In all honesty, there is not much that separates a successful business from a mediocre one. More often than not, it’s the little things can account for the biggest differences. There is one aspect, however, that has the ability to propel even new investors towards a prosperous career: habits. The daily habits you develop have a lot more power than you may realize. If you want to get the most out of your business, there are five things that you should do every day. Alone, they will not guarantee success, but they will go a long way into helping you find your way. Here are five things that every investor should do every day:
- Take action: Planning is great, but it won’t get you anywhere unless you act upon it. It is a problem that far too many people run into. They fail to act out of fear, laziness or lack of education. There are investors in every market with plenty of great ideas, but few ever realize their potential. There will never be a perfect time to start a new marketing campaign or redesign your website, but that shouldn’t stop you from putting things into motion. As a real estate investor, nobody is looking over your shoulder telling you what to do and how to do it. If you don’t want to get in your car and meet with new real estate agents, nobody is going to say anything.
- Increase education: The business world is constantly changing. Just when you think you have figured things out, something will put a monkey wrench in your plans. The best way to avoid dips in your business is to stay up to date with your education. A lack of education can certainly cost you in the long run. Losing a deal or two a month will impact even the most successful investors. Increasing education doesn’t mean you have to go back to school. It means staying on top of recent trends and changes that impact your business. You can do this by reading or watching everything you can about your particular craft. Read an article while you are eating lunch. Spend time researching the answers to a problem that may have been bothering you. It is always easier to educate yourself when you don’t need to rather than when a deal may be on the line. The more educated and up to date you are, the easier your investing business will become.
- Surround yourself with positive people: It is easy to be influenced by the people around you. If all you hear is how you can’t do things or how it will never work, sooner or later you will start to believe them. Negative energy is tough to overcome, even for the most positive person. Having said that, there is an easy solution: surround yourself with positive people. This doesn’t mean that everyone has to think like you and do things exactly the way you do. It means that the people you come across should have the same drive, passion and determination that you do. Instead of thinking that a road block is the end of a problem, you will start to look at it as a hurdle. The more we hear something, the more we believe it. Avoid all the negative chatter, and surround yourself with positive people.
- Develop a routine: Successful investors have a routine. More often than not, they start early, exercise and know what they want to accomplish throughout the day. Your routine should be your own, but it has to have some structure. As a routine becomes habitual, it will show in your work ethic. It will also help you get the most out of your day.
- Set goals: Your daily routine should reflect your goals. In setting goals, you take inventory of where you are at all times. Setting goals gives you something to strive for with each action you take. This leads to tackling bigger projects that can make you more successful. Your goals could be as small as talking to five new Realtors today, or as big as securing five new deals a month. However, it is important to have a corresponding action plan to help guide you.
Focus on these five areas, and you will have the confidence and motivation to get the most out of your day. These are all things that you can start tomorrow, without any hesitation. Even if you just decide to take action or read an educational article, you are increasing your odds of being successful. Start with these five things every day, and do them for a month. At the end of thirty days, your business will thank you.