Have you ever thought about what it takes to achieve something or make those lifestyle changes you?ve always wanted? ?Often, for us to achieve something we have to change who we are as a person and develop better habits.
But we all know change is a tough thing to do. To make a change, it takes commitment and massive action on our part.
I was thinking the other day about commitment and what’s required to be committed to something. ?In my opinion, it takes a commitment of your time over and over again, doing the same thing day in and day out.
I remember a baseball coach saying to me one day, “you could be good at this game if you can master the monotony of repetition.”
He was talking about the countless swings, and ground balls that you take over and over. It’s boring, but if you’re committed to improving, you’ll invest the most precious thing on this planet, and that’s your TIME.
I can remember the time I told myself I was going to be a big time real estate developer.
THE NEXT REAL ESTATE MOGUL
Yep, that was me. ?I was going to be the next big time real estate developer around these parts.
But not so fast, of course, life had to give me a lesson first.
And before I tell my story, let me put it out in the universe, I?m not done with real estate yet. But this experience was what I feel to be my first ?real? lesson about time, and the effort it takes to commit your time to something.
This time period was just after getting my MBA from Fayetteville State University. ?Things were going well, and all of a sudden I had this bright idea.
I decided to get my real estate license.
I took the courses, got my license and was darn proud of myself because the test was pretty challenging. ?On top of that I scraped up the money to take the classes, the test, and buy the required books, so at the very least, I was financially committed.
I get my license, called around to different real estate offices in Fayetteville, and eventually, I settled on ERA Strother Real Estate, and I signed up to be a provisional broker with them.
Things were going great. I was learning how the business worked, and how to drum up leads. ?I had been particularly interested in finding out how new agents would get clients and how they built their clientele.
As I talked to others, attended the sales meeting, and got out there making cold calls trying to find buyers and sellers. I learned something that was valuable to me.
I learned that it takes time.
It takes time to build your contacts. It takes time to learn to speak with confidence, it takes time to perfect your presentation when trying to list that house.
I learned that it takes time and effort to make it in business.
I spent 9 or 10 months every day trying to sell a house. The kicker was I didn?t sell not one freaking house!!
But to my credit, in that ten month period, I did land two listings, and I almost sold two houses.
It?s funny now, but both times the buyer was supposed to meet me at the office so we could write up an offer, and twice they backed out before getting to the office.
But hey! ?Once again those two listings were a win for me. ?I can?t let that go. ?Those are my two personal victories.
But after about ten months of this, I realized I was not putting the necessary hours towards selling houses to be successful. So I had to call it quits.
SO WHAT DOES IT TAKE?
For whatever reason, I was thinking about it this week, and I just wanted to share this with you. ?I know that sometimes we want certain things in life, we have goals and things to achieve.
And I just have this belief that we need to be practical about what it takes to change or reach that milestone.
Like what kind of commitment would it take? ?That’s what we should be asking ourselves.
For me, it?s all about committing your time. ?What?s something you want to accomplish?
Is it eating better? ?Is it working out more consistently?
Is it a promotion at work? ?Whatever it is, just ask yourself if you?re committed to it.
And if you are, let?s see it. ?The proof is all in how much time you allocate towards that goal.
Well, that’s my two cents. ?Let’s keep pushing folks.