If not—I envy you. I don’t know how you do it. You could also be lying... just saying.
Let’s be honest, pretty much EVERYBODY would like to overcome laziness and procrastination, and accomplish more in less time.
As human beings, we all have weaknesses.
But it’s those people who show up, put in the effort, and maybe work an extra 5, 10, or 20 hours a week, who get ahead.
Case in point: when I recovered from cancer and was getting back into working, the only reason I was able to avoid bankruptcy is because I put in the effort. I worked 50, 60, even 70 hour weeks.
There was no book, class, seminar, podcast, or anything that could be my “instruction manual” for surviving cancer and avoiding bankruptcy at the same time. I just had to put in the effort.
Since then, I’ve helped hundreds—if not thousands—of people around the country learn how to overcome laziness and procrastination. So, I want to share the 9 tips and strategies that I gave them—and that I actually used—to avoid laziness and procrastination.
So, let’s get into it...
Strategy #1: Get an Accountability Partner
Your accountability partner could be a business partner, a gym partner, or even a significant other. If possible, it’s best to choose someone who is “new” to you, someone who is in a totally different professional niche, and someone who you trust. They should also understand your goals and be willing to hold your feet to the fire.
So, you’ll want to tell this person about your short- and long-term goals, your financial goals, and the projected number of offers you’ll need to make per week or per month in order to reach your goals.
Your accountability partner will check in with you to make sure you’re on task.
An example of this...
In 2004, I was tired of being out of shape. I was skinny, but I wasn’t proud of taking my shirt off... if you know what I mean. I was “skinny-fat.”
So, I got an accountability partner. I actually hired my friend, Mike, who is a certified personal trainer. I went from 18% body fat to 6% over the next year. I went from being “skinny-fat” to having a 6-pack. I went from being annoyed with my diet to eating super-clean foods.
As a result—and this is kinda funny—I started dating different girls, and I actually met my wife and was able to marry the girl of my dreams. And all of this started because I had an accountability partner.
So, who’s your accountability partner? Who do you confide in?
Strategy #2: Absolute Clarity of the End Result (ACER)
To help avoid laziness, you should also make sure that you’re 100% clear on the end result that you’re trying to achieve. Write it down, and set yourself a deadline.
Write your end result on a post-it note, and keep it somewhere where you can look at it every day, and remind yourself of what your goal is.
You see, there's gonna be ups and downs. Real estate can be a roller coaster; one day you can have an offer accepted and buy a great property, and flip a grand house, or wholesale a great house... and the next day, you make five offers and none of them get accepted. But NONE of that really matters so long as, on a day-to-day basis, you are working towards your end result.
By having a very big vision (a very big end result of what I'm trying to accomplish), the little things that happen on a day-to-day basis just don't get me too excited or too depressed. I just continue working toward the end result.
Some questions to consider to help you determine your ACER:
- How much money do you want to have?
- What kind of net worth do you want to have?
- How many properties do you want to own?
- How much passive income do you want to have and by when?
These are things you should write down. Share with your accountability partner and look at these every single day. This will help you avoid laziness and procrastination.
Strategy #3: Take One Step
All you need to do is take one step forward, toward your goal, to get started.
Let me let you in on a little secret... Very high achievers often experience the same lack of motivation, the same self doubt, and the same negative self talk as everybody else.
But very high achievers, including myself, still concentrate on taking one step towards our goal. We build momentum, and then we keep going.
You know, you might wake up feeling a little bit sick... or maybe last night you partied a little bit too much with your friends... or maybe the night before you got into a fight with your significant other... or something didn't go quite right or you stayed up too late. The list goes on and on.
But the difference between high achievers and low achievers is that the high achievers will wake up the next day, still looking at their end result. They will talk to an accountability partner and they will take one step toward their goals, which will help them build positive momentum. That continues to build and build and build throughout the day.
Strategy #4: Do it Imperfectly
One of the main reasons people fail to reach their goals is this: they miss a step or make a mistake, and then they scrap the whole plan.
But you need to learn to do things imperfectly, and still have the motivation to continue trying. Remember: you are taking that first step and starting something for the first time. It’s okay if you don’t do it perfectly, as long as you are working toward your goals.
