Do you have the desire to receive recognition from your peers; to be recognized as one of the top Agents in the country? If you do, you need to start by taking dead aim daily. It is the disciplines we do each day that mean the difference between being on top or being part of the crowd.

Start each day focused on the success of your business. You want to begin each day by reviewing your business plan. Focus in on the activities that will lead you to the successful result you have set forth in your plan. Long-term success is built on top of achieving daily performance standards for weeks and months at a time. If your business plan is not broken down to the daily activities or daily performance standard, you should take the time to do so now. I call these daily activities “The Disciplines of a Champion”. We each have activities that, if left undone daily, will cause our business to suffer.

Some of the “Disciplines of a Champion” could be:

• Prospecting for a specific time period
• Doing lead follow-up
• Contacting a certain number of past clients
• Spending time in personal development
• Practicing scripts and dialogs

The “Disciplines of a Champion” are quantifiable and trackable. They consist of a specific amount of time or a specific number that must be achieved. To have power, the disciplines must set the time frame or the quantity. It is too easy for us to opt out and not accomplish our goals when we don’t have concrete parameters.

Next, you need to evaluate whether you are ahead or behind for this week. Then create the strategy to catch up if you are behind, or focus on maintaining the current strategy and direction that has kept you on plan or ahead even ahead of schedule. Too often, we know we are behind and let it go for too long without a change. You must react and change quickly to catch up. We often do not raise the level of our intensity or increase our work output until it is too late. If you get too far behind and are spending tremendous amounts of time inflicting wounds on yourself, change the plan.

Always have a Plan B. There is no embarrassment in working a Plan B. Often, Plan B is the better plan because you can invest the mistakes you made in Plan A in Plan B. Edison tried over 10,000 different elements in his light bulb before one worked. What would have happened had he stopped after Plan A?

Zero in on your area of success. People are paid very well for the few things they do very well. That is one of the best things about the field of selling real estate. There are so many ways to earn an outstanding income. Do what you do very well. We coach our clients to develop three to four areas of specialization in the real estate field and work to project their skills in these areas. Do not be a generalist in a specialized world. The “jack of all trades” is also the master of none. You are highly skilled in a few specific areas of real estate sales. If you have only one or two areas, you need to begin to learn and add another area or two to give yourself balance. The possibilities are truly endless when you become a specialist. Here are some ideas of specialization:

• Expired Listings
• Out of Area Owners
• Relocation
• Tenant Occupied Properties
• REO Bank Owned
• Multiplexes
• New Construction
• Investment Property
• Empty Nesters
• 1st Time Home Buyers
Divorce Situations (Prospect Divorce Attorneys)

There is an endless supply of opportunities to let your ability lead you to become the recognized expert in your area in a few categories. I could list three pages of categories, but you get the idea.

Your success in your real estate career must be built from the ground up. Pour a solid foundation of daily disciplined goals and activities. These daily disciplines or “Disciplines of a Champion” will set you on the path to success in your career. Review and analyze your progress daily. Do not be afraid to adopt a Plan B if needed. Create a few areas of specialty. Decide what you enjoy doing and do well. Then zero in and take dead aim for the target of being the recognized expert in your area.

Author's Bio: 

Dirk Zeller is a sought out speaker, celebrated author and CEO of Real Estate Champions. His company trains more than 350,000 Agents worldwide each year through live events, online training, self-study programs, and newsletters. The Real Estate community has embraced and praised his six best-selling books; Your First Year in Real Estate, Success as a Real Estate Agent for Dummies®, The Champion Real Estate Agent, The Champion Real Estate Team, Telephone Sales for Dummies®, Successful Time Management for Dummies®, and over 300 articles in print. To learn more regarding this article, please visit