Let's do this different than last year
Last year I did a blog post in which I offered “Five News Years Resolutions Every Realtor Should Make”.
Another year older, and another year wiser, this year I want to take a different track.
Why? Because resolutions are deeply personal. Otherwise they have no meaning, ignite no passion. They have to be truly yours.
I could post the five best resolutions in the history of the world, but if they don't come from a desire deep within your own heart, well... what good are they?
Instead, this year I offer five inspiring ideas to help propel you toward your own dreams, your own resulitions and your own successes in 2021.
Remember the day when...
Do you remember having big dreams and big goals back when you first started out in real estate?
Are you now living the life you envisioned for yourself. Are you where you thought you’d be by now?
Did you think you’d be richer? Healthier? Have more friends? More happiness?
What you have accomplished so far is only a fraction of what’s truly possible for you. Make NOW your turning point.
“You are far more powerful, capable, and gifted than you allow yourself for be. The only thing separating you from your grandest vision of your life is courage. Muster the courage to declare that right now, this (new) year is your turning point” - Darren Hardy
It’s not your willpower; it’s your “Why Power”.
Before you determine exactly where you want to go, and the things you’ll need to be doing to get there, identify why getting there is so important to you. Unless and until your reason “why” is powerful enough, all of the what’s and the how’s in life will be meaningless.
If your desire isn’t great enough and your commitment isn’t powerful enough, you’ll be like every other person who makes a New Years resolution but then quickly gives up and reverts to our default mode of comfort zone mediocrity.
One of my favorite speakers and authors in the personal development field was the late Jim Rohn. “Don’t set your goals too low” advised Rohn. “If you don’t need much, you won’t become much”
Give yourself permission to dream big and ask big. Don’t aim low because you’re afraid you might fail to hit a higher goal. What would you go for if you knew success was guaranteed?
“You are called to greatness” writes Darren Hardy in Living Your Best Year Ever. “Answer the call. Expect greatness from yourself. Your responsibility is to live out your greatest potential and be the best you possibly can be. Right here, right now.”
Map Your Route
You’ve heard it before, but just as a refresher…
- you’ve got to write down your goal. Don’t just think it - ink it!
- it’s got to be ‘smart’: specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time sensitive
So calculate your timeline, and map your route. There’s a hundred ways to arrive at your destination, but what course will you take, what are the milestones along the way?
“Track and measure your growth” says Tom Ferry ”and try not to be one dimensional, and really grow in other areas!” Which leads me to the next area…
Make Your Business Plan Fit Your Life Plan
Too often we build are business plan first - outlining our sales goals, making plans to achieve them - and then make our life fit around that.
This approach creates a life without balance. One that can cost you your family life, your spiritual life, and more.
Ever see a guy who has giant arms but skinny as a stick legs? Kind of looks ridiculous, right? We all know people who can become tremendously successful in one area of life, but abject failures in other areas.
Build a plan for a balanced life. Kaleo Kina, team leader of a Keller Williams office in Virginia, has net worth goals but also has plans “to also take control of my physical health”.
Become a better you
Don’t just work on concrete, external achievements. Work on you.
Lot’s of times the improvements you make on the inside not only benefit you personally, but also improve the lives of those around you — and even your business !
Here’s one example. Karen Gaskins, super successful broker with Rose and Womble Realty in Chesepeake VA, recommends that agents “Listen twice as much as you talk” in 2021. "Miscommunication is the route of most issues in a transaction. "Seek first to understand and then to be understood.”
Isn't that’s a great resolution for all Americans in 2021?
What about you? Do you make resolutions? If not - why not? If you make resolutions, what systems do you put in place to track progress and successfully achieve them?
I'm interested in your thoughts, and I truly hope 2021 will be your best year yet!
Jim Flauaus leads the rescue squad at Anchor Tax Relief LLC for Realtors who are in trouble with the IRS. He can be reached at 757-312-0098 or email@example.com