The 42 day sprint is the secret tool of champions to change momentum. Most people take the attitude of the passenger, letting momentum take them on the ride wherever it is going. Champions move into the driver’s seat. Although momentum is affected by many forces, it can be changed by a short burst of sheer willpower and determination. You can determine the direction and velocity of your organization’s momentum. This doesn’t mean you won’t have challenges or roadblocks along the way. But you can control the steering wheel and gas pedal.
To accelerate change, it will take a burst of 42 days of effort. This week have a team meeting. Resolve as a team that each of you will commit to a full-out sprint for the next six weeks. Yes, it will be inconvenient. Yes, it will be hard. Real success always is.
Here is what the 42 day sprint looks like. It was designed to shake your world like a snow globe and break bad habits. After the six weeks, you can choose what you want to keep doing and what you want to throttle back.
1) There are no days off.
It’s a 42 day sprint and you can do it. Have a family commitment? Fine. Take a couple hours and do your thing, but the rest of the day is yours to do what you need to do to hit your goals.
2) Wake up at 5am.
Most people don’t know the clock hits 5 twice in a day. It’s the hour of champions because it’s quiet. The first few days will be hard, push through anyway. The discipline will come in getting to bed earlier.
3) Work out for 45 minutes a day.
Whatever your level of fitness, push yourself. This will give you more energy for the day. It will make you more effective. It will also help you shed those extra five to ten pounds everyone seems to hang on to.
4) Go to bed by 9pm.
This is the hardest thing for most people. You aren’t being very productive after 9pm and you can go back to binge watching Netflix when the sprint is over. A good nighttime habit to establish, read a non-fiction book before bed. Yes, you can listen to one as well, but your retention of the content will suffer.
5) Carve out two hours to prep for the day.
Do your social posts and follow-up with your clients. Communication and lack of follow up are two of the greatest complaints our clients have. By closing this gap, we look like superstars. We also discover how many transactions slipped through our fingers previously.
6) Preview five houses.
Yes, each and every day. Mastery of market knowledge will get you and your team into more transactions than any other factor. I’ll put my money on the new agent who knows the inventory over the 30-year veteran who snacks their way through Broker preview.
7) Engage in three hours of personality based prospecting.
No one enjoys prospecting. It’s an act of discipline. Focus on the one prospecting activity that you accel at and tolerate the best.
8) Clear out all your texts, email and voicemails at the end of the day.
It’s a great habit to get into and lets you start tomorrow with a clean slate.
If you want a copy of the 42 Day Sprint we use with clients with the detailed weekly schedule, you can download it here.