This is going to be a GREAT year, I can sense it already!
Do you ever feel like you’re just drifting along and you look back at the year just passed and wonder, where did it go?
What did I do? What did I achieve?
You may have been flat out busy and every week may have been filled with activities but what did you actually do?
If you can relate to that in anyway at all, the good news is that you can totally change things around this year by being much more purposeful with every day!
Deciding to invest in property as a way to create your dream lifestyle is often part of a bigger picture for you.
It’s easy to get caught up in the day to day activities of work, family and life in general. It’s important to revisit your long term investing goals so every day and every week you can take small steps to achieving the outcomes you want for your future.
Write your goals down. And then start every day, every week, every month with specific purpose.
This way you can begin to measure your results vs activity. Are you meeting your goals and living on purpose?
Here are 12 tips to really help you determine your purpose, focus on it and achieve it like never before!
1. Know EXACTLY where you want to be on December 31st 2015.
Write it down, create a picture book, create an excel spreadsheet or presentation in powerpoint, record an audio. Whatever it takes to make the vision of where you want to be at the end of 2015 crystal clear in your mind.
Make sure you write specifics. Saying I want to have more money or increase my net worth, take more holidays or buy more property won’t cut it.
What will your asset and liability register be exactly, what will you’re net worth be exactly. How many weeks holiday will you take a year and to where exactly? How many properties and what sort will you buy exactly?
That is the key.
It’s 31st of December 2015 and I have increased my net worth to $1 million, I enjoyed taking 12 weeks holiday visiting Thailand, Europe and New Zealand, I have added two units to my property portfolio.
That’s just a quick example and of course you can go into much more detail about other things you want, but hopefully that gives you an idea.
Think about who you want to be, not just what you want to achieve.
It’s easy to be setting goals, reviewing your progress and still wondering why you are so far off getting what you want to achieve.
It could very well be a good time to take a look at who you hang around with and the person you are being.
When it comes to the end of your time here on earth, how will you be remembered?
I often reflect on the person I am when I am attending a funeral and hearing all about the person we are sadly saying goodbye to. I ask myself what kind of things will people say about me? What sort of person do I want to be remembered as?
Knowing that I want to inspire and impact others, I know I need to be a certain person to achieve that. With so much more I want to experience and achieve in life I really need to step it up.“>
A book I’ve read several times that really drives this home is Brendon Burchards Life’s Golden Ticket: An Inspirational Novel
Once you have a crystal clear vision of where you want to be at the end of 2015, take some time out to consider who do you need to be to achieve that vision?
If you met you met YOU in the street at the end of 2105, what would you think about the person you had just met? Would you want to spend more time with them? Would you find them inspiring? Write down the changes you would like to make so you can become the person you want to be.
This is a chance to improve on the amazing person you already are. This is the best YOU you can be!
2. Start making decisions and choices based on the new vision, rather than where you are now.
Having a clear vision of where you want to be at the end of 2015 and the person you want to be, imagine you’re already there.
You are already that person, you are already achieving your goals.
Now make all your decisions from that place. Think about everything, and make your decisions from a place of abundance rather than scarcity or desperation. Those are the wrong decisions. They may give some short term relief, but rarely will they be beneficial in the long term.
Believe me, I’ve made a few of those over the years!
This takes a little practise but it is worth it in the long run
3. Design your investing strategies around your life, not your life around your investments.
We only get one chance in this lifetime. For some there is a lot more time than for others.
One thing is for sure in life – and that is that you never know when your time is going to be up.
Every day is precious so don’t waste a single one of them.
You’re interested in property investing because you want to live life in your terms. Decide right now exactly what that ideal lifestyle looks like and make your investing decisions around that. You want to be able to cut back your hours in two years time? You want to be in a position that your wife no longer has to go to work? You’d like to be secure in the knowledge you can have extended holidays while you are still young enough to enjoy them?
Be sure to spend as much time as you are willing to give becoming educated, gaining the knowledge and support you need to make the right investments that will return you the wealth you need to make your ideal lifestyle happen.
4. Don’t be afraid to be wealthy!
We all want to be able to retire early to a life of fun, adventure and financial freedom right?
It’s all well and good to want to be comfortable with an investment property that you can see every day down the street.
It’s inspiring to see renovation projects that others complete. But don’t forget why you started to look at property investing in the first place.
The road to financial freedom is building wealth. It’s no good getting sidetracked with properties or strategies that don’t fit your personality, your financial situation or the financial outcome you are wanting to achieve just because it seems like a good idea at the time.
If you do that you could easily end up with a portfolio full of duds and you won’t be living any kind of fun lifestyle soon.
You have to be able to make wise buying decisions and create a team around you giving you support to maximize your profits.
Time in the market is important, so you need to ensure you’re in the property market as soon as you can be. Although it can be done on the side, property investing is a business, it is not a hobby. This is a business which could both give you the life you desire and make a huge difference to your future.
