A Quick Minute of Motivation

In this motivational series, I’ll highlight how to become a Peak Performer. Today’s thought-provoking question: what gets done? If it’s not in your calendar, part of your daily routine or written down, it’s not going to happen! Find out why this is so important to your success in my latest motivational minute message.

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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!

What are your priorities?

You must have priorities in your daily routines if you want to achieve ultimate success.  The question is, how do you determine your priorities?  There are several pieces to the puzzle you need to analyze to help you prioritize your activities.  Let’s break it down.

Planning – you must have a plan of action to set out and accomplish goals.  Without a plan, you have no direction and therefore, you won’t know what a priority is and what isn’t.  Start by developing, writing down and reviewing your goals, so you know where to start with your activities.

Responsibility – you know you must take responsibility for your actions.  Think about what is the right thing to do at any given time, what the results will be and why you have to “Just do it” to help you develop a pattern of success.  By taking responsibility for you and your actions you will gain the confidence necessary to set your priorities.

Intuitive – you must have a gut feeling that helps direct you as well.  You have to know to do the right thing to get your objectives accomplished.  You need to understand what is the highest and best use of your time and be the most effective and efficient you can be at a given time.

Organize – you must have organization in your life to help determine what your priorities are and what needs to be accomplished.  If your schedule, desk or life is disorganized, you won’t even know where to begin as everything seems so overwhelming.  Organize yourself and your life and your priorities will become clearer to you.

Responsive – when you have organization and clarity in your goals, plans of action, and life, you can be more responsive to what you encounter versus being reactive to situations and what may occur during your day.  To respond is positive to react is negative – be positive, it can only help you.

Initiative – you must take the first steps and have the desire and initiative to want to accomplish great things in your life to build a legacy.  Start with to do lists, have tasks you want to accomplish and by when, cross them off and add more or revise depending upon your results or the market.  The idea here is to start and take the initiative to be successful.  You are responsible for you – no one can give you initiative – you have to want it.

Training – you must train yourself to put this into your routine.  It isn’t easy and it takes discipline to accomplish this.  Train and teach yourself to do what needs to be done to get this accomplished.  By training yourself on these disciplines, they will become habits that will lead you down the path of success.

Insight – by learning more, getting educated, and communicating with other successful people, you will gain insight to know and understand what the right thing to do is at any given time.  Insight will give you clarity and purpose on what to do next and why.

Excellence – by striving to achieve excellence in all areas of your life you will have better direction and purpose which will also help you develop your priorities.

Start – today, don’t delay.  Get it done.  Make setting priorities a priority.  You have to start sometime – why not today, right now?

Now that your puzzle is complete, take the time to think what is important to you and why and what must happen to get you to where you want to go in life.  Get it?  Got it?  Good!