New Year, New You. 14 Tips for Being a Better You!
So, what exactly does that mean? It means, it's time for some big changes my friend.
Like most people, I want to be a better version of me at the end of next year. It also means it's time to step outside your comfort zone. If you're feeling pretty comfortable where you are, then you I can guarantee you that you are in the wrong place. When you are growing you actually spend most of your time outside your comfort zone, and that can be a pretty uncomfortable place to be.
I have some pretty lofty goals, and I want to make some big changes. Anytime you want to make big changes, that takes both commitment and planning. It also means figuring out what your big “why” is.
Ask yourself; what is the one thing that will keep you on track when you feel like throwing in the towel; the one thing that will make you stay the course? That's your why.
When I talk about lofty goals and big changes, I’m not talking about one giant project. I’m talking about making changes in a number of areas in my business that will create massive change over time. Each one of my goals has a lot of moving pieces so it takes some planning.
So, let’s take a look at some of my goals for this year.
- My fitness. It’s time to put that on the front burner.
- Creating more courses. I love teaching, so blogging and podcasting are a great fit for me. These two platforms are a great way for anyone to learn without spending a dime. However, there are a lot of folks out there that want to learn in a more concise and organized manner and you do that with courses. Courses are the way to tackle a subject where you get through the material faster. For instance. If you want to learn a new investing strategy, investing in a course will allow you to make money faster IF you implement the information in the course.
- Outsourcing more in 2019. This is a priority!
- Generating more passive income.
- Personal goals: Travel more, attend more seminars, meet new people, and grow my knowledge and my network.
My whys encompass several areas of my life.
One of my big whys is I want to stay healthy, and I want to improve my fitness. I’ve let business be my #1 priority for way too long. Online marketing superstar Amy Porterfield recently said, “Your wealth is your health”. Ask anyone that doesn’t have good health if this is a true statement.
Another one of my big whys, is to change my business model so that I am the true visionary of my business, and less the worker bee. In order for any one of us to do this, we need implementer's. Hiring people whether they are employees or freelancers is time consuming, and it can be painful finding the right people. Often times it takes 3 or 4 tries to find the right person. The simple truth is that you cannot work “on” your business when you spend each day working in your business.
One of my favorite books of all time was a book titled, “The Compound Effect” written by Darren Hardy. What I love about this book is that it really drives home the point that small changes implemented consistently can make huge changes in your life.
If you haven’t read this book, you can check out the book review I did of it by clicking here.
So Where Do You Start?
The first step is looking back over the last 12 months.
How did you do? It’s the time to take note of the things that went well for you this year, and the things that didn’t go so well. What do you need to do differently? It’s the time to come clean and be brutally honest. Maybe it’s something like time management. Or possibly, you just took on too many projects.
One of my favorite tools for planning and goal setting is a book called “The 12 Week Year” by Brian Moran. You can check out the reasons I love this book by clicking here.
Planning for Next Year
Laying out your goals for next year is the next step.
What are the big things you want to accomplish? (Just 4 or 5 at most). Once I have my big picture plan, I go to work on how I will implement those goals using the 12 Week Year.
The big question here is, “What can we do to set ourselves up for success in the New Year”?
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New Year, New You; How to Make it a Reality
I recommend that you start with the 12 Week Year formula. It really does work. To really make big changes in our lives it takes some planning. I have put together a list of 14 tips for you today to help you be a “better you” in this New Year.
1. Learn something new each week or better yet, each day.
Here are a few suggestions:
- Check out Tedx Talks and their crash courses.
- Sign up for a course that will expand your knowledge. Pick something that won’t be easy.
- Attend a couple of live seminars and network. Not only will you learn something, but you will expand your network.
- Watch a webinar instead of a TV program.
2. Do something regularly that scares the crap out of you. Maybe that is public speaking or really putting yourself out there at networking events. Just do “the thing” until it no longer scares you.
3. Read more books. This one thing will make you so much smarter. Be sure to include books that aren’t real estate books. I have some recommendations for you throughout this article, but find something of interest that isn’t strictly a book about real estate. I just got a new book recently called, “Scale or Fail” by Allison Maslan. I cannot wait to implement some of the tips this book. You might want to check it out.
4. Spend less time online. Most of us are guilty of this one. Spending too much time online has a number of negative effects. It steals your free time; time that you could use to relax, enjoy a hobby, or spend time with your family. It also messes with your sleep when you are online late at night. Your brain needs some time to shut down before bedtime
5. Find ways to lower your stress. Exercise which is #6 below, is probably one of the biggest stress relievers. This is definitely a habit. I don’t know anyone personally that actually loves working out, but it will make you a healthier, better business person.
If you can get outside in nature and take a walk or just “be”, that’s even better. Just sit and enjoy the peacefulness. It will make you a better business person. Spend some quiet time to reflect, meditate or to just be still. Do whatever works for you.
6. Exercise: move more. It’s good for your body and your mind. You probably need to put this one in your schedule.
7. End procrastination. This one will change your life. Brian Tracy wrote another one of my favorite books called “Eat that Frog”. This book has a simple premise; do the one thing you dread the most each day and get it over with. Then you can move on with your day without the “frog” hanging over your head. This book is a quick read and well worth your time.
8. Work on your confidence. Most people don’t connect procrastination with confidence. but I think there is definitely a connection between the two things. When you aren’t confident you tend to put things off. Living outside your comfort zone will do wonders for your confidence. I’m not going to lie; it’s painful in the beginning. Just trust me on this one.
9. Get organized. Clean up your messes. Raymond Aaron wrote a book called, “Double Your Income Doing What You Love”. One of the things I remember about this book is the concept of messes. Raymond says, there are true messes (usually physical messes like a messy work space) and there are things that are incomplete like half done projects that you can never get off your to-do list. There are also mental messes. Who do you need to apologize to or make things right with?
Messes just hang around taking your mind off the work you should be doing, so we all need to clean up our messes. You can read about it in his book, “Double Your Income Doing What You Love”.
10. Set aside time to think. This is really important. You are the visionary of your business, so you must make time to work on your business. I made a shift in my schedule over a year ago. I never schedule appointments on Monday or Friday. Monday is content creation day. I don’t record podcasts or do interviews on Monday (appointments), but I might write a blog post, record a video or upload a show I’ve recorded on my content day. Fridays I have set aside as part of my future 3-day weekend.
For now, I try my best to use this for planning or for a project I want to work on. This would be something I don’t have time for during the week. Friday’s are often a day I check in with one of my accountability partners. We do that early in the morning over coffee.
11. Make your health a priority. Remember that good health really is your wealth. Nothing else really matters if you don’t have this.
12. Have a daily gratitude practice. Just be thankful that you have another day on this earth. I had a friend with a terminal illness. Each day in spite of her circumstances, she would always say the same thing; “Today is going to be a great day”. Decide to live your life with an attitude of gratitude.
13. Have more fun. How many of us have forgotten how to do that? What about hobbies? We have to make time for these things.
14. And finally… go easy on yourself. No one is a critical of us as we are of ourselves. At the end of the day, we can only do our best and that is good enough.
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