How to Eliminate Complacency

Posted at December 21, 2022 Posted In Mindset, Newsletter

This email is going to be a quicker read, as I know that we’re all in the holiday rush — but still very intentional. Consider this as my last hurrah for 2022.

When I brought up the theme of “breaking down barriers” in October, I shared 2 key pieces of advice:

  1. Focus your attention on strengthening your relationships.
  2. Set your criteria and celebrate your failures, not just your wins.

Then in November, I talked about the mindset and actions you can take towards “becoming your future self.” I want to tie in that discussion with today’s topic: Eliminating complacency.

Getting big things done

We’ve talked a lot about having goals this year in many of our newsletters, but it’s so important to look at the depth of those goals — the level of commitment and completion.

Of the goals you completed, how thorough were you? Have those actions made an impact?

It’s difficult to achieve goals and perform well when you aren’t focused.

So how do you remain focused and committed? Build your grit.

In her New York Times bestselling book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, Angela Duckworth defines ‘grit’ as a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal.

Grit is an individual’s long-term focus and persistence over a period of time — it’s a crucial component in getting big things done that make a big difference.

Where is your mind?

Presence of mind affects everything that we’re doing, especially what you do day-to-day. It is critical to know what you’re doing, so that you know what to do next.

If you can’t be focused in the present moment, you certainly cannot be focused in your future.

Focus also helps you build structure. There is a clear beginning, middle, and end to your work.

Flow works best when you break down your big goals into checkpoints, helping you quickly eliminate barriers to the next stop.

Break your goals down into manageable chunks, assess the impact as you go, and you’ll be on your way to making lots of progress.

Becoming a master of “one thing at a time”

Admittedly, this is something I struggle with.

I want to focus on one action at a time… but I also call myself a master of multitasking.

But when I do that, I don’t always finish what I’m working on!

When you’re multitasking and you have interrupted thoughts or interruptive things happening, you jump to something else and you never quite finish anything.

It doesn’t mean that you can’t have your finger in the pot — in multiple pots and a couple things — but you’ve got to be able to finish the task so you have closure on it.

Then move on to the next thing to achieve that goal.

Doing it this way improves your diligence. You are actively working to eliminate complacency.

Like I mentioned last month, your future is highly driven by your present.

What do you want 2023 to look like? How can I help you achieve that vision?

Until next month my real estate friends — or perhaps, talk to you next year?

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