At the beginning of this year, I posted This New Year, Don’t Make a Resolution, Make a Plan! Now as 2017 comes to a close it is time to look at how I did on my plan for the year. I always aim high so I at least end up in the general direction of where I am going. Like every year unexpected things happen and there are areas I did better in than others.
Also, New Year’s resolutions are still silly!
Start your goals whenever you want to.
Modify, don’t eliminate, whenever you feel the need.
Work for the life you want, but love the one your in!
here is the 2017 Goals/Plan recap:
Licensed Real Estate Agent. I passed all tests, paid all dues, chose my broker, and have been an active agent for a year now. I have been a buyers agent and a listing agent and overall I am pleased with my progress here. This year I need to amp it up a little bit though!
Real Estate/Finances. We made progress on everything, and are close to finishing the renovations, but still not done. I managed to get one financial thing sorted but not another. We just put up one of our rental properties for sale, which means when we sell we will need to shuffle around our money and hopefully buy a different property. All in all, we did good but are just going slower than I hoped for.
Italian Citizenship. We decided to delay getting our passports until February 2018 so my youngest child will be three at time of the appointment so he can get a five-year duration passport instead of three. However, I have all the paperwork and appointments ready to go for the passports and my husband’s citizenship so should be good to go!
Coaching/Blog/Website. I was a quickly burning bright fire on this one. I went super intense on the blogging and website in the beginning of the year and by May was a bit burned out as other things came to the forefront. If I had stretched out everything that I did for this across the year it would be a big green checkmark. Part of this goal was moderation throughout the year, and I flat out failed that part.
I did, however, grow this business substantially so it does not feel like a failure, also if you looked at that post from a year ago I’m sure you can see the growth! One of my main problems is I did not monetize my blog, currently, I have no way to make any money off of it. I loathe sponsored posts and ads being slipped into every possible crevice, so that makes it more difficult. What you do not see, behind the curtain, I have been working on a real estate e-course, that is close to being finished.
Wellness Goals. Again another long-term moderation goal that I did not do great on. I did really great half the year and then went to the exact opposite on the spectrum for the other half. I struggle with consistency and taking care of myself. Some accomplishments for the year in the area was doing several 3 day and one 6 day water fast.
Overall, I am happy with the progress of my plans in 2017; despite some things out of my control that slowed me down and which led to some big lessons learned.
Some main takeaways from 2017:
When choosing properties to buy and hold, remember to have contingency plans for future versions of yourself. While it may be perfect for you now, it may not be perfect for you in 5 or 10 years.
Do not rely too heavily on any one person of your real estate team.
Appraisals are very random and appraisers are not created equal, try to buy boring properties for ease of financing.
Remember to live for today not tomorrow!
So how is 2018 looking? Bring on the new action plan:
We have an overarching goal of getting my husband out of his 9-5 job by the end of July. Which at this point is possible but not probable, just due to the timeline of how long some of the tasks that we need to do beforehand will take.
This year also needs to have a bit of minimalism and discarding and selling of things if I am going to achieve of my goals of selling one of our properties, renting our current residence and eventually traveling with little to no material possessions. I am naturally a minimalist but it is amazing the amount of stuff you can accumulate with three properties!
Where we are going and what we are going to do is still in flux as we measure our choices with how this year goes.
One of my ‘hopefully’ big changes this year is trying to shift into being a morning person. I am a night owl, I get the most done then, I have a tough time getting up. However, occasionally it feels like the world is giving me a nudge towards something, and this happens to be it. I keep reading about productive morning routines. Today is my first day of this experiment and as it seems I am almost to the end of this blog post I would call that successful, so that seems like a good sign.
Here is the video that finally put me over the edge into trying to change my night owl ways. Granted, it was also after to reading several articles and podcasts about it, Tim Ferriss played a big part. Don’t mind the buxom lady clickbait.
The main reason I am starting to focus on this is to help with my consistency, as you can see from my 2017 achievements is something I struggle with. I feel setting my intentions for the day could boost my already pretty productive self into a better space.
How about you? Did you make your goals? Do you even have them? What are your keys to staying on task?
Do you like your life or are you just passing the time? Are you doing what you want to be doing right now or do you find yourself jealous at other people’s highlight reels on Facebook? Are you working towards doing what you want or are you waiting for life to happen to you?
Many people feel like their life has gotten off track, or maybe that they have been going the wrong place the entire time. If this strikes a chord, it might be time to suss out why you are living the life you currently are if it is not what you want.
What is a priority? Priorities are the most important things in your life, what you deem most important to yourself. Whatever you make a priority in your life has a higher chance of flourishing as it is getting more attention. Priorities show themselves in the amount of time you dedicate to something and the amount of money(which is ultimately the value placed on your time) you spend on the things important to you.
I will use traveling as an example of goal achievement and priorities because I know many people claim travel as one of the things they would like to do more of and are not doing anything to fulfill that goal. Many people who claim to want to travel, never actually do, they like travel pages on Facebook, they have dreams of lounging on the beach or partying away in a foreign country. They do not work towards it; they do no research to find out how they could do it now, and when they do get a chance to take a vacation they visit relatives. Clearly, travel is not at the top of their priorities. People give excuses well I if I just had more money. False, you could travel now you just have to adjust your expectations and make it happen. Or maybe you should just own it, and know that traveling really isn’t that important to you and stop being wistful about it because truly you would rather see your family or play basketball with your friends.
1. Write a list of your top 5 priorities. Examples: Friendships, Spouse, Children, Security, Health, Success, Pleasure, Nature, Status, and Adventure. 2. Write a list of 5 goals you are working on. 3. Take your average week and tally up the hours you spend doing things. You will quickly see where your current priorities are. If you dislike your job and you are spending the majority of your week doing it and no time applying for different jobs or doing research or education on what you would rather be doing it might be time to reevaluate that. 4. Evaluate your monthly statements, where is your money going? Whatever you are spending it on is where you are placing your priorities.Do you have a new car payment, saying appearances is important to you? Do you have money going into savings every paycheck, showing security is a value you place importance on? 5. Compare and Contrast 1&2 with 3&4. Are you working towards your goals? Are you putting your energies into where you want them? Try to figure out why things might not line up, and adjust your life accordingly.
Inside all of our minds is a caveman. This caveman does things to survive. He wants to get the highest caloric food to store for famine. He wants to rest and conserve energy for that mammoth he is going to have to spear tomorrow. He wants to procreate with whatever mate he can find because who knows if there will be a tomorrow.
This caveman does not know we are living in times of plenty.
This is why it is hard to reach your goals. You have to deny that inner caveman and the physical urges he can produce in your body. You have to say no I’m putting my future goals above my current discomfort. Whatever it might be: losing weight, gaining muscle, saving money, or learning a skill. He is there to tell us: I deserve this splurge, just one piece of cake, or wouldn’t it be easier just to sit here and watch an entire season of Lost on Netflix. Know that you can retrain your mind, and like everything else you do this by repeating the actions you want to be in your life.