Ready, Set, GOAL!
We’ve come to the end of 2011. What was your biggest accomplishment in the last year? Did you achieve everything you wanted? Many of us set New Year’s resolutions and have ideas of things we’d like to accomplish in the coming year, but how many of us stick to a plan and follow through with these things?
Within the past few years of running a business, I’ve come to the realization that in order to achieve goals; we must write them down, focus, follow through, and pay attention to the end target. Twenty-eleven ended up being a great year for us. We blew away most of our business goals, and we achieved all of our personal goals with the exception of running a marathon. I credit our success to having a plan and focusing on our goals.
I read a lot of business and real estate books, and I’m currently reading Dave Ramsey’s Entre Leadership. Ramsey mentions that goals must be measurable, realistic, and have a timeline. In other words, if your goal is to lose weight, you should consider the time frame and amount you want to lose. It would be better to say, “I plan to lose 10 pounds by March 1st” as opposed to, “I want to lose weight.” You’ll be much more successful having a realistic target with a deadline.
Zig Ziglar talks about the wheel of life and says we should set a goal in each of these areas: Career, Financial, Spiritual, Physical, Intellectual, Family, and Social. Without getting into too many personal details I’ll share with you a few of our goals and you can help hold us accountable.
- Increase our 2012 real estate sales volume by 25% over 2011.
- Minimize rental turn overs. The goal is only 1 turn over this year.
- Buy a new home with 20% down by the end of July.
- Keep a monthly budget and review it every month with my wife.
- Listen to the Daily Audio Bible everyday (at least catch up if I miss a day).
- Complete a half marathon in 2hr and 10 min or better by the end of October.
- Complete a real estate accreditation by the end of the year.
- Since I tend to be a workaholic – take one week off work for fun time with my awesome wife (time off to move or fix up rentals doesn’t count).
- Participate in 8 volunteer or charity events.
Remember, “If you don’t set goals for yourself, you’re doomed to work to achieve the goals of someone else.” – Brian Tracy. What are some of your goals for 2012? Feel free to post them in the comments, and we’ll help hold you accountable.