Here we are at the beginning of a new year. But before we get too far into this new year, how were your results last year? Were you happy with what you achieved? If not, why not?
Far too many business people drift from year to year, without ever setting goals, determining the targets necessary to achieve those goals, and without planning. These people are unfocused and lack direction.
And so they drift – spurts of ‘busyness’ interspersed with long periods of unfocused work that does not produce results. Compound this over a full year and the lack of consistent, focused action manifests as low income.
For these people, unless their thinking and actions change, they are doomed to repeat their previous year’s results.
Habits can be good and bad. Unless we consciously work at developing good habits, we will, by default, develop bad habits.
Action, and lack of action, are habits. We can become used to high levels of focused, productive action, and we can become used to low levels of actions and unfocused drifting.
If you want your results in this new year to be better than last year’s results, you must break the cycle: do things differently than you did last year.
Without something to focus on – a clear goal that is important to you – you will almost certainly drift. What goals are you going to achieve in this coming year? Choose goals that you really want, and are willing to go the extra mile to achieve.
Targets determined from goals
Worthwhile goals require bigger targets. What targets will you need to achieve so that you earn the income necessary to reach your goals?
Targets that are higher than you are used to hitting must be planned. Don’t just plan for the number of listings and sales, plan for the number of people you will need to speak to each day. Hint: if you aren’t speaking to 200 potential sellers every week, your goals aren’t big enough!
If you want to focus, write Affirmations daily. Affirm your major dominant goal by writing it 15 times a day for 21 unbroken days.
You will find more information on affirmations and goal setting in my book, Why Winners Win .
Unless you study your profession, you will not improve. By not studying, you rob yourself of the opportunity to get better results from the many great ideas offered by experts.
Knowing what to do isn’t enough – you have to perform actions competently. You can study all you want, but if you don’t practise what you learn, and keep practising until you get it right, you will never develop skill.
Study will give you knowledge, but knowledge alone is not sufficient to make you successful.
KNOWLEDGE + PRACTICE = SKILL
Study and improve your knowledge. Practise what you learn and develop your skill. Do this and your actions will become more competent.
All you have to do now is increase your level of actions and success is assured. And, provided that you have goals that you really want to achieve, you will stay focused.
You can make 2018 your best year ever – indeed, a very happy new year!