I am a firm believer in mindset and goal setting and this is the foundation of all my courses and coaching. This is something that we need to work on consistently. It is not something we can do once and be done. Here are 6 steps to help you develop your WHY and be on your way to living your best life!
Step 1: Get in the right mindset!
Decide that you will do what it takes, NO MATTER WHAT!
Make the decision NOT to quit, no matter how hard it gets! Mindset is EVERYTHING! If you really, truly want to succeed, you need to wake up every single day and make the decision.
Stop looking at everyone as competition. I promise you there are plenty of deals to go around, plenty of money to be made, and plenty to relationships to be developed. Adopt an attitude of abundance! Know there is more than enough to go around and start networking with those you think are competition. Figure out how you can bring them something of value, and 9 times out of 10, they will return the favor tenfold!
Some of my favorite book on this topic are:
You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero
Talent Is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else by Geoffrey Colvin
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth
Crushing It!: How Great Entrepreneurs Build Their Business and Influence-and How You Can, Too by Gary Vaynerchuk
Step 2: Accept that you will have bad days, and things will go wrong.
You are going to have bad days. Some will be really bad! Just the other day, I found out someone was squatting in one of my flips. Seriously, he had his room all set up, his sleeping bag, his computer and speakers, too! And then there was that time I gave a roofer $4200 to buy materials and I never heard from him again. Those were not my best days, but they happen, and more often than I’d like, but I now know that no matter what, I am in this for the long haul, and I will build a legacy I can pass on to my daughters.
Step 3: Figure out EXACTLY what drives you!
I know exactly what drives me! I have taken a long time to truly develop MY WHY! And I reflect on it constantly and consistently. If you don’t know what you’re doing all of this, and I mean REALLY know, you won’t be able to make it through these bad days.
So take some time and really start thinking about your Why. I have a wall in my house dedicated to visual representations of my short and long term goals and what I want my life to look like for me and my family. Note that “making money” or “getting rich” are not good enough reasons! Take it further than that! Why do you want to make money and be rich? So you can travel the world? Buy the Denver Broncos? Start a non-profit? Whatever it is, figure it out specifically, paint it clearly in your head and everywhere else so you can start ruthlessly pursuing it.
Step 4: Put it down on paper and post it where you can see it all the time!
You need to be reminded constantly of where you are going and why you want to go there! Whether you are on top of the world, or feel like a bug on a windshield, it is always a good idea to have a constant, graphic or photographic reminder of your WHY! This is what mine looks like and it sits on the wall that my desk faces so I look at it approximately 4,569,172 times per day.
Step 5: Set goals that will get you there.
Some of you might think that we are doing this backward, that we need to figure out where we want to go before we figure out why we want to get there, but I very much disagree. Your goals WILL change. As you go after your WHY, you will be amazed at how your perspectives change over time. As you achieve success and you fuel your why, you’re going to want to reach higher and achieve more. I see goal setting as simply a tool you can take advantage of in the pursuit of your why. Before we figure out where we want to go, we need to figure out where we are now.
I quite literally set goals every Sunday. No matter what I sit down for 20-30 minutes every Sunday and review my goal sheet: making changes, crossing goals off and adding new ones all the time. Please add goal setting to your schedule regularly! I promise it will be worth your time. Keep record of your goals over time. In a year, or five, or twenty, it’ll be really cool to see where you are and how far you’ve come. Also, write them down, draw them out, and POST THEM EVERYWHERE!
Step 6: Share your goals with anyone who will listen!
Jim Rohn said: “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Who you hang out with matters. If your friends and family are dragging you down, that’s going to be very difficult to overcome on a regular basis. Surround yourself with people who encourage, inspire and support you in the pursuit of even the craziest dreams! And if you can’t find that, BC Global Investments has just the network for you!
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Written By: Erin Helle, Owner & Founder BC Global Investments, LLC
Erin is originally from Buffalo, NY and served as an U.S. Army Engineer for 14 years. After leaving active duty, she embarked on a career as a Real Estate Investor. She is now a proud Army wife and mom to two beautiful little girls. Erin built a real estate portfolio valued at over $2M that cash flows over $6,000 per month within her first year as an investor! She coaches and teaches others in real estate investing @ BC Global Investments.