049 – Tackling Problems Head On – Friday Fundamentals

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Have you ever completed a long day’s work, looked back and wondered what meaningful task you accomplished? Do you feel like sometimes you’re just spinning your wheels trying to get things done, or running around like a chicken with it’s head cut off? In this episode, we’re going to review a few tactics that will help you become more productive, effective, and efficient. It is important to develop a habit of addressing problems, important tasks, and things that require your attention head on. It’s actually much easier than you think too.

“Expect problems and eat them for breakfast.” – Alfred A. Montapert

Gary Keller and Jay Papassan teach a strategy in their book, The One Thing. This strategy teaches you to identify and accomplish the one thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary.

Coupling this One Thing strategy with the attitude of tackling your One Thing head on will make you an unstoppable productivity machine. So let’s dive into exactly how you can master this.

First, read The One Thing. This book will help you understand why it’s important to identify just one thing, rather than frantically checking off items on your lengthy to-do list. That act of addressing problems head on is more of a mental battle, and I’m going to share some tips that help me take on challenges with all my effort.

It all starts when you first wake up. For many, this waking up process takes multiple 9 minute attempts. Yes, we all know that dreaded snooze button. Who created that thing anyways. It certainly wasn’t Albert Montapert! Instead of hitting snooze on your alarm clock in the morning, wake up immediately and take on the day with full steam. The very first thing I like to do is make my bed. Sounds simple enough, right? Every morning as I’m brushing my teeth and adjusting to the what seems like 10 million lumens of light shining down on me, I look at my bed and think to myself “If I can’t make my bed, what can I do?!” It sounds silly, but it motivates me to get that first thing of my day done.

And just like that, I’m on a roll. I have woken up and immediately accomplished my first goal. Essentially, I have knocked down the first domino for my day. This sets the tone for the rest of my day.

Throughout your day, you’re going to be swarmed with a multitude of decisions. It’s commonly agreed, that the average human makes 35,000 decisions every single day.By picking the most important decision that will have a domino effect and doing that, you’ll eliminate some of these decisions.

Sometimes there are those things that we all dread doing, and will do almost anything else just to avoid them. I’m sure you can think of a task like this. In my experience, the task itself isn’t all that bad. After you’ve accomplished it, it doesn’t really seem so bad. So why not take this same approach and tackle it head on next time?

As a real estate investor, or anything in this life for that matter, there will be issues that you must address, both big and small. Don’t avoid them. Tackle them head on!

With this mentality, you’ll be able to accomplish more than you thought possible. Tackling important tasks will seem like a challenge  you can’t wait to take on.

So get out there, and continue to crush your goals with this “Eat your problems for breakfast” mentality!


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