Are You Headed in the Right Direction?

Doug Herbert's Profitable ContractorA realtor didn’t like doing the normal tasks involved with being a realtor.  He didn’t like meeting with homeowners to “sell” them on letting him list their house for them.  He didn’t like spending his weekends holding open houses. He didn’t like fielding calls in the evenings from people interested in getting information about the homes he was listing.

He liked being a realtor; he just didn’t like all of the typical tasks that came with being a realtor.

At this point you might suggest that he had better find a different profession.  Instead, this realtor decided to change his business to accommodate his desires – instead of being a slave to it.  He redesigned his business and became known as an expert at finding houses for investors who wanted rental homes for their portfolios.

The investors only communicated with him during normal business hours.  His weekends were free because he no longer had to hold open houses.  He created a niche for himself and was no longer the same as every other realtor in his area.

He completely changed his business to fit his own requirements.

Now, you may be saying to yourself, “That’s a nice story, but I can’t change my business like he did.  My business is different.”  You know, I bet there were a lot of realtors out there that would have said the same thing about their business until they heard this guy’s story.

Let me ask you: Do you want to change the way you are doing things?

Now is a good time to think about what changes you need to make in your life.  Life has a way of taking us in directions we may not really want to go.  Occasionally, we have to deliberately ask ourselves if we are living the life we really want.

"I find it fascinating that most people plan their vacations with better care than they plan their lives. Perhaps that is because escape is easier than change." -- Jim Rohn

To determine if you are living the life you really want, ask yourself these questions about the previous year:

  • Did the year go as I had planned?
  • Did I accomplish most of what I set out to do?
  • Am I close to where I envisioned I would be at this time?
  • What in my personal and business life causes me stress or anxiety?
  • What tasks do I do that I really don’t want to do?
  • Where am I wasting my time?
  • Am I still performing tasks that someone else within the company should be doing?
  • What did I really enjoy last year?

Answer these questions honestly.  After all, you don’t have to reveal the answers to anyone but yourself.

The answers to these questions give you recommendations for what to work on the rest of this year.  They help you adjust your course towards the direction you really want to be headed.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” - Chinese Proverb

Right now is the time to tackle changes that need to be made in your life and business.  The sooner you begin, the sooner you’ll reap the rewards.  However, if you change nothing, nothing will change.

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