1. Understand Your Big Why Before You Set Your Goals
In order to achieve any goals for yourself - you need to have a big why. You need to have a deep understanding of what that goal means to you and what you are going to achieve by reaching it. I think that many of us set goals that don't have an intrinsic value - there is no "Why" in the goal. That makes it easy to forget about the goal because it doesn't actually matter to you. You can say you want to sell 100 homes this year but if you don't really care about how that is going to change your life, then you will forget it as quickly as the first snowflake melts on your windshield!
2. Make your goal a daily pursuit
Assuming you have picked a goal that means something to you, you need to make it a daily pursuit. It can be as simple as asking yourself each morning: “What am I doing today to get closer to reaching my goal?” For example, if your goal is to hit $200,000 in revenue this year, then what are you doing each day to get you there? Think about the ways that you can achieve that goal.
Are you reaching out to potential clients? Are you creating exciting new ways for people to find you? If you haven’t planned any actions related to your goal, how can you incorporate them? If you need a constant, visible reminder, try writing your goal on a notecard and taping it onto your computer screen.
Celebrate your successes as you work toward the goal. Keep track of not only where you are going - but also where you have come from! Knowing that you are moving toward your goal - step by step- will keep you on track to more success.
3. Prioritize Your Activities
Surrounded by technology and gadgets, it is easy to work nonstop. Part of the reason you might be working is that you don't feel like you have accomplished anything for the day. Start the day with a list of to-dos. Prioritize the list according to your big rock items and go from there. Set up boundaries for yourself and your clients. Decide when you’ll be accessible and working, and when you’ll be off. Once you have checked off all your to-dos for the days, then give yourself permission to take time to unplug. Of course, emergencies happen, but they don’t have to be the norm - and they are less likely to happen if you are on top of your schedule and your goals. When you find a sustainable balance between being on and off, you’ll find greater focus when you’re working, and greater relaxation when you’re not - and permission to turn off!
4. Expand your expertise
Target an area or a skill that you aren’t as knowledgeable about as you would like and set yourself a goal of becoming more familiar with it. It can be something that complements or grows your current skills. Maybe it’s adding a new niche to your business plan like a new farm area or a becoming an expert on a certain demographic or putting more of an emphasis on your social media or learning about video. Whatever it might be, just find an aspect of the industry you don’t know much about – and then go and conquer it! I am going to learn more about video in 2020!