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“The Chinese use two brush strokes to write the word 'crisis.' One brush stroke stands for danger; the other for opportunity. In a crisis, be aware of the danger--but recognize the opportunity.”  John F. Kennedy


Sometimes it takes a crisis to present an opportunity for change. We may have been working hard and doing things that had limited value. Now we are in a situation to decide what needs to be done and what should be eliminated. How do you rebalance and move forward? Two things stand out for me. Be guided by your values and have a purpose then stay on course. You might say that this is your personal GPS.

The comparison to using a GPS is an easy one. We have them in our car and on our phone. We use them to order a car on Uber or we use them to find a restaurant nearby. We have become more productive and less stressed because we have used this very simple tool to help us navigate.

What is so remarkable about this instrument? First, it lets you know where you are now. Then you can decide where you want to go. The GPS then gives you step by step directions

How similar is this to you and your personal GPS; for your career, your business, and your personal life? Are you using a GPS for these critical areas of your life? You use your personal GPS by setting your goals and then move toward goal achievement. The best way to accomplish this is to set goals that are harmonious with you, to write them down and then navigate obstacles. You need to continually evaluate and adjust course. That is a great start. Now here are some additional steps to develop your personal GPS.

First, take stock of where you are. Do an inventory of your strengths and weaknesses, both personal and professional. In your personal life take stock of areas such as:

  • Your social life and social development
  • Your physical well being
  • Your financial and career management
  • Your family life
  • Your ethics and beliefs

In your professional life do a check off in these areas:

  • Your productivity skills
  • Your sales or influencing skills
  • Your people skills
  • Your time management skills


Getting Started

Now you know where you are—your starting point. Where do you now want to go? We refer to this as the goal achievement process. Just like the GPS is a self-correcting instrument in motion so too is your goal achievement a continuing self-correcting process. To get to your destination, or in this case your goal, you must continually measure your progress against where you started.

You will have more success if you break down your goals into daily and weekly goals. In this way, you have short term progress measurement points. Use your Smartphone as your personal organizer and check off goals as they are accomplished. As you progress with your goal achievement your horizons will expand, and your self-confidence will increase. You will establish a new habit of mapping your goals, checking your progress, and celebrating success. This will become a habit you can’t live without. Enjoy the journey.  For a similar post on our web site see CRISIS BRINGS OPPORTUNITY TO BALANCE YOUR PRIORITIES.

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  1. Roy Kelley 04/02/2020 01:00 AM
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Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Wayne - I think I had heard this years ago and not sure where I heard it.  I was just brought up again.

Nina - glad you like it.  It is a great way to illustration goal planning and goal adjustment.

Mar 30, 2020 05:30 AM #3
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Grant - I recall that JFK quote and it sets the right tone for your post where more insights are offered.  Nicely done.  

Mar 30, 2020 05:39 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I hope that this will indeed lead to some beneficial changes.  I really like that there is less pollution during this time and hope that can somehow continue.

Mar 30, 2020 06:09 AM #5
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Grant, Good one by Robert Kennedy.  You always come up with great blogs here in the rain.


Mar 30, 2020 07:58 AM #6
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Good morning Grant. I think this is solid and I appreciate your thinking. This is a make it or lose it time in all aspects of our lives. Stay well.

Mar 30, 2020 08:23 AM #7
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Michael - thank you for that.

Brian - we too will become stronger and better.

Will - thanks, I enjoy reading your quotes too.

Sheila - thanks.  You stay well too.

Mar 30, 2020 08:35 AM #8
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Grant I completely agree with President Kennedy's quote, and even though I will be keeping an eye on both the crises and the opportunity, I choose to concentrate on the OPPORTUNITY!!!

Mar 30, 2020 08:54 AM #9
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

George - it is positive but totally realistic.

Mar 30, 2020 09:58 AM #10
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


You are giving us some great advice here.  There are many opportunities opening up to all of us. The key in my mind is to get into a great frame of mind and the vision will come through re the opportunity.  A

Mar 30, 2020 11:19 AM #11
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, Grant, for sharing your experience and your advice.

Mar 30, 2020 12:02 PM #12
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Those our very wise thoughts and your perspective is spot on...

Happy Monday and I hope the upcoming  week is safe for you Grant Schneider 

Mar 30, 2020 12:17 PM #13
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, it could be time to "reset" our goals, as we are not sure when we will be able to work normally again.  

Mar 30, 2020 04:22 PM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Grant, I've reset some of my goals and hopefully will not fall back.

Mar 30, 2020 07:09 PM #15
James Dray
Fathom Realty - Bentonville, AR
Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results

Morning Grant.

Never heard of that quote by JFK, it's one I won't soon forget, (hopefully)... 

Mar 31, 2020 01:46 AM #16
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Ron and Alexandra A - you said it all.  We need to keep in the right fram of mind.

Roy - thanks for passing this along.

Paul - thank you and hope you are safe too.

Joan - yes, making a what if decision tree is probably best now.

Rebecca - it is good and hopefully you won't need to change them.

James - worth remembering.

Mar 31, 2020 09:12 AM #17
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Grant well said indeed, we had a zoom office meeting today and we were laughing that many who did not want to embrace technology are forced into it, Endre

Mar 31, 2020 10:56 PM #18
Sally Crane
WMS - Unity, WI
Woodland appraisal support.

An opportune post for these times, love the quote, it is important to keep our eyes focused on the positive.

Apr 02, 2020 01:38 AM #19
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I totally agree, this is a huge time for opportunity and transformation, both on an indivdual and professional level. We are focusing on both. D 

Apr 02, 2020 12:48 PM #20
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

I really liked this post, Grant. The GPS is an ecellent analogy for our personal lives. This is certainly a time for change and opportunity.


Apr 04, 2020 11:32 AM #21
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Grant, with traffic considerably less, we even got refunds from the insurance company. 

May 01, 2020 07:18 AM #22
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