The New Year brings us the opportunity to reflect on the past year and to be excited about the year to come. There is a feeling that we have a fresh start.
I don’t personally believe in New Year’s resolutions. I believe in reviewing and setting goals at the first of the year. A goal is defined as: The result or achievement toward which effort is directed; aim; end.
So what do you want to do differently this year? What dream has been eluding you? How will you reach these goals?
On that note, I would like to share with you a few things I’ve found to be productive in my goal setting and my goal accomplishing.
- Set your goals: Be specific and intentional. I set mine by category: Family, Health & Fitness, Spiritual, Relationships, Business/Investment
- Set time frames: All goals need structure or real life can often get in the way. To build a solid foundation for these goals, construct a schedule. However, as Laura Berman Fortgang says, “As you move along, don’t judge the time you’re using or try to measure whether it’s productive, just get absorbed in the activity.”
- See the goal in your mind’s eye and break it down into steps: Breaking the goal down into manageable steps is the key. Have a plan with the steps and milestones outlined (this can be revised as you go along) take a step, reach the milestone and repeat the process. Breaking the goal down into “bite-size” chunks makes it feel more manageable and gives you successes along the way.
- “Be,” don’t “want to be”: As you start to make progress toward that goal, know from that time forward you are the goal. For example, if your goal is to buy and sell your first piece of investment real estate and you have accomplished the goal of purchasing the property and you are now rehabbing it, don’t say “I am trying to be a Real Estate Investor” – you are now a Real Estate Investor.
- Share your goals: It is proven that when a goal is spoken it has a greater chance of being achieved. Networking in all aspects of life is important, especially in the Real Estate Industry. Because, as investors, we don’t collaborate with others very often, it is very important to get out with like minded people and share your goals and experiences.
- “DO IT NOW” and miracles will happen: As the late W. Clement Stone (the man behind PMA-Positive Mental Attitude) advised.
Goals are important and I hope that I’ve provided you with a structure that will help you reach them.
I would like to share one more thing that has been very powerful for me. I try each day to live my life the “Jimmy V” way. Here is his 1993 ESPY speech –
The “Jimmy V” Way
- Spend each day with some laughter – LAUGH
- Spend each day with some thought -THINK
- Get your emotions going – CRY
Look at where you started, where you are and where you are going – DREAM BIG.
I hope you use these tools and they help you get you to where you are going – Happy New Year.