Why the Speed of Implementation Is Critical To Your Success and How You Can Improve

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If you spend any time at all networking with other real estate investors, you already know that business has changed over the past couple of years for just about everyone. Not only has the way folks are finding deals changed, but the spread on those deals is not the same for most real estate investors today as it was a couple of years ago. Good deals are a lot harder to come by in many areas of the country. So what do we need to do?

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Be Ready To Adapt Quickly

The speed of implementation or how quickly you can “change with the times” will be critical to your success. Let’s face it; that can be tough to do. Most people spend a great deal of time creating a business model that works for them and for their business. So when a rough patch comes along, it’s usually not our first thought to “jump ship” and quickly change everything. Our natural inclination is often to take a “wait and see” attitude. Is this just something in the market that is temporary? Or is this something that is here to stay at least in the foreseeable future? Not everyone is good a spotting those early trends.

Learning to Make Changes More Quickly

I have just established a new Monday morning routine for 2013. It is something that I think will help me make those needed changes more quickly. This process isn’t just for real estate investors, but will work for any type of business. The first appointment of the day every Monday will be with “me”. Since I am a “solopreneur” that is the way it will work in my business. If you have a partner (or two), then you should schedule this time with them.

Every week for the next 12 months I have committed to having this meeting. You might ask why I chose the first thing Monday morning. Monday mornings tend to be busy times in almost every business, and it is probably the least likely time you might be inclined to choose yourself. But it’s important to understand why I chose Monday. I chose this day and time for one reason; you can begin immediately to implement the changes you decide to make, and you have the whole week to put everything into place.

The Process for Making Quick Changes in My Business

The process I use is really very simple. I take out a legal pad of paper and draw a line down the middle of the page. On the left side I list all of the things that either aren’t working in my business or aren’t working the way I would like them to work. Then on the right side of the paper, I begin listing possible solutions. You can also turn the paper over and make a list of desired outcomes and begin to work backwards toward solutions.

One important thing to note about this process is that you have to let go of preconceived notions about what is possible and what will work. Just begin making a list. If the first thing that pops into your mind is, “that won’t work”, you have to push those thoughts aside. Remember that what you are doing every day in your business is no longer working, so you have to be ready to change.

When an idea doesn’t seem feasible instead of dismissing it ask yourself:

What isn’t this possible? What can I do to make this idea work? You will need to ask yourself better questions in order to find the answers. Open your mind to new possibilities and see where that takes you. We all remember the old saying:

“If you keep on doing what you have always done, you will get what you have always gotten”.

If things are not going the way you would like in your business, you have to change. There is no other way.
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About Author

Sharon Vornholt

Sharon has been investing in real estate since 1998. She owned and operated a successful home inspection company for 17 years. In January of 2008 she took the leap of closing her business to become a full time real estate investor.


  1. Melodee Lucido on

    Sharon, it’s these heart to heart, heart to head times that help me keep steady. As a newer investor my brain is constantly trying to remember what I’m supposed to be doing & stay on track. Seems there is always something that get’s me all confused and shaky.

    The comedy is when I put it down on paper it’s usually much simpler than it sounded in the buzzing in my head. :>

    A lot of the days I write the most simple steps down again and again. I also write down what I am learning so I have something to cheer me when I think I’m making no progress.

    Thanks for this 🙂

  2. This is one of the best articles I have seen on bigger pockets.it may sound like a simple idea, however consistently keeping a Monday morning meeting with yourself and your business partners will have an exponential effect on your business. Sharon, thank you for this short, well thought out article!

  3. And, “if you are spending any time at all networking with other real estate investors,” they can be a great resource for brainstorming through blockages and as sounding boards for new ideas. Why? Because we can really get stuck between our ears. Sometimes an idea doesn’t sound feasible because we don’t know a way to implement it. That’s where our network of like-mindeds can get us thinking outside our own stuff.

    About a year ago, we implemented weekly office meetings 8 am every Tuesday. What a huge boost to the business. Just that simple recap once a week reveals so much and propels great change. Glad to know you’ve implemented it in your “solopreneurship”. Keep us posted, Sharon, on the progress.

    To your success!

    • That is so true Karen. How does that old saying go? Sometimes, “You can’t see the forest for the trees?” I also belong to a mastermind group that serves the same purpose. It’s amazing how put ting all those minds together will come up with solutions you alone just can’t see.

      Thanks Karen

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