My husband and I try to watch one inspirational clip every night when we can on youtube or read something inspirational and he found this absolutely fascinating one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kZlXWp6vFdE
The moral of this clip “Never give up” with whatever you set your mind to do, just never give up. Remember, whatever you are doing, you are not alone – we all want to be there one day, hence the reason I set up “The only Aussie Mastermind Group” on facebook as we are now 54 investors in there and we really motivate and encourage one another to push on, we all want to become best of friends in this very important journey of our lives and reach financial freedom together.
Continue Educating yourself: This is something my husband and I never compromise on and to date we still educate ourselves in real estate. In fact right now, I am currently doing Cherie Barber’s as well as Bob Anderson’s development courses. It is full on and the only time I get to read through all the courses and listen to the DVDs in peace is after midnight. If you continuously keep up to date with what the industry professionals are saying, you are less likely to make mistakes in your investing journey.
Surround yourself with positive and like-minded people: This is an absolute must, and don’t worry if it doesn’t involve your family or closest friends, unfortunately as much as we would like to share this with them, they just don’t understand what we are doing and we just get into unnecessary arguments, so better if you create your own group of like minded people and keep up the communication with them and you will see how all the positive energy will flow in you and things will just start coming together for you. You are of course most welcome to join our group if you don’t want to start your own, but we have conditions to joining, there is no joining fee but just a few simple rules to abide with.
Another good thing that I love about my facebook family, is I now have 54 people looking out for me, they know my story and know where I have invested and I also know most of their stories, so we look out for each other. If something is happening in a certain area and we know that someone in the group has a property in that area, we can alert them about it.
This has happened to me twice now about a property I have and I was alerted about it by a member in my forum. This is not a normal forum like the ones you find on the internet and can’t trust anyone, we have started to form relationships which is just amazing. People from the group, feel comfortable enough to pick the phone and ask me questions, etc It just makes our investment journey a lot more easier knowing that we have people out there who have the knowledge.
Lastly, Goal Setting: It is extremely important that you write down your goals in this format using the SMART PRINCIPLE, I had posted this to my facebook forum members in the Goal setting group just to give them an idea of how Goals should be set - I hope this helps you too. I will now pen off here as duty calls….just remember, “Never give up and success will follow”
Click through to the next page for my explanation of the "SMART" principle
Specific: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal you must answer the six “W” questions:
*Who: Who is involved?
*What: What do I want to accomplish?
*Where: Identify a location.
*When: Establish a time frame.
*Which: Identify requirements and constraints.
*Why: Specific reasons, purpose or benefits of accomplishing the goal.
EXAMPLE: A general goal would be, “Get in shape.” But a specific goal would say, “Join a health club and workout 3 days a week.”
Measurable - Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set.
When you measure your progress, you stay on track, reach your target dates, and experience the exhilaration of achievement that spurs you on to continued effort required to reach your goal.
To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as……
How much? How many?
How will I know when it is accomplished?
Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You develop the attitudes, abilities, skills, and financial capacity to reach them. You begin seeing previously overlooked opportunities to bring yourself closer to the achievement of your goals.
You can attain most any goal you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.
Realistic – To be realistic, a goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work. A goal can be both high and realistic; you are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.
A high goal is frequently easier to reach than a low one because a low goal exerts low motivational force. Some of the hardest jobs you ever accomplished actually seem easy simply because they were a labor of love.
Timely – A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it there’s no sense of urgency. If you want to lose 10 lbs, when do you want to lose it by? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by May 1st”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.
Your goal is probably realistic if you truly believe that it can be accomplished. Additional ways to know if your goal is realistic is to determine if you have accomplished anything similar in the past or ask yourself what conditions would have to exist to accomplish this goal.
T can also stand for Tangible – A goal is tangible when you can experience it with one of the senses, that is, taste, touch, smell, sight or hearing.
When your goal is tangible you have a better chance of making it specific and measurable and thus attainable.
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Kenyan-born Anna Correia and her growing family have lived all over the world, but sought out Australia looking for opportunity and sun. Since arriving in 2006, they have built a $1.6m portfolio and Anna is building a network of like-minded investors through a group she founded on facebook. She and her virtual ‘friends’ are looking to make real money through their first joint venture. You can learn more about her family, and their adventures in property, in this story featured in YIP magazine.