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the long road from idea to BIGG SuccessIt’s a long road from idea to BIGG success. However, we want to reduce it down to four steps that can be summarized with the acronym ICAT.

Ideas float.
C
oncepts emerge.
A
ction commences.
T
ransformation ensues.

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Ideas float

Ideas are amazing things. Someone floats an idea your way. In a completely separate conversation, someone else floats another idea.

These two seemingly unrelated ideas float around in your head. They may mutate together. They may spark other ideas.

Before you know it…

Concepts emerge

We have learned that our best concepts come after our ideas have fermented for a period of time.

We get an idea. We talk with people. We refine the idea.

We hear about another idea. We see a fit with the concept that’s developing. The concept gets tweaked.

Keep gathering information. Keep researching. Keep asking questions and searching for answers.

Prove out your concept. Refine it so you can explain the problem you’re solving in ten words or less.

Then…

Action commences

This fits the acronym, but we really should say: “Commence action.”

Action doesn’t naturally occur. You have to make it happen. This is the stumbling block for many people.

It’s all about inertia – an object in motion stays in motion. But it takes tremendous effort to get the motion started.

So take action so that…

Transformation ensues

Here’s an important principle to remember: you act on your concept to gain new information, not to prove it right.

You may learn that your concept misses the mark. Abandon it and start the process over.

You may learn that you need to tweak your concept. That’s fine. Do it quickly.

You may learn that your concept is on target. Determine what you need to do to push it further. Then put the proverbial pedal to the medal.

In the process, you will transform. You will grow personally and professionally. Remember the acronym ICAT to go from idea to BIGG success!

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4 Steps to Achieve Your Goals More Easily

By Bigg Success Staff
07-16-08

Career Builders

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Sometimes a long-term goal can seem elusive. You know it’s important to you, but you can’t get too excited about it because it seems so bigg and distant. Obviously, the solution to this problem is to break it down to daily activities. But with really bigg goals, that can seem difficult, so we often just don’t do it.

Sometimes thinking more short-term helps you get the focus you need for the long-term. It helps you unclutter your mind so you move even faster to the life of which you dream.

So here’s a remedy – with the picture of your ultimate destination clearly in your mind, ask yourself these four steps:

Step 1: What do I want to accomplish in the next 90 days?
By zeroing in on the next quarter, you relieve yourself of the vagueness and the distance of the long-term goal. You focus on what has to happen in the near-term. This often gets your juices flowing and ramps up your progress toward your ultimate goal.

Step 2: Where do I want to be at the end of the first month?
Now that you have your 90-day goal clearly set, determine what you can (and will) get done in the first 30 days. Obviously, you would like to knock off about one-third of your long-term goal. You may even consider front-loading it a little so you give yourself a little break (i.e. reward) toward the end of the 90 days.

Step 3: What needs to be done this week?

With that done, you’re ready to break it down further. Look at what you want to accomplish this month and break it down by the week. Once again, consider front loading your scheduled activities a little bit and giving yourself a little break toward the end of the week.

Step 4: What’s important today?

Finally, break it down by day. With your weekly plan in front of you, set goals for each day of the week. Give yourself a little breathing room for those unexpected situations that demand your time.

Of course, at the beginning or ending of each day, you’ll want to review what needs to be accomplished for the week and plan out your day. Ditto for each week and month. Then just repeat this process every 90 days until you’re sitting on that beach in the Caribbean!

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