Most people approach a project with their best intentions in mind. However, even if they have a plan laid out, things happen along the way that will cause them to shift gears. How well they adapt to these changes will determine their success on subsequent projects. While it may seem like months ago, we are only a few weeks into the start of the New Year. For many, this is the time of the year that they hit the reset button on their business or life. A few weeks later and a few weak moments, we may be right back to where we were before the New Year. If this is you, it doesn’t mean you have to throw in the towel. Just because you had a moment of weakness does not give you an excuse to give up on your resolutions as a real estate investor.
Success in any field requires making the commitment to a consistent change. Doing things for a few weeks out of the year is more of a blip on the radar than any real change. If you think about it, 20 days out of 365 is not very long. Your changes may have been well intentioned, but unless you are committed to them they will be nothing more than a brief period over the course of a long year. If you find yourself looking to get back on track, examine what caused the loss focus.
Most people would like to lose weight or to close 10 deals in the next 30 days. Even if you work as hard as possible, ambitious goals will not happen overnight. Your goals should be something that you can do if you follow your plan. If one of your goals is to win the lottery, that’s a great goal, but you will quickly be disappointed with the results. Look back on your resolutions and see if they were realistic or a pipe dream. If they were far-fetched, make changes to them and start over.
Now that you have updated your goals and resolutions, examine how you got off track in the first place. Were your goals too difficult and you lost inspiration when you didn’t see progress? Did you not give your resolution enough time? Did you not work hard enough to achieve it? There could have been many other reasons, but find out the trigger and address it. If you really want to make your changes or achieve your goals, you need to face any potential challenges head on. If you don’t address them, you are just putting off the real issues for a few weeks or until it comes up again.
You and your business should not need a New Year, a holiday or a Monday to start anew. If you work for yourself, you can make changes at any time. If you want to change the way you market, you can do so after lunch. If you want to find ways to improve your social media presence, you can do so with a few calls. Whatever it is you want to do in business and in your personal life should not be stopped by a few weak moments. Update your resolutions and start over today.