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Get a Grip to Be a Bigg Success

By Bigg Success Staff
05-22-08

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Race car drivers know that their tires need to get a good grip on the track. We also need a good grip – a grip on what’s most important. Then focus on that one thing.

One task at a time
Keep one task in front of you and get it done. Then move on to the next. It’s hard to work efficiently when you’re trying to do more than one thing at a time. Get a grip – focus on the most important task you need to accomplish – and then move on to the next one.

One goal at a time
What’s the next step that leads to the life of your dreams? Focus solely on accomplishing that one thing. If you have too many goals, you won’t achieve any of them. Get a grip – work on getting to the next level – and then move on to your next goal.

One change at a time
Take a clue from crafty old Ben Franklin. 95 He had a list of thirteen virtues] that he wanted to make part of his life. He found that he didn’t see much, if any, improvement when he tried to change them all at once. So he decided to focus on only one of them each week. When he started doing this, he saw meaningful progress.

One day at a time

Yesterday is gone forever. Learn from it and move on. You can’t change tomorrow unless you change today. So focus on making the most of today. That’s not that hard. If you focus on the most important things today, you’ll keep moving closer to bigg success!

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Put Your Cocktail Napkin To Good Use

Last time, we talked about 92 Ben Franklin’s system ]for not just setting goals, but actually getting them. We’ve also posted an article on 95 Ben’s thirteen virtues ]and a PDF file of the form he used to track his progress.

New Year’s Eve is just days away. That got us thinking about parties, confetti, horns, cocktails … and cocktail napkins.

We have a suggestion for how to put your cocktail napkins to good use.

Before we talk about that, though, let’s quickly discuss mission statements and vision statements. Companies have them. So should you. After all, you are the CEO of the most important organization in the world: You, Inc.

As we’ll define it here, your mission statement describes how you serve those around you, how you touch the people in your world. For example, the mission statement of a business might describe how it serves its customers, its employees, and its shareholders.

A vision statement is a concise declaration of your purpose, your reason for being here, how you make your mark. For example, Google’s vision statement is “Google provides access to the world’s information in one click.” Short. Simple. Yet powerful.

So a mission statement is a longer, detailed version of your vision statement. It fills in the blanks. It flows from your vision statement. Your vision statement is the biggest of the bigg picture …

…. which brings us back to the cocktail napkin.

A vision statement is simple and concise. So concise that you could write it on a cocktail napkin! That’s right … your cocktail napkin is a tool. Because it’s small, it forces you to define and refine your vision statement to keep it short.

Why is it so important to keep your vision statement short? We’re glad you asked! A short, simple vision statement paints a vivid image of your desired future. It’s memorable. So you make better decisions because your vision statement gets into your subconscious mind. It inspires you to reach for this future you picture.

It’s constantly with you. You know what you’re trying to accomplish. Your purpose is etched in your brain!

To show that we aren’t all talk and no action here at Bigg Success, show co-hosts George and Mary-Lynn shared what they wrote on their cocktail napkins.

George:      To make a real, positive difference in people’s lives.
He said that originally he didn’t include the word “positive” in his statement. Then someone made a difference in his life – in a bad way. He realized he should add the word “positive”. Your vision statement will also likely evolve over time.

Mary-Lynn:      To bring out the best in myself and others.
When she thinks of “best”, words such as “ability”, “talent”, “personality”, “attitude”, and “relationships” come to her mind. Your vision statement will likely include powerful words with more than one meaning to you. These rich words are why your vision statement packs so much punch!

Our Bigg Quote today is a challenge from Helen Keller.

“The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but no vision.”

So put that cocktail napkin to good use – ring in the New Year with a vision!

Next time, for New Year’s Eve, we’ll discuss what we learned about Bigg Success this year. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

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benjamin_franklin_jpg You may or may not be familiar with this story. Even if you are, it bears repeating. Benjamin Franklin developed a system for living his core values as a young man. He sought moral perfection.

He developed a list of thirteen virtues he wanted to follow. We’ll talk about his thirteen virtues in a minute.

