Several years ago, I had a big exciting idea, I’d write a book about the things I’d learn as the owner of a transaction coordinator business. It would help Realtors and transaction coordinators alike learn some of the secrets I’ve learned to successfully manage hundreds of transactions each month. It would also be a tool that my team would use as we grow to help train more transaction coordinators. It was a book I wished I’d had when I opened my transaction coordinator business many years ago.
It sounded like a brilliant idea and so I started writing, and writing, and writing. Jotting notes everywhere, pulling in blog posts I’d written and expanding on the topics that felt like they should be included in the book. It was off to a great start and then I got busy with the transaction coordinator business and life and kids and pretty soon the project was on the back burner for a while. The idea still felt like a good one, and I truly believed that it could help people, but I didn’t make it a priority. I did the opposite of what I teach, I got BUSY working in my business and didn’t focus on the goals I’d set and completing projects to help me grow my business.
In 2015, I decided enough is enough. I’d had to complete the book as one of my goals that year and damn it if I was going to let another year go by without completing it. So, I did what I should have done several years ago, I scheduled the time to write and I set a deadline for completing it. I gave myself a financial penalty for not completing by pre-paying the editor who would edit the book before I completed it and I started telling others that my book would be completed by November 30.
Big Lesson Learned – when you want something done, anything done that is, you must SCHEDULE IT and then find a way to hold yourself accountable to completing it.
I’m not going to sugarcoat it here, sitting down and writing wasn’t easy, even when I scheduled time for it. It was a struggle to take my ideas and put them into chapters, to lay out how the process works from contract to close and how to make it easier for everyone. There were times when it felt like I’d never get it done. Distractions that made it hard to focus and write. Interruptions that needed my attention immediately from my team or my family no matter what my schedule had wanted otherwise.
What I learned from this process was that setting a goal is just part of it, setting up time on my calendar to take bite-sized steps often toward accomplishing it was the key to completing it. I worked late, skipped some party invitations and turned off the TV. And finally, it was done, the book I’d dreamed about completing for many years was in my hands and ready for the world.
I’m not expecting it to be a New York Times bestseller however I have already heard from some of the individuals who purchased it that they found it helpful, that was all I truly ever wanted to do. If you’d like a copy for your real estate library, you can pick it up on Amazon.
With the help of a handy-dandy planner, a coach and an accountability partner, a mastermind group, as well as a fantastic sweetheart and family to support me I’m confident that later this year I’ll be celebrating the accomplishment of book number two.
I’ll leave you with a little wisdom I have gleaned from my coach, spend time each week planning the action steps you need to take to accomplish your goals. Big dreams and goals take lots of steps, do a few each day or week and before you know it you too will be popping the Champagne and toasting your personal success.