Energy  Passion  Purpose

Barbara Bigford 6/2011

We all know how difficult any new venture can be, but somehow during my journey, I discovered ways to overcome anxiousness, frustrations, and disappointments that opened an entire new world to me.  I started to read some of the best well known authors and coaches in the field. Books on visualization, synergy, meditation, yoga, and spiritual growth were always traveling with me and at my bedside.  Years ago, I wouldn’t have given this subject the time of day.. wow, how narrow minded I was!

I wish I had known the mental skills years ago when starting out in my early days as an entrepreneur.  Just in the past 4 years I have learned to change how I think, what to expect, and how to get more ‘quality’ of life. I am more opened to patience and I now know what being “mindful’ really means. This has allowed more positive energy into my life for visions to soar. Going through the intense challenges I had to deal with as I grew my company has actually led me to a more spiritual way of living.

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Recently a client of mine was explaining their struggles as they move toward the next steps developing a new product.  He complained he’s become more anxious, nervous and wasn’t sleeping well.  I explained that I too, would often feel that way but now know how to handle those feelings with a better outcome.  I explained that all the energy I feel is now a tool I use to help me be more present, aware, and mindful but not so anxious. Being too anxious, too hurried, creates negative energy.  In other words, allow space between you and what you are anxious about. Here is an exercise I use:

When I am nervous, anxious or worried I visualize that the problem is no longer in my mind but about arm’s length away from me. With the new space I have created, with me on one side, and the problem on the other, I imagine that a solution will take form through the powers of Spiritual Grace.  What I have done is created ‘space’ between me and the problems and allow this Grace to take over. I wouldn’t be writing this if it didn’t’ work. I learned not to be too concerned about ‘the how’ an issue will be solved.. but believe in the outcome you want.  Some of the authors and spiritual coaches that I started to read were: Shatki Gawain, Eckhart Tolle, Louise Hay, Cheryl Richardson, and Deepak Chopra are to name of few.

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Just think about it, with zero experience in business, what do you think it was like for me?

Building a company  and product from scratch, figuring out how to manufacturer overseas in a factory  you have never seen in a county you’ve never been,  learn the entire freight forwarding system, scheduling ships to pick up your manufactured goods and somehow get those goods from the dock to your warehouses, figuring out, harmonized tariff code numbers,  UCC bar code assignments, rules, regulations with US customs, creating custom invoices, beneficiary statements, knowing how to read a BOL ( Bill of Laden), accurately complete several purchase orders, finding warehouses across the country and securing agreements with them, keeping track of inventory, figuring out what price to charge wholesale, what price for retail, building an entire filing system with hundreds of folders, learning how to use an accounting system such as Quick Books on the computer, designing the fabric prints for the actual product and landing appointments with buyers that never heard of you.. it goes on and on. Since what I have mentioned above is just a fraction of what goes on, can see how  it would cause a bit of tension and frustration, even with a fabulous positive attitude?

I have learned through my experiences that listening, learning and understanding those who have gone before us often have the wisdom to help.

“What this power is I cannot say; all I know is that it exists and it becomes available only when a man is in that state of mind in which he knows exactly what he wants and is fully determined not to quit until he finds it.” Alexander Graham Bell

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To read the feature story about Barbara Bigford
in More Magazine’s June, 2011 issue – click here.

Barbara Bigford’s success story is an entrepreneur’s dream. Her manufacturing company grew 400% in just two years with annual sales projected to reach ten million dollars after a recent licensing agreement. Exposure for her product has ranged from presentations on QVC, Wal-Mart, Albertsons, Walgreens, A&P, Super-Valu and hundreds of retailers across the country. Her company was highlighted in an article in The Wall Street Journal. Barbara Bigford was also featured on CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX, and CNN News, and at Hollywood’s 2008 Golden Globes awards, her product, Beach Pockets, were among the gifts given to celebrities. She has appeared on the television show, The View, with Barbara Walters, where Beach Pockets was voted number one summer product. Most recently, American Express has selected Barbara Bigford and her company to be featured as an Entrepreneur Success Story and the popular woman’s magazine More has featured a full length story on Barbara’s inspirational entrepreneurial journey in their June 2011 issue (CLICK HERE TO READ THE STORY).  She also was a major contributor in the book GPS For Success, along with Dr. John Gray, Les Brown, and Stephen Covey on business success and personal development.

Barbara shares her storied experiences as a keynote speaker and a consultant to several businesses and clubs looking for motivation and wisdom. Barbara’s passion for creativity, turned to entrepreneurial success, did not come without hard work, discipline, and vision.