Intentions Not Resolutions by Dustin Harris
As we enter 2021, I think many of us have New Year’s resolutions on our minds. However, I personally am not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions or making a list of things I want to accomplish at the beginning of each new year. In the past, I used to sit down around the beginning of a new year and make a list of goals. I would stay on track with them in the month of January, and sometimes, if I were really on a roll, I would even last until March. However, a few months in, I would lose momentum and eventually forget about my goals altogether. That is, until New Year’s rolled around again, and I reread my list so that I could remind myself of all the things I did not accomplish. Sound familiar?
Well, I devised a different strategy to help me be more successful and measure my success with each passing year. I think this is a useful tool in relation to any part of one’s life, but today, we are specifically going to be talking about how to use it in your appraisal business. Writing out a list of goals can be overwhelming, difficult to remember, and lack flexibility. So, I started setting intentions.
Let me give you an example. This year, my business intention for 2021 is to be location independent. I want to be able to run my business while living in Costa Rica if need be. You could have more than one business intention for the year, but I would not suggest having any more than three. If you have too many, it will be challenging to stay focused, and it may become overwhelming.
After deciding what your year’s business intention or intentions will be, it is time to make this a mental reality. Set aside a day or two to very precisely envision what type of reality this intention will create for you as you work toward it. For me, I envision things like hiring and training additional appraisers to work under me so that when I do inspections, it is because I want to, not because I have to. I think in detail about what needs to happen to accomplish my intention and what it will look like once I have achieved it.
Now, as you envision this reality, make sure you document it. It does not matter how you do it, but make sure you do it. You could write it out in bullets, you could talk about it and record an audio, or you could create a vision board with pictures. Use whatever method helps you envision your intention most clearly. I personally am a big fan of “vision stories” (telling what will be accomplished this year as if it were already done).
As I focus on a few key intentions each year, I have found that I am much more successful in accomplishing what I want. Goals may work great for you! If that is the case, stick with it, but if you are finding that yearly goals are not helping you succeed, it might be time to change things up a bit. Setting intentions instead of goals helps me stay focused throughout the year and be flexible in whatever challenges may come my way. I wish you all the greatest success this year as you create value in your businesses and personal lives.
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