There is no such thing as a step backwards! Every step is another step toward your goal.
Even when that step doesn’t work out, you can learn from that mistake. Then, you’ll know what to do or what not to do in the future. See? No such thing as a backward step.
Think about your kids doing their homework, for example. When my daughter does her homework and she makes a mistake, I don’t jump down her throat. She tried to do it! And I’m going to correct her and help her do it better the next time.
Strategy #5: Study Under a Mentor
You’ve already taken the first step for this one—you’re reading this blog, and learning from me.
Now, take it to another level. Your mentor could be the author of a book that helped you learn something valuable, or your mentor could be an actual person in your life.
Your mentor could be someone from the internet marketing world or even a fellow real estate expert that you look up to.
Really, the possibilities are endless.
My personal biggest mentor is my father—because the way he conducts his business and how he lives his life are both very inspirational for me. And, at the end of the day, I want to accomplish everything he has accomplished... and more.
I think it’s best to choose one mentor at a time; stick with that person for awhile, learn everything you can from them, and don’t listen to the advice coming from everywhere else. Then, you’ll eventually hit a plateau, where you feel like you’ve learned everything you can from this person, and then it could be time to find another mentor.
So, who are you learning from and looking up to?
Strategy #6: R&D
Some people think of R&D as “research and development,” but I like to think of it as “rip-off and duplicate.”
Don’t try to re-invent the wheel! Real estate investing has been around for hundreds of years, and has created more millionaires than any other investment strategy. So look to the successful investors around you, and follow the techniques and strategies that they’ve already created.
Strategy #7: Mastermind
You need to surround yourself with others who are successful. Oftentimes, a Mastermind group allows you to hang out with your direct competitors. But this is a good thing!
You want to be around people who are trying to accomplish the same goals as you—even those who are working in the exact same markets. Because sharing ideas will allow both of you to take your business to the next level.
I like to call this “coop-etition” because you’re cooperating with one another (you might even do deals together), but you’re also competing against one another.
The world is a very big place. There’s room for everyone to succeed – and there’s room for everyone to make money.
There are 155 million property records in the country—did you realize this? Essentially, there is one property for every 2 people in the U.S. (including children!) So, my point is: there’s plenty of real estate to go around for everyone.
Strategy #8: Fun Reward
This one is pretty easy (and cool). To avoid laziness and procrastination, choose a fun reward for yourself.
Trust me on this... I’ve set huge goals for myself, and once I’ve achieved them, I think, “Hmm... is that it?” It can be anti-climactic, believe it or not.
So, make sure to establish a fun reward for yourself, so you can work toward that. It might be something as simple as going out for a nice dinner or buying new clothes, or it could be as extravagant as a new car or a vacation.
When I’ve reached goals such as $1 million or $10 million in per year, I’ve had a nice dinner for my wife and my team. Really, the dinner is very inexpensive, compared to the money we’ve earned—but it’s all about the experience. My team still talks about some of the dinners we’ve had.
At the end of our lives, all that’s going to matter is the experiences that we’ve had – not the amount of money we ended up with.
Strategy #9: Celebrate
This is a very important step, and it’s a little bit different than #8. This one has more to do with taking the time you need to reflect on your accomplishments and re-energize yourself for the next thing.
Many times, I see people accomplishing huge things and hitting large goals... and then getting right back into the grind of work. But you need to take your foot off the gas for a minute!
Take time off to re-charge, whether it’s a day or a week. You need to achieve a healthy work-life balance, or you’ll burn yourself out.
My wife and I take a full month off every year to go to Florida. We need that time to celebrate and to re-charge.
I like to think of it this way: if you never celebrate, and never take time to enjoy life’s experiences, you’ll never actually value what you have or what you’ve achieved.
Get Motivated, Get Busy
So, what are you waiting for? Take some time to write down your goals, find an accountability partner and a mentor, take your first step, and plan a reward for yourself.
You have to take action, or you’ll never achieve your goals. Don’t let fear of failure hold you back—just remember that there is no such thing as a backward step, and every mistake is a learning opportunity.
The most successful people I know practice these 9 strategies for avoiding laziness and procrastination on a daily basis. It’s time for you to do the same. You’ll never be perfect (heck, neither will I!) but you can’t stop trying.