What was more revolutionary (we couldn’t resist!) was how he made sure he lived his core values. He developed a chart [PDF] with the days of the week at the top and the virtues listed in the in the first column. Then he tracked his progress daily!

He learned, from experience, that he couldn’t possibly change thirteen things at once. So each week, he focused on one. After thirteen weeks, he’d covered them all. Then, he realized what a difference living these virtues had made in his life.

So he repeated the process. He continued this for the rest of his life.

In his own words, straight from his autobiography, here are the thirteen virtues that Ben Franklin sought to obtain:

    • Temperence.

Eat not to dullness; drink not to elevation.

    • Silence.

Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself; avoid trifling conversation.

    • Order.

Let all your things have their places; let each part of your business have its time.

    • Resolution.

Resolve to perform what you ought; perform without fail what you resolve.

    • Frugality.

Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself; i. e., waste nothing.

    • Industry.

Lose no time; be always employ’d in something useful; cut off all unnecessary actions.

    • Sincerity.

Use no hurtful deceit; think innocently and justly, and, if you speak, speak accordingly.

    • Justice.

Wrong none by doing injuries, or omitting the benefits that are your duty.

    • Moderation.

Avoid extreams; forbear resenting injuries so much as you think they deserve.

    • Cleanliness.

Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, cloaths, or habitation.

    • Tranquility.

Be not disturbed at trifles, or at accidents common or unavoidable.

    • Chastity.

Rarely use venery but for health or offspring, never to dulness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation.

    • Humility.

Imitate Jesus and Socrates.

Whether you use Ben’s virtues or make up your own goals, he developed a great system for making it much more likely that you get, rather than just set, your goals!

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Don’t Just Make New Year’s Resolutions, Get Them

maple_leaf_foods_logo The New Year is approaching. Many of us are making resolutions. Make them … break them … don’t let this happen to you.

Resolve this year to be more than a goal-setter. Be a goal-getter. That’s why Bigg Success has the second “g” – it’s the place for goal-getters.

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There’s a great example of a goal-getter from history – Ben Franklin. He is one of our favorite historical figures here at Bigg Success. What a life he lived! He accomplished so much – inventor, author, politician, diplomat, and much, much more!

He also can teach us something about getting goals. As a young man, he wanted to be perfect. So he developed a list of thirteen virtues that he wished to acquire.

An interesting side note is that he found order to be the toughest virtue to obtain. It’s nice to know that even Ben struggled with organization!

At first he tried to acquire all thirteen virtues at once. He failed miserably. Here’s Ben, in his own words:

“While my care was employed in guarding against one fault, I was often surprised by another; habit took the advantage of inattention; inclination was sometimes too strong for reason.”

Apparently, habits were as hard to break 200 years ago as they are now!

To combat this, he developed a system. Each week, he focused on one goal. He tracked them all, but he primarily concerned himself with just one.

He developed a single sheet of paper for each week. The days of the week were across the top. The thirteen virtues went down the left side. Then he recorded every instance where he failed to live up to his virtue. Each week, each day, he started with a clean slate. If you want to see it, we have a copy of Ben Franklin’s Virtuous System [PDF].

So what can you learn from Ben Franklin?

  • You can’t expect what you don’t inspect.
  • After you’ve set your goals for the year, be sure to use a system that reports your results. You won’t always live up to your plans, but you can see the progress you’re making if you have a system like Ben’s.

  • Intention + Attention = Manifestation.
  • It starts with setting your goals. Then you have to keep your goals constantly in front of you. That’s one of the secrets to making sure you reach them.

  • Focus on one goal at a time.
  • If you try to reach all of your goals at once, you’re sure to fail. So focus on one, and then move on to the next one.

  • Don’t beat yourself up.
  • Ben Franklin started each day with a clean slate. If he didn’t live up to his expectations that day, he knew that tomorrow he would start with no blemishes. Day by day – that’s how you get your goals!

Our Bigg Quote is by none other than Ben Franklin himself:

“Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors,
and let every new year find you a better man.”

Resolve to make this year your best year ever.

Next time, with New Year’s Eve coming, we’ll give you a suggestion on how to put your cocktail napkin to good use. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

 

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