Many of us that get into real estate in

vesting have and will encounter many challenges throughout our professional lives. I have said before, this is not an easy profession. It is rewarding for those that follow certain simple principles and stay focused towards the achievement of success. By the grace of God, I have seen many ups and downs in my professional and personal life. My strong faith in God has kept me in the path and confident that once again we will prevail and that I will achieve higher standards and success.

Obviously our definition of success varies for each one of us. One of my favorite definitions for success comes from Earl Nightingale, “Success is the progressive realization of a worthy ideal.” Therefore, success is anyone who is realizing a worthy predetermined ideal, because that’s what he or she decided to deliberately do.

In today's market condition, it is very simple to feel down and for many to find an excuse to quit. Napoleon Hill, one of our greatest thinkers of our recent time said, "Before success comes in any man's life, he's sure to meet with much temporary defeat and, perhaps some failures. When defeat overtakes a man, the easiest and the most logical thing to do is to quit. That's exactly what the majority of men do." We are going through a rough time, however I also believe that these times will create great success stories. Many will defy the barriers ahead and succeed against all odds. Only the strong will make it.

Here I share with you four simple tips that you can implement today to make an immediate change in your lives and profession.

1. Get Over the Fear of Failure

As I mentioned before, this is one of the most dangerous behaviors that keeps most from achieving their goals and success. Fear is nothing more than a state of mind. However, it is a behavior that cripples most people. Thomas Edison was known to have failed 10,000 times before he succeed in achieving electric light. To achieve success you must believe in yourself and the burning desire that you can achieve it.

2. Make Opportunities

Rather than wait for the opportunity to find you, you must go out and find the opportunities. George Bernard Shaw said: “People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don’t believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can’t find them, make them.” You will find that people that have reached financial success will tell you that they look for ways to seize opportunities, not wait for opportunities to come knocking on their door because it will not happen that way.

3. Set up Goals

Have you ever wondered why so many people work so hard and diligently without ever achieving anything in particular, and why others don’t seem to work hard, yet seem to get everything? They seem to be "lucky". The difference is goals. People who are successful set up goals, they know where they’re going. The opposite happens to people who are a failure, they believe that their lives are shaped by circumstances, by things that happen to them, by exterior forces out of their control. Goals are dreams with a deadline. Once you set up goals, you become like a vessel with a captain who has a clear vision as to where the vessel is going. It surprises me how many people pretend to achieve success without having clear goals. Can you imagine getting into a cruise and once the ship is in the middle of the ocean you find out it does not have a compass to determine where they are, it does not have a GPS to guide them and the captain of the ship has no idea where they are going, "where are taking by ear" or "we will see where the ship take us".

4. Think Who You Want to Be

It has been proven that our thoughts have a tremendous effect in how we perceive ourselves and other. Marcus Aurelius said: “A man’s life is what his thoughts make of it.” Dr. Norman Vincent Peale said "If you think in negative terms, you will get negative results. If you think in positive terms,
you will achieve positive results.” We become what we think about, it is that simple. You have the power to change in an instant who you want to become. Your past is behind you, stop labeling you based on your past experiences.

To conclude, I would like to remind you of being thankful. In moments like this, we all must be thankful for where we are. You need to be thankful not only for your accomplishments but also your failures. I share this with you from personal experience, every adversity or failure carries with it the seed on an equal or greater benefit. Determine what can you learn from the current situation and take action. Having a grateful attitude is important. It will help you stay humble, which in turn, will help you continue striving for greater success.

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Comment by Gordon Cuffe on March 18, 2011 at 1:21pm

I have not accomplished what I think my potential is but I am thankful for my health. I do think that writing down your goals is very important. I noticed that last year when I didnt write down my goals I didnt accomplish as much as I should have. I need to break it down even more and write down my weekly goals. I am going to do this now on my search for buying discounted houses.

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