5. Learn to master your time.
Oh boy – I really struggle with this one. Always have. One of the best courses on time management is Eban Pagan’s Wake Up Productive. All of Eban’s stuff is awesome and I’m currently going through his free video series again. Every time I do I bring my self back to centre and increase my productivity.
This year is going to be different…. this is the year to absolutely master time! (Think about who you want to be).
We all have the same 24 hours in the day. We all have the same 60 minutes in an hour. Those who get more done are not necessarily more talented or have secret skills you don’t have; they are simply ruthless with their time.
Lots of people say they don’t have time to do what it takes to bring all the pieces together to make wise property investments.
Those who want to achieve their plans for the future will not allow any unnecessary distractions to get in the way of things that need doing. They will set themselves deadlines that MUST be met no matter what! They will plan their time and have clear timeframes to achieve tasks that need to be done. It might be watching an educational webinar. Taking a coaching call from your mentor. Sorting through some property profiles. Gathering finance documents for the broker.
People who are really determined to get what they want in life will spend their precious time doing things that make the most difference!
Here’s a great little exercise to do. For one week keep a time sheet and mark down how you spent the time you are not at work. At the end of the week go through your time sheet and highlight every hour you spent doing something that was non-productive towards your financial goals.
Chances are you’ll be surprised at how many hours are simply whittled away doing very little. For most people it’s spent in front of the TV. Your timesheet needs to be filled with activities and actions that will drive you towards generating wealth.
That is what will dramatically change your life from what it is now to what you want it to become.
6. Build your Network as well as your Networth!
It’s has been said many times that you are the sum total of the 5 people you spend most of your time with. So it’s important to hang about with people who energise you, and have already achieved what it is you want to achieve.
Ever been around people who de-energise you? I know, we all have.
You know that moment when you’re having a great idea and you’re super excited and you can’t wait to chase your dreams and then that lovely friend or spouse or family member you love so much just wanders in and squashes them like a frog.
It’s only because they love you and they want to protect you right? Or actually has it got more to with their own insecurities? Who knows, don’t waste your time thinking about it, just go out and get around people who have been there, done it and want what you want.
People who are successful take advice from and model those who have walked the path before them. People who want to be successful but generally are not take advice from the bloke down the pub!
The world we live in today allows us tremendous online access to be part of groups and communities of like minded entrepreneurs. Property investors are all around you, you just need to be willing to join into their conversations!
7. Manage your money
This is a massive point!
Even if feel that right now you have very little, it’s time to start managing it.
If you want to achieve financial freedom you have to do it with purpose. That doesn’t men just earning money, it means investing it wisely and also managing your money even better.
It’s amazing how many people I speak to that are earning big incomes and still have trouble keeping any money in the bank or have trouble saving for a deposit to place on an investment property. If this is you, it’s time to go back to basics and run with a budget until you reach your savings goals.
Money can be easily made but there is still no need to throw it away unnecessarily. The trick is holding on to it!
I’m a big believer in knowing your numbers ALWAYS! Knowing how much you spend on things and how much projected profit you anticipate from your investments.
Knowing these numbers in detail will allow you to manage your money and maximize your profits.
8. Feel the fear and beyond.
FEAR = False expectations appearing real. In other words fear is what you make it.
What are we afraid of? All of us can name many situations that keep us in a state of fear – for example, fear of aging, rejection, ending a relationship, losing a loved one, not having enough money, becoming ill, and on and on.
Most of these fears are ‘surface’ fears. I would call them this because they only scratch the surface. If you look a little deeper you find the REAL fear which is the underlying cause of all your other fears. And what is that? It is the fear that you won’t be able to handle whatever life brings you!
If you knew that you could handle anything that comes your way, what would you possibly have to fear? Nothing!
We are conditioned from a young age to be cautious. After all, I’ve never heard a parent calling out to a child going off to school, “Take some risks today, Darling…” On the contrary, the words we hear are usually “Be careful ….” Every time you take a step into the unknown, you experience fear. Fear is part of a success package. With each little step you take into unknown territory, you feel stronger and stronger.
Think about something you have done and accomplished that when you first thought about it – put the fear of God into you.
I can remember how afraid I was when I considered participating in my first half ironman event. Boy was I scared!! But every training session, every discussion with other club members I got a little stronger both physically and mentally. When I finally crossed the finish line I was so proud of my achievements and nothing could take away the feeling of success I had in that moment and have lived with ever since.
It’s time for you to take a few steps outside your comfort zone if you are considering growing your property portfolio. Do one thing at a time. Attend a meeting, listen to a webinar, read a book, fill out a finance capacity form; whatever it is that you have held back doing for so long because of self doubt and fear.
Sometimes it’s time to just take that leap of faith and when you have that next property sitting sweetly in your portfolio – any of the fear you overcame along the way will have long melted away.Recommend book:
9. Keep it simple silly!
As human beings it is our nature to make things more complicated than they need to be.
Well, stop it! With everything you do ask yourself, how can I simplify this task or project?
