Happy Nearly-End-of-the-Year, y’all! Let’s talk about goals, world domination, and all of the amazing awesomeness you are going to accomplish in 2017. Let’s talk about it… in a second. First, we need to have some “be honest.”

  • 25% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after one week.
  • 60% of people abandon their New Year’s resolutions after six months.

Now for the real shocker: after a heart attack, only 14% of patients make any lasting changes to their eating and exercise behavior.

Wait a minute… only 14%?!? A heart attack is a pretty big deal. If THAT can’t get us to change our behavior, what will?

To get everything you want out of 2017, you are going to have to do something different. And that means change. In my experience, THAT is the hard part.

Yes, you can daydream your a** off. Picture yourself behind the wheel of the Range Rover. Schedule the test drive in your calendar. All of that has value. But to get something different, you will have to do something different.

Hope is not a strategy. Get serious about making changes in what you do. And it will get a lot easier to hit those fun vacations and new car goals you are writing for 2017. Start small. Baby step your way forward. Pete Rose would be in the hall of fame if it wasn’t for his little gambling thingy. And he is middle of the pack in homeruns. You can absolutely base hit your way into the hall of fame.

Those small changes, when done consistently over a year, add up and become something amazing. THAT is how you become part of the 14% that actually create lasting change in their lives. To get you started, I highly recommend reading The Slight Edge by Jeff Olson. It isn’t a complicated book, but it offers great tips on how to use what you got to create powerful results from daily changes in your life.

Set those big ol’ audacious goals. They are fun and can create a lot of energy. But don’t neglect the little things you need to do along the way to get all you want out of 2017. Technology can be your biggest friend to help get you there. New tools and apps get released all the time, tailored to help you manage projects, connect with clients, organize to-do lists, calendars, and more.

For real estate professionals looking to quickly and easily qualify clients, checking out SindeoOne should be number one on your to-do list. This tool let’s your clients shop for thousands of loan products in just 5 minutes. Lean on tech to save time while still offering a high level of service. Then use the efficiency and productivity you gain to get closer to your goals.