Set Your Goals for 2011

Set Your Goals for 2011

The formula is straightforward—think big, act bold, and you’ll live a larger life. All successful people are intensely goal oriented. They know what they want and thay are focused single-mindedly on achieving it, every single day.

Goals v. Wishes. One reason that people don’t have goals is because they don’t know how to set them in the first place. Even worse, many people think that they already have goals when what they actually have is a series of wishes or dreams, like “be happy” or “make a lot of money” or “have a nice family life.” But these are not goals at all. They are merely fantasties that are common to everyone.

A goal is something distinctly different from a wish. It is clear, written and specific. It can be quickly and easily described to another person. You can measure it and you know when you have achieved it or not.

Victor Frankl wrote that the greatest need of human beings is for a sense of meaning and purpose in life. Goals give you a sense of meaning and purpose. Goals give you a sense of direction. As you move toward your goals you feel happier and stronger. You feel more energized and effective. You feel more competent and confident in yourself and your abilities.

Questions To Consider.
1. If you learned that you had only six months left to live, how would you spend your last six months on earth?

Who would you spend time with? Where would you go? What would you strive to complete? What would you do more or less of?

2. If you won five million dollars cash tomorrow, tax free, how would you change your life?

What would you do differently? What would be the first thing you would do? In other words, how would you change your life if you were completely free to choose? The primary reason that we stay in situations that are not the best for us is because we fear change.

3. What one great thing would you dare to dream if you knew you could not fail?

If you could be absolutely guranateed of successfully achieving any goals, large or small, short term or long term, what one goal would it be? The only real limit is how badly you want it and how long you are willing to work toward it.

Take Action. Sit down and make a list of at least one hundred goals that you want to accomplish in your lifetime. Business, finance, personal, relationship, health, fun, travel, adventure, contribution, growth, philanthropy. Let yourself dream without limitations, fears or doubts.

You are well on your way to achieving your goals simply by taking the time to sit down and decide on your goals. I hope you achieve many of your goals in 2011.

— Adapted from Goals! by Brian Tracy.

What Are We Working On Wagenseller Law Firm

We are happy to report that the plaintiff suing our Shopping Center client and our market (tenant) client dismissed his case for breach of contract, interference with contractual relationship, conspiracy to defraud and breach of the covenant of good faith and fair dealing. While plaintiff alleged that our client had breached an exclusive use agreement, we argued that plaintiff had no damages and should spend his money on improving his restaurant rather than on litigation. After our analysis of the case, plaintiff dismissed the entire case.

We are currently defending an apartment building seller against claims of breach of contract and fraud from the buyer.

Countrywide Mortgage is suing our client, a Tennessee mortgage lender, over repurchase agreements relating to residential mortgages.

Family fights persist. We are defending an 84 year old mother against a lawsuit by her daughter over ownership of an apartment building. We represent two brothers who are being sued by their other brother who insists that he should own outright one of the apartment buildings that they all own. We are also helping a homeowner whose neighbor is encroaching on her land but refuses to remove the encroachment.

Union Rescue Mission Christmas Party

My men’s group at Bel-Air Presbyterian went to the Union Rescue Mission to spend Christmas with some of the men there. URM is a faith-based organization that reaches out to the homeless in Los Angeles. It was a great experience hearing the stories of how these men had battled with alcoholism and drugs but are now working through the URM program to get their lives back on track. I really liked URM’s focus on teaching the concept of ‘servant leadership’.

Meet Our FriendsMatthew May

Matthew May is the President of May Realty Advisors, urban retail specialists in Southern California. Matthew has over 21 years of experience in the commercial real estate brokerage business and has been involved in more than $500 million worth of property sales and lease transactions. He was recognized by the Los Angeles Business Journal as L.A.‘s Top Retail Broker.

Matthew and I have been meeting on Saturday mornings every few months to discuss the real estate industry in L.A. and how we can be of service. I have really enjoyed getting to know him and working with him on building our businesses. I highly recommend Matthew. If you are involved in commercial real estate, especially retail, give him a call and introduce yourself. Matthew can be reached at (818) 528-3999 or matthew@mayrealtyadvisors.com.