How do you find direction in your life and in your real estate investing? And why is finding direction important anyway? Put it this way: if you were to set out in your car driving from New York to Los Angeles, all the way across the country, you'd be going in the right direction just by heading "West". But is that the most efficient way to go about a journey of that magnitude? Of course not! The same thing applies when creating your own success road map.
You know as well as I that there are all kinds of tools and information and resources available in the world today to help you create a roadmap and make this trip better, easier, faster, safer, more accurately, and in a more cost-efficient manner.
Just like you wouldn't set out driving aimlessly when you already know your destination, so too must you not try to set sail towards reaching your goals in life and in real estate investing-without putting together a plan, a roadmap if you will, to get there. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for the "ready, fire, aim" philosophy to life and business. Even imperfect action is better than ZERO action but, all things being considered, if you could get to your destination/goals faster and easier without expending one single iota more energy or one more red cent than what you're currently doing...wouldn't you want to take the better way?
Of course you would.
That's what this article is about.
The one thing I want you to think about as we are starting this journey is "where do I want to end up?"
Without the map, there is no treasure.
You must find direction...
Direction for your life and your real estate investing goals...
It's time for you to stop blindly forging along and get to work with the REAL hard work, work that so few people ever do because it just seems so...hard.
Henry Ford once said "Thinking is the hardest work there is. That's why so few people engage in it."
This can be your year to stop being a dreamer and become a real investor, and grab the lifestyle you've always imagined. But you've got to put in some serious thinking time.
Here's the best place to start your thinking process right now.
"What direction are you heading in life right now?"
"Are you where you want to be in life?"
Get this. Seriously, if you don't know the direction you're heading in, then how in the blue blazes do you intend to ever get where you want to go? Do you think one day, you'll suddenly wake up and say, "Oh, this is exactly what I want"?
Don't think so.
I wish it worked that way, too, sometimes.
If it did, there wouldn't be any blue-haired old folks working in the Greeter role at Wal-Mart because at some point in their life what they actually wanted to accomplish in this short time we have on Earth would have lit up in their mind and they would have known exactly what they wanted.
That didn't happen for them, and it won't magically happen for you, either.
Physics teaches us the Law of Inertia that an object at rest tends to stay at rest. So, if you're not doing anything about where you are today then nothing is magically going to drop into your lap and force you to get moving.
You have to do it yourself.
You've got to have a route to follow, a success roadmap.
A commitment to a plan of massive action to get you rolling along moving in the right direction.
Because once you're moving, two things happen.
First, you get the benefit of the second corollary of the Law of Inertia. Just as objects at rest tend to remain at rest, objects in motion tend to remain in motion!
And secondly, once you're moving it gets so much easier to fine-tune your direction.
Remember, just heading "West" is NOT a bad start to get from New York to Los Angeles. A start is always a positive. But it's not a plan to get you there in the best and fastest way possible.
For that, you've got to fine-tune your direction and begin creating your success roadmap.
Now, some of you may ask, what do I do if my plan fails?
This type of thinking simply comes from the fear of failing. This stops most investors dead in their tracks from ever buying their first property. They read articles, books, and even buy courses, yet they remain inactive in buying any real estate, never realizing their dreams of escaping the rat race. They talk a big game about what they're going to do, but they always seem to be just talking and not doing.
Listen, I know all about that. Anxiety will ride your shoulder no matter how experienced you are- it's your response to the feeling that dictates whether you master it or not!
As far as the reality of possibility in "failing"... we can play the "what if" game all day long and still be at the same point were at now except a little more frustrated.
Forget the anxiety. Forget the fear. Just take action.
Action destroys fear.
Remember, too, that "what if" goes both ways.
What if your plan works?
What if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that you wouldn't fail?
Would you then still procrastinate? Would you put off running that We Buy Houses ad?
Would you give all the excuses in the book: no money, no credit, no time, no experience?
Would you still drive by that house in pre-foreclosure and convince yourself they're not at home so that you won't knock on the door?
Nope, and that's the rub.
You'll likely never know anything "beyond a shadow of a doubt".
Not logically, anyway, not as it pertains to you individually.
There will always be risk factors, be it your time, your money, your energy, your resources.
But nothing ventured, nothing gained.
It's so important that you find direction that I want you to know I think it's one of THE most important things there is to have to find success.
It's time you get serious about your financial future because the one thing that keeps passing us by regardless if we take action or not is our time.
Where are you? Where do you want to be? Get going in that direction FIRST.
If you're already heading in that direction, perfect!
Now is the time to fine tune your journey and start getting some direction.
Remember this pearl of wisdom.
When you're lost or not sure if you're taking the best road, the best thing to do is...
Ask for directions!!
Who do you ask? Experts. People who have been where you are and are where you want to be.
Get out there and today start moving even closer to your goals in life and real estate investing when you find direction!