At this time of year, a lot of folks are thinking that the year is almost over and it’s time to kick back and take it easy for the next month. But there is another whole segment of entrepreneurs that are steadfastly racing toward the finish line; they are laser focused on completing their 2011 goals.
Which group are you in?
I have to admit that I have my moments; those times when I am tempted to stray from my path. But for the most part, I manage to stay pretty focused.
We have had several weeks of unseasonably warm weather this past couple of months which has caused me to get a case of “spring fever” in the fall. A couple of days after Thanksgiving I put a lock box on a house I had just put under contract. On the way back to the office, I decided to take some “me time”. I wanted to do a little shopping. That was OK because prior to doing that, I had worked a couple of long days that included late nights to complete things I was working on. That’s the great thing about being a real estate investor. You can choose when you work. Because we can choose when we want to work, this can be also be one of the things that ultimately gets us in trouble.
Racing toward the finish line
If you want to be one of the people that finishes the year strong, there are a few things you should do.
- Pull out those goals you set for this year and evaluate just how you did. Which goals did you nail? Pat yourself on the back for those successes.
- Look at your list. Are there any goals that you can complete before the end of the year if you really put your nose to the grindstone for the next month? It feels good to finish those projects so why not focus on doing that?
- When you look at that list, are there any of your goals that you put down that are no longer relevant? Sometimes the direction of our business changes. If so, let them go.
- Which goals that you haven’t completed are still important to you? Put those back on your list for 2012 and make them a priority this time.
Planning for 2012
It’s time to start planning for 2012. An honest evaluation of the past year can help put you on the path to success for next year. You have a whole month to plan, so dream bigger dreams; challenge yourself. Start by choosing 3 things that you can change or implement immediately that will create massive change in your business and commit to doing them. Let’s all make 2012 our best year yet.
Photo: Vivek Patankar