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360-Degree Goal-Setting

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360-degree goal-setting helps you set holistic goals by bringing together the three facets of BIGG success – personal, professional, and financial success.

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Labor Day signals the end of summer. Fall is upon us. It’s a great time to get back to work on your goals. We talk about 360-degree goal-setting in this episode on The BIGG Success Show. Here’s a summary of that discussion…

A new school year has started. There’s an energy in the air. A desire for self-improvement, which peaks around this time of year.

It’s time to get back to work – on your goals.

September is the new January. It’s a great time to reboot your goals. Get a jump on the official New Year. Let’s talk about 360-degree goal setting.

The three facets of 360-degree goal-setting

The three facets of BIGG success are personal success, professional success, and financial success. 360-degree goal-setting considers all three areas simultaneously.

Picture them on a triangle. Personal is at the top. Professional and financial success take a position at the base of the triangle, with professional success on the left side and financial success on the right side.

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3 Keys to Setting Goals for Success

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Here we sit at the end of the first month of the year. Most New Year resolutions are distant memories at this point.

If you’re one of the people who gave up, you’re going to love today’s topic. It’s your second chance!

And if you’re still pursuing a goal, these three goal-setting tips will help you achieve what you want.

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Dr. Shane Lopez is the world’s leading researcher on hope. He says goal-setting and hope have a lot to do with each other. But it requires three types of thinking, all working together.

We’ve put our BIGG spin on the labels by making them all start with “w”. So here we go – three keys to setting goals for success.


Think what.

  • What do you want to change?
  • What do you want to improve?
  • What do you want to make better?

Dr. Lopez calls this “goals thinking”. You define what you want by starting with where you are.


Think about your “what” long and hard o you discover many “ways” to get it. Dr. Lopez calls this “pathways thinking”.

  • If there’s only one way to reach your goal, you may want to rethink it.
  • You need contingency plans.


  • Do you have the means to achieve what you want?
  • If not, can you get it?

It starts with your own time and energy:

  • Will you commit the time, effort and energy to get what you want?
  • If you can’t say “Yes” honestly and enthusiastically, pick another goal!

But it goes beyond you. For example, what about money:

  • Will it take an investment of money to get what you want?
  • If so, do you have it?
  • If not, do you know where you can get it?
  • Or do you know someone who would know?

You’ll also want to think about your own strengths and weaknesses:

  • Are there skills required that you don’t have?
  • If so, will you commit to developing them?
  • Or do you know someone who has them?
  • Are they available to help you?
  • At this point, you may need to go back to the money questions – How much will their help cost?

The full combination

These three keys interdependently. You need the full combination to unlock hope so you move forward on your goals for BIGG success.

Most people sort of whimsically think about the “what”. In most cases, even that’s not really thought through thoroughly enough.

For the few that do, even fewer go to the next two…

Yet that’s where you should make the greatest investment – in determining the ways and making sure you have the wherewithal, you have the resources required or can get them.


But here’s another BIGG spin – “Why?”

Before you proceed past the “What” to goal-setting for your BIGG success, think about your motivation for your goal.

Your “Why” gives you the resiliency you’ll need to keep pushing when things get tough.

It leads to BIGG success!

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3 Simple Tips for Making New Year Resolutions You Can Keep

3 tips for New Year Resolutions | BIGG SuccessAs this year gives way to next, many people are thinking about New Year resolutions.

BIGG success is life on your own terms. And there’s one term to keep in mind as you make your New Year resolutions if you want to keep them.

That word is…too.

Here are three reasons people don’t keep their resolutions, all involving the word “too”. As you’ll see, they all have one underlying theme:

Keeping your New Year resolutions has a lot to do with making them.

Too little motivation

Many people fail to keep the resolutions they make because of a lack of motivation. As you think about a possible New Year resolution, ask yourself a very important question: Why?

Why is it important to achieve this one thing? You need a compelling “why” in order to maintain the motivation to keep your resolution.

Think “must”, not “want”. Know why you must achieve any resolution you make.

Too many resolutions

Another reason that many people fail to keep their resolutions is an easy one to fix. They simply make too many of them.

Don’t plan to go on a diet, start exercising, stop smoking and drinking all in one fell swoop. Limit the number of resolutions you make to one or two – perhaps one personal and one professional or one fitness-related and one financial resolution.

Too much change too quickly

Yet one more reason many people fail to keep their resolutions is they make sweeping changes. BIGG success is the result of sequential small changes.

So if you plan to go on a diet, don’t go from feast to famine. Instead, change one habit at a time.

For example, substitute a piece of fruit for that candy bar in your mid-afternoon snack. Once that becomes a habit – plan on two weeks to a month – make another change.

Little by little, you’ll see the BIGG change you want. Take time to celebrate each victory along the way. It leads to BIGG success!

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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.



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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