January, a new year, another new goal. Or is it the same one as last year and the year before that? Isn't it interesting how we set new goals for ourselves in January. It's like we need a fresh start to the calendar in order to make a plan -- to get things done that we know need doing.
What are your 2009 goals? Lose weight? (Yes, that's one of mine!) Land a new job? Get a promotion? Spend more time with family? Go back to school?, Buy a new house?......
Whatever your goal -- do you have a plan to get there? Goals are seldom achieved unless you think through the things that need to happen before they become accomplishments. For example, I want to lose weight this year. Great. I know in my head that I can watch what I eat, exercise more, maybe even skip a meal or two. Will I do it? Where will I be by March 1st? Yes, you guessed it -- probably waiting on January 1, 2010 to restart my goal to lose weight!
So what should I do? How do I really make it happen?
Here is a formula that has worked for me in the past. It's not easy, and I can't say I always follow my own advice, but when I do, I have a lot better chance of achieving my goals. Maybe it will work for you too.
Step One: Choose your goal - and write it down. (This is the easy part!)
Example: I want to lose weight.
Step Two: Set a measurable objective. (Answer the questions, "how much" and "by when".)
Example: My objective is to lose 20 pounds by May 1st.
Step Three: Determine your strategy for achieving your objectives
- I will stop eating fast food
- I will exercise 5 days per week for at least 30 minutes
- I will monitor my progress on a weekly basis and reward myself (not with food) when I meet the milestones I've set
Step Four: Determine what you need to execute upon your strategy
- I need to organize my day so that I am not tempted to hurry through lunch or go to the drive through
- I need to schedule time on my calendar to exercise -- an appointment with me!
- I need to monitor my activities and progress on a chart
- I need to stick to the plan! "Just Do It" as Nike would say
- I need to share my goals with my wife and ask her to help me stay the course
There are many more things I can add to the list, but you get the idea! I find if I follow this plan of goals, objectives, strategies, and needs then I stand a very good chance of losing those 20 pounds by May 1st. If you're anything like me, you feel a real sense of accomplishment when you actually get 'er done!
As a real estate professional, I meet a lot of people who would like to buy a home, but just like losing weight, they're not sure how to make it happen. Is purchasing a new home one of your goals in 2009? Perhaps your objective is something like "moving to a great Greenwood neighborhood before school starts in the fall". Now, how do you determine your strategies and needs? This where a Real Estate Professional can make all of the difference. It's like hiring a personal trainer. They'll guide you through the process from beginning to end, ensuring you're on track with your strategies and providing the resources to assist you with your needs. But unlike a personal trainer, hiring a buyer agent isn't expensive! Their fees are paid by the seller. So what are you waiting for? Put a plan in place to make this New Year's Resolution a reality!.....Oh, and you might want to save some time on your calendar the last week in July for the big move into your new place! As for me, hopefully I'll be celebrating shedding those extra 20 pounds!
by Steve Hoagland of The Hoagland Team
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