The short answer is that you have to be a DOER.
So, what’s a “doer”?
In my humble opinion, you’re either someone who sits around talking about doing (and yet never quite do the things you’re talking about doing) or you are legitimately a doer.
- You are someone who takes action… who does what it takes to get ahead and reach your goals.
- You make decisions, good or bad, and are willing to live with the outcome.
- It’s not that you don’t have fear; it’s that you push through it to get where you want to go.
In this first of a 2-part series, I’m going to give you a bit of insight into what it takes to be a doer in real estate entrepreneurship.
I’ll cover the following questions that you need to ask yourself to be the doer you need to be:
- 1) What have I done to get where I am today?
- 2) What do I need to do to get where I want to be?
- 3) How do I continue on that path and build my business/team?
- 4) How do I serve more people?
I’ll tackle the first 2 questions now and save the last 2 for my next article.
What have you done to get where you are today?
This may strike you as an odd question, but if you think about it… everything you’ve done to this point, every decision you’ve made, every action you have or have not taken… got you where you are this very moment.
That includes all those “things” you think about… and don’t get around to doing for a variety of reasons. (And we can all come up with plenty of excuses, right?)
We all think about things we want to accomplish.
That’s a good thing.
But if you only think, think, think about these things and never take any action you won’t get to your goals. EVER.
If I just offended you, maybe that’s a good thing.
At least it will give you more productive food for thought.
I’m not bringing this up to be mean or pushy. It’s just that I watch a lot of wonderful people stall out by not taking action… even the smallest of actions.
And they all have lots of excuses.
Too many people let the thought of the journey overwhelm them when they should be focusing on that first step.
They tell me that they want to be like me… a real estate investor who earns consistent cashflow from his/her rental properties every month.
So I ask them what they’ve been doing to make that dream a reality.
Sadly, a lot of times the answer is either nothing or they go into a diatribe about how they want to but don’t because they’re busy, they have children, they have a job, etc.
All I can say is, well, me too.
When one starts out in real estate investing, it’s not likely he’s going to just jump in, leaving his day job far behind.
It takes time to build your portfolio, which can be done WHILE working your day job.
That’s what I’ve done and it’s working out pretty well, I’d say.
When I realized that all of my actions had to be focused toward the goals I said I want to attain, I became aware that every decision had weight. Every decision or indecision meant something.
So I focused in on my goals in real estate investing and that’s why I’m able to share this article with you now. It was one of my decisions to write articles, because that way I can share my goals and vision with more people who want to invest in real estate in the U.S.
Okay, that takes care of the past actions. Now let’s look at your future actions.
What do you need to do to get where you want to be?
Now that you’ve read the section before this one, you know that all your decisions and actions matter. So do your indecision and inaction.
That means I can keep this section pretty short, right?
I just want you to think about your action steps and write them down.
As for my goals, I have a vision book that I keep where I write down my thoughts, ideas and how I’m going to get where I want to go in the next 3 to 5 years.
I write down the steps.
And, YES, I even include pictures that I cut out of magazines.
If you’ve never tried this because you think it’s silly, that’s the first thing you need to correct in your thinking. It’s NOT silly. It will help you moving forward.
There’s something about seeing your words and the pictures that support your goals that does something kind of magical. It helps make things happen. It helps make things become real.
Hey, I didn’t make this stuff up; it’s been around a really long time. I’m just asking you to write down your goals and the steps you’ll take to reach them.
I’m asking you to believe that you can achieve your goals.
I’m asking you to put some thought into it and then take the action steps that you wrote down.
So, what do you need to do starting RIGHT NOW to get to your goals?
I’d love to hear your answer, so please feel free to reach out to me.