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How Do You Define Success?

Happy New Year! As we think about the year ahead, we want to ask this question:

On December 31, how will you know if you’ve succeeded?

To help you with that, we developed The Bigg Goal-Setting Workbook For Bigg Goal-Getters Like You. We love short titles here at Bigg Success! The Workbook takes you through a six-step process:

Step 1 – State your goals.

Step 2 – Classify your goals.

Step 3 – Explain the importance of your goals.

Step 4 – Action items.

Step 5 – Goal statement.
From this Workbook, you’ll end up with a clearly-defined goal statement. A goal statement summarizes what your goal is, why you must achieve it, and the actions necessary to do so.

All in one, simple statement. Concise. Specific. Memorable.

Step 6 – Internalize your goals.
With that in hand, you’ll be able to internalize your goal. To get your goal into your subconscious mind. So it’s always with you. Always available. On-demand.

One way to do this is to read your goal statement when you get up in the morning. As you do this, day after day, your goal will be in your mind all day. 

Read it again when you go to bed. That way it will seep into your subconscious mind as you sleep.

Soon, you’ll be able to pull your goal statement out of your memory, on demand. So when you’re sitting in line at the drive-thru or when you’re working out, think about your goal.

Picture yourself taking the actions necessary to achieve it. Feel yourself actually achieving it. Great athletes do this; so should you.

Be consistent and persistent. You don’t have to be a hero. Just day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute, work to achieve your goal.

Before long, you’ll be ready for another goal … because you’ve already accomplished this one!

The Bigg Goal-Setting Workbook For Bigg Goal-Getters Like You is full of great tips, inspiring quotes, and printable forms that you can use to set, and get, your goals. And it’s free!

All you need to do is sign up for our free newsletter, The Bigg Success Weekly. And when we say “weekly”, we mean it! We promise not to fill up your Inbox with a bunch of e-mails.

Each week, you’ll get some great articles, success stories, timeless principles, leading-edge applications, and links to help you succeed bigg!

So sign up for a free newsletter and get a free tool. A tool that you can use today! How’s that for a deal?

Our bigg quote today comes from Ellen Goodman.

“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room,
drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched.
Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the
rooms of our lives … not looking for flaws, but for potential.”

So look for your potential … define the success you want with your bigg goals this year. Because you’re a bigg goal-getter, too!

Next time, we’ll discuss the single most destructive thought you can have. Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Out With The Old, In With The New Year

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

Life Changes

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It’s part of the cycle of life – one year winds down as another one revs up. It’s an exciting time of year. We get a fresh start. Another chance.

To make the most of the New Year, take some time now to reflect. That’s a common phrase with an uncommon challenge.

To reflect is to carefully consider. As the year nears completion, here are some things upon which you might reflect.

Reflect upon the past year
One definition of reflection is a careful reconsideration of past choices, actions, and events. Think about the past year. What decisions made the greatest impact on your life? What lessons can you take away from that?

Think about the people in your life. Your family. Old friends. New friends. Co-workers. What will you do next year to strengthen your relationships? How will you meet new people?

Think about the places in your life. Your work. Your home. Your community. What did you do to improve these places this year?

When were you happiest? How can you incorporate more moments like that this year? What made you sad? Was it something you could control? Is there a lesson to bring to the coming year?

Are you proud of what you accomplished this year? As you think about it, what was your greatest triumph? What lessons can you learn from that? What was your biggest disappointment? What did it teach you?

Are you a better person now than you were at the beginning of the year? If so, congratulations! Take a moment to give yourself a pat on the back. If not, why not? What will you do next year to make sure that you grow?

Reflect upon the coming year
Another definition of reflection is an idea that results from careful consideration. What bigg ideas do you have? What are you doing about them?

What thoughts flow from the lessons you learned last year? What are you doing with your newfound knowledge?

What are your goals for this year? How will you track them to be sure you’re on track? How do these goals fit your long-term vision for yourself?

