Not all four letter words are bad.

The four letter words that agents are afraid of and don’t always embrace are plan and work.  If you don’t plan –you won’t know what you want and how to obtain results.   As the great Yogi Berra once said, “If you don't know where you are going, you might wind up someplace else”.  In addition, to be successful, you need to work. 

Many agents today have an air of entitlement when it comes to obtaining business – they expect it to come to them versus going out and giving value to those in their database to receive business in return.  This is a concept known as work…going out, making contacts, providing value (referrals, business, items of value, etc) to help make others successful.  David Kendall once said, “The only place where success comes before work is in the dictionary.  Get busy working and get busy getting results!

Here are some tips to help you get on the road to planning:

· Change your daily activities

· Start with a list

· Prioritize the items

· Add dates to complete

· Develop a plan of action to accomplish these items by your completion date

· Organize yourself, your day, and your approach to achieving your objectives

· Work your plan

· Resolve to do it

· Kick into gear and get it done

In order to obtain results, you must work.  Once you know what you want, plan each day to achieve your goals. 

Here are some tips to get you on the road to success through work:

· Have a plan of action

· List what will give you the best results

· Prioritize your time around getting your tasks complete

· Time block to get the items completed

· Be organized

· Be focused

· Be intentional in your efforts

· Avoid naysayers and negative people

· Have a positive, can do attitude

· Have the mindset of getting it done

· Think high performance – what is the highest and best use of my time right now

· Determine the right people to help you

As you can see, the two lists are very similar and virtually go hand in hand.  You have to have a plan to work effectively and you have to work a plan to get results.  You are responsible for your results – bad, good or great!  You have to want it in or to get it – whatever it is!  Get it?  Got it?  Good!

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