I actually find the simple answer for me in most cases is to turn to someone who already has the answers or who has already done it before me.
I’ve known people who have got stuck for months and months trying to manually research data and create dot maps in an attempt to figure out where the next best hot spot is going to be. By the time they are completed the market has well and truly moved on, or they have lost their mojo completely.
Make it a habit in your life to simplify as much as possible.
At every opportunity ask yourself these questions;
1. Is what I’m doing right now moving me closer to my goals?
2. Could someone else be giving me this information rather than me spending hours finding it myself?
3. How can I simplify what I’m doing right now?
10. Invest in yourself!
This is not an excuse to buy every book, program or seminar ticket that is on offer.
However, it is sensible to invest time talking to the right people that will give you and your financial goals a leg up.
Don’t try to learn it all yourself, step in the shoe prints others have left and learn their mistakes and triumphs the fast and easier way, through what they share with you. But be focused about what and who you invest in. Absorb everything like a sponge.
You will never stop learning, so be hungry for education.
Yes, I already have a lot of experience in property investing and do a lot of reading and research but if someone else is getting the sort of great results I want, then I want to learn from that person.
A word of warning though. Don’t allow education to take over your life. As soon as you have watched a webinar or been sent some information you must TAKE ACTION!
It’s the action part that’s the most important bit.
11. Become a master in the art of happiness.
Happiness is a choice not a circumstance.
We all have the same 24 hours in every day.
We will all at some point in our lives lose people we love, we will all suffer health issues, I grant you some worse than others, but whatever life throws at us it’s how we deal with it that determines the outcome. Tony Robbins tells an amazing story in his personal power series (which I highly recommend by the way) about a guy called W. Mitchell http://www.bigspeak.com/w-mitchell.html
This guy, a healthy and fit ex-marine, has a motorbike accident that leaves him with 65% of his body covered with devastating burns. Clearly in pain every day, he returns to life as normally as he can with an incredibly positive outlook a smile on his face and goes on to build a successful business. Unfortunately 4 years later while flying his small plane, he crashes. His passengers walk away unharmed, but the crash paralyzes him, leaving him wheelchair bound for the rest of his life.W Mitchell is now a worldwide motivational speaker and author of the book It’s Not What Happens to You, It’s What You Do About It.
I’m just scraping the surface here with this story and I strongly encourage you to get the book or visit his website to learn more, but the message here is all about CHOICE.
You choose how you feel every day.
You choose how you deal with things that go on in your life.
You choose what to focus on each day and although it’s not easy sometimes, you choose whether to feel happy or not.
If you’re reading this and thinking, come on Fay, it’s just not that easy then you’re right. It’s not easy if you have developed a pattern of negative thinking. In fact it’s hard. But it’s doable. It’s all about mastering your emotions and training your brain to replace the repetitive negative thoughts with empowering ones.
If you’re in that situation I urge you to get yourself a copy of Anthony Robbins’ Personal Power II: The Driving Force! (25 CD Set).
Find yourself a good life coach if you can (ideally recommended by someone who has experienced the change) and dedicate yourself to finding happiness.
I also recommend you pop on over to www.ProjectLifeMastery.com and watch some of Stefan Pylarinos’ videos which I find are great for inspiration and motivation.
Make it a daily priority to fuel your mind with books, videos, audio, people who all advocate and practise positive mindset shifts and habits.The more you can immerse yourself in the education of what rituals to undertake to induce happiness the happier you will become.
If you want to be truly happy you have to work on it like you would your business or job. Fuel your mind with the right stuff and people everyday and make a choice to master the art of happiness!
12. Have FUN!
What are we doing all this for if it isn’t to have FUN!
Chances are you’re investing in property so you can get the heck out of your regular J.O.B. and have more time to enjoy life with your family and friends.
I hope you do enjoy the process of increasing your wealth and creating financial freedom.
Sometimes there are tasks that are less enjoyable than others.Pouring over data, contracts and finance documents can get pretty full on sometimes. It’s important to remind yourself of why you are doing this.
Remember my earlier advice; Don’t waste a DAY!
If you don’t enjoy your current job or want to skip into retirement early then make some plans to do something about it. Sometimes life requires massive action so take it!
So there you have it 15 Ways to Make 2015 a Life Changing Year.
I hope this has helped and inspired you to make some changes and take some big leaps moving forward.
The key to all this however is action so let’s take some right now!
- Read through the article thoroughly, there’s gold in here.
- Create a spreadsheet or google doc and list all the Steps.
- Make a commitment to yourself to work through each step one at a time.
- Tick off each step on your spreadsheet as you tackle it head on and take some action as a result.
- Download 10 Biggest Mistakes Property Investors Make and How You Can Avoid Them so you can see exactly how you can retire to a life of freedom and adventure through smart property investing.
- Choose which points resonate with you the most and comment below. I’m going to SMASH 2015 because ……..
Thanks so much for reading!
Let’s Crush 2015!!!!