Setting And Achieving Goals
"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." ~ Lao-Tzu
Setting and achieving goals are just two of the many steps on the road to success. Once S.M.A.R.T Goals are set, then the work begins to reach those goals. (More on how to set a goal that is S.M.A.R.T) The question is what is success?
Definition Of Success
Actually, the definition of success may vary from person to person, depending on their focus. For example in real estate, one agent might set his/her level of success at closing two transactions a month, while another might consider success as having a consistent listing inventory of 30 to 50 properties.
Due to the varied definition of success, there are very few 'success secrets'. However, all definitions have one common denominator. Success is important and it takes commitment and work to reach it.
Regardless of what your specific definition of success is, there are ways to reach and surpass your career objectives. We have put together a few tips that can actually be used for success in any area of your life that you target.
These are ways to better yourself as a person; proven methods you can apply to achieving goals and reaching success as you may measure it.
Realize your Potential
In order to succeed at anything, you need to see that you have the potential for achieving goals. For example, if you want to be a real estate developer but have had no experience in real estate development, having success in this field is not likely at this time. However, if you love working with sellers and have a real talent for staging and marketing properties to sell, then to you, success might mean working as a listing agent or the marketing coordinator for a real estate team. You have the potential for learning and achieving the goals.
Don’t Look Back
We have all had failures or made mistakes in the past. Learn from your past and value those difficult lessons but do not ever dwell in the past. Simply move forward and make better, more educated decisions from the lessons learned.
Dare to Dream
You need to have dreams and aspirations. Be honest with yourself as to what you want out of life and what you want to give of your life. Allow your mind to dream and think big.
Business Plan & Real Estate Marketing Plans
Create a business plan as your very first step. If you are planning to build a real estate business, your Realtor business plan will be the blueprint to achieving goals. Your Realtor Business Plan will consist of market trends, financial planning, competitive analysis, exit strategies, marketing and promotional options, everything about your business goals.
This is by far the most important document of all. If your ideas of success were something more immediate, you could defer your business plan to a later date and develop a real estate action plan, It would allow you to keep track of everything involved in your business as well as a monitor the progress in achieving your career goals.
However, it's vital that you get back to creating a business plan that includes various real estate marketing plans for your business. That way, you can keep tabs on expenditures as well as which marketing efforts are providing a good return on investment and those that don't.
Never Give Up!
You have to persevere if you want to succeed. Even Thomas Edison learned this when he was creating the incandescent light bulb. It took him several thousand times to get it right. Never give up and never lose sight of your target, even when achieving the goals you set becomes challenging.
Have an Unstoppable Attitude
You need to have determination. There may be close friends or family members with good intentions, who feel it would be better if you focused your attention elsewhere. Defend your unstoppable attitude with a determination to succeed.
Achieving Goals - Goals Setting Tips:
Write Goals Down!: This crystallizes them and gives them more force. Written goals also help with time management planning.
Visualize: Visualizing your goals is as important as writing down a goal. Visualizing a life where you have achieved your personal goal makes it real for you.
State goals and objectives as positive statements: 'I will execute this technique well.' is a much better goal than 'I won't make this stupid mistake.'
Be precise: Set a precise goal, include dates, times and amounts so that you can measure achievement.
Set priorities: When you have several goals, give each a priority. Then set upon achieving goals in order of your priorities.
Set performance goals, NOT outcome goals: Set goals over which you have as much control as possible. There is nothing more discouraging than not achieving goals for reasons that are beyond your control.
Set Realistic Goals: It is important to set goals that you can achieve. Realistic goals can also help with stress management. You can work more intelligently, by focusing on the things that are important for your business success and reduce the time spent on low priority tasks. Maybe it's time for an assistant?
Take the time to enjoy the satisfaction of having reached a goal. Absorb the implications of the goal achievement, and review the progress you have made towards other goals. Reward yourself appropriately if the goal was a significant one. This helps you build the self confidence you deserve!
Great Goal Setting Tools
Below are some online goal trackers available. Some of them are free, and include motivational tools to keep you going.
Goalmigo Lets you set goals, track your progress and share your goals with friends (a good support system can make achieving goals easier). They also have groups you can join with others who have similar goals. (FREE.)
MyProgress Is a set of powerful Personal Progress Management (PPM) tools with built-in intelligence to automatically observe and analyze all essential aspects of your life. With MyProgress, you can watch your progress and discover your productivity at any period, any time, any place. (FREE.)
LifeTango – The thing that really sets Life Tango apart other online goal trackers is their goal brainstorming tool. It can help you figure out your goals in different areas of your life, including finance, education, travel, family and more. You can keep your goals private or make them public. You can also look through the goals that others have. (FREE.)
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Inspirational Quotes On Success & Achieving Goals
Unless you change how you are, you will always have what you've got. ~ Jim Rohn
The greatest form of maturity is at harvest time. That is when we must learn how to reap without complaint if the amounts are small and how to to reap without apology if the amounts are big. ~ Jim Rohn
My goal is to translate response into results. Some teachers teach for others to learn. That's not me. Some teachers teach for others to accomplish. That is me. ~ Jim Rohn
The real oppurtunity for success lies within the person and not in the job. ~ Zig Ziglar
Would you like me to give you a formula for success? It's quite simple, really. Double your rate of failure. You are thinking of failure as the enemy of success. But it isn't at all. You can be discouraged by failure or you can learn from it, So go ahead and make mistakes. Make all you can. Because remember that's where you will find success. ~ Thomas J. Watson
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The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.
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Visualize It First!
The idea that one might choose to believe something before actually sensing it, is considered absurd. Nevertheless, such a so called absurd idea can lead to much increased happiness and the possibility of manifesting the otherwise impossible. Impossible cures, improbable events, unexpected windfalls and happy surprises await those who believe, pretend or visualize first.
For more detailed information on this subject, I recommend an important book by Wayne Dyer, titled: "You'll See It When You Believe It: The Way to Your Personal Transformation".