You have goals. Maybe you even have a plan for reaching those goals. Maybe you have a vision for how to transform your real estate business...
But life is chaotic, busy, random, and quite frankly, fleeting, passing most people by while they’re thinking about it. For most of us, sticking with big plans for a few weeks is highly unlikely, let alone sticking to them for an entire year.
So what do you do to turn things around and improve your life? By taking control of the only thing you can: Your day.
Plans don’t cause change. Habits do.
If you want to make the weeks, months, and years to come count, you’ll need to be intentional — not by setting goals or formulating a plan, but by adopting the right daily habits that set the stage of you being the best you. It sounds cheesy, but stick with me.
By focusing on incremental changes in the form of daily habits, I was able to lose 50lbs, launch a new real estate crm company, run a half-marathon (when I hadn’t run a mile in 20 years), get stronger than I have ever been in my life, and take my family on the adventure of moving to another state, all while loving every minute of it and without the formula of a broad plan.
I just finished one of the best years of my life, and most of it was completely unplanned. How, you ask? By creating new disciplines I actually liked doing. I wasn’t only fixated on the end results – I also enjoyed the process.
This is the secret to a healthy, productive life and to making an impact on the world, even through your career.
Create good, sustainable habits that you enjoy, and you’ll end up with a life you can be proud of, a real estate business that becomes sustainable, and an income that’s predictable.
How To Adopt A New Habit
Here are my recommendations for how to adopt a new habit:
- Challenge yourself to stick with a habit every day for 30 days.
- Log your daily progress updates in a journal.
- Focus on just one habit at a time. Don’t overwhelm yourself.
- Start small. Want to get fit? Start with a daily 5-10 minute walk. Want to make new connections? Try just knocking on ten doors a day.
The best year of your life is within reach—if you are willing to give up on the crazy unpredictability of plans and instead focus on creating new habits.
What New Habits Will Make You A Better Realtor?
Every realtor is different. We all have our unique strengths and weaknesses, so figuring out which new habits to adopt requires self-awareness. When you are conscious of what you are doing, you can decide whether this is a behavior you want to continue, or if there’s an alternative habit you’d rather adopt.
As you go through your day, practice being aware of your habits. You life will show you what habits you’ve already adopted, and you can decide what you would rather be doing instead.
With that being said, here are a four habits that might improve your career and your life.
Get up early. I get up around five every morning, when there are the least distractions possible. If you are going to focus on creating a sustainable real estate business, you’ll need to find the time. The best way to do this is to start while others are sleeping.
Get fit. Our bodies are not like a car one can simply trade-in. We have one body, one sole means of functioning. Fit bodies lead to better health, confidence, and more success.
Stop making “sales” and focus on one new connection a day. When you meet new people, you make connections that can lead to all kinds of future breakthroughs. Stop trying to “sell” people on using your services, rather focus on forging a relationship and providing value to that relationship. Start knocking on doors and introducing yourself.
Tidy up. Take ten minutes before you leave your office each day to straighten and put away any last files or books. Once you adopt this policy for yourself, it will spill into other parts of your life—you’ll begin actually deleting emails rather than letting them pile up, you’ll slowly begin meeting deadlines, and you’ll start using your tech tools for effectively.
What New Habit Has Made A Difference In Your Career/Life?
I chose to get fit, and it has vastly improved my life, both at work and at home. What new habit have you adopted (or plan to adopt) that has made a difference in your life?
Please share your comments below.