In two weeks…

I did my pow-wow with hubby last night to discuss what we accomplished last week, and what our goals are for this week.

I was embarrassed to realize that 1) after reading through Vena’s Real Estate 101 course, I’ve already taught myself nearly all of it from reading through forums and articles online, but have yet to act on any of it! and 2) I accomplished all of my goals last week EXCEPT the ones related to REI!

FEAR is terrible. 

New Goals for End of March:

  1. 100 probate letters sent
  2. 60 (?) eviction postcards sent
  3. 20 vacant house postcards sent
  4. 10 MLS offers made

 This is sort of insanely ambitious for me.  But starting this week, I have a babysitter watching the kids once a week for 4 hours.  4 hours of time alone to work!!!  I will take advantage of every second.  I broke the two week goal into weekly goals, and then to daily goals.  I told myself that if I don’t get daily goals done, I don’t get to watch tv.  It’s sad, but I’m motivated by rewards!  I didn’t want to use chocolate, because, well, if chocolate’s my reward then that means I can’t eat it otherwise!  And I can’t have that.

Time management is important.  But facing my fear is top priority.  Why am I avoiding actually doing this?  I guess there are tons of reasons, but all of them start with “I’m afraid that…”.  I trick myself into thinking that I’m doing something important, but it’s not getting me sellers and it’s not getting me buyers, so it’s really not.  As a seasoned procrastinator, I’m very good at avoiding what I don’t want to do.  It’s too obvious to ignore now – I either do it or quit.  I’m doing it!

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3 responses to “In two weeks…

  1. Find your motivation and it will propel you. Also the more fear items you conquer the more addicting that feeling of overcoming the fear gets. It almost turns into a game of “which fear to beat next”.

  2. I can tell I’m going to enjoy your blog already 🙂

    Way to go, getting a babysitter to free up 4 hours! That’s a big step right there. Take one step at a time doing something that’s uncomfortable. Getting marketing materials out the door is awesome and YES you will have to answer your phones and talk to sellers soon. That will be uncomfortable item #1, but you can do it! Once you start, it gets sooo much easier.

    By the way, I wrote an article on BiggerPockets.com about dealing with sellers on the phone that may or may not be useful for you, but I thought I’d share it: http://www.biggerpockets.com/renewsblog/2010/01/14/conquering-fear-phone-rings/

    I’ll look forward to seeing how much you got done when I get back from vacation in early April 🙂 No pressure! (Well, yes a little pressure, but its friendly pressure LOL!)

    • Thanks for the link, Shae. I’ll read anything I can get my hands on!

      And I’m glad you, too, recognize the amazing gift of 4 solid hours of time alone to work! This is the biggest thing that’s happened to me since my oldest learned to put his shoes on by himself. 🙂

      And thanks for the pressure – I’m grateful for it!

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