By Wes Vaughan
A colleague, mentor and friend of mine at Cresa recently told me a story about the legendary coach, Lou Holtz. He heard Holtz speak once and one of the nuggets he took away from Coach’s many wisdoms was W.I.N.
What’s Important Now?
As we all know, January brings about an inner desire for us to improve something about our lives in the New Year: lose weight, exercise more, quit smoking/drinking, get out of debt, be a better husband/father/friend/son/brother/person…and the resolutions go on and on. It’s right about now, mid to late January, when the stronghold resolutions made on January 1st start petering out (already). Life gets back to its frenetic pace and old ways rear their ugly head, slowly devouring our plans to change our lives for the better. After 34 years of living, if I’ve learned anything about setting new goals for myself, I’ve learned that I have to set tangible outcomes with some sort of deadline or appointment that will hold me accountable. Yes, I’m aware that many wiser folks figured this out way before age 34…but I’ve always been a patient learner.
I’ll give you an example. Many of my friends and acquaintances have run 5Ks, 10Ks, half marathons, marathons, 100-milers (insanity) and they always talk about their experience with such commitment, passion and pride. Last January, if you had told me that I would run a half marathon in 2012, I would have told you that you ate some funky brownies. Lo and behold, last November I ran the Thanksgiving Day half marathon in Atlanta…and I finished (barely). How? Thanks to an itch I felt the need to scratch and some motivation and support from friends, acquaintances and strangers, I spontaneously Googled “half marathons in Atlanta” and up popped the one on Thanksgiving Day. I immediately signed up for it, payed my registration fee, printed out a daily training program and I spent the next four months running around the city of Atlanta, building up my mileage week by week. Disclaimer: I had never run more than 3 miles at one time in my life…and last time I did that was in high school. The thought of running 13.1 miles was almost paralyzing to me. But I did it and I plan to do it again in 2013. I committed to it and I knew what I had to do to achieve that goal.
So how do I want to W.I.N. in 2013? Well, What’s Important Now to me? My top two priorities in life are: My Faith and My Family. If those two realms in my life are happy and healthy, then I feel like the rest of my life will fall appropriately into place and perspective. I am also aware that I spend most of my waking hours at work, specifically in the commercial real estate industry. I am not paid a salary nor do I receive a benefits package. I am strictly commission only. Eat what I kill. If deals don’t close, I don’t get paid. Not a complaint, just a reality. And a harsh one that consumes most of my daily thoughts. But I chose this life and I want to make the most of it. By default, My Business is my #3 priority…and I want to do it better, mainly by helping others and working with people that I enJOY helping, thus making it more enJOYable.
So over the next few weeks, I plan to re-ignite this blog (another 2013 resolution) and discuss my three goals to W.I.N. in 2013…for those that care to listen. Hope it helps some of you…