I have noticed, over the years of my property investment journey, people who have ‘made’ it share a similar set of good habits.

You might have read the book ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change‘ and similarly, there are simple changes, according to this article, we could make starting today to make our life better and more efficient.

Those simple steps, In summary, are as follows:

1) Turn off your phone

This isn’t easy, we are living in this modern era where the phone is EVERYTHING to us. For some people, they couldn’t even picture what their life would be without the phone for even 5 minutes. While it is a great tool for us, our phone is also a huge distraction to us. I tried to at least put the phone on airplane mode while I am in bed and try to stop checking my phone 30 mins prior to going to bed. It hasn’t been easy, but we all start somewhere.

2) Stop the brain drains

Simply put, stay away from the negativity. Don’t hang out with the people who complain about life all day. Surround yourself with positive people and remember you are the average of the 5 people you hang out with. So be selective who your peers are.

3) Stop trying to be perfect

This is my favorite and I was guilty of it as well before. I would often ideas, however, take no actions because I thought I had to have EVERYTHING lined up, ready to go before I start. I have learned, through my years of property investing, sometimes all you need to do is to make the leap, take baby steps and move toward your goal(s).

The question is, how do you know whether whatever your idea would work or not if you never take the action?

4) Say No more often

Learning to say ‘No’ is a good measurement of how your prioritization skill is. If you say ‘Yes’ to everything, you will end up achieving nothing as it’s impossible to please everyone by doing everything. You will disappoint someone and more importantly, let yourself down if you keep saying ‘yes’ to everything.

Read this book, it will help you tremendously in learning how to say ‘No’ more often.

5) Change your thoughts

Your mindset can be changed. It can be changed, it can be changed, it can be changed. That’s right, say it out loud 3 times. Whatever your mindset is now is based on your past experiences, your life stories so far.

It’s not YOU, it’s not who you are.

How to change your mindset/thoughts for better? Just start believing that you can achieve whatever goal(s) you set for yourself, picture them in your head and they WILL become reality.