Do you want to explode your business and life in 2016 and reach a higher level than ever before? Do you want to tap into more growth and success in 2016 than you saw in previous years?
In this blog post, I’m going to share with you my very best 16 strategies to achieve a higher level of success for yourself in 2016.
On their own, each of these can be powerful but when you consistently deploy them, they’ll have a cumulative effect to create an amazing year. Follow the 16 strategies in this post and make 2016 a game-changing year for you.
Strategy #1. Get Specific On What You Want
Many people desire success but they fail to realize that success is not a “thing” itself but a series of very specific outcomes – from money to time to recognition to nice things. Forget trying to be successful in 2016. Instead, work toward some very specific outcomes.
Strategy #2. Reconnect With Your “Why”
Having more money or time is nice but frankly it’s not good enough. Piles of money mean nothing… especially when compared to the things that money and time can give you. If you connect with me on Facebook then you know that my deepest “why” is my family. Everything I do is designed to spend more time with them. You need to identify your reason for getting up in the morning and then continuously reconnect with that reason.
Strategy #3. Identify And Destroy Bad Habits
It’s easy to spend a lot of time focusing on good habits and hope that we acquire so many good habits they make up for our bad habits. But bad habits can weigh us down! From poor eating to poor fitness, from smoking too much to spending too much… you already know what your bad habits are. Now it’s time to destroy them. Pick a habit and work RELENTLESSLY on destroying it for the rest of the month.
Strategy #4. Set Goals That Scare You
As you think about what you want to accomplish this year, you may be tempted to set goals that you think you have a pretty good chance of reaching so you can finish the year feeling successful. Well, I think you should shatter your expectations and limiting beliefs and instead set BIG goals that scare you… goals that you think “there’s NO WAY I can do that!” but at the same time make you think “Wow, if I do then then I’ll be UNSTOPPABLE!”
Strategy #5. Take Action – Always!
Once you have those great big inspiring goals, then it’s time to take action. Figure out what actions you need to take and then overdo them! If your goals require you to mail out 1000 postcards a week, mail out 2000 postcards a week. If your goals require you to call 100 cash buyers each week then call 100 each day. It’s so tempting for people to default to doing as little as possible but the ones who will look back on 2016 as the best year ever are the ones who destroy their to-do lists with the amount of action they take.
Strategy #6. Systematize
Taking a lot of action sounds great but it begs the question: “how do I do that with limiting time each day?” The simple answer is: you do that with systems. Don’t reinvent the wheel – just figure out what you need to do in order to connect with more sellers and more buyers and implement those systems into your investing business.
Strategy #7. Meet More People
I love the saying, “your network is your net worth.” If you want to increase your net worth in 2016 and beyond, then invest the year meeting people and building solid relationships with them. Not sure where to start? Make it a goal to create a deep personal connection with at least 1 person every single day for the rest of the year. This is so powerful.
Strategy #8. Help More People
As you build your network (see above), reach out to each person and start the conversation by asking, “how can I help you?” and then truly seek to help them. Aim to give to them first. You’ll be amazed at what happens when you do!
Strategy #9. Double Your Value
Figure out what makes you valuable to people (to sellers and to buyers, or to whomever your clients are). Then double your value to them. If you help people quickly, help them even more quickly; if you help people get a higher ROI, help them get an even higher ROI. How much should you improve? Attempt to shock them with the level of value you provide.
Strategy #10. Become An Expert
Invest in yourself by learning. Make a list of 12 topics you don’t know enough about and spend a month on each topic learning more about it. (Hint: choose topics where your knowledge will benefit other people!)
Strategy #11. Multiple Streams Of Income
Make it a goal to increase your streams of income this year – striving for another 1 to 3 streams of income by the end of the year. Even if you make another $100 to $500 a month extra, it may not seem like a huge windfall but it’s a small start that you can build on, plus the extra will make a cumulative difference, plus you’ll sleep way better at night because of the diversification of your income.
Strategy #12. Find A Mentor
Find someone who you respect and admire – someone who is a step or two ahead of you in whatever you want to improve in – and ask them to help you. Meet regularly, listen to their advice, and implement what they have to share. This one strategy is so powerful and so under-utilized. (And if you only have time this year to do a few of the 16 strategies in this list, make sure this is one of them!)
Strategy #13. Do Something That Scares You
It’s so easy to default into activities and habits that don’t inspire or stretch us. We work hard at trying to be comfortable in life. But if you can break through that desire for comfort, and instead pursue something that you find challenging or the scares you, you’re on the right path. Fear holds us back but an intentional desire to push through fear will transform this year like you won’t believe.
Strategy #14. Do Something Surprising For Your Spouse And Children
Your spouse/partner and your children… they love and support you and they rely on you. You probably work really hard to provide for them and to make sure they have everything they want and need. But they ALSO need memories with you. So do something surprising and memorable with them that they never expect! Surprise your spouse with a romantic weekend; surprise your kids with a day that you’re focused entirely on them and not on your cellphone. These will be priceless memories that will fuel you when you face the inevitable challenges.
Strategy #15. Raise Your Generosity
Give to others. In a weird, hard-to-understand way, the universe has a strange way of giving back to you when you give to others. Give without expecting attention or recognition. Give with the truest of motivations to help others.
Strategy #16. Be Persistent
Success (however you choose to define it) is the outcome of consistent actions. Therefore, you may not achieve what you want to achieve tomorrow or next week or next month. But bookmark this list and keep referring to it all year long, make a point of dial each of these strategies into your weekly schedule, and see what happens. I predict, by the end of 2016, those who act on these strategies with persistence will be shocked at how amazing their year turned out to be.