What will you do to feed your mind and your spirit? Besides checking out Bigg Success regularly, of course!

How do you plan to maintain balance in your life? What will you give to those you care about? How will you advance in your career? What will you do for an escape? When will you do that?

How will you define success on December 31 of next year? What will you do to make that happen? Answer that question, work your answer, and you’re sure to be a bigg success next year!

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

(Image of fireworks by angela7dreams, CC 2.0)

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Young Cancer Survivor Inks A Deal For A Cure

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07 

Inspirational stories

cartridges_for_a_cure_logo Eli Kahn was three years old when he was diagnosed with leukemia by his doctors at John Hopkins Hospital. Eli endured treatment every other weekend for the next six months, followed by chemotherapy for two years.

He conquered leukemia and now he’s lending a hand in the fight against cancer. A few years back, as his bar mitzvah approached, he talked to his mom about what he would do to fulfill his community service requirement.

His mom suggested that he find something that didn’t involve selling or asking people for money. Eli thought about that – he realized that almost everyone had a computer. Those computers had printers. Print cartridges could be recycled for cash. Voila!

Eli established Cartridges for a Cure. He set up an account with EnviroSmart, the world’s largest recycler of print cartridges. If you go his web site and enter your name, you’ll get a postage-paid box (for your laser printer) or a bag (for your inkjet cartridges). All you have to do is stuff it and mail it.

Your package will go directly to EnviroSmart, who will send a check to Eli. All Eli’s checks are endorsed directly over to John Hopkins.

Eli’s goal was to raise $1,800 by the time of his bar mitzvah. When he passed that goal, he decided to keep going. Now, about three years later, he has raised over $85,000 for cancer research!

This young man beat cancer himself. Now he’s inked a deal to fund research in hopes of beating this devastating disease once and for all. He truly is an inspiration to all of us!

Hear today's lesson and laugh on The Bigg Success Show. 

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Does Your Hobby Work For You?

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

Work – Life Balance

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Like most of us, you face pressure to meet deadlines at work, fulfill family commitments, give back to your community, and so on and so on …

With all that going on, it’s easy to forget about yourself. However, you need to renew your spirit. One of the best ways to do that is to take up a new hobby or rekindle an old one. Something that demands your complete concentration and captures your soul.

Finding your flow
When you do that, you enter into what Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (pronounced “chick-sent-me-high-ee”) dubbed a “flow state”. You completely lose your sense of time as you enjoy the task at hand with effortless concentration.

Csikszentmihalyi, a Professor of Psychology and Management at The Drucker School at Claremont University, wrote an excellent book, Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. He says that flow occurs when you have clear goals that require appropriate responses.

That’s where your hobbies come in. When you’re doing something you love, you enter into a self-contained universe. So your hobby is a great way to develop flow, which you can use at work also.

Hobbies of the winners
Robert Root-Bernstein, a professor of physiology at Michigan State University, conducted a study on the hobbies of Nobel Prize winners. He compared them to a group of members of Sigma Xi, the scientific research society.

He found that more than half of the Nobel laureates had a long-standing hobby. By contrast, less than one percent of the Sigma Xi members claimed to have a hobby. He also looked at what the Nobel winners’ hobbies were. 25% were musicians. 18% painted or sketched. Writing and poetry were also common hobbies.

Dr. Root-Bernstein has written a book, with his wife Michele, called Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World’s Most Creative People. It’s a great book; we think you’ll find it interesting.

Your 5-minute hobby
The best way to make time for your hobby is simple – schedule it. You may think that you’re too busy to fit one more thing into your already-too-busy life. That’s the beautiful thing about the hobbies of the winners – you can steal a moment here and there and get your flow going.

When you do that, you’ll find you come back to your work reinvigorated. You’ll bring a fresh perspective to your challenges. So go ahead – play a tune, draw a picture, or write in your journal. It’s five minutes that will work wonders for you!

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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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