they STILL fit perfectly!

And even better news.  Go BIG is back with a Vengence.

So, let me ask you two things … if you had the chance to slip on your own pair one more time, what would you do with your Super Powers? And more importantly, what is stopping you from doing it today?

Charlene Norman is a marketing strategist and operations tactician.  Her partner, Jim Murray is a marketer and creative professional. Their collaboration, Bullet Proof Consulting, specializes in Brand Engineering: Helping companies achieve more effective branding, stronger reputation management, greater productivity, higher efficiencies, and ultimately, increased profits. In short, Bullet Proof helps companies change their thinking for the better. Find out more at 

Charlene Norman 2/12/2017 · #13

#12 Hey thanks @Harvey Lloyd I tried to be proper with the English. I even looked it up to no avail. Finally decided the SWAG (scientific wild ass guess) was the preferred method. Must admit though, your visual is perfect. I might need a new keyboard! Cheers.

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Harvey Lloyd 2/12/2017 · #12

... less gonad-ed. LMAO.

One of the traps of success is the risk of losing it. The super hero cape of the gonads seems to fly less once you are past just making the house payment.

You gotta pay to play

Great post. Not sure why but got a great chuckle out of the visual of a brass pair, with cape, flying around🤣

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Charlene Norman 2/12/2017 · #11

#10 Thanks @Phil Friedman All it took was feeling a whole lot scared shitless to realize I could still climb a mountain. I hope I inspired just one person today to try too!

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Phil Friedman 2/12/2017 · #10

You are correct, @Charlene Norman, lack of confidence is a deal killer. Get comfortable with what you're proposing and what you think is fair value to ask. Then strap on your superpowers and put the deal to the prospect. Sometimes he or she will swallow hard and demur, but most likely, if your proposal is fair and your ask is not arrogant, it's because they want something for nothing. Sometimes they will agree. And a few correctly cast deals will more often than not make up for all the deals that you seemed to lose but were actually never there to be made. Good piece, great advice. Sharing. Cheers!

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Charlene Norman 2/12/2017 · #9

#8 Excellent point Randall. As long as they fit, I sure won't be throwing them out! ROFL

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Randall Burns 2/12/2017 · #8

HaHa! Great reminder @Charlene Norman in that WE ALL have a pair but we forget sometimes, we need to stay in practice. I don't know why but I'm reminded of a line from the movie, "Highlander 2" which I think is applicable. Michael Ironside's character is talking to Connor Mcleod and he says,

"Ashes to ashes, dust to dust,
If you don't take it out and use it, it's going to rust".

Pray that your "Big Pair" never rust...


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Charlene Norman 2/12/2017 · #7

#5 ROFL ... my sides are hurting. Thank you, my friend, for the best laugh all week. I knew you would have a fabulous comeback.

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Wayne Yoshida 2/12/2017 · #6

#2 It's an old movie -- 2007 ==

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