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Reach Your Goal Faster With These 4 Tips

By Bigg Success Staff
05-21-08

Peak Performance

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Horsepower equals speed to race car drivers. Generally speaking, the higher the horsepower of a car, the faster it will go.

When you’re trying to get the checkered flag in your profession, it pays to rev up your horsepower. Here are four tips to do just that:

Focus on core skills.
You need to improve and refine the core skills required for your craft. Of course, you’ll work on these on the job. But it’s also important to work on them away from the pressures of the job. Keep learning about your trade.

Here are a few, of the many, ways you can do this:

  • Subscribe to trade journals
  • Take industry-specific classes
  • Attend conferences and conventions
  • Subscribe to industry blogs
  • Network

Work on soft skills.
These skills are just as important as the key skills of your profession. You have to be able to communicate effectively to rise to the top faster. So work on building your communications skills and people skills – both at work and away from the office.

You may take a class, join a club (e.g. Toastmasters), write a blog, or any number of other things. These skills will be ever more important as you rise to positions of great responsibility.

Push your limits.
It’s important that you get to the edge of your comfort zone every day. Then go just a little bit further. It’s at this point – where what you know intersects with what you don’t know – that you grow.

So if you’re not reaching that point, you’re not revving up your horsepower. You’re just racing along with the same old engine. You have to push yourself until you’re uncomfortable to gain an edge.

Learn and adjust.
When you push yourself beyond your comfort zone, you will make mistakes. If you want to get to your goal as fast as possible, it’s important that you learn from these mistakes and then make the necessary adjustments so you don’t repeat them.

When you master this, you’ll realize that the faster you make mistakes, the faster you learn. Which means you’ll reach your destination faster.

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

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Success In One Week

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by your to-do list?

Do you ever get down on yourself for not accomplishing what you set out to do?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way to manage it all?

Here’s the good news – there is!

We call it bigg success in a week!

Take your long-term goals and break them down into manageable tasks.

Step 1 – Decide what you want to accomplish this week.
Take your long-term goal and set realistic goals for this week. And here’s a tip – whatever you come up with, cut it in half!

Let’s say you want to be healthier, maybe even lose some weight. That’s your long-term goal. To do that, you decide to exercise. You think you should exercise every day. Isn’t that what many experts recommend?

But life happens. Your goal isn’t met. You give up.

So cut it in half so you know you can reach it – plan to work out four times this week.

Step 2 – Break it into even smaller chunks.
You can break it into daily goals. We find that it’s even better to break it into chunks. Going back to the previous example, you plan to work out four times this week, so you need four chunks.

Your first chunk might be Monday and Tuesday. You will plan to work out one time between those two days. If you’re swamped on Monday, you still have Tuesday to get your work out in.

Step 3 – Build flexibility into your schedule.
You may front load your week so that you know you’ll have extra time at the end of the week to catch up.

Be sure to allow for some reactive time, as well. This is one thing with which people often struggle. You want to be as proactive as possible. But obviously, some jobs require more reaction than others – especially those where you work closely with customers.

So, if your job requires you to react to others about fifty percent of the time, don’t plan to get an eight-hour project done in one day. Schedule it over two days.

Step 4 – Start fresh each day.
Don’t beat yourself up for yesterday. You can still be a bigg success this week if you’ve followed the previous steps. Just go get it done today!

Step 5 – Reward yourself.
When you reach your goals by the end of the week, give yourself a little treat. You’ve earned it!

On the show, George discussed how he is using these principles with something simple – his e-mail. We get inundated with e-mails seven days a week here at Bigg Success. George said he is finally getting a handle on it. He said his goal is to have an empty Inbox at the end of each day.

To do that, he makes sure he empties out all his daily incoming e-mails. In addition, he has old e-mails that he needs to sort through. Every day, he empties out one additional day. He has built some flexibility into his schedule – he plans to do that three days a week, instead of five.

Every week, he’s three days closer to his goal. It’s just a matter of time before he reaches it!

What will your bigg success be this week? Share it with a comment below!

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Our Bigg Quote today is by Fitzhugh Dodson.

“First you write down your goal; your second job is to break down your
goal into a series of steps, beginning with steps which are absurdly easy.”

Follow this advice and you’ll turn your mountains into mole hills.

Next time, we ask what you get when you spell “desserts” backwards?

Until then, here’s to your bigg success!

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Benjamin Franklin’s Thirteen Virtues

By Bigg Success Staff
12-27-07

Timeless Principles

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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