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Create a Timeline to Be a Success

Set your own timeline for BIGG SuccessMany people accept the terms placed upon them by the company for which they work. Sure, they may have their own goals.

But they let the company dictate the timeline. BIGG success is life on your own terms.

You won’t be a BIGG success if you let others dictate how fast you rise.

Your company’s timeline versus your timeline

We have a friend who wanted to rise to the top ranks of his employer. He looked at how quickly his company promoted people. On average, it was about every four years.

Then he went a step further.

He determined that the people in the executive suites got promoted about every eighteen to twenty-four months. He realized that he needed to get promoted every two years to reach his BIGG goal.

Modeling a timeline for your business

This doesn’t just apply to climbing the corporate ladder. If you’re a business owner, who are the models of success in your industry?

Comparing yourself to others can be a trap. But it can also be a tool.

Create a timeline based on their success. For example, you may establish milestones like:

  • time to build your prototype
  • time to startup
  • time to make the first sale
  • time to breakeven
  • time to profitability

Of course, your milestones will depend on your business. But a timeline will help you push even the next milestone seems far away.

Just make sure you’re starting from relatively the same place as the person you modeled. For example, if they had more capital than you, you may want to back off of their timeline a little.

Look at the people who are where you want to be. Figure out the path they used to get there. But also look at the time it required. Make adjustments for your situation.

Set your own timeline. It leads to BIGG success!

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The Power of Momentum

momentum.jpgBigg success is life on your own terms. As we’ve discussed before, the “terms” in our definition of bigg success means several things. One of the ways we can look at “terms” is in time frames.

Sometimes when we think about life on our own terms, it’s hard to see how to achieve something that bigg. Want to know how we respond to that?

We say, “Don’t try!”

Before you click away, give us just a second to explain. What we mean is …



Don’t try for the bigg goal all at once. Break it up into little actions. Give yourself a due date for completing each action. Suddenly that bigg goal isn’t so bigg at all. You advance toward it action by action. Those little actions are milestones. You can think of the period of time between due dates for your milestones as terms.

Vision to Victory

We introduced this subject last time when we talked about how to ramp up your savings, but we left out something really important. You must have a clear vision of bigg success in your mind. What exactly does life on your own terms look like?

Then, as you map out the actions required to get there, it’s crucial that each action build upon the previous action. “Success breeds success,” as the saying goes.

So when you succeed with one action, you’re more likely to succeed with the next. It’s all about momentum.

Momentum is a precious thing

Once you get momentum, you want to do everything you can to keep it because it works both ways. We think of an interview with an excited football player whose team had just won a bigg game. He described their victory by saying:

“We had the momodum, but then we lost the momodum. Fortunately, we were able to get the momodum back!”

He may have been too excited to get the word “momentum” right, but he certainly understood what it was all about. It’s something we see all the time in sports.

It doesn’t just happen on the playing field. We think it’s particularly important to understand this right now. Things haven’t been going the way a lot of people would like lately. We just have to work all the harder to get the momentum (or should we say “momodum”) back.

Life may throw you something unexpected. That’s part of the price of bigg success. That’s okay. You know you can do it. You know you will win. In those moments when things don’t go your way, don’t get discouraged. Overcome your fear. And charge back.

Get momentum working for you again because success does breed success. Build a cumulative advantage to turn success into bigg success.

Build success into bigg success

You do that by staying hungry. We’ve said before that bigg goal-getters are usually happy, but never content. That’s one of the secrets to building on your success.

Another secret is to understand the fine line between confidence and cockiness. Stay humble, but be proud of what you’ve accomplished.

Perhaps most important, stay focused to gain a cumulative advantage. Make sure your milestones work together so you get where you want to be as fast as you can get there. Then focus exclusively on reaching your next milestone.

If you’ve done everything you can today to get to that next milestone, then you are living your life on your own terms right now. You may not have reached your destination, but you’re well on your way to bigg success!

How do you stay focused on what you need to accomplish today?

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